Dems to Hold Redistricting Sessions

The House Democratic Caucus has announced that they will be holding a Reapportionment Rural Hearing Series beginning on Thursday in Fort Valley and continuing in Milledgeville, Brunswick and Thomasville.

Rep. Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus),chairperson of the House Democratic Reapportionment Committee …. noted that in answering questions, there might be a number of ‘I don’t know’ answers, since Democrats have been locked out of reapportionment process by the GOP-controlled process.

“Although we may not know the answer to all the questions put before us during the hearing process, we pledge to take those questions and concerns to Atlanta and present them during the special called session on reapportionment scheduled to begin Aug. 15,” said Hugley.

Democrats have invited area Republicans to attend the hearings and panel members are being selected to ensure that racial, geographic, and gender are considerations — a critical distinction between these hearings and those conducted by Republicans, organizers said.

The rural hearing project is a direct development and response to citizen concerns from the recently GOP-led hearings.

House Democrats have criticized the reapportionment process for not being fair or equal to citizens across the state, leaving thousands of Georgians without a voice in the government process.

Also holding redistricting meetings will be DeKalb Democratic County Commissioners Kathy Gannon and Jeff Rader. These meetings will be held on July 27 and 28.

Bless their hearts.

5 comments

  1. bgsmallz says:

    Todd-

    Any way to do an open records request to see if any of our 4.35 mils of increased taxes is going to help pay for these meetings?

    My assumption is that these two would be using dollars from their personal political funds, but seeing that they were the deciding votes on an asinine tax increase, I wouldn’t trust them for a second not to be using public money for this b.s.

  2. Todd Rehm says:

    The problem with that is that most paper in the legislature is exempt from the Open Records Act.

    Oh, you meant at the County level. Interesting thought. Let me see what I can find out.

  3. These meetings are simply a method of polling to reveal who is truly bored – and a desperate attempt to gather earned media and to be marginally relevant.

  4. saltycracker says:

    “…to ensure that racial, geographic, and gender are considerations — a critical distinction between these hearings and those conducted by Republicans, organizers said.”

    As Georgia’s education improves and the economy grows it is gonna be difficult to keep those races and women/men/other clustered where we want them.

    How about we focus on zip codes, school districts, town limits, county lines, trade areas and inter-county relationships ?

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