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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Group delivers petition to Woodall's office

A group of Gwinnett residents and business owners delivered a petition to U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall's Lawrenceville office Wednesday, demonstrating public support for an extending tax cuts for the middle class.

Led by Georgia Fair Share, the coalition calls itself The Middle Class Tax Cuts First campaign, referring to a key component of the so-called fiscal cliff, the looming year end deadline for a series of fiscal bills to take effect.

"Hundreds of citizens and dozens of local leaders have come together in the past few weeks to make one thing clear: this holiday season, the gift no one needs is a tax hike on the middle class," said Jason Pfeifle, the field organizer with Georgia Fair Share.

The petition included 438 signatures from House District 7 residents and a letter signed by representatives from 42 local businesses and organizations.

President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, are engaged in negotiations over the several issues, notably the coming expiration of income tax cuts.

At the press conference outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, DeLane Adams, communications director for the Georgia AFL-CIO, read a statement issued by National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "Republicans are once again demanding benefit cuts to pay for tax cuts, and threatening to harm the economy unless they get their way," it said.

According to the National Economic Council, a typical family of four will see their taxes increase by $2,200 if the tax cuts expire. Experts warn the fiscal cliff could lead to the loss of 1.6 million jobs and another dip into a Recession, Pfeifle said.

"Rep. Woodall, don't be a Grinch this year, work with the president to extend the tax cuts for the middle class now," Pfeifle said.

Jennifer Drogus, Woodall's spokeswoman, said she had not yet seen the petition Wednesday evening.

The congressman is in Washington working on a tax bill coming to the House floor to day, she said.

In a recent newsletter emailed to constituents, Woodall said many people said they would bite the bullet on the tax cuts to move toward a balanced budget. But he is conducting an online poll to make sure the majority of the district agrees.

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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Comments

yahtzeejimbob 1 year, 8 months ago

Woodall cracks me up!

According to this article, he's working hard for his people back in the district. In fact, he's conducting on-line poling to get their feedback. So I goes out to his web site to be apart of the poling, I hits the big button labeled, "SURVEY", and the only question to answer is, "Do you support the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold virtually all of President Obama's health care law?" Same old Confederate-state Dixie-crat campaigning for anything "not Obama"

Hey, if you are interested in possibly overturning Supreme Court decisions, how about stepping away from the typical Repub efforts on ObamaCare and Roe V Wade, and go for something we can all get behind, like Citizens United?

This guy is a loser.

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WhirledPeas 1 year, 8 months ago

Tax the evil rich until they pull up stakes and move somewhere else so we don't have to look at their wealth.

The tax increase they are proposing on the rich will fund the federal gov't for less than 8 days. It will hardly make a chip in the deficit. The only real way to stop the ultimate crash which will come with the skyrocketing debt will be to cut spending.

Since Obama took office, federal revenues have declined 2 per cent. Federal spending has gone up 27 per cent during the same time period. Crazy spending has long been a part of Washington. Obama has taken it to insane heights.

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SuxBeanU 1 year, 8 months ago

did this same group of people also send a wish list to santa this year?Good luck on both petitions.

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kevin 1 year, 8 months ago

Quote: "Rep. Woodall, don't be a Grinch this year, work with the president to extend the tax cuts for the middle class now," Pfeifle said.

Did anyone take notice that the "left" always gets media publicity on blaming the GOP for its problems but never the other way around? Since when are such issues only one side's fault when it was the Liberals that put us in this debt crises. What about the Democrats taking the blame this time for not abiding by what Obama said after his election about getting the two sides together? It is getting to be "old hat" to listen to the lies told by the Democrats. They expect the GOP to give but not the Democrat's ideology. I'd rather we go off this "cliff" once and for all.

Camie you need to do better writing on political issues by explaining both side's and who caused the issue in the first place. The GOP did NOT cause $16 trillion in debt. It was the Democrats. Get this through your Liberal heads. Obama is the real Grinch. He spent money we must borrow and print to pay for all the bills passed by the "left." Obama is the blame for all of this. He has had 4 yrs and can't figure out what to do but raise more money to spend. Yes, a socialist takeover is imminent.

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Why_not 1 year, 8 months ago

Kevin, more than 10 trillion of our debt is "owned" by the GOP. For God's sake do a little reading and research.

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agneskravitz 1 year, 7 months ago

The GOP most certainly DID cause this deficit. It was caused by their TWO unfunded and unnecessary wars. If these ventures were so important, then they should have raised taxes to pay for them and the children and grandchildren of Cheney's peer group should have served too!

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DavidBrown 1 year, 8 months ago

When did "liberal" become a pejorative word? Listen to what Newt Gingrich said the night he became Speaker of the House. He said "...We must give credit where credit is due. The fact is that it was the liberal wing of the Democratic party that was primarily responsible for ending racial segregation in the South."

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Jan 1 year, 8 months ago

The only way Republicans can win the argument in most areas is to convince people that "liberal" is bad. Of course an examination of the facts shows that the main difference in the two parties is what they care about. Liberals have demonstrated that they care about people and improving America as a whole while Conservatives have demonstrate a desire to give away everything to corporations and the wealthy. Fact is that the wealthy have not been paying their fair share of the taxes for a very long time. Under the current proposal, most of the super rich will still be paying less, as a percentage of total income, than most people in the $100,000 to $200,000. Woodall's online and mailed out polls are a means of propaganda and do not indicate any desire for feedback. The ones I have seen are on issues that he has clearly chosen a side and will not change from that side. When you send him a letter or email, his response demonstrates a narrow minded attitude on the subject. Maybe next time people will wise up and elect a true representative for the people.

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yahtzeejimbob 1 year, 8 months ago

Jan,

I couldn't help thinking of the poll Woodall has at the top of this page when I read your words about his means of propaganda w/o feedback. If you take the poll, you realize you will likely not see a summary of the results, or if you do, it will likely be so much later that you can't help but question the validity. I have often responded to instant polls on-line where after you answer the questions, you click on the result button and it shows you how the results have gone from the beginning through to your vote. None of that stuff with Woodall. I was amazed to see his web site DID in fact take down that wacko survey question about whether we "supported the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare.." How is that relevant to the fiscal cliff, jobs, ect? As i said before, the guy is a loser, although he is well-dressed and has a great haircut!

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