Tell your representatives what you want to see happen in Clayton

At a recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast, our legislative delegation discussed some of their future goals for Clayton county.

As per the Clayton News-Daily local state representatives Glenn Baker and Robert Abdul-Salaam along with a newly elected Atlanta state representative, would like to see House Bill 277 pass returning public transportation back to Clayton along with a one-percent sales tax to pay for it. Rep. Baker also mentions $2 billion in uncollected state taxes that could help to pay for public transit. Rep. Darryl Jordan added that we need to find ways to make Clayton more appealing to tourists and bring revenue and businesses back to the county.

What are other concerns and/or issues you would like to see our legislators address and accomplish for Clayton county? If their goals don’t align with yours as a constituent, and especially if they do, make sure to let them know before the new legislative session begins on January 11, 2011.

State Representatives:
District 60 - Gloria Bromell Tinubu
District 63 – Joe Heckstall
District 74 – Robert Abdul-Saalam
District 75 – Yasmin Neal
District 76 – Sandra Scott
District 77 – Darryl Jordan
District 78 – Glenn Baker

State Senate:
District 34 – Valencia Seay
District 44 – Gail Davenport

U.S. Representative:
District 5 – John Lewis
District 13 – David Scott

U.S. Senator:
Saxby Chambliss
Johnny Isakson

Senator Gail Buckner will also co-host another Clayton County Leadership Roundtable at the City of Riverdale Council Chambers (7200 Church Street) on Saturday, January 8, 2011 beginning with a meet and greet at 9:30 a.m.


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naacp go away

January 6th, 2011
6:12 pm

WE DON’T NEED ANY MORE “PROGRAMS” TO EDUCATE THE YOUTH…These parents need to stop having 5 kids with 3 different dads and build strong families that are involved in their childrens life.

The issues u (pr-NAACP) are adressing are cultural issues that exist on a LARGER and deeper level. Change the culture and u will see the advancement of colored people. Do u see the Asians in the same predicament ? how many sigle parent Asian households do u see ? Their culture teaches FAMILY FIRST….it supports discipline, respect, entrepreneurship etc. I’m not saying they are perfect but just showing u how a culture differs from another.

My, My

January 6th, 2011
7:50 pm

I guess now that this blog is the place for Ms Synamon has to pat herself on the back. Watch out – ya might dislocate something. Just another of the old school – keep the masses in their place – black leadership. Beside in its name the NAACP has the word “COLORED” in its name, that is a no-no in polite company Why not change the name to National Association for the Advancement of African Americans – with a new abbreviation NAAAA


January 6th, 2011
7:51 pm

Movin fwd – what makes you think that those officials voted into office yet again – who have done nothing of note while in office, will do anything different now . They know that the uninformed, apathetic – easily led – uneducated blacks will vote for them if only the candidate will say “I been speakin truth to power” or “The MAN is trying to keep you down.”

What blog about – you show you own foolishness. “Sandra Scott is not bought or bossed” – not but she surely had no problem during the BOE investigation by the state – to speak indignantly and with distain to the officials in charge. Yeah – that should work. She also saw no issue with her unethical behavior as a BOE member that caused a coach to lose his job for no other reason but that he – the coach would not spend county funds and county time to make football highlight reels of her little darling to send to colleges, who last I heard did not even get thru his first year and came home. Maybe the highlight reels would have given him better grades.


January 6th, 2011
9:50 pm

Synamonsays!:”Riverdale on my mind the NAACP is not a government entity. I invite you to go to for clarity.”

I already have and I have one question for you :
Why does most of our legislators in our county find it necessary to belong to The NAACP ?
Let me provide you with my logic on this; Its about catering to the black community’s interest for votes. Our elected officials shouldn’t have to belong The NAACP, in order get votes, they should earn the respect of the community on their own merits.


January 6th, 2011
9:57 pm

Synamonsays! “Riverdale on my mind the NAACP is not a government entity.”

Then why do you find it necessary to post this ?


What does the “CLAYTON COUNTY BRANCH NAACP” have to do with our Legislators ?
Might it be that most of our legislators from Clayton County belongs to The NAACP ?


January 6th, 2011
10:15 pm

Synamonsays! “I invite you to go to for clarity.”

Thank You Synamon; I did what you told told me to do and I found this :
“The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)”

I thought that we now live in a multicultural society in Clayton County and we should have no barriers, based on a person’s skin color or ethnic characteristics.
How do you feel about this ?


January 6th, 2011
10:31 pm

Well maybe I got that wrong as far as the article. The article is here. Possibly someone was posting on this forum about the DA, and it may have appeared to be you, after reading this article?

