Politics

Rehwaldt, Haddix to speak to Republican women about mass transit bill 

The Greater Fayette Republican Women's Club will hold a dinner meeting on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Broadway Diner, 535 South Glynn Street, Fayetteville. The guest speakers will be Don Rehwaldt, Mayor of Tyrone, and Don Haddix, Mayor of Peachtree City, who will discuss the impact of HB 277, the Transformation Investment Act of 2010, on Fayette County. Read More»

Ramsey to play role in immigration policy

State Rep. Matt Ramsey will play a pivotal role in shaping Georgia’s take on immigration reform. Ramsey, who lives in Peachtree City, has been appointed to co-chair a joint House/Senate panel that will be looking at solutions to immigration issues to “pick up where Washington D.C. has let us down,” according to House Speaker David Ralston. Read More»

Tolbert to address Republicans Saturday

Fayette County Board of Education Post 5 candidate Sam Tolbert will be speaking at the Fayette County Republican Party First Saturday Breakfast at the Fayetteville IHOP at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.  Read More»

Rep. Fludd named vice chair of NCSL’s Budget and Revenue Committee

State Representative Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) has been named Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Budget & Revenue Committee.  Massachusetts State Senator and NCSL President Richard T. Moore appointed Rep. Fludd to a term that began July 2010 and expires in August 2011. Read More»

Early voting starts Monday

Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election cranks up Monday at the Fayette County Elections Office at the county’s Stonewall government center in downtown Fayetteville.

Fayette County voters who have their minds made up will be welcomed Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters must bring a picture ID so pollworkers may verify their identity. Read More»

Seabaugh says fine okay, he did the right thing

It took several years, but an investigation by the Georgia Ethics Commission into alleged campaign violations by state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) ended with an assessed fine of $2,500. Seabaugh in response to the consent order said it was he who first approached the Ethics Commission six years ago and submitted the proper documentation but never heard from investigators until the spring of this year when the consent order was presented. Read More»

Chief public defense official picked as newest circuit judge

New judges (L-R) Mack Crawford, Carla McMillian, and Fletcher Sams.

Veteran jurist Sams tapped for Superior Court post

Robert “Mack” Crawford’s path to the bench hasn’t been your typical one.

Reared on a farm in the rural Pike County hamlet of Concord, Crawford started adulthood in agribusiness and has sold mules and been in the antique business, among other ventures. Oh, and he notched 20 years as a small-town lawyer in Pike County, the last 16 years of which Crawford served in the Georgia legislature representing Pike, Upson and Lamar counties. Read More»

Handel sneaks past Deal in Fayette

All precincts counted; sights turn to statewide returns

The last round of six precincts helped Karen Handel win Fayette County, as she reversed Nathan Deal’s slim lead, defeating him 6.204 to 6,166 among local voters in the runoff.

All precincts are in for Fayette and now the state scoreboard watching begins. The Secretary of State's office is posting results at http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_results/2010_0810/

Fayette turned out 19.3 percent of its registered voters for the runoff.

In the race for Republican Attorney General, Sam Olens won Fayette with 5,640 votes to Preston W. Smith’s 4,161. Read More»

Horgan appeals ethics slap

Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan is challenging an independent panel’s finding that he violated the county’s ethics ordinance by possessing a misdemeanor amount of marijuana in his truck May 23, 2009.

Last week Horgan’s attorney Rick Lindsey argued to senior Superior Court Judge Byron Smith that Horgan was not acting as a county commissioner at the time, and was not in a county-owned vehicle, so he should not be held to the county’s ethics standards for the infractions.

Horgan is asking the court to overturn the ethics ruling. Read More»

Early voting begins for Aug. 10 runoff

Early voting for the primary runoff election Aug. 10 began Monday in three locations in Fayette County.

Voters may cast early ballots between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today through Friday at:
• The county elections office at 140 Stonewall Avenue West, Suite 208;
• The Peachtree City Library at 201 Willowbend Road next to City Hall; or
• The Tyrone Library at 143 Commerce Drive.

There will be no early voting on Monday as officials prepare for the runoff election Tuesday, Aug. 10 in which voters must go to their regular precinct to cast a vote. Read More»

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