The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story, more than what the news has to say.

A Guy Making a Difference


Leo Smith is a man on a mission. That mission, telling and showing people of color that it is okay to be a Conservative. Leo has worked with the Republican Party for years getting out the message. The evidence of his hard work and the work of others was manifested in Gov Deal’s re-election. Did…

Courthouse Perks


I promised to follow the Truth no matter where it leads which makes this one of the hardest articles that I have written. I was alerted to this story in a completely different context, but here I am. I have talked to several friends about this piece, and while I am not held to the…

Do You Get What You Pay For?


Last year I made a motion to not fund an additional Juvenile Court Judge. My rational was that our county population was ~180k and we already had 2 Juvenile Court Judges while Forsyth County (same size) only has 1; Gwinnett County with a population of over 800k only has 3. This was rooted in the…

Go Where the Truth Leads You

If you have read any of my blog, I think it is obvious that I was not a journalism or English major. In fact, for most of my political career, my relationship with the media would have been best described as contentious and untrustworthy. As a blog, I am not held to some of the…

Happiest Guy in Gainesville


Yesterday afternoon Zach Thompson got great news. At the Gainesville City Council Meeting Tuesday afternoon, Bob Hamrick announced he was retiring and wouldn’t seek re-election. I am hoping the best for Bob Hamrick and his retirement. Enjoy the free time.

Monica Beatty Wins in Flowery Branch 102 – 73


Monica Beatty deals a harsh blow to the Dark Side of the Force in Flowery Branch. In a crushing 102 to 73 landslide, Ms Beatty beat Sith Lord Mike Miller’s hand picked candidate. I hear Emperor Andrews is a little stressed too. Ms Beatty, we wish you luck in your new position on the Council.…

Budget? We don’t need no stinking budget!


I believe the Commission Chairman has officially lost his mind. He now believes that TAX money grows on trees and budgets are for the birds and completely unnecessary. Is it his age or is it a symptom of him being a tax leach his whole life? Keep in mind he has been a government employee…

Counting to Four


Sometimes when I am at forums like the South Hall Republican Club listening to public officials, I can’t help but to think about what I want to write because there are times when it seems like they are addressing me, but I am not allowed to rebut; as was the case this past Tuesday when…

At-Large Voting


I’ve been asked my opinion on at-large voting. Personally it only makes sense if the jurisdiction is very small. Can you imagine if a councilman only represented a couple hundred people and was voted in by a voting populace of less than 50? But as population grows I really think at-large voting is a way…