Straight No Chaser

January 7th, 2011
3:52 am


You said “The revelation that only 37% of Black male students graduate in Clayton County and that they are 3 times more likely to be suspended than their white counterparts”

Like my names says Straight No Chaser I’m going tell you what I think about your quote. What you state comes across as a politician trying to incite fear to gain support behind an issue. I’m sorry but I’m at a point that I don’t believe anyone in “leadership” quoting stats. If what you say is true then point us to your source about the graduation rates. As a thinking AA male I can’t believe you tried to stir up emotions when you state that AA boys are 3 times more likely to be suspended than their white counterparts. I will say that your stats on this are most likely correct; however what you don’t say is that the demographics in the school system are probably 80% African American thus the reason AA boys get suspended more. If you are going to share truth then share the WHOLE TRUTH!!!


January 7th, 2011
8:18 am

Synamonsays! “Riverdale on my mind the NAACP is not a government entity.”

I never said that “the NAACP” was; Go back to read my post for your own “clarity”.

(( Will this mean that all of our woes and problems in our county Government will be resolved or interrupt the process of recovery ? ))


January 7th, 2011
8:32 am

@Riverdaleonmymind…I do understand the election process and thank you for your explaination of how you vote…but you still missed the point. Once that person is elected they represent you whether you voted for them or not. Glad you can sleep at night, but as a community we must still push our elected representatives to support what is important to us. Try to come out of that negative mindset that you have. It makes you loose objectivity. Like it or not, we have to deal with them for 2 more years.


January 7th, 2011
9:01 am

Nospin when I post on this blog or any other I post under my own name. Thank you for your fact checking we need to do more of that. If I have anything to say or any allegations I will not throw a rock and hide my hand.

New Resident

January 7th, 2011
9:10 am

Lets make Riverdale Rd. more appealing we have nothing in that area more gas stations and food places would be helpful.

Big Papi

January 7th, 2011
10:08 am

Unfortunately, the CC legislative delegation is a sad joke. The best and brightest truly have not answered the call to serve. Instead we get stuck with a bunch of self promoting hucksters who are in dire need of the pt 17k legislative salary and the accompanying beenies. You should see how some of them really scramble to get that per diem check and how they suck down all the free eats at receptions during the session. Meaningless marches and rallies…….they’re right there. Self congratulatory banquets that drone on too long……….right there. Does anyone under the gold dome take them seriously, I think not! We continue to get stuck with the same retreads because of voter ignorance.
P.S. We seem to be doing just fine without C-Tran. Kudos to the Fulton Co Deputy in Riverdale for protecting her property……scratch one pit bull.


January 7th, 2011
10:35 am

Movingfwd :”Once that person is elected they represent you whether you voted for them or not.”

“but as a community we must still push our elected representatives to support what is important to us. Try to come out of that negative mindset that you have”

They Represent ME ?


How can a citizen talk to these elected officials, when they close their doors on our toes. They totally ignore us and they surely don’t support our best interest under The Gold Dome.


January 7th, 2011
11:41 am

Big Papi : “You should see how some of them really scramble to get that per diem check and how they suck down all the free eats at receptions during the session”

Big Papi is right on the bulleye, with this statement. And don’t forget how the dead beats likes to have their photos taken with others during the session, to make us feel as though they are serving a useful purpose by being there.
There is no honor in having such people Representing Clayton County in our State Capital during the General Assembly Sessions; Its an embarrassment, to say the least.


January 7th, 2011
1:21 pm

To say the least about our Crumb Snatching & Dead Beat Legislators from Clayton County; It is an embarrassment to our county, to have them Representing us at our State Capital.


January 7th, 2011
1:27 pm

forest park man charged with molestation….2 shot…quadruple shooting…man charged w/murder

AHHHH The CC headlines. Great reporting AJC….Keep up the good work


January 7th, 2011
3:21 pm

I have tried to contact my “so called” State Representative “Yasmin Neal” and attempted to contact her on her facebook page, but I was not successful.
I hope that she is a better cop, at The Clayton County Police Department, than she is as a Representative.

This is her website :

Don’t blame me; I voted for Shawn James.


January 7th, 2011
3:36 pm

It is that type asnine ranting that we will no longer entertain in this county CC. Some of us are moving forward and do not intend to go back. The Clayton County Branch NAACP will be part of the village in Clayton County that educates not incarcerates. We believe it is better for us to raise our children than give that responsibility to the jails and prisons. Do you get that?

