Outside GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's Atlanta fundraiser last week, some members of MoveOn Gwinnett staged a protest.
The group demonstrated outside the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to show opposition to Romney's positions on Medicare, Social Security, taxes and the economy.
"We can't afford $1,000 per plate luncheons," member Eva Russo said in a press release. "But we want to let Romney know that we oppose his positions on taxes and the economy. His plans do nothing to help the middle class. In fact, they do just the reverse.
"They would destroy the middle class to benefit the top one percent. We need to move forward, not return to the failed policies of the Bush administration," Russo said.
Glenda Poindexter was unhappy about Romney's recent controversial remarks made at a private meeting with supporters.
"Considering his recent statements, I wonder what else he is telling his rich donors in private today that he will be denying in public tomorrow. He changes his positions so often it's impossible to know where he stands," she said prior to the demonstration.
"Romney has declared war not only on women, but also on the middle class, immigrants, education, health care and the environment -- all to benefit the top one percent," Russo said. "We don't need Romney's plan for America. His plan will destroy America."
New elections board member
Gwinnett Republican Party Chairman announced his pick last week for a seat on the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections.
Alice O'Lenick will replace Keith Shewbert, who resigned to run as a candidate for the Norcross City Council. LeVell said he plans to re-appoint longtime member Joan Zellner upon the expiration of her term at the end of the year.
Both major parties have two seats on the elections board, with a fifth independent member chosen by commissioners.
O'Lenick, a Dacula resident, has worked as a substitute teacher as well as has many years experience on the financial side of Gwinnett-based companies. Zellner has served on the elections board for nearly 20 years and was co-founder of the Greater Gwinnett Republican Women's club.
"As chairman of the GOP, it was most important to me to find someone to fill this seat who possesses unquestioned integrity, honesty and strength of character," LeVell said of O'Lenick. "I have known Alice for many years, and I am thrilled that she is willing to step up and serve the GOP, and the people of Gwinnett County, in this way. I have absolutely no doubt that she will always do the right thing, overseeing the county's outstanding professional staff to ensure that our elections maintain the utmost level of integrity.
"There was no question about re-appointing Joan Zellner," he added. "She knows more about the right and honest way to run elections than almost anyone in the county, and her counsel is unquestioned."
Charter vote forum
If you missed Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks discussion last week on the proposed charter school amendment to the state constitution, you have another chance to hear from the county's top educational leader.
Wilbanks will present his dissenting opinion during a forum Monday presented by the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association.
The event, scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Peachtree Parkway, is intended to help people decide how to vote in November on the issue, which has pitted the Gwinnett school board vs. the governor.
Rep. Jan Jones, who helped write the bill, will speak in favor of the amendment, and Mary Kay Murphy, who represents Peachtree Corners on the school board, will kick off the event with an update on education for the area.
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