Politics

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»

After holding office for 1 year, Bacallao to run for state school superintendent

Mary Kay Bacallao. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao has announced that she will resign her Post 2 seat in March to run for the soon-to-be open post of Georgia state school superintendent.

Bacallao made the announcement at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Ga. House Republican Caucus. The announcement came as Bacallao was participating on a panel debating the Common Core standards where, as is customary, she opposed the standards. Read More»

Giving workers Dec. 23 off to cost Fayette $131,480

Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson.

County and PTC offices to be closed; F’ville, Tyrone will stay open to public

Fayette County’s plan next week to add an extra paid holiday to the employees’ usual 10 will cost taxpayers $131,480, according to County Administrator Steve Rapson.
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