You call it race-baiting, we call it taking responsibility for our children and our community.

Why is that whenever some Black people take pride in who we are or responsibility for what we are, we get accused of hating Whites or as you put it race-baiting. I have seen this cheap game played over and over here in Clayton for the past five years. I am here to tell you and others, that card does not play with intelligent, rational Americans. You are the race-baiter!


January 7th, 2011
4:47 pm

There are race baiters in this county, and that is a fact(black and white). Lee Scott is probably probably the most notable African American who is widely considered a race baiter. Lee Scott made a fool of himself when he tried to pin Edmondson as a racist( the flag photo), trying to get elected to office, and the rambling he has made on his web sites. I am certain allot of the posts here in the recent past were his also, but only the AJC knows that for sure. If there were no race baiting, photos would not be allowed on campaign photos all over the county.


January 7th, 2011
5:04 pm

Please refer to the report entitled,

Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State report on black Males in Public Education.
The following is included in the report:
Here are the numbers for some other GA systems Black male graduation rates

Gwinnett County 58%
Cobb County 51%
Fulton County 45%
Dekalb County 46%
Clayton County 37%
Atlanta 34%
Chatham County 29%
Richmond County 31%
Another reference source is, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, “Effective School Discipline: Keeping Kids in Class Report.”

My My

January 7th, 2011
9:07 pm

Synamon says — We believe it is better for us to raise our children than give that responsibility to the jails and prisons. Do you get that?

That is the problem too many black mothers with no man in the house – but with kids, each having a different last name. Their self-identities shot. First – black parents have to raise their children and too, too many shirk that responsibility to cater to their own self wants (drugs,alcohol,sex) that they chose to put above the lives and welfare of their own kids. You are right in what you said Synamon – but how the hell are you going to make the majority of these people do their damn job as parents. DO YOU GET THAT?


January 7th, 2011
10:01 pm

Synamonsays; Quit with your complaints, Public Education is part of the benefits of our State and our county.
What more do you require from us ?
Do You think that other races of Americans don’t suffer in this county ?
How selfish can you be, to belong to one group that caters to just race in our county.Shame on you and this group, that you belong to.


January 7th, 2011
10:34 pm

Synamonsays! “Here are the numbers for some other GA systems Black male graduation rates”

And who’s fault is this ?

I never graduated from High School, I went work, and a year later I enlisted into the Army, and I received my G.E.D. before my School Mates graduated.
Did you know that I applied for my High School Diploma and our Clayton School System knew nothing about this.

02 LC 9 0993
House Bill 1068
By: Representatives Stephens of the 150th, Reece of the 11th, Cash of the 108th, Houston of the 166th, Jamieson of the 22nd and others


To amend Article 3 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to local boards of education, so as to provide that each local board of education shall issue high school diplomas to certain veterans who failed to receive diplomas due to an interruption of their education by service in the Korean Conflict or the Vietnam Conflict; to provide certain requirements relating to attendance in high school; to provide procedures; to provide for the award of such diplomas; to provide that diplomas may be awarded posthumously; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.


Four Months after I received my G.E.D,, I was serving in Vietnam.

I have been living in Clayton County since 1961 and came to North Clayton County, when I was in the fourth grade.
My community was buried by Airport in 1969.

The Boy Scouts had a a lot influence on me, while I was growing up. Have you ever thought about recruiting members in this county to be Scout Leaders or though about being a sponsor for a local troop ?
The Scout program is for all and once a person becomes a Scout and accepts his responsibilities, his life will take on a whole different meaning.
Once a Scout, always a Scout !! The Boy Scouts is an organization that follows a person for the rest of his life. I have met Scouts from many races and nationalities, from all over Georgia, The United States, and other countries that I visited.
Please donate to a local Troop on your area, to make our youth much better adults.

The Boy Scout Motto : Be Prepared!


January 8th, 2011
2:04 am

Synamonsays! “The Clayton County Branch NAACP will be part of the village in Clayton County that educates not incarcerates.”

LawAbidingVetRetired : “This creed ( against the punishment of young adults in CC )that you speak of, is endorsed by most elected officials in our county and it has resulted in a lot more Drug Activity within our school system, uncontrolled violence, and peer pressure to join local youth gangs. The Drug Dealers have been using our youth as their “Mules” to Carry & Sell Drugs in places that they cannot go; This is a Historical Fact.
Why ? Because the Youth will not be facing incarceration time for their role in the drug business.”

