TIA proponents, opponents both rally for their causes
by Marcus E. Howard
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July 22, 2012 01:06 AM | 2817 views | 7 7 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Organizer Pat Negron talks about Saturday's ‘Drive for Liberty’ event in opposition to the Transportation Investment Act.<br>Staff/Jon-Michael Sullivan
Organizer Pat Negron talks about Saturday's ‘Drive for Liberty’ event in opposition to the Transportation Investment Act.
Staff/Jon-Michael Sullivan
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Attorney and former state Sen. Chuck Clay, center, speaks to Supporters of the Transportation Investment Act that gathered in a parking lot near Whitlock Avenue and Lindley Avenue in Marietta on Saturday morning.<br>Staff/Jon-Michael Sullivan
Attorney and former state Sen. Chuck Clay, center, speaks to Supporters of the Transportation Investment Act that gathered in a parking lot near Whitlock Avenue and Lindley Avenue in Marietta on Saturday morning.
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MARIETTA — Both sides of the controversial transportation tax referendum, known as TSPLOST, campaigned Saturday morning in two very different ways in Cobb County.

Opponents of the 10-year, 1 percent sales tax spent just over two hours driving around Interstate 285 in vehicles decorated with signage and slogans opposing the tax increase. The proponents, who believe the tax will ease traffic congestion, held a more conventional outdoor rally in Marietta.

With the July 31 vote a little more than a week away, TSPLOST advocates and opponents exercised some creativity in their direct appeals to voters on Saturday.

About 25 people who are against TSPLOST gathered in Kennesaw off Barrett Parkway before meeting with two other groups of motorists on what was dubbed a “Drive for Liberty,” in which a column of vehicles decked out in anti-TSPLOST signage and American flags, with headlights on, completed two loops around I-285.

Pat Negron of Marietta, an organizer for the newly formed Individual Liberty Coalition, said she believed the drive was effective in getting the group’s message out.

“The pro-TSPLOST people have $8 million to spend on advertising, billboards and newspaper ads,” Negron said. “We don’t have any money. So what we did was the next best thing, that is to have our drive in protest of the TSPLOST.”

Responding to the protest drive, Seth Millican of Marietta told a pro-TSPLOST crowd of roughly 40 people in front of Dave Poes BBQ on Whitlock Avenue that Negron’s group was doing nothing more than wasting fuel while driving in circles.

Millican, a Citizens for Transportation Mobility organizer, had two tables of barbeque and donuts awaiting those who showed up at the event, just down the road from the Cobb Board of Elections and Registration office, where early voting took place.

Guest speaker, former Republican state Sen. Chuck Clay of Marietta, fired up the rally with a speech in which he compared the referendum’s list of local projects to past building projects that used tax dollars, such as the Bell Bomber plant and county water and sewer system.

“We are going to win this thing and we’re going to win it because of people just like this,” he told the gathering.

“I don’t know of a single community anywhere that has been better served by the investment of public trust and public dollars in the infrastructure of their community.”
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Pasquel Perez
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July 23, 2012
Ahh the gold old days.....I remember getting lost in Atlanta and driving around in circles on Interstate 285. I am glad to see that I am not the only one who will be remembered for being lost and aimlessly driving around I-285!!
Everyone can
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July 23, 2012
fold up their signs and garage their painted cars...I already voted no :)
Thomas J. Palmer
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July 22, 2012
The convoy on I-285 Saturday morning received numerous "thumbs up" from drivers arriving at various points along the route which circles Atlanta. Traffic was not affected and many convoy vehicles had windows painted and signs attached advertising their opposition to TSPLOST. All this was evident to the hundreds of passing motorists traveling the route and honking horns in recognition of the effort. Now, let's see if this influences any voters on July 31st.
J Balfour
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July 22, 2012
I am sick and tried of all these robo calls. Anyone who is convinced to vote for or against something or someone from a robo call is probably too stupid to vote. As for the road bill, I find it laughable to see republicans falling all over themselves to tell us why we should vote for a tax increase for highways, but support the same morons in congress who vote against the President's highway bill.
lol.
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July 22, 2012
and now you know why Chuck only received single a few votes in his quest to be Lt. Governor a few years ago.
anonymous
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July 23, 2012
Clay is just another big government spending, crony capitalist. Also known as a RINO.
tiny turnout
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July 22, 2012
Forty out of 600 thousand Cobb residents participated and big articles in area newspapers, woo hoo.
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