Posted: 9:21 am Friday, March 14th, 2014

New Cobb County commission map segregates voters, senator charges 

By Jim Galloway

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State Sen. Steve Thompson, D-Marietta, in an AJC file photo from 2012.

A bill that will redraw district lines for the Cobb County Commission is an attempt to maintain GOP influence by segregating black and white voters, a white state senator from Marietta is charging.

HB 1028, sponsored by state Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, won final passage in the Senate on Wednesday.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogState Sen. Steve Thompson, the Democrat from Marietta, notes that the legislation takes 11,000 minority voters out of District 2 (South Cobb), represented by Republican Bob Ott, and places them in District 4 (Southwest Cobb), represented by Democrat Lisa Cupid.

The shift will have the effect of limiting African-American voting influence to a single district in the county for the foreseeable future, Thompson said.

Some powerful paragraphs from Jon Gillooly of the Marietta Daily Journal:

Thompson said he was surprised Cupid, the lone Democrat on the Board of Commissioners, didn’t object to the map.

“Yeah, you’re going to be safe, but you’re going to be part of this new segregation,” Thompson said. “It’s like these new cities they’re introducing all over north Atlanta. What they’re doing, we’re going to have lily white districts and black districts. And whether we debate the lunch counter again 20 years from now, I don’t know. It may not be racial on some people’s part, but the net effect is.”

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An InsiderAdvantage survey of 486 voters in Georgia, conducted for WAGA-TV, has Gov. Nathan Deal (38 percent) trailing Democrat Jason Carter (41 percent) in the race for governor, with Carter at 41% and Deal at 38%. The survey’s +/- 4.3 percent margin of error puts the contest at a statistical tie.

Some health skepticism is required here. A January poll by Insider Advantage showed Deal at 44 percent and Carter at 22 percent. An AJC statewide poll at about the same time gave Deal 47 percent to Carter’s 38 percent. IA pollster Matt Towery points to Deal’s problems with a late January snowstorm, the first of two, for the Republican incumbent’s dip in popularity.

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House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, on Thursday endorsed former state Rep. Elena Parent for State Senate District 42, the seat being vacated at the end of the year by Jason Carter. That’s on top of support from several other House members.  Parent faces Decatur attorney Kyle Williams in the Democratic primary. The Williams campaign points out that it’s toting endorsements from Atlanta City Council members Kwanza Hall and Alex Wan, and Jim Baskett, the mayor of Decatur.

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Gov. Nathan Deal signed the second bill of the 2014 legislative session on Thursday. Senate Bill 318, sponsored by state Sen. Lester Jackson, D-Savannah, authorizes the sale of adult beverages in bars on Sundays during the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, Ga. The first bill, signed weeks ago, moved the state’s primary to May 20.

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The State Bar of Georgia’s three-day Constitutional Symposium concludes today at the Westin Buckhead with a whopper of a keynote.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will give an address on the U.S. Constitution. We’re told he’s in favor of it.

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Eager to show that he can consolidate tea party forces ahead of the GOP Senate primary, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun on Wednesday rolled out endorsements from tea party leaders and groups in Carroll County, Walton County, Hart County, Golden Isle and Northeast Georgia. On Thursday, Georgia Conservatives in Action – run by longtime activists Pat Tippett and Kay Godwin – chimed in with its backing, calling Broun “a tried, true, and trusted friend for the values that Georgians treasure.”

Rep. Phil Gingrey, considered a rival for the arch-conservative corner of the electorate, was apparently unfazed. On Thursday, the National Journal caught him on wandering over to the Senate side of the Capitol and chatting with Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb. What was Gingrey doing in the upper chamber?

“I’m just measuring the drapes,” he quipped. But seriously, he was busy meeting a few folks he intends to be working with next year.

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The U.S. Senate, in a spasm of actual legislation, sent a flood insurance reform bill to the president on Thursday. One of the chief sponsors was Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson, who said he had plenty of constituents hurting from big spikes in premiums under the federal flood insurance program.

One Iraq war veteran came up to him in Brunswick, Isakson said, and said he bought a house two years ago for $89,000. The man showed Isakson last year’s flood insurance premium bill for $2,300, then this year’s for $23,200.

“It was an extreme case,” Isakson said, “but not an isolated case.”

The bill drew flak from conservative groups for bringing a heavy federal hand back into a program it was wriggling out of. Isakson said the previous Biggert-Waters bill in 2012 had the right idea but was too abrupt. The new bill caps most premium hikes at 18 percent.

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A bipartisan group of senators also struck a deal on restoring expired federal long-term unemployment benefits for five months, including retroactive payments for those who were booted off the rolls in December. The cost is offset through a variety of measures, detailed here. .

