Politics

Sen. Chance: HOPE scholarship funding on the line

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone)

The state budget will be the dominant issue of this year’s legislative session, by far, according to Ga. Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone).

December’s state revenue figures came in about 10 percent above last year, about three times more than expected, Chance said. Still, the state is looking at having to make a budget cut between $1 billion and $1.5 billion, he added. Read More»

Outgoing commissioners presented with rocking chairs

Outgoing commissioners Eric Maxwell (L) and Jack Smith. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The tradition continued at the last meeting of the 2010 Fayette County Commission when county staff presented outgoing Chairman Jack Smith and Commission Eric Maxwell with working rocking chairs. The chairs are a going-away present symbolizing future relaxation for ex-commissioners. Smith and Maxwell were defeated for reelection in the July Republican Primary by Steve Brown and Allen McCarty. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Rep. Ramsey: Fair Tax in Ga.’s future?

Rep. Ramsey: Fair Tax in Ga.’s future?

Sees move from ‘counter-productive’ income taxes to consumption-based tax

As the 2011 session of the General Assembly begins next week, Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) expects legislators will be grappling with the state economy, alternatives for taxation, immigration and the future of the HOPE scholarship.

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) was also contacted for this report, but Chance did not return phone calls or respond to emails. Read More»

Georgia adds a seat in the U.S. House

It’s official. Georgia’s population growth over the past decade to nearly 9.7 million residents has resulted in the addition of another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing the state’s representation to 14 seats. The election for that new seat will occur in 2012. Read More»

New Fayette County commissioners sworn in

New Fayette County commissioners sworn in

Fayette County Probate Judge Ann Jackson is flanked by the county’s newly sworn commissioners, (L) Allen McCarty and Steve Brown. The ceremony in the packed county commission chambers took place Dec. 27. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette’s 2 roundtable reps switch positions on voting power

County and city governments in 10 metro Atlanta counties — including Fayette — can now start pitching transportation projects for funding through a potential regional sales tax that will seek voter approval in 2013.

The projects will be voted on next October by a 21-member Regional Transportation Roundtable, which will have the power to add and remove projects from a “first draft” list that will be compiled by a five-member executive committee that consists of five roundtable members. Read More»

Georgia in hunt for extra House seat

The 2010 census is due to be released by the end of December. The population statistics that will be included in the report will be followed by the required reapportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. So what is the chance of Georgia picking up one or more House seats?

That depends on the overall population distribution across the nation and, perhaps just as significantly, what happens in Michigan. Read More»

3 GOP commissioners seek veto of Democrats’ elections board choice

A proposal to give the Fayette County Commission the power to deny either political party’s appointee to the county’s Board of Elections won approval on a 3-1 vote of the Fayette County Commission. Read More»

Steele, Smith argue for ‘small county’ representation

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele.

When you get together with 21 elected officials from 10 different metro Atlanta counties, there are bound to be some disagreements here and there.

This “regional roundtable” group will be selecting transportation projects for potential funding by a voter-approved regional sales tax. But the roundtable has a ways to go before they can even get started. Read More»

Republicans host breakfast Saturday

Sahar Hekmati, who was born in Afghanistan and emigrated to the U.S.A. as a youth, will be the guest speaker at the Fayette County Republican Party First Saturday Breakfast on Dec. 4.  Read More»

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