In The Know

January 8th, 2011
11:40 am

People like CC and Joey are the plutocrats that created the situation that caused the schools to lose accreditation. They spent big money on media exposure on the old BOE. They created the lies about Sandra Scott getting a coach fired, when in essence she got six boys in college; it was featured in the Clayton News Daily in 2007, achieve it. My son was one of those kids. CC and Joey are still left in the dark, well over 11,000 voters compared 983 votes for her opponent “Put Sandra Scott in office; an overwhelming confirmation! Why? The people in the district “Know” the accreditation issue was a “Sham”. Its easy look at Atlanta and DeKalb schools debacle; they won’t lose accreditation. The populous now know the rich whites and gullible blacks sold the kids accreditation. Scandalous

Pennie Sue

January 8th, 2011
12:09 pm

Yeah, cc and Joey are misinformed. Sandra Scott son still plays football and is scheduled to graduate on 2012. I went to few of his football game last year, great kid.

No Brainer

January 8th, 2011
3:42 pm

I would say to our Delegation, do the best you can for the majority of the people; also the NAACP is more relevant, important, appropriate, germane, and pertinent now than “EVER BEFORE”! That’s a FACT!


January 8th, 2011
7:30 pm

The NAACP is nothing like what it used to be whic is too bad since they used to be a real force in this word, you only see them now when there’s a photo opp and that’s why they get no respect anymore even from blacks and WHO CARES what Sandra Scott’s son is doing? You all had better pay attention to what she’s gonna be doing (or probably not doing) since you all decided to elect someone who got drop kicked by the governor to another position of power in this county. That’s probably the only good thing about the republicans running the house right now because that ensures she can’t do but so much damage.


January 8th, 2011
8:48 pm

WTF?; “That’s probably the only good thing about the republicans running the house right now because that ensures she can’t do but so much damage.”

Clayton County has been isolated from the State of Georgia for a good while; We are now considered to be just another suburb of The City of Atlanta and Their Political Party of their Democrats.
These are just some of the organizations that has infiltrated our county Government and our Legislative Branch in Clayton County :

Southern Christian Leadership Foundation


National Conference of Black Mayors and the National SCLC Convention

Georgia Coalition for the Peoples’ Agenda’s Voter Empowerment Crusade


January 8th, 2011
9:10 pm

In the know — Pennie sue

Yeah, cc and Joey are misinformed. Sandra Scott son still plays football and is scheduled to graduate on 2012. I went to few of his football game last year, great kid.

Yeah, OK – it only took a year or 2 longer than usually needed to graduate. Sad also that you are too foolish to understand the truth – and only believe Sandra cause she – in the debacle that was the former BOE – supposedly talking back at anyone in power – black or white. Not a good prerequisite for a state rep.

Clayton County can look forward to no help from the state of Georgia in the following 2 years – both Sandra Scott and Gail Davenport have pissed off the leaders of the state government (House, Senate, Judicial and Executive branches). I hope that fact keeps you warm as Clayton loses out over any monies being divided thru out the state – except for Clayton , because of the rambling of these two ill-equipped supposed representatives of the people. Hope that makes you happy – so you can just keep on complaining about THE MAN and your position in life..

My My

January 8th, 2011
9:11 pm

You are funny – - No Brain


January 8th, 2011
9:37 pm

Sandra Scott is a disgrace. Anyone who voted for her should be ashamed of themselves. The same people voted For Victor, Lee Scott, and Jewel.(Yeah those are some real winners) They were great people too! Right? If you still believe your accreditation was stolen from your school system, you are showing your intelligence level. You accreditation was lost because YOU installed some unqualified, self-serving, micro-managing, salary seeking morons on the school board, and made yourselves the laughing stock of not only the entire state, but the entire country.

Say What!!

January 8th, 2011
10:20 pm

FOX NEWS encouraged terrorism. Elections have consequences. In 2008 they lost and can’t handle it. Some even have gone so far as o demand “2nd Amendment” solutions or even the overthrow of the Government by force and violence. Why do they hate America and Democracy??? Unhinged and outdone that they are encouraging domestic terrorism “Racial Profile” all white male 20-30 years old at political events!

say what?

January 8th, 2011
10:45 pm

I want my representatives to work on getting technical programs in Clayton County besides high cost programs that offer education for a low paying job, such as medical assistant, certified nursing aide, personal care aide, medical billing, beauticians. As I have been seeking a technical school program for a new career, I find that the techinical programs that are offered in Gwinette, Marietta, Carrolton are actually for high paying jobs in the medical and technical field. The surgical tech, LPN, biotechnicians, welding, carpentry programs are in well to do areas. We in Clayton have only one public adult ed college-Clayton state U, but a over priced for profit techinal school. Beauticians, barbers, CNAs, medical assistants cannot ever have a high paying job, no more than $10/hour. how do you raise a family into the middle class with these jobs.