The Senate won’t vote on the plan until the end of the month, as it’s taking a week off. Isakson said he had not seen the details so couldn’t say which way he’d vote, but that any unemployment extension must be paid for.

104 comments
gran113
gran113

Of all the people I worked with on the Hill, Rep. Phil Gingrey was - by far- the worst. He is the most misogynistic person I have ever had the misfortune to meet.  This is a man who professes to "love women", was a doctor to them for years and yet still prefers to pat women on their pretty little heads and tell them not to worry about the problems in the big, bad world. The menfolk will handle it. No matter who runs against him in the primary or (God forbid) the General Election, whoever it is, they have my vote.

BigHat
BigHat

Secret government is the best government!

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

Obama finally puts Putin in his place:  Quote: (the Savior): Vlad, either you pull your troops out of Crimea and the Ukraine or I will personally force you to enroll in ObamaScare."  That's all it took.  Even here in the Palm Beach area we can hear the tank tracks clanking and the hoof-beats of the Jack- Booted IRS as they (OOPS! I meant the Russian Army) as they cower and withdraw.  Now, THAT's a WORLD LEADER! "Mission Accomplished!"  Remember, the Taliban is on the run and has been marginalized.  WOW!  What a leader!

mrob
mrob

Thompson said he was surprised Cupid, the lone Democrat on the Board of Commissioners, didn’t object to the map.

“Yeah, you’re going to be safe, but you’re going to be part of this new segregation,” Thompson said. “It’s like these new cities they’re introducing all over north Atlanta. What they’re doing, we’re going to have lily white districts and black districts. And whether we debate the lunch counter again 20 years from now, I don’t know. It may not be racial on some people’s part, but the net effect is.”


Red states are dangerous states with lawmakers equally dangerous to enact dangerous laws to drive home a point to exhibit conservatism--mrob

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

In another House vote which won't be mentioned here, today it voted to delay ObamaCare's individual mandate to buy health insurance for a decade

The vote was 238-181 with three Democrats breaking from their defensive solidarity.  Last week 27 Democrats voted for a one year delay.  The administration has already significantly chipped away at the individual mandate like so many other requirements.  On top of  only having small penalties taken from those who have tax rebates, they exempt those who had their insurance canceled and added an undefined seemingly automatic "hardship exemption" for those who apply.


Of course, this 10 year delay will never pass the Democratic Senate.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

"U.S. Rep. Paul Broun on Wednesday rolled out endorsements from tea party leaders and groups in Carroll County, Walton County, Hart County, Golden Isle and Northeast Georgia. On Thursday, Georgia Conservatives in Action – run by longtime activists Pat Tippett and Kay Godwin – chimed in with its backing, calling Broun “a tried, true, and trusted friend for the values that Georgians treasure.”


I would say this is the best news that Michelle Nunn could receive this Pi Day - (not meant to be offensive - I know Broun believes science and, of course, mathematics are "straight from the pit of hell".  Wow - some Georgians may treasure these values but no one I know and no one with a high school education.  (Isn't Broun that fellow that insisted he could practice medicine even though he did not have a license?)

dreluv
dreluv

I see Georgia turning blue people are tire of these racist republican and Nathan Deal will be voted out.

EdUktr
EdUktr

More likely Sen. Thompson is worried that black voters ... will choose black Democrats rather than white ones.

LaKeisha
LaKeisha

20 years ago all the liberals were insisting on segregated districts...they did't call them that, but referred to them as "majority Black" districts...so that Blacks were guaranteed to get elected.  Make up your minds.

Charles50
Charles50

Cupid didn't object?  Really, I was in a meeting with her a few weeks ago and she and many others objected.  We thought this was dead for the session. 

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

If there is a Carter-Deal debate(s), and I hope they do, I want the first question to be asked of each candidate at the outset:  Are you going to push for and try to raise the State income tax during your administration?  Please answer with an unqualified response of Yes or No, please.  No ifs, ands, or buts, just a "YES" or a "NO,"

Secondly (to Carter): Assuming the State Senate and House will remain under Republican control, how do you intend to approach governing as Governor, particularly with regard to taxes and expansion of Medicare in the state?

Take it from there and see how the electorate will respond.

honested
honested

Only in Georgia.


Oppose expanding Medicaid to bring rationality to indigent medical care......


But Support taxpayer subsidies to beachfront property flood insurance.


I just hope the indigent beachfront property owners are respectful of the subsidies the rest of us contribute!

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

townhall.com?

Yeah now there's a place I would go for news...

I guess I could post vids from dailykos.com - and we could play dueling videos all day long.

But I have better things to do, like cutting my toenails...

Kamchak
Kamchak

Quote, an actual one and not just made up sh*t: (George Bush) "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country."

