POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Tea party's dual meetings to begin

Camie Young

Camie Young

The first Tuesday session of the newly renamed Gwinnett Tea Party will be held this week.

The group, started by local activist Steve Ramey in 2009, has been meeting on the first Thursday of each month at the Flying Machine Restaurant in Lawrenceville as the Founding Fathers Tea Party Patriots, with 50 to 70 participants, special speakers and other activities. But the group has decided to add a second monthly meeting to meet a larger segment of the county.

"The area is so large, and the meetings have become so popular, that we decided it was time to add a second monthly meeting in another part of the county," said David Hancock, who co-chairs the group with Ramey. "Having two meetings on different days and different locations will help us include more people," Mr. Hancock said.

In addition to the Thursday meetings, the group will meet in Suwanee on the last Tuesday of each month. In a press release, Hancock said many of the residents in the northern Gwinnett communities of Buford, Sugar Hill and Suwanee have said they want to become more involved.

This Tuesday, the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Uptown Grille, located in Suwanee's Town Center Park. Those that want to order food should come early, the release said.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/gwinnettcountyteaparty or contact the co-chairs at steveramey@bellsouth.net or david@dhancock.com.Senators co-sponsor estate tax repealGeorgia's U.S. senators are once again co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the federal estate tax, which is also known as the "death tax."

"I have always said this tax is unnecessary and burdensome to American families, especially those who own small businesses and farms," said senior Sen. Saxby Chambliss, former chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. "It is unfair to working Americans who have hopes of passing down their life savings to their children and grandchildren, and it must be repealed."

Colleague Johnny Isakson, who is a member of the Senate Finance Committee said he will do everything he can to make the repeal permanent.

"We should permanently repeal the death tax so that hard-working taxpayers can pass along their savings to their children and grandchildren tax-free. That's good for families and small businesses, and it's good for our economy," he said.

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