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Davis sponsors switch to redistricting by commission

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 6:41 PM
Last updated 11:53 PM
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ATLANTA – Seven private citizens would draw election boundaries instead of politicians under legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta.

He said he isn’t motivated by how redistricting was handled last year for the legislature or the Augusta Commission, only public frustration.

“We’ve got a unique opportunity in advance of the 2020 redistricting,” he said. “I think the citizens across the great state of Georgia have always wanted to have the opportunity to have the best representation from their communities. For so long, this has been a political process that truly needs to be depoliticized.”

Senate Bill 122 and Senate Resolution 222 would set up a referendum for voters to decide on amending the constitution to create the mechanism for the redistricting commission. They require approval from two-thirds of the House and Senate first.

Similar proposals have gone nowhere in the General Assembly. Most notably, then-Gov. Sonny Perdue proposed a citizens commission to conduct redistricting, but his fellow Republicans running the legislature ignored it.

Davis isn’t certain his idea will ever be voted on, but he thinks it will at least be the subject of a public hearing in a Senate committee.

“What happens beyond the hearing process, I’m not sure at this point,” he said.

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ColCo
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ColCo 02/14/13 - 08:02 am
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Hahahahahahahahahahahahhah!

Really? Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/14/13 - 08:46 am
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Why not just do away with the representative government
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we have in Atlanta and Washington. Wasted money. Wasted time. Let each citizen in this great democratic country do whatever floats their won boat. Free at last, free at last. Lunatics promoting chaos. Patients running the asylum.

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nocnoc 02/14/13 - 09:08 am
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We really only need 4 districts

Downtown, Eastside, Westside, and Southside.
That covers The $$$$, The Poor, The Social Class, and the Taxpayers.

Then make the Commissioner positions full time with a staff of 4 people each.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/14/13 - 09:36 am
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Sen. Davis

I agree with your ultimate goal; the gerrymandering that goes on with politicians is shameful.

There is a better way that is totally non partisan and fair, and if you will buy me a copy of the software, I will do it for free.

You simply pick a corner of the state, or the geographical center, and pull in zip codes in a symmetrical fashion until you have the desired population. Then you go from there.

That is what we did to apportion our districts in my former business, except we did it by business $$ so that every manager managed about the same piece of the budget.

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soapy_725 02/14/13 - 10:55 am
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Sen Davis has done his due diligence.
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He has earned his pay, "whatever happens, he don't know or care.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/14/13 - 10:56 am
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Non-Partisan and Fair

The trouble, IAD, is that the politicians, Davis included, are not interested in anything fair or equal. They want to pander to people who will vote to give them power.

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dichotomy 02/14/13 - 12:18 pm
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I'm telling you that the way

I'm telling you that the way to cure gerrymandering and ensure that districts have cohesive interests by locale is to require all districts have four 90 degree corners unless they touch a state or municipal boundary, in which case they must have either one 90 degree corner and two straight boundary lines OR two 90 degree corners and three straight boundary lines.

This gerrymandering for racial purposes is killing our neighborhoods and communities. I assure you that a black person living down the road a mile or two from me would have more common interests with me in getting our road fixed and municipal services in our area than they would another black person on the other side of the county or even the next county that just happend to be in the same gerrymandered district that was created just to get another black representative.

The districting system was created and maintained by politicians who benefit by keeping us divided and BOTH parties do it and the RACISTS on both sides support it. A politician that represents a gerrymandered district is NOT responsible to any neighborhood or community for local issues......they are only responsible for grand standing to the race baiting media issues.

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faithson 02/14/13 - 01:25 pm
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well said Dichotomy,

'race baiting media' says a lot about what goes on.

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