A Redistricting Commission & Runoffs

Governor Perdue is proposing a new way to carry out redistricting — namely by putting it in the hands of an independent commission. The Speaker does not sound like he is in favor of such a plan.

Meanwhile, the House GOP is considering moving the date of the Presidential primary and changing the law on runoffs, putting it back to 45% needed to avoid one.


  1. GabrielSterling says:

    If it had not been for the 50% rule, we would never have had Senator Paul Coverdell, PSC members Robert B. “Bobby” Baker, Jr. and Chuck Eaton.

    In the State House Billy McKinney would have remained instead of being defeated by John Noel. For the Dems, Roger Bruce would have lost to Horace Bond and Billy Mitchell would have lost handily to Gloria Gaines. For the Republicans John Heard would have lost by 14 points to Jeff Williams.

    In Congress, we would still have Cynthia McKinney representing Georgia and the most personally important to me is we would never have had Congressman Charlie Norwood.

    Needless to say, I think the state, for the most part, has benefited from our 50% rule for elections.

  2. Gabriel, the 50% rule always applied in primaries, it was only in general elections that it was reduced to 45%. Most states do not have a 50% requirement for primaries or general elections, but we have always (as far as I know) had it for primaries.

  3. Overincorporated Fulton says:

    On the other hand, I really like the idea of an independent redistricting commission. I’m sure Richardson hates it because he wants to take his mullet to Congress when he loses the GOP primary for Gov. in o’10.

  4. Bull Moose says:

    I agree with Gabe.

    Putting redistricting in the hands of an independent commission is EXACTLY what needs to be done.

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