I am disappointed in the county’s economic development department, the Chamber of Commerce, and our county commissioners as a whole (no specific individual) as Clayton county will not meet the deadline (January 31) to submit a proposal to the state to start a technical school in Clayton county in 2012. With as many vacant commercial properties that are in Clayton a negotiation could have been made.

But how can you really fault them because we keep locking our energies into transportation, which is comfort want, not a need to make the middle class flourish.

Sad to say that the NAACP is not going to do much more than what it has done in the past, speak to the media, protest with signs along a sidewalk. Where are they with the idea that lifelong learning is the only way to develop and maintain economic status no matter where black people reside? So short sighted, to keep the same fight going.

I have been in contact with Saxby Chambliss on getting the Dorothy Height Act passed. He sent an ugly contact back- please do not contact him anymore.

As far as parent involvement, wouldn’t need the NAACP to act on behalf of these rude zumbies(walking with NO purpose, NO reason for existence, NO plan), if they had taken responsibility before becoming parents.

So Sad

January 9th, 2011
11:10 am

You all are really sad and I feel sorry for you. It is to much going on in this world for you all to spend your day talking about people. You all really need to pray and if you have done all you can do and you feel good about yourself then be blessed. Spend 2011 searching your soul and stop spending so much of your time trying to search other people soul. You should have seen the picture by now that “Man has No Control” and if you know God, then you should know that God is in Control not Man. So, I say to you spend time Praying and Help Somebody in 2011. Spend your time Helping others instead of complaining. Put your Hateful Energy into Helping Others. We will all have our day in court. So, be Lead by God and stop hating others because you have lost or because you didn’t get the person elected you wanted to be elected. Work with the people you have in office and remember They will be held accountable for what They do. Let’s all Praise God!!!!


January 9th, 2011
5:43 pm

The progressive environment of Clayton County has been ceased and it will not be any better, if we continue to cater to those that solely depends on public transportation, section 8 housing, free medical services, and elected officials that does nothing for the pillars of our county.
Misrepresentation of these so called Legislators has gotten out of of hands and I think that its time to either retreat from this county, as others has done, throw in the towel, or demand a full investigation by The Governor.
The Legislative Branch of Clayton County is tainted and soiled by outside factions beyond our control.


January 9th, 2011
7:10 pm

Kim, thank you again for posting a topic that should have stimulated some good dialogue for working with our legislators. Unfortunately, this blog is dominated by shameless and preposterous individuals who incite and interject hatred in every thing. I do not know what you can do to attract more sensible dialogue. I am not saying ewe have to agree, but there is a way to have intelligent discourse without personal attacks. Just stating the obvious…


January 9th, 2011
7:51 pm

After speaking out against racist acts committed by fringe members of the Tea Party, the NAACP is under harsh criticism by its opponents. I just signed a pledge to stand up against hate and show my support for the NAACP — you should too.

I’m an NAACP American — and I believe that we are one people and one nation. Do you? Take a moment to sign the pledge, every voice matters:

Thank you!


January 10th, 2011
8:33 am

So Sad, Thank you so much for your words!


January 10th, 2011
8:38 am

Say what,
This county has not benefited from the full strength of the NAACP here in Clayton. The power of the NAACP is determined by the membership. I invite all to join us in 2011 so you can experience what the oldest civil rights organization in America can do! We are fired up and ready to go! Are you coming or just humming?

My My

January 10th, 2011
1:36 pm

Actually – The power of the NAACP is UNDERrmined by the membership. Those who still think this govt is a nanny state. That the govt owes them even more – they should learn to stand on there own. The NAACP – like unions has outlived its usefulness. The politics of the old guard of the NAACP does more to keep blacks down now – than to raise them up. A new NAACP needs to emerge that teaches self-reliance – self -assurance – and self-determination.

There is no evidence on the tragedy in Arizona – a look at this crazy man’s ramblings show no continuity – some left wing jabber – some right wing jabber. And less than 6 hours after the tragedy – the NAACP – John Lewis and other left wing fools are out blaming the right – again the evidence is not there. Where were these bastions of liberalism when the movie ” the assassination of George Bush ” was released – You heard not a peep. That citizens, speaks to their hypocrisy, pure and simple.

Now that we are here – a little digging shows why Synamon is so supportive of Wade Starr and the 3 Starr county commisssioners. She has gotten county positions thru these people. we all know how she loves her notoriety.