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Palin PAC gives money to Zoller

Palin PAC gives money to Zoller

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Sarah Palin's political action committee spent nearly three-quarters of a million dollars during the latest fundraising period, with about $55,000 donated to candidates.

SarahPAC raised about $833,900 from July 1 through Sept. 30. The $774,000 it spent went mostly to the business of running the PAC, including consulting, travel expenses, and postage and mailings.

It donated $54,500 to candidates, including U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Allen West and Sandy Adams of Florida; and U.S. House candidates Martha Zoller of Georgia, Mia Love of Utah, Ted Yoho of Florida and Kirk Adams of Arizona.

It also contributed to U.S. Senate candidates Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Dan Bongino of Maryland, Ted Cruz of Texas and Jeff Flake in Arizona.

SarahPAC ended the quarter with nearly $1.3 million available.

GOP fights to pick up 2 Ga. congressional seats

GOP fights to pick up 2 Ga. congressional seats

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Georgia Republicans are pushing to pick up two congressional seats in the November elections.

The GOP is a strong favorite to claim an open seat centered on Gov. Nathan Deal's former turf in the Gainesville area.

The House district packs in more Republican voters than any in Georgia, giving state Rep. Doug Collins a huge edge of Democrat Judy Cooley.

To gain a second seat, Republicans must oust Democratic Rep. John Barrow, who moved to Augusta after GOP lawmakers cut Savannah from the 12th District last year. The changes favor Republican challenger Lee Anderson, a state lawmaker and farmer from Grovetown.

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Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

N. Ga. congressional runoff to be held Tuesday

N. Ga. congressional runoff to be held Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Republican voters in north Georgia will be heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the race for the state's newest congressional seat.

State Rep. Doug Collins, a lawmaker with ties to the governor, faces conservative talk show host Martha Zoller in Tuesday's GOP runoff for the 9th Congressional District, which covers Gainesville and parts of north Georgia.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Just over 700 votes out of nearly 110,000 votes cast separated Collins from Zoller in last month's Republican primary. The winner of Tuesday's runoff will have a substantial edge in the general election given the GOP's strength in the district.

The candidates have focused heavily on proving their conservative credentials. The winner will face Democrat Jody Cooley in November.

Hall voters approve Sunday alcohol sales

Hall voters approve Sunday alcohol sales


Hall County voters approved Sunday liquor-by-the-drink and package sales in the March 6 election. In the coming weeks, the Board of Commissioners will amend the county's alcohol codes to allow for Sunday sales and include requirements for hours of sale.

According to the Hall County Elections & Voter Registration, 23,184 voters or 29% of all registered voters turned out for the election.


Sunday liquor-by-the-drink sales: 58% yes, 42% no
Sunday package sales: 57% yes, 43% no

Full results online.

Submit Hall County property tax return by April 1

Submit Hall County property tax return by April 1


April 1 is the deadline for Hall County property owners to file a property tax return with the Tax Assessors office. Property owners are not required to file a return.

Real and Personal Property forms can be found on the Tax Assessors office web page, taxassessor.hallcounty.org, under "Forms and Applications." Forms must be received or postmarked with the official USPS postmark in order to be considered timely.

Reasons to file a return

Absentee ballots available for March 6 primary

Absentee ballots available for March 6 primary


Absentee ballots by mail are available for the March 6 presidential preference primary. Applications are available at the Hall County Elections Office or online

Early voting will be available Feb. 13-March 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Elections Office, 2285 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 2, Gainesville. The office will be open Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well.  

Contact the Hall County Elections Office 770-531-6945 with questions.