POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall casts vote in support of spending reduction



U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, cast his vote in favor of House Resolution 1, which would provide continued discretionary spending for the rest of fiscal year 2011.

After a weeklong debate and more than 500 amendments, the bill passed the House about 4 a.m. Feb. 19.

“I proudly cast my vote in favor of a bill that begins the dramatic spending reductions this Congress promised the American people,” Woodall said in a news release. “HR 1 is a step toward the serious fiscal reform the American people called for in the November election.

“... Let’s be clear, this is only a starting point and there is still real work and tough decisions to be made in Washington. As introduced, HR 1 would cut $100 billion in discretionary spending, the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the history of our nation. That said, $100 billion is only one-fifteenth of the national deficit. As such, I will continue working with my colleagues to push for further fiscal reform.”

Founding Fathers Tea Party Patriots clarifies endorsement

Steve Ramey of the Gwinnett-based Founding Fathers Tea Party Patriots has a message for those who read last week’s Political Notebook, which featured an item about Gwinnett chairman candidate Will Costa receiving the George Washington Honesty in Government Award from the State of Georgia Tea Party.

“To eliminate any confusion, the Founding Fathers Tea Party Patriots wanted to make perfectly clear this was not an endorsement by the Founding Fathers for Will Costa,” Ramey wrote in an e-mail. “We as a group do not endorse candidates at any level of government.”

Personally, Ramey said he endorses former Gwinnett County Administrator Charlotte Nash.

“I feel Nash is the most qualified candidate with her experience and knowledge gained during the 27 years she worked for Gwinnett County,” Ramey wrote. “At this critical stage we do not need a learning curve that might delay meaningful decisions facing Gwinnett County now.”

Upcoming candidate forums

One more forum is scheduled this month for candidates in Gwinnett’s chairman’s race.

The event is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 5575 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross. This forum is hosted by the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association.

Will Costa, a Libertarian from Lilburn, and Republicans Larry Gause of Tucker, Duane Kissel of Snellville and Charlotte Nash of Dacula are vying to fill the unexpired term of former Chairman Charles Bannister, who resigned in October to avoid indictment on a perjury charge.

Other forums are scheduled as follows:

• 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. The event is hosted by the Gwinnett PTAs, the Gwinnett League of Women Voters and AAUW of Georgia.

• 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 8 at the Gwinnett Chamber in the Education Room, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. The event is hosted by the Council for Quality Growth and the Gwinnett Chamber, and registration is required. Visit qgi.wufoo.com/forms/


Heather Darenberg is filling in while Camie Young is on maternity leave. To submit items for Political Notebook, e-mail heather.darenberg