Ga. House adds GOP senator to Augusta delegation

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:15 PM
Last updated 9:59 PM
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Bill that adds GOP senator to Augusta delegation passes

ATLANTA — The House passed and sent legislation to the governor Wednesday to add a Republican senator to the Augusta legislative delegation.

The measure, Senate Bill 430, already passed the Senate and now awaits the Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature.

Rep. Wayne Howard, a Democrat who leads the delegation, argued that the bill is a mistake because it dilutes the voting strength of Richmond County’s black residents, who make up about half the population but would be reduced to one-third of the delegation’s Senate seats.

“It reduces our 50 percent voting strength,” he said. “How do you justify that?”

“I justify that by Senate action and the two senators involved,” said Rep. Roger Lane, the chairman of the House redistricting committee.

The bill moves 630 voters along the Savannah River from the district of Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynes­boro, to the district of Sen. Bill Jackson, R-Appling. Both agreed to the change, but Howard complained that the number of voters is too few to influence the election in Jackson’s district.

Rep. Earnest Smith, D-Augusta, noted that neither Stone nor Jackson lives in Richmond County.

– Walter Jones, Morris News Service

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iLove
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iLove 03/21/12 - 12:07 pm
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sigh....only if Charles
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sigh....only if Charles Walker was around....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/21/12 - 12:15 pm
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If a white representative

If a white representative said what Wayne Howard said up above, he would be run out of the House on a rail. What Howard said is embarassing to our city.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/21/12 - 12:21 pm
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Okay, Rep. Howard. You want

Okay, Rep. Howard. You want to play a racial numbers game? How should we white voters feel about the legislative delegation's having five members from the House, but only one is white? We'll give up one Senator Jackson if you give us two more white representatives to make it more fair.

iLove
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iLove 03/21/12 - 12:30 pm
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LL, maybe you should re read
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LL, maybe you should re read the history of the southern states. There is a reason why certain "things" are allowed from a black person, but not from a white person...are we all equal?

double_standard
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double_standard 03/21/12 - 12:45 pm
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LL stop complaining the

LL stop complaining the county commission is majority white. The state delegation has no real power at GOLD DOME with out a democratic majority.

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dichotomy 03/21/12 - 09:23 pm
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Nero fiddled while Rome

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. The entire state of Georgia counts pigment cells in RC while the county burns. Race used to be a serious issue but it sure is a joke in Richmond county. Everybody is afraid the other guy might get a one pigment cell advantage. Which explains why we will never be able to live together in a prosperous county. We are doomed as long as we continue to elect people because they look like us and as long as the people we elect think they are only supposed to represent people who look like them. Which is exactly what we have and have had since Consolidation. Keep counting those pigment cells folks......I know it make you feel better.

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willie7 03/22/12 - 08:59 am
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Richmond County will have
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Richmond County will have three state senators, 2 Repubs. and1 Demo. when Gov. Deal signs the bill..Let us go to the U.S. Justice Department, Wayne. The two Repub Senators will represent about 25,000 people and the Demo Senator will represent 125,000.
Ready to sign the petition.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/22/12 - 09:10 am
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Care to comment on the five

Care to comment on the five representives, Willie? They are four Democrats and one Republican.

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Dixieman 03/22/12 - 10:49 am
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Georgia still has the same

Georgia still has the same number of senators. What is the significance of being in the Augusta legislative delegation? All these senators still get one vote each so they can do whatever they want. No power has shifted. Or am I missing something?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/22/12 - 10:56 am
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Good point, Dixieman. I

Good point, Dixieman. I don't see much value in these "legislative delegations" either. They're just venues for the politicians to meet in small groups and strategize. In theory, the city commission would meet with the legislative delegation and tell the delegation what laws the city would like to see passed or repealed in the upcoming session.

But in Augusta's case, the city cannot agree on what it wants and its delegation cannot agree on what they will do, so it pretty much falls apart.

Thankfully, one brave representative, Barbara Sims, can get things done.

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rmwhitley 03/22/12 - 12:45 pm
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Blacks just don't get it, do
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Blacks just don't get it, do they?

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