Ministers group bashes Augusta government change

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Plaintiffs in a lawsuit over Augusta’s reorganization plan held a rally Tuesday at Antioch Baptist Church.

With about 200 people in attendance, members of The Baptist Ministers Conference of Augusta, along with Metro Courier publisher Barbara Gordon, railed against the changes.

They accused Augusta Commission members Corey Johnson and Matt Aitken of collusion when last week, Johnson voted against, and Aitken voted in favor of, firing City Administrator Fred Russell. That vote failed 6-4.

Gordon compared the group’s dealings with city government to that of black South Africans under apartheid.

The plaintiffs’ April 1 lawsuit alleges the restructuring violates the city charter because it was passed without a two-thirds majority and is an illegal delegation of power to Russell when it should be held by Augusta’s mayor.

Tuesday’s rhetoric was not as strong as that at a similar town hall meeting the group held in April.

Former Interim Mayor Willie Mays warned the group to be “equally as vigilant” with redistricting of the commission and Richmond County Board of Education seats.

Former Commissioner Marion Williams invited the group to another town hall meeting Sept. 6 to “get an education about our government.”

The lawsuit, which precluded the Georgia attorney general from deciding what powers Augusta’s mayor actually has, is months from being decided.

Its discovery period, complete with lengthy depositions of three commissioners, is over, according to Augusta general counsel Andrew MacKenzie. MacKenzie doubted, however, that resolution of the case would take years.

“The judge has expressed some indication to move the case along pretty quickly,” he said.

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billyjones1949
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billyjones1949 08/24/11 - 12:03 am
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If that is all The Black

If that is all The Black Ministers can say then they are not saying much. Go back home. Surely you jest about aparthide.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/24/11 - 04:27 am
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Fred Russell has to be the

Fred Russell has to be the most hated man ever in Augusta. When they prayed at the church meeting a few in the crowd felt called to speak in tongues condemning the new Lucifer. It could be deciphered that Russell is evil and has more than one set of horns.

Russell has the blacks marching on Johannesburg, the white commissioners plotting to do an Et tu, Brute on him once they get his budget and the media blaming any earthquake that registers over 3 on the Richter Scale in the county on him personally.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/24/11 - 06:48 am
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Susan McCord wrote: Former

Susan McCord wrote:

Former Interim Mayor Willie Mays warned the group to be “equally as vigilant” with redistricting of the commission and Richmond County Board of Education seats.

With all the squabbling over Fred (What, me worry?) Russell, people are forgetting about this important thing. It is good that Mays reminded people about it. The commission district boundaries need to be re-drawn. Because of population shifts, some districts need to shrink and some need to grow to put the same population in each district.

The rub is, "Who is going to do the re-drawing?" Will the commission form a committee? Will the mayor suggest that the Carl Vinson institute in Athens do the re-drawing. Will they ask Ralph Walker again?

The election is Nov. 2012. They need to get cracking.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/24/11 - 06:55 am
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So, the Baptist ministers

So, the Baptist ministers accused Augusta Commission members Corey Johnson and Matt Aitken of collusion. So what? It's no crime.

Personally, I think you will find Johnson voting against Mason more and more in the months ahead. Mason upbraided Johnson publically in a commission meeting over Johnson's request to "do-over" his vote about the golf course management. I'm sure Johnson felt Mason was humiliating him.

Then, we have the juicy rumor that Johnson is slinking around City Hall trying to get a high-level city job. He can't vote against the hand he hopes will feed him.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/24/11 - 06:57 am
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By the way, can anyone

By the way, can anyone enlighten us here about what kind of job Corey Johnson has now? Is he employed at all? Does he own his own business?

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wondersnevercease 08/24/11 - 07:56 am
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False men of God ....you need
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False men of God ....you need to pay taxes on the buildings you call churches.

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mrducks 08/24/11 - 09:22 am
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When will these "churches"
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When will these "churches" lose their tax-exempt status? Seriously, when?

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Fiat_Lux 08/24/11 - 10:05 am
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Marion Williams continues to

Marion Williams continues to obstruct, hinder and derail the function of local government in Richmond County. If he can't do it as a county commissioner, he sure as heck is going to find another way to do it.

And we all know what his only agenda is.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 08/24/11 - 01:54 pm
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Is it any wonder the city

Is it any wonder the city gets sued and loses so often? EVERY SINGLE TIME we called the city for OVER 2 years trying to get 1 single drain cleaned out that causes a large area of downtown to flood they lied to Channel 12 news, all the other reporters, and the National Taxpayers Union.

This is why RC is 9 million in the hole, blatent dishonesty and little else. They are willing to screw their cops and firefighters to give their buddies raises when they are already making about $10,000 per month EACH.

We were just encouraged to sue the city by yet another city employee, because after all it's NOT THEIR MONEY:o(

Now they're talking about giving the employees that caused all these lawsuits a raise.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 08/24/11 - 02:12 pm
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wondersnevercease wrote;

wondersnevercease wrote; "False men of God ....you need to pay taxes on the buildings you call churches".

mrducks wrote; "When will these "churches" lose their tax-exempt status? Seriously, when"?

Can't speak for the rest but Curtis Church did and does pay taxes on our properties and buildings. We have the receipts to prove it. The slander that no church pays any taxes is false. There are strict requirements to be tax exempt as a church or its buildings. Most Churches have and do result in taxes being paid. They also save the communities they are located in millions in taxes and thousands of lives. Perhaps Augusta would like to have Chicago's crime rate where there are fewer churches per capita?
Compare this to the Evolution philosophers who have poured over 1 billion dollars of our tax money down rat holes in their tireless search for OUR “FAVORED SPECIES” to tout their racist philosophy that some colors of men are not as “evolved” as other colors of men.. Who are the charlatans now?

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