Politics

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»

Early voting starts for Aug. 10 runoff

Statewide races for Rep. governor, insurance commissioner, other hang in balance with Dem. secretary of state nomination

Early voting for the primary runoff election Aug. 10 started today in three locations in Fayette County. Read More»

Election: Brown, McCarty win most of Fayette’s 36 precincts

Incumbents Smith, Maxwell fare best in PTC polls

One of the biggest questions left from last week’s primary election was how deposed Peachtree City Mayor Steve Brown, who had seemed to have spent all his political capital in two successive failed elections, managed to unseat sitting Fayette County Commissioner Jack Smith. Read More»

Brown/McCarty victory a stunner

Todd easily wins reelection over newcomer Cave Read More»

Brown, McCarty, Todd victorious

Incumbent commissioners Smith, Maxwell unseated by former PTC mayor and political newcomer

UPDATED 10:39 p.m. — With only 250 mailed in absentee ballots and one early voting machine left to be tallied, it is certain that county commission challengers Steve Brown and Allen McCarty have upset incumbents Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell. Bob Todd also held onto his seat on the Fayette County Board of Education.

Brown has 7,420 votes to incumbent Jack Smith's 6,506 votes in the Post 4 commission race. In Post 5, McCarty has a 7,415 to 6,236 edge over incumbent Eric Maxwell.

Incumbent Board of Education member Bob Todd has retained a significant lead with 8,446 to 5,200 compiled by challenger Charlie Cave. Read More»

Early voting nets 3,800 ballots in Fayette

Some voters can use license for quick ‘scan’ check-in at polls tomorrow

Some 3,801 ballots for tomorrow’s primary election have already been cast, Read More»

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