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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Legislators bring the heat at Coolray

Special Photos. State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, above left, and state Rep. Tom Rice, R-Norcross, above right, throw out the ceremonial first pitches at Coolray Field on Wednesday.

Special Photos. State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, above left, and state Rep. Tom Rice, R-Norcross, above right, throw out the ceremonial first pitches at Coolray Field on Wednesday.

Batter up!

Two of Gwinnett's longest serving legislators took to the mound Wednesday, throwing out the first pitch at the Gwinnett Braves' Coolray Field.

State Sen. Renee Unterman of Buford and Rep. Tom Rice of Peachtree Corners were given the honor as part of a Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce special event, in which sponsors of the legislative summit held that afternoon were given an opportunity to schmooze at the game.

At the summit, Rice joked that he was anticipating the pitch and had an orthopedic surgeon on standby.

"It was my ambition to be a major league baseball player, but I didn't get there," he said.

Unterman plugged a legislative accomplishment from past sessions when she talked about the occasion.

"At least when we go to the ballfield, we'll be able to have a beer. We took care of that a few years back," she said with a laugh.

FairTax gains

two more co-sponsors

This week, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall's signature legislation, the FairTax, gathered two more co-sponsors: Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo. Lugar signed on as a co-sponsor to S. 13, the FairTax Act of 2011." Introduced by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., S. 13 is the Senate version of House Resolution 25, also called the FairTax Act of 2011. Graves signed on to HR 25, the House-introduced version of the FairTax.

"I am pleased that Senator Lugar and Congressman Graves have committed to the FairTax," Woodall said. "The FairTax is the only tax reform proposal that offers Americans freedom from the large hand of government reaching into their paycheck each month. The bill would jumpstart economic growth and job creation more than any other piece of legislation in Congress could. Adding these two fine members to the FairTax's list of congressional supporters is another indication of just how much national backing the FairTax actually has."

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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