Arena authority bill dies

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ATLANTA --- Legislation that would restructure the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority failed to pass on the final day of the 2008 General Assembly because members of the local delegation could not agree on the bill's wording.

As time ticked away Friday, Augusta legislators said they were waiting on others in the seven-member delegation to make the first move.

"Unfortunately, we haven't had any of our senators come by to talk about the bill," said delegation Chairman Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta. "This could have been worked out a long time ago."

Sen. Ed Tarver, D-Augusta, said he had attended delegation meetings and raised his concerns then, though they weren't included in the House version of the bill.

"He has the resources to call a meeting and to field out those questions. Mr. Murphy has not contacted or communicated with me," Mr. Tarver said.

Failure to agree -- or even to do much negotiating or communicating -- torpedoed chances that the lawmakers would solve an issue under discussion since December.

The Augusta Commission had adopted and sent to the delegation a resolution requesting reform. The authority has come under repeated criticism for personality clashes, allegations of mismanagement and poorly attended events at James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium.

The House passed a bill that would have replaced the current 12 members with nine new ones with professional backgrounds in management, food service or entertainment. It would have also changed the name to the Entertainment Authority, opening up the possibility of it overseeing other venues, which might include a riverfront baseball stadium.

The Senate passed a different version Tuesday, one that changed the name to the Coliseum Commission and would have limited its scope and stripped it of its ability to issue bonds to raise money for construction projects. That version also would have given the delegation less say over the new board by giving the mayor an appointment and the other nine to the Augusta commissioners.

Rep. Gloria Frazier, D-Hephzibah, disagreed with giving up the legislative appointees.

"If we give up all of our appointments, then we really don't have any input any more and how if functions," she said. "My question is, why does the mayor need an appointment? And I have not heard from the mayor."

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AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/05/08 - 02:57 am
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Should we expect anything

Should we expect anything less from our fine politicians?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/05/08 - 04:05 am
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Read this article again and

Read this article again and notice how each person interviewed deflects blame on someone else. Pathetic and irresponsible.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 04/05/08 - 04:59 am
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Worthless...........and all

Worthless...........and all from the same ilk from tarver down to the idiot coliseum commissioners...welcome to augusta !!

christian134
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christian134 04/05/08 - 06:21 am
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And around and around she

And around and around she goes......But what can one expect...:-(

WW1949
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WW1949 04/05/08 - 06:27 am
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Poorly attended because what

Poorly attended because what is brought for concerts is crap.
Just what they need, other venues to mess up with their pet peevs and childish actions.

Interested Citizen
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Interested Citizen 04/05/08 - 06:30 am
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Sad, Sad, no different than

Sad, Sad, no different than the local commissioners!!!!!! They want to be in CHARGE.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/05/08 - 06:36 am
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If only we could get some of

If only we could get some of those CEO's (i.e. members of ANGC) visiting this week to run the county. Man that would be nice. Less BS and more put up or shut up.

NedaKlugh
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NedaKlugh 04/05/08 - 06:39 am
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Murphy acts like a little boy

Murphy acts like a little boy " he didn't come to me" - rumor mills has it that Tarver, and Sims tried and the other legislators BEGGGED him, Howard and Fraizer to talk about the bill and like children would not play fair. So while you all had fun in your playground in Atlanta - the people in Augusta are left on an never ending merry-go-round.

Remember these names MURPHY, HOWARD AND FRAZIER (who by the way we still pay her teacher's salary while she plays in Atlanta) - all are are new Marion Williams

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 04/05/08 - 06:41 am
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I just love Gloria Frazier's

I just love Gloria Frazier's comment at the end of the story. Gloria, It is simple to see how it functions now with you people in charge, like a well oiled piece of crap! Why give that up? And why would we taxpayers want a business man like the Mayor sticking his nose into the well run machine that is the JBA?

