POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Chambliss named taxpayers' friend

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss was recently recognized with the 2010 “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” by the National Taxpayers Union.

Georgia’s senior senator scored 97 percent on the group’s rating scale, which weighed votes on tax, fiscal trade and regulatory policy.

“I am humbled to receive this award,” Chambliss said. “I have always worked to protect taxpayers’ interests and will continue to do so.”

The group’s president, Duane Parde, said Chambliss was a stand out in a year of unusual rancor on the issues.

“2010 saw some of the most polarizing fiscal issues in the history of Congress, and NTU’s Rating depicted the trend in stark detail,” Parde said. “Although an increasing number of lawmakers voted with taxpayers’ interests, more than three times as many sided with special interests instead. With this lopsided tug-of-war among members of Congress, it is no wonder the nation’s finances were dragged into a quagmire last year.”

About 8,300 of the members of the National Taxpayers Union reside in the state of Georgia.

Woodall to speak to tea party group

Congressman Rob Woodall will speak tonight to the Lawrenceville and Duluth Gwinnett Tea Party.

The 7 p.m. meeting at the Flying Machine Restaurant in Lawrenceville is open to the public, and organizer Paul Davis is encouraging anyone from Woodall’s 7th District to attend.

He said he expects to hear the congressman’s views on the recent budget agreement between the Republican and Democratic parties, as well as spending cuts, the national debt, the economy and a repeal of the health care law.

Davis said the members of the local tea party were pleased when Woodall introduced H.R. 25, the FairTax Act of 2011, continuing on the cause of his predecessor U.S. Rep. John Linder.

“Rep. Woodall has already put his mark on Washington in an effort to make positive changes for Gwinnett County and the American people,” Davis wrote in a press release.

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

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.