Are Battle Lines Being Drawn In The State Senate?

The Georgia Senate has been fairly quiet for the past few months, but January is only a couple of months away. The Senate will have a slightly different make-up. The 1st session ended in a deadlock where the Senate GOP Caucus was basically split into Pro-Cagle and Anti-Cagle factions. That could potentially change in a few days when voters in the 50th senate district elect a new senator to fill the balance of Sen. Jim Butterworth’s term as well as Sen. Mitch Seabaugh’s now-vacated seat in the 28th district.

Battle lines are being drawn between Rep. Rick Austin, who is known for bucking GOP leadership and would probably do the same in the senate, and John Wilkinson, who is an apparent Pro-Cagle candidate. I’m sure Lt. Gov. Cagle and his allies are looking to hold on to the stalemate (and even shift the balance of power in favor of the LG since Sen. Mitch Seabaugh has left as well) in the senate.

Come January, we’ll see a power-shift in the senate either towards the LG and his allies or towards Sen. Chip Rogers and his allies or just a repeat of the 2011 session. It could be the “Fight of the Century”…or not. Have your popcorn ready!

13 comments

  1. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    If only our highly esteemed legislators were as enthusiastic about addressing this state’s seriously pressing needs as they were about engaging in these seemingly endless high-profile food fights year-after-year-after-year maybe something halfway constructive might actually get done.

    The Georgia General Assembly: A really good soap opera but a very BAD lawmaking body.

  2. ted in bed says:

    Hopefully, Cagle loses again. When we vote for Senators, we expect that they will have a hand in running the Senate. Instead, we have a situation where our Senators have capitulated their responsibilities to someone else.

    If our Senators don’t want to be responsible for the actions of the Senate, then they need to resign and move to Occupy Atlanta where they can whine about being powerless.

    • Harry says:

      The same could be said for the House. Representatives don’t need to be ordered how to vote. The vested interests need to lose control of House committees and key players. Exhibit A was the manipulation and hijacking of the open committee process which resulted in the hospital bed tax. If indigent patients were to be supported by the state, the appropriation should have come from the General Fund rather than a tax on paying patients.

      Hopefully, the reform elements will push for more zero-based budgeting, sunset legislation, and overall transparency in the budgeting process.

    • saltycracker says:

      “The Americans Will Always Do the Right Thing…After They Have Exhausted All the Alternatives.”
      Sir Winston Churchill

  3. Rick A. says:

    Ladies and Gents,

    I filed my campaign report on time (2:51pm on Monday, October 31). For some reason, the report was filed under my House account. I have contacted the Ethics Commission 5 times to get them to move it to the appropriate heading. As you can imagine, I haven’t talked to a live person past the switchboard yet. So…nothing to hide. All the info is there and on time. Take a look. Just look under my House Account until they get it moved under the appropriate heading. All the Best!

    Rick

  4. Bloodhound says:

    Rick,

    I didn’t see any record of a purchase of signs on the report? There are several hundred 4 X 4 and 2 X 4 signs in the district.

    Who paid for those?

  5. Rick A. says:

    Did you see the $16K payment to Stoneridge on the report? All of my info is on the report and is accurate. All the best.

    Rick

  6. Bloodhound says:

    I saw $16K for “Mailers and automated calls”.

    I didn’t see any expenditure for all of those signs.

    Perhaps it’s just a matter of shoddy record keeping.

    Sorry to have bothered you with it.

  7. Matt Stout says:

    “Do you hear that sound Highness? It’s the sound of the shreeking eels; they always grow louder when they are about to feed on human flesh.”

    –Vincini, “The Princess Bride”

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