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Political Notebook: Linder encouraged by more support for FairTax

Support for John Linder's FairTax plan is gaining, the congressman reported last week.

Linder, R-Duluth, announced he had reached 65 co-sponsors for his tax reform legislation, where income taxes would be replaced with a national sales tax. The latest supporters are Oklahoma Reps. Frank Lucas and Mary Fallin.

"We have seen extraordinary traction this year," Linder said in a press release. "Grassroots support across the nation is motivating (Congress) members to study the FairTax and decide whether they are going to be for the bill or against the bill. I certainly appreciate Rep. Fallin's support, although I cannot take credit for her signature; it was her constituency."

The FairTax is the most highly co-sponsored piece of tax reform legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, out-numbering its closest competition, the Freedom Flat Tax, by 59 co-sponsors. Linder said the FairTax has more co-sponsors than any other piece of tax reform legislation proposed in over three decades.

"I believe this is just the beginning," he said. "I can't go anywhere anymore without someone asking me how the FairTax is doing. People are paying attention and they are looking for ideas in which to believe. The FairTax is one that really resonates and creates excitement. We are working to reach 100 co-sponsors in the 110th Congress, and once we do that the politicians in Washington will have no choice but to listen. I have said many times, the people are way ahead of the politicians on this issue."

Qualifying, take 2

Three local communities will reopen for qualifying this week.

Lilburn, Auburn and Barrow County will hold special elections on the same day as the upcoming Nov. 6 general election to replace three people who resigned from office to run for a different position.

The posts are open because:

In Lilburn, Diana Preston shed her council title to run against Ken Swaim for mayor.

In Auburn, Linda Bleckinger left her unexpired term on the council to run for mayor as well. She faces William Ackworth in November.

Barrow County's Roger Wehunt left his county commission seat, so he could run for mayor of Winder against Don Graden and Chip Thompson.

Upcoming events

Next week is packed with opportunities for Gwinnettians to hear from local leaders.

First, Gov. Sonny Perdue is slated to appear for the annual governor's environmental address sponsored by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. That event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Gwinnett Civic Center.

The next day, the state's second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, will appear at a 5:30 p.m. Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Then, local Republican elected officials, including U.S. Rep. John Linder, will be out to raise money for the GOP.

The Gwinnett County Republican Party has planned its first fundraising barbecue from 2 to 5 p.m. for Sept. 30 at Collins Hill Park. Officials said they hope to make the barbecue an annual event.

In addition to the politickin', the picnic will include a patriotic photo booth, door prizes, a coloring contest and face painting for the kids. There will also be a presidential straw poll. Catering will be provided by Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que.

Admission to the event, which has been dubbed "Pre-victory Party 2008" is $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Gwinnett GOP at 770-925-VOTE or visit www.gwinnettgop.org.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.