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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»

Tighter rules for illegals studied

A legislative committee studying the effects of illegal immigrants on Georgia is looking at several potential issues to consider for the upcoming lawmaking session.

Peachtree City Republican Matt Ramsey, who co-chairs the committee, said the committee is still in an information gathering mode. But the committee is looking at a variety of areas, including a process by which Georgia law enforcement officers would be able to verify whether a detainee is a citizen or not. Read More»

Maxwell to McCarty: ‘Show me the receipt and I’ll drop election lawsuit’

Fayette County Commissioner-elect Allen McCarty (L) and current Commissioner Eric Maxwell (R).

Defeated commissioner challenges winner McCarty to prove past due 2003 state tax bill has been paid

If commissioner-elect Allen McCarty will come forward with paperwork proving he has paid off a past due state sales tax bill dating back to 2003, current Commissioner Eric Maxwell said he would dismiss his lawsuit seeking to disqualify McCarty from taking office. Read More»

So, after political fight, what IS on Fayette's transportation list?

Fayetteville Mayor Kenneth Steele.

Now that we know who is representing Fayette County’s interests on a regional transportation roundtable, what road projects will be on the local list?

Turns out that despite the recent political upheavals over who will represent Fayette County, nobody really knows — or at least nobody’s saying. Read More»

Early voting starts for runoff election

It’s voting time again, as two statewide races are headed for the Nov. 30 runoff election.

Voters will be selecting a Supreme Court justice between incumbent David Nahmias, who took 48.2 percent of the vote, and Tammy Lynn Adkins, who got 35.3 percent.

The other race in question is for the Georgia Court of Appeals, as Antoinette “Toni” Davis faces Chris McFadden. Davis was the leading vote-getter in a six-person race with 25.5 percent of the vote, followed by McFadden with 22.6 percent. Read More»

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