Barrow GOP voters to take up referenda

Barrow County voters will have a chance to weigh in on the English-only debate this July, that is if they choose Republican ballots.

The local GOP voted to put three questions on their July 15 ballots.

The nonbinding referenda involve the repeal of the estate tax, which the party refers to as the "death tax" on the ballot, and the raising of local taxes to pay for Barrow's portion of the proposed Brain Train from Atlanta to Athens, as well as establishing English as the official language of Georgia.

Also in conventions held last weekend, the local delegates to the Democratic National Convention were chosen.

For District 7, which includes most of Gwinnett and Walton, Barrow and Forsyth counties, the Obama delegates are Steffini Bethea, Preston L. Harden and Patricia Smith, with Megan Kline chosen as an alternate. The Clinton delegate is George Williams.

For District 4, which contains only a small portion of Gwinnett and is mostly centered in DeKalb County, the Obama delegates are Barbara Campbell, Gwendolyn Keyes-Fleming, Lee May, Sai Reddy and Kenneth Samuels. Sen. Gloria Butler, D-Clarkston, whose district includes a portion of Gwinnett, will serve as an alternate Obama delegate and Rhonda Peek was chosen as the Clinton delegate.

Linder hosts town hall session on taxes

Constituents can hear this week from U.S. Rep. John Linder.

The Republican from Duluth is expected to focus on taxes during a tele-town hall meeting from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"The FairTax has experienced record-breaking success throughout the 110th Congress," Linder said in a press release. "We have made the FairTax an important topic in the presidential election, sent over 100,000 petitions to Congress demanding real fundamental tax reform, and we have amassed a grassroots movement that is a million Americans strong, and growing every day."

To participate in the meeting call toll-free, 888-989-6513, and offer the passcode "Linder Town Hall," to be placed into the call.

"Our ailing economy has taken center stage, and rather than discussing solutions that entail massive bailouts or government giveaways, I have continued to fight for a system of taxation that will unleash the potential of the American worker," Linder said. "Reforming our tax code is the right step to solidifying the foundation of our economy. Whether you think the answer is the FairTax or something different, I hope that you will join me on Tuesday, April 29th, so we can have a frank discussion about reforming our tax code for the success of future generations."

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