... To The Fayette County Issues Tea Party (FCITP)
We are Fayette County, GA citizens who routinely pursue our values through active participation in local government and welcome like-minded citizens to join us
Our Purpose: Promote local governments that:
We also work to influence state actions to be fair to Fayette County, and seek our most qualified citizens to serve in local governments- regardless of gender, race, religion, political party, and sexual orientation.
Our purpose and values are consistent with those of America's Father of Civil Rights- the brilliant abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Douglass respected the U.S. Constitution, respected life, and believed in limited government and personal responsibility. So do we.
Run-away slave, self educated, orator, businessman, advisor to five U.S. Presidents, Minister Resident & Counsel-General to Haiti, and author... read his inspiring biographies to better understand Frederick Douglass and his views on humanity, government, and citizen responsibility.
June 28, GA Superior Court Judge Jason Thompson will explain the newly-implemented DUI Accountability Court program that seeks to punish, rehabilitate, and reduce incarceration costs of offenders seen before that court.
May 31, General Primary runoff candidates Mike Crane (3d U.S. District) and Rudjard Hayes (Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney) discussted their platforms and engaged audience members in Q&A (we have reminded candidates Ferguson and Coker of the opportunity to do the same at our June 28 meeting).
April 26, we cancelled our regular monthly meetings so members could attend forums for conservative candidates.
March 29, Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb updated the audience on crime trends and his office's actions to recognize them early & counteract them.
Former Special Prosecutor Rudjard Hayes followed to explain the responsibilities of the District Attorney's office and its relationship to law enforcement offices and the judiciary.
Feb 29, GA State Senator and U.S. Congressional candidate Mike Crane spoke and responded to questions, followed by GA State Representative candidate James Clifton. County Commission incumbents Charles Oddo and Randy Ognio also spoke with the audience members and stayed to answer individual question.
Photo courtesy of Caitlin Crane
Jan 26, The FCITP hosted an an informal opportunity to review which elected Fayette County public offices open up this year, the issues they'll face, and how to recruit & elect our most capable citizens.
Dec 6, This summer it was Greece, today it's Venezuela. Reality sets in after years of socialist "hope & change" policies ruined economies and tore them apart. "Socialism works great until you run out of other people's money!" Margaret Thatcher.
Nov 9, Federal Judge Batten orders that the trial date to hear the NAACP's complaint against Fayette County is continued until further notice of the court.
Oct 21, Federal Judge Batten orders the NAACP and county boards to meet in an attempt to mediate their differences on the NAACP lawsuit to impose district voting within the Fayette County (see more here).
Sep 9, Fayette County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph "Jody" Barrow updates the audience on our public schools and responds to questions.
Aug 25, Islamic Community Center of Atlanta Trustee Edward Mitchell spends an evening with us to discuss Islam, Muslims, and respond to questions.
Aug 3; Federal Judge Timothy Batten orders Fayette County to use district voting and adhere to the gerrymandered district for the Sep 15, 2015 special election to fill the district 5 seat vacated upon Commissioner Coston's untimely death. Read more here.
July 28; Candidates introduce themselves to the audience and respond to a few questions.
June 30; GA State Representative David Stover explains results of this year's legislative session and responds to questions to members' questions as they enjoy home made ice cream.
June 27; FCITP co-founder Bob Ross & wife attend the Annual Ramadan Interfaith Dinner hosted by the Islamic Community Center of Atlanta (ICCA) at their mosque in Fayetteville, GA.
Mosque members enthusiastically welcomed attendees of all faiths, explained Islam's articles of faith (very similar to those of other world religions), responded to questions, and touched on the very significant ways their members support our community and the needy in Atlanta.
June 18; We join community & elected leaders to show solidarity in support of law enforcement officials.
May 26; Michael Mumper and Fayette FACTOR Director Becky Smith explain issues challenging Fayette youths
April 28; GA State Senator Marty Harbin and Representative Matt Ramsey re-capped the 2015 legislative session and elaborated on specific bills of interest to members
COL Malcolm recounts his combat tour in the biography White Tigers (available at the presentation and at Amazon).
September 30; A panel with Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown, ARC Director of Community Services Jane Hayse, and GA State Representative Ed Setzler, Chairman of the House Technology Committee and Member of the House Transportation Committee discuss autonomous vehicles (driverless cars), their use in the state, regulatory considerations, and responded to questions during this 90 minute panel presentation.
August 26, Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson updates the audience on topics ranging from storm water management and budget, to the status of our formerly troubled drinking water purification system.
July 29, USAF Brigadier General (Retired) Larry Wright relates his experiences as Commander of the 89th Military Airlift Wing and pilot in command of Air Force 1, with responsibility to fly the president other U.S. and foreign dignataries.
Wright recalled personal events with the Carters, Reagans, and Bushes.
July 9, Members fo the FCITP joined other citizens in front of the Mexican Consulate's office in Atlanta to protest USMC SGT Andrew Tahmooressi's 101 day incarceration in a Tiajuana jail for taking a wrong turn that brought him over the border.
May 27th: COL (Retired) Ben Malcom, Fayette County resident and former fighter behind enemy lines in North Korea with the CIA. Author of "White Tigers"
Read Ben's amazing biography.
