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Augusta Commission members Alvin Mason and Bill Lockett are calling for 1,000 people to rally against “changes that have occurred as a result of commission votes” at noon May 14 on the courthouse steps, according to a news release from Mason campaign Chairwoman Tanya Barnhill.

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Mason (left)  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Mason (left)

“We need to send a strong message that the comm­unity will not accept the many changes that have occurred as a result of commission votes and action by the state delegation and others, as it relates to Augusta-Richmond County,” said the message from Barnhill, a former commission candidate.

Lockett said that the release wasn’t intended for “citywide distribution” and that the gathering is a voter registration rally that he and Mason agreed to do months ago.

“I think that was done a little prematurely,” Lockett said. “If it was going to be just one group involved, Bill Lockett would not be involved.”

The two men have opposed and criticized many commission actions for two years. No one had applied as of Wednesday for a permit, which is required in Augusta when groups of more than 50 gather, Richmond County sheriff’s Col. Gary Powell said.

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FriedFacts
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FriedFacts 05/03/12 - 03:50 am
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Transitions in government are
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Transitions in government are usually turbulent. The truth is we need F.W. de Klerk, not Ian Smith in Richmond County.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 05/03/12 - 06:03 am
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Typical.

Typical.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/03/12 - 06:23 am
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It would be better if the
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It would be better if the voters rallied at the polls and got rid of every sitting commissioner in office. The next election they should do the same. Augusta's political system is a joke. I wouldn't be surprised if at every meeting one car pulled up and they all piled out like the clowns that they are.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/03/12 - 06:53 am
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Part of the political process

Part of the political process is to discuss the goal, make your arguments, compromise where necessary, tweak to get maximum buy-in, and make your vote.

After the votes are counted, it is expected that the losing side will join the winners and support the decision. Mason does not play that game. He is a sore head that will whine and play the victim. Mason's promised land is a world of doom, despair, and agony on me.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/03/12 - 06:54 am
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Mason sure is starting his

Mason sure is starting his mayoral campaign early. The election is in 2014.

CabisKhan
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CabisKhan 05/03/12 - 07:53 am
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Where's the beef???

Where's the beef???

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/03/12 - 08:36 am
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Optical Illusion . . . . . .

Optical Illusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

So Mason and Lockett are going to hold this protest rally on the courthouse steps. That could be dangerous, because several people have stumbled and fallen there. Take a look at this Chronicle article:

Stumbling on Steps

happychimer
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happychimer 05/03/12 - 09:24 am
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Little Lamb at 7:53 stated

Little Lamb at 7:53 stated After the votes are counted, it is expected that the losing side will join the winners and support the decision.

That sentence says a lot. That is exactly how elections should be.

showboat
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showboat 05/03/12 - 10:39 am
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WOW, TIME FOR RE-ELECTION, SO
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WOW, TIME FOR RE-ELECTION, SO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BIG RALLY!! WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eagle
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eagle 05/03/12 - 11:19 am
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Is there anything that Mason
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Is there anything that Mason doesn't whine about? If he doesn't get his own way, then look out!!

movingforward
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movingforward 05/03/12 - 11:50 am
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Gentlemen, please review your

Gentlemen, please review your records regarding attending meetings, refusing to attend meetings, walking out of meeting during a session and boycotting meeting because you didn't like the agenda. When you ran for office you agreed to the terms of the office and now you want to change in midstream the way the commission functions. Augusta is about progression not regression. Please stop rehasing dead horses and move on. Are you aware of the term "poisonous mushroom" these are individuals that defy change and do all they can to keep the status quo. If you gentlemen do not like the way the commission functions then follow standard protocol to bring about change or better yet resign and let someone who understand how government entities work take your places. Neither of you can even agree what the rally's agenda is and you want 1000 people to attend! Please get it together!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/03/12 - 12:13 pm
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Regarding the press release

Regarding the press release from Mason campaign Chairwoman Tanya Barnhill, Susan McCord wrote:

Lockett said that the release wasn’t intended for “citywide distribution” and that the gathering is a voter registration rally that he and Mason agreed to do months ago. “I think that was done a little prematurely,” Lockett said. “If it was going to be just one group involved, Bill Lockett would not be involved.”

Lockett's statement leaves more questions than answers. He tells us the press release is an announcement about a voter registration drive, but that the voter registration is not for "citywide distribution." Well then, just whom is it for? Are there certain groups of people that Lockett & Company would prefer not register and vote? Who do they want to exclude? Wouldn't that be a violation of the voting rights act?

And his curious statement about "just one group involved" — is this a dig at Mason? Is Lockett jealous that Mason's campaign for mayor is getting all the limelight and Lockett is not getting any?

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double_standard 05/03/12 - 12:38 pm
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LL your reaching sir.

LL your reaching sir.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/03/12 - 12:58 pm
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I might be, but please tell

I might be, but please tell me what you think Lockett means when he says the press release is not for citywide distribution about the voter registration drive.

double_standard
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double_standard 05/03/12 - 01:17 pm
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No permit was obtained as

No permit was obtained as stated in an earlier article and this an event that was agreed upon months ago. But hey you defended Sims in her attempt to dilute voter turn out.

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