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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local GOP to consider cutting meetings to once every quarter

Camie Young

Camie Young

Republicans are looking at a rule change that could streamline the organization.

During a county committee meeting today, the local GOP will consider hosting official meetings once a quarter instead of every month.

"This will allow us to further focus our attention to necessary events and more pressing issues, specifically to create more town hall meetings supporting our elected officials and to grow our party to really all parts of Gwinnett," the group's chairman, Bruce LeVell, said in an email letting people know about the meeting, to be held at the GOP's headquarters at 46 S. Clayton St.

The committee meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month, except for December. The rule change would mean official business meetings would only occur in February, May, August and November.

There are numerous requirements to be eligible to vote for the change, including being a dues-paying member of the Gwinnett GOP. For more information go to www.gwinnettrepublicans.com.

Johnson wants COPS funding to continue

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson worked this week to stop the proposed elimination of the U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services Office.

Johnson, a Democrat whose district includes part of Gwinnett, said COPS grants are critical to keeping our families and communities safe, and he pointed out that the program made $240 million in federal aid available this year to help communities keep police officers on the job.

"Now is not the time to turn our backs on our local law enforcement officers," Johnson said in a press release. "At a time when states are struggling to balance their budgets, they need federal support to ensure they have the resources they need to keep their communities safe. COPS is vital to this equation."

In 2009, DeKalb County was awarded more than $3 million to fund 15 officer positions, and Conyers received more than $400,000 to fund three officers. Last October, Johnson presented Chief John King of Doraville with a COPS grant of $385,000 to hire two additional officers.

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.

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