For the moment, middle Georgia’s most racially polarized contests are at an end. From the Macon Telegraph:
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert eked out victory Tuesday night, winning a seesaw fight for a second term against former Mayor C. Jack Ellis.
Unofficial returns gave Reichert 10,307 votes to 9,770 for Ellis, a difference of about 500 votes out of more than 20,000 cast.
Former Macon City Council President Miriam Paris ended former state Rep. David Lucas’ 37 years of political service with an unofficial 12,950-10,220 vote victory in Tuesday’s runoff in the special election for the District 26 state Senate seat formerly held by Robert Brown.
Paris took 55.9 percent of the vote, well ahead of Lucas’ 44.1 percent.
Here’s the Channel 2 Action News assessment of Democratic reaction to the GOP effort to seize control of the Fulton County legislative delegation:
Republicans we’ve talked to say that a new Milton County would still be difficult to achieve. What’s more likely, they say, would be the reduction of Fulton County government to a skeletal operation – whose main responsibilities would be court functions, and the county jail.
Bibb County is also catching on to the Republican effort in the state Capitol to seize control of the legislative delegations that oversee urban Georgia. The Senate map passed by the chamber’s reapportionment committee on Tuesday gives three Bibb County boxes to Sen. Johnny Grant, R-Milledgeville, making him part of the county’s delegation. It also gives the GOP a 2-1 edge when it comes to local legislation.
[State Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon] acknowledged that people might say it looks like packing Bibb with Republicans, but he dismissed the idea.
“In this business, people are going to say a lot of things. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose,” he said. For Bibb County as a whole, he argued, there’s a fairly even split between Democrats and Republicans.
Voting records for the 2010 gubernatorial election show that 56.7 percent of Bibb voters cast a ballot for Democrat Roy Barnes. Forty percent chose Republican Nathan Deal. The party split was very similar in the 2008 presidential vote.
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston apparently knows something you don’t – that the GOP effort to push his Democratic colleague John Barrow out of Savannah is very much alive. From the Valdosta Daily Times:
The new map will give Rep. Jack Kingston’s district all of Savannah and none of Lowndes.
Kingston said he will be in Atlanta today to lobby to keep what he has worked so hard for, and hopefully many others will also argue on his behalf. Considering that he is the only congressman who visits Lowndes County, it would be a tremendous loss to the community to lose his oversight.
The technologically talented arm of the AJC has offered up this fine interactive map of proposed state House districts. Check it out.
Roy Barnes wants back in the Legislature. But not that Roy Barnes.
Roy C. Barnes, an 81-year-old real estate agent, is one of five candidates – all Republican who have qualified for the Sept. 20 special election to fill the Cobb County seat of the late state Rep. Bobby Franklin of Marietta.
Qualifying ends today. Others in the race include former state Sen. Robert Lamutt, former Cobb GOP chairman Don Hill, banker John Carson, and physician Geraldine Wade.
The former governor, by the way, is Roy Eugene Barnes – named after Herman’s daddy.
On Monday, after a long fight, the Atlanta City Council voted to rename Harris Street in downtown Atlanta after architect John Portman. One of those who argued before the council on Portman’s behalf was Andrew Young – who opened with this curious observation:
”I didn’t come to the council often when I was mayor, because I had confidence in them doing the right thing most of the time. And they did. And when they didn’t, some of them went to jail.”
Apparently, the council took no offense.
Politico.com says that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, during a question-and-answer session with supporters Tuesday night, endorsed the impeachment of President Barack Obama:
“That’s a great question and it is a great — it would be a great thing to do but because the Senate is controlled by Democrats we would never be able to get the Senate first to take up that action, because they simply don’t care what the American public thinks. They would protect him and they wouldn’t even bring it up,” Cain said, citing the administration’s position on the Defense of Marriage Act as an impeachable offense.
The AJC’s Poltifact Georgia today takes a look at GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s July remarks on whether a community has a right to ban a mosque.
GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann celebrated the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death this week by wishing him a happy birthday.
The more eclectic New Yorker revived (online) a 1997 article by David Brinkley that recounted Jimmy Carter’s experience with the singer:
“When I was first elected President, I got a call from Elvis Presley,” Carter told me recently. “He was totally stoned and didn’t know what he was saying. His sentences were almost incoherent.” It was the summer of 1977, and Elvis, in a rage fuelled by barbiturates, had telephoned the White House from Graceland (among the two most visited residences in America) seeking a Presidential pardon for a sheriff he knew was in some legal trouble.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider