Friday, March 29, 2013
Alpharetta, Milton and Fulton Science High students will participate in the summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors.
Eighty-five Fulton County high school students, including 22 from schools in Alpharetta and Milton, have been selected as finalists for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, the Georgia Department of Education recently announced. The Governor’s Honors Program is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors that takes place on the campus of Valdosta State University. The 2013 program will be the 50th summer, making it the longest continually running program of its kind in the nation. The 85 Fulton students were chosen out of the nearly 3,000 students from across the state who interviewed and auditioned over three weekends in January and February. From those and from those nominees, 690 finalists were…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The Alpharetta and Roswell lawmakers will hold a town hall meeting Saturday, March 16.
State Sens. John Albers and Brandon Beach will hold a joint Town Hall meeting Saturday, March 16 in Alpharetta. Beach, R-Alpharetta, and Albers, R-Roswell, will meet with local residents at Alpharetta City Hall starting at 11:30 a.m. The two legislators are expected to offer legislative updates from the current session of the General Assembly, and their priorities. They also will take questions from those who attend.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Legislators from Alpharetta, Milton and Johns Creek have plans for county government.
CORRECTION: A zero was left off the chart below, making it seem $50,000 homes the most taxed property in the county – except it was supposed to be $500,000. If state lawmakers from Alpharetta, Milton and Johns Creek have their way, Fulton County residents will see lower property taxes, have another county commissioner to represent them and know that new county employees will be evaluated based on their performance. Rep. Jan Jones, R-Milton, is introducing legislation today to double the homestead exemption for Fulton County homeowners to $60,000. If the bill passes, county residents will vote on it in 2014. “As a 30-year resident of Fulton County, I understand how burdensome our high county property taxes are for homeowners,” the Speaker …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Johns Creek resident elected chairwoman of Fulton House Delegation.
With a new legislative session kicking off, Johns Creek's own Rep. Lynne Riley has been named to a new leadership position in the Georgia House of Representatives. "I am honored to have been elected Chairwoman of the Fulton County House Delegation," said Riley on her website. "In 2013, my colleagues and I will deliver a legislative package designed to benefit every citizen of Fulton County by lowering taxes and enhancing service delivery." Riley told Patch that this year is significant in that it's the first time the Fulton delegation will have a Republican majority, and that her election as chair will enable the delegation to move legislation through that is important to North Fulton constituents. She said so far the delegation has …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Rogers recently also decided not to seek re-election as Senate majority leader.
One of the state's most prominent Republican politicians is slated to step down from the Georgia Senate. State Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) announced his resignation from the Georgia Senate in an interview with Walter Jones of Morris News. Rogers, 44, said in a statement he plans to accept a position with Georgia Public Broadcasting. "The opportunity to help lead Georgia Public Broadcasting is like a dream come true in many respects," he said. "The incredible team put together by Director (Teya) Ryan is among the best in broadcasting. I really look forward to joining their efforts." GPB is launching a new initiative in which it will "facilitate coverage of economic development and jobs in Georgia," according to a press release from …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The state senator, whose district covers Cherokee County and Milton, withdrew his name for consideration and endorsed Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone.
Senator Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) has decided not to seek re-election to the post of majority leader in the Georgia Senate. Rogers, who has served as majority leader for four years, said in a emailed statement he decided not to seek re-election, noting the "toll of serving my caucus was taking too much from my family." "While I had no challengers for the position of Majority Leader, the decision was still clear to me," he said. "Leadership positions should never become permanent and I am very supportive of our new Majority Leader and my good friend, Senator (Ronnie) Chance.” Chance's election to the post of majority leader isn't the only news out of the Georgia Senate Republicans' election of new leaders. David Shafer of Duluth defeated …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Alpharetta, Milton and North Fulton County.
As we look ahead to this year's elections, Alpharetta-Milton Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in the area. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as elections draw near. Bookmark this page for updates. TSPLOST: To say that the penny sales tax for transportation projects across the region is polarizing is an understatement. Voters will vote "yes" or "no" for it on July 31. Proponents say "There is no Plan B" to fund much-needed projects that will alleviate traffic congestion, while opponents say the tax isn't about congestion relief at all, among other things. Fulton County School Board: Three non-partisan seats on the Fulton County Board of Education are up for election …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Tom Price will face a Democratic challenger in the November General Election, though it appears he is unopposed in the July Republican Primary.
UPDATED May 25, 5:30 p.m.: Congressman Tom Price, a Republican from Roswell, is certain to face a Democratic challenger in the November General Election–but apparently he won't have an opponent in the Republican Primary July 31. Price, the incumbent Sixth Congressional District U.S. Representative, filed for to keep his post on Wednesday, May 25. Robert Montigel, an Alpharetta small business owner, and Jeff Kazanow, a Roswell business consultant, qualified on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. The filing deadline was at noon on Friday, May 25, so these may be the final qualifiers for U.S. Congress and the Georgia General Assembly. A Democrat threw his hat into the ring for the state Senate District 56 seat, guaranteeing a challenge for …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Though the campaign season already began, candidates will make it official starting Wednesday morning and ending Friday at noon, with seats in the General Assembly possibly being the big prize.
Election season officially begins Wednesday when qualifying opens for July 31 elections. Note that didn't say campaign season–we've all seen the campaign started weeks or months ago by state and local candidates. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said qualifying will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, and end at noon on Friday, May 25. The State Elections Division will conduct qualifying of candidates for nonpartisan state offices at its main location in Atlanta and at its South Georgia office in Tifton. In partisan races, all General Assembly seats–in both the state House and Senate–are up for election. Since the last election, redistricting has changed the political landscape, and North Fulton has benefitted with additional …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Six state legislators stopped by Crabapple on Thursday night to give residents updates from the General Assembly, and answer their questions.
Milton's own state Rep. Jan Jones and five of her colleagues in the General Assembly whose districts represent parts of North Fulton and Cherokee counties answered constituents' questions in Crabapple on Thursday night. The town hall meeting brought a few dozen residents to the Crabapple Government Center to ask about topics ranging from gun ownership rights to charter schools. Dana Teagarden of Roswell wanted to know why legislators hadn't taken action when she presented them with her concerns about Fulton Science Academy Middle School. She particularly wanted to know why some of them supported the school that hadn't accounted for $6 million in bond funds, siding with it over the Fulton School Board when its members voted to deny the …