Judges Back Plan

A three judge panel in the Northern District Federal Court said the Athens districts that the legislature redrew are okay.

Lawyers representing State Rep. Jane Kidd asked a U.S. District Court panel to rule the Republican-backed changes unconstitutional and prevent it from being used in this year’s elections. The map splits Athens-Clarke County into two Senate districts.

Kidd, who had announced plans to seek an open Senate seat, and other Democrats accused Republicans of making the change to give their party an advantage.

She said she was disappointed by the ruling from the judges, who she said seemed unwilling to make a “precedent-setting decision.”

“We knew that it would be a stretch. But I’m fine,” she said. “And I’m looking forward to getting back on the campaign trail.”

Republican leaders immediately applauded the decision.

“I am glad that justice has prevailed _ again,” said Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson, the chamber’s Republican leader. “It is time to move forward with fair districts and the free competition of ideas.”

Thanks to that particular person who keeps me informed of good stuff I’d frequently otherwise miss — particularly tonight after the Nyquil had already kicked in.

2 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    Kidd, who had announced plans to seek an open Senate seat, and other Democrats accused Republicans of making the change to give their party an advantage.

    She said she was disappointed by the ruling from the judges, who she said seemed unwilling to make a “precedent-setting decision.’’

    Apparently Kidd was asleep when the maps were first re-drawn by the Dems in 2001 as a blatant attempt to give them political advantage. If she really wants the judges to make a “precedent-setting decision”, then she must really want the Dems of 2001 to be renounced in their plan.

  2. Eddie T says:

    She wasn’t in the legislature then, Bill. She and a number of other forward-thinking Democrats have renounced the 2001 Dem plan.

    Any way you spin it, the whole deal reeks of disgusting hypocrisy on the part of the Republicans. So much for “voters should choose their legislators–legislators shouldn’t choose their voters.” I believe that was one Eric Johnson.

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