Congressional candidates unite against IRS, tax code

Congressional candidates unite against IRS, tax code

Takeaways from District 3 forum • ANDERS — ‘What you see is what you get’; no political experience but will bring leadership. • CRANE — ‘Our values are under assault’; we keep sending ‘the wrong people’; ‘the difference lies in what happens when you’re in the crucible, when you’re under pressure, when the question is […]

BoE forum focus: Leadership, discipline, redistricting

BoE forum focus: Leadership, discipline, redistricting

Takeaways from the Republican Primary Board of Education forum • Key: In best of times, worst of times, worked to ‘live within our means,’ restored reserve fund, gave teachers raises, lowered class sizes • Hollowell: Provide fresh leadership for schools, stop falling behind in ‘attractive’ programs • Anderson: Fix broken redistricting process, support principals to […]

4 at-large candidates fire at Chairman Oddo

4 at-large candidates fire at Chairman Oddo

Takeaways from District 5 forum • Clifton to Oddo: You’re indecisive, disloyal Republican • Haddix: I stopped TDK Extension, complained to EPD about county water • McCarty: Lamented district voting lawsuit outcome, cautioned about regionalism • McHugh: As ‘un-politician,’ understands real behind-the-scenes reasons for decisions • Oddo: Governed by Golden Rule as fiscal conservative Republican […]

Ognio, Hearn trade budget criticisms in District 2 forum

Ognio, Hearn trade budget criticisms in District 2 forum

Takeaways from District 2 forum • Incumbent Ognio: Road upkeep, public safety should be top priorities, blamed Hearn for leaving county budget in ‘tremendous stress’ • Former Commissioner Hearn: Blamed Ognio for deficit budget, ‘spot zoning’ for Pinewood Studios Republican candidates for the District 2 seat on the Fayette County Commission faced-off at an April […]

Fayette Democratic delegates prepare to nominate Hillary Clinton at convention

Fayette Democratic delegates prepare to nominate Hillary Clinton at convention

Three Fayette County residents will serve as delegates for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia. Georgia Democrats on April 18 met across the state to elect 67 Congressional District-level delegates. The three Fayette County Democratic Committee members elected include Leonard Presberg and Letitia “Tish” Naghise in the 13th Congressional District […]

Candidates for superior court judge, commission report campaign funds

Candidates for superior court judge, commission report campaign funds

With less than a month to go before the primary elections, it’s getting easier to see which candidates are investing in themselves and how relatively cheap county commission races are this year. Voters will decide on two non-partisan superior court judges this election. Another superior court judge, Fletcher Sams, faces no opposition. The marquee judge […]

Commission ponders stop to politicking at meetings

Commission ponders stop to politicking at meetings

Campaigning at Fayette County Board of Commissioners meetings will likely be curtailed in the very near future. After the subject came up at the last regular meeting April 14, the board put it on the agenda for last Friday’s retreat. That discussion revealed that a county policy already in place addresses the issue somewhat. For […]

Incumbent judges take heat in forum

Incumbent judges take heat in forum

Takeaways from judges’ forum • Crawford: ‘I’m just Mack,’ not given to ‘snap judgments,’ try to be kind and patient • Sanderson: Family lawyer disturbed by delays of many months for decisions, ‘that’s why I decided to run’ • Ballard: Saw threats as DA, disappointed that convictions result in softer sentences, wants to bring back […]

Sheriff, challenger differ on rules for issuing gun permits, use of no-knock warrants

Sheriff, challenger differ on rules for issuing gun permits, use of no-knock warrants

Takeaways from forum for Fayette sheriff • Babb: As ‘tip of the spear,’ have been transparent, fiscally conservative, have fought ‘to take back our streets’ • Stevers: Tip of the spear vs. the hammer, step up fight against drugs Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb along with challenger and Fayetteville detective Chris Stevers were featured in […]

Coker, Hayes and Manning face off for open DA post

Coker, Hayes and Manning face off for open DA post

Takeaways from GOP district attorney forum • Coker: ‘In the trenches’ and tried cases in all 4 counties of the circuit • Hayes: Wrote the manual for prosecutors, prosecuted in two circuits and ran the offices in both • Manning: Have passion for justice system, hardest working, best educated, faces questions about poker game robbery […]