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State Rep. Ross Tolleson: Central Georgia at State Capitol

State Rep. Ross Tolleson: Central Georgia at State Capitol


ATLANTA (Friday 13, 2012) On Monday legislators from across the state filled the Senate and House Chambers excited to begin another historic year for Georgia. Throughout the past year we have made great strides toward economic recovery for our state. We have brought jobs to Georgia, lowered the unemployment rate and addressed the looming water issues that face our state. However, much is left to be accomplished. Georgia’s education system still lags behind the majority of other states in our nation, and our economy has not yet fully recovered. This session will be crucial as we continue to take necessary steps toward putting our state on the right path.

On the first day of the 2012 Legislative Session, we passed the following bills: a clear message that education reform is vital to our success as Georgians.


SB 38

Dublin Mayor Phil Best on 2012 Legislative Session

Phil Best, Mayor of Dublin, joins us on Eyewitness News Mornin' every two weeks to bring you an update on issues affecting the Emerald City.

Tuesday, he dialed in from Atlanta, where he is representing his community at opening events for the 2012 Legislative Session.

Mayor Best shared his legislative priorities for this session. He described a proposal that would delay public vote on a one cent sales tax to fund transportation upgrades.  The Mayor said he supports a plan to put the T-SPLOST on November's ballot, since the delay would give voters more time to understand the benefits they would reap from extra revenue for transportation projects.

GOP Attorney to Challenge Barrow

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- An attorney from metro Atlanta says she'll move to Central Georgia to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow in 2012.

Maria Sheffield announced her congressional campaign Thursday. The 37-year-old lawyer finished second last year in a nine-way GOP primary race for Georgia insurance commissioner.

The Savannah Morning News reports that Sheffield lives in Cobb County but says she'll move to Laurens County in Barrow's 12th District. Congressmen aren't required to live in their districts, but being an outsider can turn off voters.

Barrow faces the same problem. He lives in Savannah, which GOP lawmakers have eliminated from his district.

Live blog: 2011 Dublin Election Results

Live blog: 2011 Dublin Election Results

8:43 p.m.  100% precincts reporting:

Phil Best wins with 72% of the vote. 

Ed Touchberry wins with 62%.

Gary Johnson wins with 65%

and Julie Driger wins with 65%


8:31 p.m.

Mayor: Phil Best has 72% of the vote with 99% of precincts reporting.

City Council, Ward 1: Julie Driger leads with 65% of the vote.

Ward 2: Gary Johnson leads with 69% of the vote

Ward 3: Ed Touchberry leads with the 62% of the vote

Board of Education: Bill Perry leads with 56% of the vote.

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Where Did You Put Your Voter Sticker?

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