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Tea Party Against Transportation Tax

Georgia’s Tea Party is continuing its effort to thwart a vote on a transportation sales tax. Last month, it stifled a proposal to move the vote from next July to next November. Now, the political group says it’s against the vote entirely, and its opinion could sway a lot of voters.

Another Partial Shutdown of the FAA?

Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss is supporting the U.S. Senator holding up debate on a funding extension to the Federal Aviation Administration.The FAA could face another partial shutdown if Congress doesn’t pass the measure by midnight Friday.

Separate Transportation Sales Tax Campaigns

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce will coordinate distinct regional marketing campaigns for next year’s transportation sales tax vote. Officials overseeing the campaigns will also be seeking private funds to bankroll them.

Town Explores First Lady's Roots

Tourism may be looking up for a Clayton County city in the near future. Research has shown that first lady Michelle Obama has family ties to Rex, 15 miles south of Atlanta. Clayton County Commission chairman Eldrin Bell says his staff is working to develop a historical site in the town.

97 Communities Pick Sunday Sales Vote

A tally by the Georgia Food Industry Association finds that 97 cities and counties throughout Georgia are set to hold Sunday sales referendums during the November general election later this year. The group said the votes represent about 2.5 million Georgians.

Co-Payments Planned For Peachcare

People who receive government-subsidized health care could deal with higher co-payments this fall. It's an effort to save the state millions of dollars. The proposal would raise co-payments for Medicaid and for the first time require co-payments for Peachcare services.

Court Upholds Open Meetings Ruling

Georgia's top court is requiring the city of Statesboro to pay the legal costs of residents who sued it for violating the state's Open Meetings Act. The unanimous opinion upholds a Bulloch County judge's ruling that found the Statesboro mayor and city council met outside the city' hall chambers to discuss the city's 2011 budget.

Immigration Panel Draws Critics

Controversy flared last week over a Governor Deal appointment to the state’s new immigration enforcement panel. And there are concerns over its potential cost to municipalities. A portion of Georgia’s new immigration law creates the Immigration Enforcement Review Board, a seven-member panel appointed by state elected officials.

Dept. Of Agriculture Pushes Fertilizer Check

The Georgia Department of Agriculture wants farmers to check their chemical inventory and reports any shortages to police. The call for vigilance comes in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks Sunday.

DOT Commissioner Resigns

The chairman of the Georgia Department of Transportation says Commissioner Vance Smith has resigned. State Transportation Board Chairman Rudy Bowen says he accepted Smith's resignation on Wednesday. The Columbus, Ga., native served as a state representative from 1993 until he was elected DOT commissioner in 2009.

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