Just remindin'.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@The_Centrist Yes, that would be the 51st time that the Republican-controlled House has voted to repeal or eviscerate the Affordable Care Act. Redundancy does indeed foster disregard; and that is something for which you obviously lack appreciation.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist Once again our intrepid cub reporter has provided us with a newsflash on the House's continued efforts to set records for the most futile, useless and non-substantive votes in the country's history.

Just 5 more newsflashes from our cub reporter and he will get his authentic Jimmy Olsen Superman decoder ring, provided he has the required number of Rice Crispy box tops.

It's unfortunate that, for some reason, he can't start his own blog to bring us up to the minute recaps of those important stories like the 48th, 49th, and 50th vote to repeal Obamacare, For some reason Galloway doesn't see fit to report on these vitally important, earth shaking events taking place in the House.

honested
honested

@Ralph-43  

Of course, who expected the romney turnout areas to support anyone other than broun?

mrob
mrob

@dreluv


Red states are dangerous states with lawmakers equally dangerous to enact dangerous laws to drive home a point to exhibit conservatism--mrob

mrob
mrob

@LaKeisha


Red states are dangerous states with lawmakers equally dangerous to enact dangerous laws to drive home a point to exhibit conservatism--mrob

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MichaelHannigan I want the first question to be why is it that certain "people" like Gulfsteam Aerospace, Inc's (a subsidiary of General Dynamics) products are exempt from taxation, and evryday items needed by people who aren't corporations are taxed.

honested
honested

@MichaelHannigan  

Only if the question includes "or would you rather remain a Citizen of an underfunded backwater and the laughingstock of the nation?".

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@honested  

 What you are referring to in you reference to "subsidies to beachfront property flood insurance" might be better clarified by first knowing where this program came from:

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created by the 80th. Congress of the United States in 1968 through the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (P.L. 90-448).Both the House of Representatives and the Senate were controlled by the Democratic Party.


MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak  

Your Savior just made up for the egregious error on the part of Bush, sport.  Bush should have said, "I told Vlad that I understood him; he believed me then 'cause I threatened to draw a red line in the sand that he was forbidden to cross."

Just explainin'

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@honested @MichaelHannigan 

where - other than the Clinton News Network, BSNBC and the thre Lame Stream media outlets do you get you biased view of the news, (dis)honest? I should have added the DJC but that's too obvious.

The news outlets I am aware of don't preach that idiocy but, then again, they try to be fair.  

Now, give me your preconceived patented answer about FAUX News and the rest so we (on our side) can have a good laugh.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@Retired-Soldier @honestedThe NFIB addresses a public need resulting from the inadequacy of the free market. The ACA addresses a public need resulting from the inadequacy of the free market. Rejecting one reflects inconsistency and callousness. Rejecting both reflects just callousness.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honested 

Wrong again.

One is a legitimate use of taxpayer money (and an immediate savings to all those who pay for health care)......

The other is an unearned sop to those who already have unfair tax advantage in the purchase and use of property.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Your Savior just made up for the egregious error on the part of Bush, sport. 


Dennis Kucinich has publicly weighed in on Putin and the Ukraine?

I hadn't heard that.

Got a linkee for proof, sport?

Thanks in advance.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MichaelHannigan @honested As he gives us his preconceived, patented "the Clinton News Network, BSNBC and the thre Lame Stream media outlets .... I should have added the DJC but that's too obvious."

Thanks for the good laugh from our side hannigan.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honested 

You aren't clear?

Do you support bankrupting the Country in order to finance the most expensive Military in the Universe (by a factor of 25) or do you wish to spend American Money on American Needs?

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Consistency is all important?

Sorry, no.

Valuing human life is important.

Following the clear teachings of Matthew 25 - if you're a Christian - is important.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@honested @Retired-Soldier

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;


The military industrial complex for the most part doesn't cost the government anything until they choose to make a purchase. We have the a burdensome military? Blame Obama, he has been president for over 5 years, he could have changed it. Blame Reid, if he had passed a budget he could have ben reduced.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honested 

No, I just had an errand to run.

I make an 'assumption' that the property purchaser was either taking advantage of post-ray-gun era artificially low tax rates, inadequate estate taxes or the entirely false construction of taxing capital gains at rates lower than wages.

At least one of these is probably applicable to most coastal land purchase else we would see most of the property in the hands of wage earners.

By the way, which one of those 'enumerated powers' you like to hide behind allows for burdening the taxpayers with the most expensive military industrial complex in the universe?

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

so it's 'income redistribution' if we help working folks buy health insurance, but it's not if we help beachfront property owners pay for their property insurance?

Gotcha....

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@honested @Retired-Soldier Someone that buys property has an "unfair tax advantage" Please do tell more.


Also please quote from the Constitution where it is an expressed power of the federal government to provide health insurance.