As we saw earlier, the Georgia General Assembly has approved the proposed redistricting maps in the most unsurprising news of the day. So here’s what’s being said around the state …
– Sen. Mitch Seabaugh said giving Fulton County, a traditional Democratic stronghold, seven Republican state legislators is nothing more than an ‘innocent byproduct’ of the process. Um, OK.
– Two Republicans – Rep. Martin Scott of Rossville and Rep. Mark Hatfield of Waycross – voted against the GOP-engineered House maps.
– Think it’s only Democrats opposed to the recently approved plans? Think again. The Hall County GOP has filed a formal opposition to the House redistricting plan. As Todd pointed out earlier, there are rumblings the governor isn’t terribly pleased with how Hall County has been carved up either and it’s lines could be re-evaluated in the Senate.
– And it’s not just Hall County Republicans raising a ruckus as folks in overwhelmingly conservative Oconee County are nervous about Rep. Doug McKillip’s pitch. Former Oconee County Commission Chairman Wendall Dawson is upset and wants a primary challenge against him, and multiple locally elected officials have voiced their disagreement with the county being cut in two. The Oconee Enterprise quotes current Oconee County Commissioner Jim Luke suggesting that McKillip struck a deal with Rep. David Raltston, the Speaker of the Georgia House …
“This is almost exactly what I would have guessed ,” said Commissioner Jim Luke, “as soon as I heard that Mr. McKillip had made a deal with the State House. I don’t know that I like those kinds of deals. I don’t know if it will work out the best for us.”
Luke lives within the newly crafted district McKillip would represent.
– Speaking of party switchers, as Charlie shared, Jim Galloway is reporting that Senate Republicans have asked Democratic Sen. Doug Stoner to join the cool kids on the other side of the aisle.
– If didn’t do so yesterday, take some time to read through Kyle Wingfield’s excellent analysis about redistricting and Milton County.