JimCox
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JimCox 04/05/08 - 07:35 am
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It is time for Quincy to be

It is time for Quincy to be replaced as the delegation chairman, he has the leadership skills of a two year old.

getalife
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getalife 04/05/08 - 07:41 am
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Same as Augusta Commissioners

Same as Augusta Commissioners and James Brown Coliseum Authority, each person working on their own agenda and not for the community. The details of this bill should have been worked out and passed as the Coliseum Authority is wading in a sea of crap and confusion. They all need to be replaced with people that care about this community.

usncporet
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usncporet 04/05/08 - 07:53 am
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Too bad Mayor Copenhaver

Too bad Mayor Copenhaver doesn't have the authority to fire the lot of them. Worthless infighting that continues to prevent the economic revival of what could be a showcase city. No wonder the Masters continues to be the only viable tourist attraction in our area - it's the only even NOT run into the ground by idiots like these.

WHATDIDIDO
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WHATDIDIDO 04/05/08 - 08:03 am
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NEDAKLUGH, I see that you

NEDAKLUGH, I see that you must attend the Austin school of thought. Frazier being in Atlanta was not a problem, until she dared to go against the mighty Austin Rhodes. I heard him attempt to stir up the masses against Frazier and look like you, decided to bite. PITIFUL.

RegWmsATL
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RegWmsATL 04/05/08 - 08:12 am
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Whether by intent or not, the

Whether by intent or not, the legislators mentioned in the article make clear what others have said all along. It's not just the members of the Coliseum Authority who are at fault...they are only the tip of the iceberg. The real problem is with the people who appoint them. The members of the Coliseum Authority are merely alter egos of those who appoint them. Otherwise, the authority members, would have been replaced long ago.

amazed1
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amazed1 04/05/08 - 08:15 am
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Augusta's political agenda is

Augusta's political agenda is an embaressment to the entire csra.

tarbaby8
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tarbaby8 04/05/08 - 08:15 am
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So first, you fire "Flash"

So first, you fire "Flash" Gordon claiming that productivity/profits are low due to the lack of BIG and POPULAR acts that are coming. At least he understood that smaller acts bring money and recognition to the City. We first have to get back into the flow of the entertainment business. Once Augusta is back on the "map", the BIG and POPULAR acts will come. I think "Flash" understood this. It will be interesting to see what type of events, if any, that we will have in the upcoming months. Amazing that you can't agree on a Bill. However, I do think that Ms. Linda Roberts will give effort to hold it together. Later.

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jack 04/05/08 - 08:33 am
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Well, no surprise here. I

Well, no surprise here. I believe that Joe Bowles suggested that if the RC delegation did not get the bill passes, that they withold any more tax money. Just close the place down and be done with it. As for Linda Roberts holding the authority together, she better be preparing to defend herself in court. She is part of the problem.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/05/08 - 08:46 am
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I agree with J-10: Murphy is

I agree with J-10: Murphy is the main obstacle in the legislative delegation. I had the opportunity to question him after a lengthy speech, and he is as sneaky as they come. Always looking out for number one.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/05/08 - 08:48 am
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Joe Bowles will need our

Joe Bowles will need our prayers and support as he attempts to cobble together a coalition to wrest the hotel/motel tax away from the Coliseum Authority and put it into the hands of the Commission. It sounds like a good idea.

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nextstep 04/05/08 - 08:53 am
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I don't understand? Why do

I don't understand? Why do the delegation need appointments? Second, since we all know we have a problem with the civic center don't you think it would make since for them all to sit in a room and talk about the concerns and draw up a bill that would address all the problems. Looking in not knowing all the fact just seems they missed the boat on this one! "The mayor did not call me"! Did you call the mayor? He could have called a meeting! Did you call the meeting? It seems there was something they all could have done instead of passing the buck!
Then to say if we don't have an deglation appointment, means we don't have a say in what goes on at the civic center. Seems to me with your appointments you don't have a say in what goes on at the civic center so does it really matter since things are so messed up. I think the delegation needs to set laws and not try and run the city boards. If you work on passing laws and making GA a better place to live and work I think you have your hands full.

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dani 04/05/08 - 09:53 am
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HYPO Why didn't she just sue

HYPO Why didn't she just sue Austin if he was being unjust to her. Wonderin' : )

NedaKlugh
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NedaKlugh 04/05/08 - 10:19 am
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Hypo - a state employee, that

Hypo - a state employee, that we are still paying and also a legislator? No matter what Austin says - it is wrong, and any other elected official who is a state employee. Now I am worried about her lack of education as she does not understand why the Mayor who is the biggest ambassador for a city would not have a viable input as to who should be on a board.

