Augusta delegation closes in on appointments

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ATLANTA - The Augusta legislative delegation hasn't had to look far to find people to appoint to various boards and commissions, drawing often from family members and business associates, but it bogged down recently in a discussion about procedures and won't release a list of appointments until it finishes.

Some of the latest appointments are going to a father, a brother, a daughter and a business partner of various delegation members, according to Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Gracewood.

The seven-member delegation appoints several members to most of the government boards that oversee various agencies. The other appointments are usually made by city commissioners and the mayor. Augusta's is one of the few local delegations to make such appointments.

During discussions March 31 on the delegation's appointments for the year, Davis said, things ground to a halt when he launched a debate about whether Cedric Johnson could be appointed to both the Coliseum Authority and the Augusta Aviation Commission.

No one produced a copy of the delegation rules, which prohibit appointees serving in multiple positions, so the discussion went round and round, according to Davis, who said he decided to stop voting for appointments until the issue could be resolved.

On Monday, he said he's resolved the issue in his mind and would nominate Johnson for another term on both authorities.

"It goes without question. He's a fine gentleman and a friend of mine," Davis said.

Rep. Gloria Frazier, D-Hephzibah, credits Johnson and aviation commission Chairman Karlton Howard with progress at Bush Field, including hiring minority vendors, a new director and attracting a second air carrier.

"I feel that they have done an exceptional job," she said. "It's very hard in Augusta to find quality leaders."

Powell nominated Davis' father for an aviation commission vacancy, but no vote was taken. Frazier nominated Karlton Howard, but his brother Rep. Wayne Howard, D-Augusta, abstained.

Karlton Howard was first appointed before Wayne Howard was elected to the seat once held by both his father and his mother.

Davis declined to identify which appointee is a daughter and which is a business partner of delegation members.

Wayne Howard said the entire list of appointments would be released when every member approves the votes he recorded.

Resolution backs Yucca Mountain storage

ATLANTA - A House subcommittee gave its approval Monday to a resolution sponsored by the Augusta House delegation to urge the federal government to open the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

The resolution, penned by delegation chairman Rep. Quincy Murphy and co-sponsored by the other four House members, is part of a concerted effort to pass similar resolutions by the South Carolina Legislature and local governments in both states.

Brian Tucker, the chairman of the SRS Community Reuse Organization and president of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, told the subcommittee that President Obama's decision to halt plans for the Nevada site left communities across the country scrambling for alternatives.

Community Reuse has meetings scheduled with officials from the Energy Department and members of Congress when group members go to Washington on April 28 to unveil the support to the national media.

Yucca Mountain opponents have raised concerns about the safety of transporting the waste across the country and argue that the repository's design isn't engineered sufficiently to contain the waste for the next 10,000 years.

- Morris News Service

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OIC
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OIC 04/13/10 - 06:53 am
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How much do these

How much do these appointments earn in salary?

fd1962
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fd1962 04/13/10 - 07:44 am
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I suppose the Morris News
Unpublished

I suppose the Morris News Service would be happier if appointees were selected at large from the phone book, or better, randomly from their select list of conservative sycophants they claim are the voices of our community.

disssman
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disssman 04/13/10 - 07:46 am
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Isn't corporate welfare great

Isn't corporate welfare great for some?

disssman
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disssman 04/13/10 - 07:50 am
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This is the infamous

This is the infamous unpublished listing of "stakeholders" that must be protected at all cost. If they ever publish their names, I wonder if they will also add what experience or great gift they have. I mean, a distinct knowledge and background in colleseum and airport operations is hard to obtain.

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cojak 04/13/10 - 10:03 am
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So, it's very hard to find

So, it's very hard to find quality leaders in Augusta. I fully agree and he is an example of there being a lack of quality leaders. It would be better for him to admit that quality had nothing to do with most of their nominations and appointments.

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J.W. 04/13/10 - 12:16 pm
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And you wonder why Augusta

And you wonder why Augusta never seems to make any progress. It's always the "same old, same old". Sure would be nice to see some of our representatives have the courage to appoint new faces to the various boards and committees for a change. However, it seems that everyone is content to continue to raise the dead and repeat history. Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is continuing to repeat a process over and over and expecting a different outcome.

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Brad Owens 04/13/10 - 12:59 pm
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cojak, Rep. Gloria Frazier,

cojak,

Rep. Gloria Frazier, D-Hephzibah, is a woman. And her comments should be applied to most of the elected officials in our county.

Brad

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Nightwing 04/13/10 - 03:14 pm
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It has been said, "If we

It has been said, "If we continue doing the same things, the same wasy, we will get the same results." Take a look at Aiken or North Augusta, what is wrong with Augusta, it seems Augusta commissioners cannot decide which end of a paper sack to reach into.

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countyman 04/13/10 - 04:37 pm
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Huh? There is TONS of more

Huh? There is TONS of more construction, new companies, etc in Augusta compared to North Augusta or Aiken. West Augusta, Medical District, and Downtown have construction everywhere.

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disssman 04/13/10 - 04:46 pm
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Brad. I am sorry but the old

Brad. I am sorry but the old director recently had a LTE that said the marketing director was singularly responsible for attracting a new airline to the airport. He didn,t mention help by Frazier, Johnson or Howard as having a part of the process. BTW other than being a woman Democrat, what is Ms. Howards expertise in the field of aviation that landed her a spot running the airport?

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disssman 04/13/10 - 05:18 pm
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What are nevadans thinking.

What are nevadans thinking. Why the audacity of them not wanting to store nuclear garbage from South Carolina. I wonder what we would say if they made a counter proposal to ship all their kitchen waste to Georgia and South Carolina? And I thought the south was all about states rights. I have read where the Nevadans overwhelmingly do not want this graveyard in their state. I think this issue will still be going on long after we are all dead and buried, for obvious reasons.

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