Fayette NAACP Chairman John Jones
Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown
Dr. Joseph C. Barrow Discusses Fayette County School System
Jim Pace Updates On Pinewood Studios
GA Supt. of Schools John Barge headlines CCSS Forum
D.A. King and GA Rep. Ramsey address FCITP members
FCITP Supports Blacks in Debate On County Voting Process
May 30, 2013: BOC decides to appeal court decision
FCITP hosts meeting on education
Oct 30; At its monthly meeting, the Fayette County Issues Tea Party hosted a meeting to solicit ideas for making the county's public education system the best in the state while keeping spending within revenues. Elected officials from the school board, county commission, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, along with PTO & PTA members, parents, and citizens heard an assessment of our current education status (very good!) and financial status (struggling with a forecasted multi-million dollar 2012-2013 defiicit).
All Metro Atlanta Region counties defeat $8.2b TSPLOST
Atlanta Regional taxpayers resoundingly defeated the transportation tax referendum on July 31 by 62% to 38%.
Opposition to 10-year regional transportation tax grows
Our Core Values
- Constitutional Limits on government authority, and separation of powers both vertically and horizontally
Our members are examining the impact of the recently enacted HB277, or the Transportation Investment Act of 2010, which is Georgia legislation to identify and prioritize transportation projects across the state, and fund them through an increased sales & use tax. This broad task will be accomplished through special districts that contain the same counties as our current regional commissions; Fayette County is currently a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission & special district. Learn more here.
Check back often as we post content and remarks about this 10-year (minimum) $6.2b tax increase and its impacts on you.
West Fayetteville Bypass
This road was one of among some 53 projects that were crypticly referred to as "road, street, and bridge purposes" on a 2004 ballot that voters approved to raise money through a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). A number of citizens began questioning the need for the $25m road when they learned that there was no traffic engineering study that concluded the need for it or alternatives to carry the traffic that Commissioners Frady, Hearn, and Horgan insist will use it.
Citizens renewed their interest when they discovered that they would be paying to provide additional access to over 900 acres of land owned by developers and that the designed road would not provide convenient access to I-85 or the Atlanta Airport (making it far less practical as a bypass around Fayetteville). Learn more here.
May 22, 23, 2012. Two FCITP members debate the Transportation Investment Act to an overflow crowd in Roswell, GA and Cherokee County GA
Jan 12, 2012. FCITP presented a letter to Governor Deal outlining disappointments related to his handling of the Transportation Investment Act of 2010; 22 other organizations co-signed the letter or sent their own copy for presentation to the Governor.
Nov 2011. Greg Clifton defeated 3-term mayor of Fayetteville Ken Steele, who had voted repeatedly for wasteful transit plans in the metro Atlanta region; two of his supporting council members were also defeated.
August 23, 2011. Five municipal candidates introduced themselves to the membership at our monthly meeting, and State Senator arrived straight from the legislature to brief us on the re-districting progress (see our actions here to adjust U.S. Congressional districts to best reflect the values and community interests of Fayette County).
July 4, 2011. Members participated in the PTC Independence Day parade in Peachtree City; float awarded "Most Patriotic" award.
June 23, 2011. FCITP members join other citizens in a standing room only meeting of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners' meeting to comment on the county's FY 2012 budget, which spends $89m against projected revenues of $72m: Obamanomics?
June 22, 2011. Three members of our Tea Party attend a small luncheon with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. In a conversational manner, Gingrich touched on familiar themes important to the country: 14 million Americans out of work, one in four homes worth less than their mortgage, a mountain of federal debt, the need to return to a Constitutionally-limited federal government, energy, and principles that make America exceptional.
Newt Gingrich has always been an idea man (he was the force behind the ’94 Contract With America), and after hearing his ideas here, more than one of us said, “Well, sure, that makes sense; of course that’s the way to approach that tough issue.” It was also obvious that practical ideas in our complex world are a rare commodity and a threat to the current administration and the fawning press that supports it. No small wonder, then, that his major policy speech on the Federal Reserve the same morning made no headlines, but the gossip of departing consultants does.
June 11, 2011. At the invitation of the North Fulton County GOP, Tea Party member Bob Ross explained the economic consequences of rail transit projects in the 10-county transportation investment plan that voters will be asked to vote on next summer. Todd Long, Director of Planning for the GA Dept of Transportation, outlined how highway revenue from gasoline tax was shrinking as maintenance and new construction costs rose.
June 6, 2011. GA businessman Bruce Cook presented the 'One Cent Solution' to southside citizens. Bruce was appointed by former Gov Sonny Perdue as chair of the GA Dept of Human Resources, and has been interviewed by CNN, CBS Evening News, ABC News, and the Wall Street Journal. His simple, yet effective, non-partisan program would reduce federal expenditures 1c for every dollar for five years, which would balance the budget and reduce the national debt over $2T.
Mr. Cook has already briefed the One Cent Solution to US Senators and Representatives, and Rep. Connie Mack (FL) has introduced the legislation in May this year. Read about the Solution, and sign up to urge your elected officials to support it. Everyone can understand reducing their budget 1% over a year!
Now that Governor Deal has signed the bill, GA taxpayers will begin to see some relief in the costs they've borne supporting illegal aliens. Many special interest groups still oppose this measure to enforce the rule of law.
Know Your County Elected Officials
Board of Education
County Elections Board
Candidates Allen McCarty and Steve Brown are sworn in as the county's newest commissioners
Education: The U.S. Constitution