Another whiner along with Murphy. I wonder what favors that HOWARD, MURPHY and FRAZIER have negotiated for this one. Even though HOWARD was not mentioned, he also was part of the problem by not signing.

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NedaKlugh 04/05/08 - 10:29 am
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Jack, why would you think

Jack, why would you think Mrs. Roberts is part of the problem - she has been the only one that has stayed out of the politics and done her job.

Little Lamb, I hope you are being sarcastic when you say to place the hotel/motel tax funding in the hands of the commissioner. They are the ones that started all this remember?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/05/08 - 10:56 am
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Good comments and questions,

Good comments and questions, NextStep. You asked, "Why does the legislative delegation need appointments to the Coliseum Authority?" If the Augusta Commission could be trusted to make appointments who were competent, the legislative delegation would not want or need this power. But history has shown that the Augusta Commission is incapable of finding and appointing people of talent and good will.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/05/08 - 10:59 am
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Another issue is the fact

Another issue is the fact that the Coliseum Authority is indeed an AUTHORITY. That means, it can issue bonds and can collect tax money for operation of the things it has authority over. The Augusta Commission cannot create nor destroy an authority. It must be done by the legislative delegation. That is another reason why the legislative delegation desired to get some input to the authority by giving itself the power to appoint some of the members (a power it currently does not have).

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/05/08 - 11:05 am
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A third point is an opinion:

A third point is an opinion: I think the best idea was to change the governance from an AUTHORITY to a COMMISSION. I believe this idea came from Barbara Sims, and Ed Tarver went along with it. But those two could not sway the other members of the delegation. If the Coliseum Authority were to have been changed to an Entertainment Commission, they could have had charge of whatever the Augusta Commission gave them power over, and the legislative delegation would finally have been out of the picture. Being a commission would have put the taxation responsibility back on the Augusta Commission and out of the hands of the clowns on the Coliseum Authority. I don't think the Augusta Commission acts responsibly either, NedaKlugh, (great screen name!) but the Commission is one step closer to the voters than is the Coliseum Authority.

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NedaKlugh 04/05/08 - 11:45 am
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You are right Little Lamb

You are right Little Lamb regarding your comment and thanks for liking my name - an idea would be to put the commision in the hands of the Visitors & Convention Bureau - or at least have Barry White on the commission. He would be a wonderful asset to bring order - or even have him on as a consultant (sorry Barry, but we need you!)

Does anybody know who appointed who for the current authority?

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Rozzie2003 04/05/08 - 12:12 pm
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Quincy Murphy needs to go. I

Quincy Murphy needs to go. I have lost all respect for him. I have always thought he is selfish and a small man . We need to find someone to run against Quincy. I called him once and talked with him. He sounded like a little boy who wanted to take his marbles home and not let the other children play with them. Never had no dealings with Frazier and Howard. It seems that we only have two intelligent representatives in Atalnta: Senator Tarver and Representative Davis. Hadn't heard muich from Powell and Sims .It is very sad that our legisalators weren't able to work together to pass a bill to reorganize the Colseum Authority. It definitely needs to be reorganized with some intelligent people. Some of the present members want to micro-manage the daily operations rather than give the freedom to the manager to run the place with the Authority's accountability.

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gcap 04/05/08 - 01:18 pm
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I attended the Ron White show

I attended the Ron White show on Friday at the Bell. Great show, good venue. Sorry service. It took us ten minutes to get our pre-paid tickets. Then to the beverage service. What a joke! Four very small, inadequately staffed places to buy a beer. I waited ten minutes without moving. So, I put my money back in my pocket and sat down. How much entertainment money is being put back in the pockets of Augusta citizens because of the incompetence of local government, especially the Coliseum Authority?

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halffull 04/05/08 - 01:46 pm
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Murphy had a bill nobody

Murphy had a bill nobody liked. Davis had a bill nobody liked. Howard had a "compromise" between the two, three people liked. Tarver Powell came up with a bill three days before session closes with language three people didn't like and the chronicle misrepresented. Four bills later and we are still stuck with the status quo. The one common denominator in all bills, all those on the present board should go; maybe next year!

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