Senate candidate descends from tower

Dale Cardwell's time on top of Atlanta ended this week, when the television reporter-turned political candidate said his message on change was heard.

Cardwell, who is running for U.S. Senate, spent the first week of the New Year at the top of the Corey Tower near downtown. He descended 320 feet from his perch about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, after spending some of the coldest nights of the winter in an insulated sleeping bag atop the tower.

"Everyday Georgians have all but lost the ability to control their government and must elect an independent senator who will shun special interest cash and work only for the people," Cardwell said of accomplishing his goal of bringing attention to his campaign.

During the event, Cardwell talked about his solutions to health care, immigration and energy problems with hundreds of citizens through e-mail and a Web cam.

In his bid for Saxby Chambliss' seat in the Senate, Cardwell will first square off against DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones in the Democratic primary.

Chamber to unveil legislative agenda

With just days to go before they convene underneath the Gold Dome, legislators will get a call to action from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce today.

The Chamber is expected to present its first comprehensive legislative agenda to the local delegation during a meeting from 6 to 8 tonight at the 1818 Club.

"It's important for the Chamber to be a proactive, valuable resource for our delegation and communicate the needs and recommendations from the business community and the Partnership Gwinnett strategy that we believe will create high-wage jobs in Gwinnett and enhance our community's quality of life," said Demming Bass, the organization's vice president of marketing and public policy.

According to a press release, the Chamber will be pursuing legislative issues ranging from water, transportation, and revitalization to education, economic development and small business development.

The event will also give business leaders a last-minute opportunity to speak to the local leaders before they head to the Capitol.

The cost is $35 for Chamber members and $55 for non-Chamber members. All no-shows will be billed. Walk-ins are not guaranteed a seat. To reserve a seat, contact Natalie Shore at 770-232-8812 or Natalie@gwinnettchamber.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.