Politics

Behind the scenes in ‘spat’ – Why did Barlow, Oddo retreat?

Fayette County commissioners Chuck Oddo (L) and Steve Brown at the Jan. 9, 2014 meeting. Photo/John Munford.

Brown reappointed chairman, Oddo renamed vice chair; apologies all around

An hour prior to the Jan. 9 Fayette County Commission meeting, fellow commissioners Steve Brown and David Barlow brought their feuding to a halt.

The two men sat down and talked out their differences, they said.

“He offered me what I felt was a heartfelt apology,” Barlow said. “We talked I’d guess about 15 minutes about things, and I accepted it and was good with it, and I said ‘I have no reason not to support you because that’s what I said I would do.’”
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Power struggle – Oddo to Brown: Tone it down

Soft-spoken Oddo gives Brown 4-point ultimatum to avoid removal: # 1. Stop writing letters and blogging
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Commission infighting goes public: Et tu, Barlow?

Fayette County Commissioner David Barlow.

Barlow says he will issue apology to public at Thurs. commission meeting

A political brouhaha will be settled this Thursday night as current County Commission Chairman Steve Brown will face opposition for the post from fellow Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Oddo Read More»

Sen. Isakson visits Rotary

Sen. Isakson visits Rotary

The Rotary Club of Newnan and The Rotary Club of Coweta Fayette recently co-hosted a meeting to hear Senator Johnny Isakson at Newnan Country Club. Isakson spoke on the deepening of the Savannah Port, the Affordable Healthcare Act and budget concerns. He complimented the organization’s work to eradicate polio and the work that local clubs are doing to end human trafficking. Pictured (L-R) are Matt Brass, field representative for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Sen. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey: Legislative session will be ‘quick’

Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, in the well of the House of Representatives. Photo from his website.

The Georgia Legislature is about to kick off its annual 40-day session, and the theme may turn out to be “efficiency and expediency.”

Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, said the big chore as always will be to shore up the state’s budget expenses between the year-end supplemental budget and the coming fiscal year’s budget. But looming shortly in the distance is the prospect of politicking, specifically a much earlier qualification deadline in March to run for office. Read More»

Is this the next Fayette Commission chairman?

Commissioner Charles Oddo in an August 2013 meeting. Photo/John Munford.

Steve Brown’s position in play as critics challenge his leadership

If Commissioner David Barlow can get another vote next week, Commissioner Charles Oddo (in photo at right) will take the chairmanship from Commissioner Steve Brown. Read More»

PTC to swear in new mayor, council members Jan. 2

Peachtree City’s new mayor and new councilmember will be sworn into office Jan. 2 at what is expected to be a very brief meeting of the new city council. Read More»

Another appointed BoE member in Fayette’s future

As of next spring, two of the five members of the Board of Education will never have faced the voters of Fayette County for the posts they hold.

That’s because for the second time in just over two years, the board will have a mid-term vacancy, Read More»

PTC certifies election results; Fleisch is officially mayor-elect

The election results confirming Vanessa Fleisch won the runoff for the mayor’s seat were formally approved by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

Fleisch won with 72 percent of the vote over challenger and former Mayor Harold Logsdon. The two were runoff opponents because none of the five candidates in the field got more than 50 percent of the vote as required to win election.

In January, Fleisch will move two chairs over on the council dais and a bit more into the spotlight as she is sworn in to start her four-year term. Read More»

Rep. Westmoreland supports bipartisan budget deal

U.S. Rep.Lynn Westmoreland. May 2013 file photo.

A new federal budget that would stave off a potential government shutdown early next year has won the support of local Congressman Lynn Westmoreland as it passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

While as of press time Tuesday the bill faces an unknown outcome in the Democrat-controlled Senate, Westmoreland said last week that the bipartisan budget deal brokered between the Republican and Democratic party leaders “is a step in the right direction.” Read More»

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