DALTON, Ga. — Whitfield County Commission Chair Lynn Laughter knew her effort to renew a sales tax referendum was deeply in trouble about a month ago, when she invited residents to tour an old government building. Laughter invited members of the community to tour Administration Building #2, where the accountability courts meet. A former church, Laughter said the downtown building is about 80 years old. The basement floods, the toilets don't flush and the HVAC system continually breaks. If voters approved the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax on a referendum, the commissioners promised to tear down the old building and construct a new home for the courts. But that night, Laughter recalled, only about a dozen people showed up. About 15 miles northwest, the Catoosa County Commission ran into similar problems. It held five public meetings to educate voters on the need for a new Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. In three of those meetings, Commission Chair … [Read more...] about What last week’s sales tax failures tells us about the state of North Georgia politics
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Kasey Carpenter GA. House of Representatives, District 4 Dalton Kasey Carpenter GA. House of Representatives, District 4... Photo by ANNA WATKINS A bill to let Dalton Utilities take out big loans without voter approval passed through a Georgia House Committee this week. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Chuck Payne, R-Dalton, allows the utility to issue revenue bonds for expansion of electric power without bringing the request to voters on a referendum, as the current law requires. Payne and state Rep. Kasey Carpenter, R-Dalton, who is carrying the bill in the House, say the change gives Dalton Utilities more flexibility. The utility wouldn't want to wait for an election cycle to take out a loan for an important project, they say. They also argue Dalton Utilities should have the same freedom to issue bonds as members of the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, which do not need to put requests like such as this on referendums. As revenue bonds, Dalton Utilities would not … [Read more...] about Georgia House passes bill to let Dalton Utilities issue big loans without people’s vote
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Michael J. Gaynor, The Washington Post Published 8:42 am PST, Monday, December 10, 2018 A banner featuring an image of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen near a table with official campaign merchandise during a 2018 rally in Washington, Mich. A banner featuring an image of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen near a table with official campaign merchandise during a 2018 rally in Washington, Mich. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Daniel Acker Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Daniel Acker Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 A banner featuring an image of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen near a table with official campaign merchandise during a 2018 rally in Washington, Mich. A banner featuring an image of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen near a table with official campaign … [Read more...] about Political campaigns are getting savvier about design. The exception? Trump’s MAGA hat.
Gallery: 6 qualify for Georgia House special election in Gordon, Murray counties +2 more photos Candidate Steve Cochran did not provide a picture of himself for this story Six candidates qualified for a special election for an open state house seat in Northwest Georgia. The election for the District 5 seat, which covers Gordon and Murray counties, will take place Jan. 8. The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday. Early voting begins Dec. 17. The candidates are running to replace the late state Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, who served 14 years in the legislature and died Nov. 13, a week after winning re-election. Meadows was the House Rules Committee chairman. If no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote next month, the two top vote-getters will go to a runoff on Feb. 5. The candidates are: Matt Barton Matt Barton Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. » Matt Barton Age: 46 Occupation: Owner of a courier business that specializes in … [Read more...] about Six qualify for Georgia House special election in Gordon, Murray counties