John Barrow moved out of Savannah, Tom Price locked out of Buckhead in new maps

Here’s a first look at the new congressional map that’s about to be introduced in the House – but has already received informal approval in the Senate:

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More maps to come, but you can see that Barrow, a Savannah resident, has been moved out of Chatham County – but his 12th District still retains Augusta and a portion of Columbia County.

Barrow sent out a quick comment indicating he won’t be dissuaded from running:

“This isn’t the first time the folks in Atlanta have put politics above the interests of the people I represent… and I doubt it will be the last.  But I’ve always believed that working hard for the people trumps politics every time….

“I look forward to getting to know the new constituents drawn in to Georgia’s 12th District, and building on the friendships I’ve formed with folks who still call the 12th District home.”

Buckhead has been split two ways — neither of them involving U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell. U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey gets most of Buckhead and would become Gov. Nathan Deal’s congressman. U.S. Rep. John Lewis did not look kindly on the splitting of Atlanta into two congressional districts. Said Lewis:

“I am very disappointed by the proposed congressional maps released today by the Georgia General Assembly. It is an affront to the spirit and letter of the Voting Rights Act. The City of Atlanta should remain whole and attempts to split the City are nothing more than naked partisanship.”

Just got off the phone with Lewis’ Democratic primary challenger, former Fulton County superior court judge Michael Johnson, who said he lives in southwest Atlanta and remains within the 5th Congressional District.

Price’s lines are drawn south to the Atlanta city limits — remember that he supported Karen Handel in last year’s GOP hostilities for governor, and that Buckhead’s wealthy campaign contributors are seen as a large prize among Republicans.

Democrat Hank Johnson, who represents the 4th District, would be pushed eastward into Rockdale and Newton Counties.

The new 9th District eats up Hall County and the whole of northeast Georgia, with Fannin and Gilmer counties the last of its territory in the west.

Gingrey is deprived of Floyd County, which was one of his demands.

Links to statistics and maps can be found here. But look below for a closer look at what are likely to become the new congressional lines in metro Atlanta:

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And as predicted, Democrat Sanford Bishop’s 2nd District picks up the largest portion of Bibb County and the city of Macon, sweeping up what would have been the most likely venue to produce a challenger to freshman Republican Austin Scott in the 8th District:

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Scott, from Tifton, also picked up Valdosta and Moody Air Force Base in Lowndes County.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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101 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

August 22nd, 2011
2:21 pm

If the 6th moves into Brookhaven, it will be a pleasure to vote AGAINST Price! That is, of course after the redistricting lawsuit is settled!

The Repubs cried aloud when the Dems redistricted them (supposedly) out of different areas…..look what that got the Dems! And after complaining and inferring they would never do that…what do they do…stack the deck. Perhaps it will come back to haunt them as it dii the Dems?

Centrist

August 22nd, 2011
2:23 pm

On first glance, look at all those county line boundaries and uniform shapes (except for the 9th – wonder what happened there).

Conservative Refugee

August 22nd, 2011
2:24 pm

Just get me out of the 5th!

Edward C. Tracey

August 22nd, 2011
2:30 pm

The congressional lines are not really what Rockdale County Republicans were looking for. We are not happy that we have been removed from having any Republican Representation. We have not had any since John Linder left after the gerrymandering of the democrats in 2001. Lyn Westmoreland made it clear he didn’t want to have the conservative precincts in his district years ago and has never participated in Rockdale County Politics. Hank Johnson the winner in this sweepstakes. The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is another loser as they have been frustrated with Hank Johnson for his lack of support. The only good news in this is that he loses part of his base in DeKalb and someone from Rockdale County and or Newton can stop the dominance of corrupt DeKalb democratic control.
if there were a lawsuit it should be by Rockdale County Republicans for being 100% disenfranchised. Ten more years of no representation with taxation.

Edgar the true

August 22nd, 2011
2:36 pm

What does it matter? There is not a dimes worth of difference in the politicians or the parties when viewed from the average citizen’s view.

SpaceyG on Twitter

August 22nd, 2011
2:41 pm

These are the worst maps ever. Especially trying to view them on the Internets.

Dacula

August 22nd, 2011
2:41 pm

Interesting to see Dacula moving to the 10th. And w/ the 7th taking so much of Forsyth I wouldn’t be surprised to see a challenger to Woodall; but makes sense considering the direction Gwinnett is going.

UpHereInMilton

August 22nd, 2011
2:42 pm

Did Price really think he would get Buckhead when he was with Handel?!

Laquisha

August 22nd, 2011
2:46 pm

Hank ‘Guam is capsizing’ Johnson’s district is creeping closer. If it gets any closer guess I’ll sell my house @ a loss and bolt.

RD

August 22nd, 2011
2:49 pm

Just give me the chance to vote against T. Price….the worst congressman in state history.

CobbGOPer

August 22nd, 2011
3:02 pm

“Gingrey is deprived of Floyd County, which was one of his demands.”

Seems Gingrey was deprived of a great deal of his old district by the look of the map, though I’m sure he doesn’t mind a more compact district – not as much territory to cover when he comes home on the weekend. And now he gets to schmooze bigtime with the Buckhead high-rollers.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

August 22nd, 2011
3:11 pm

(To the tune “Johnny Be Good”)

Well out of Athens Georgia rose a demo-crat,
His name is Johnny Barrow – he can be a brat,

They moved his district southward so he left his home,
He landed down in ‘Vannah – thought it was his own.

Now they’ll send him up the river just to make him move
He’ll pack his bags and hope Augusta thinks he’s smooth

Go…Go Johnny Go!
Go…Go Johnny Go!
Go…Go Johnny Go Go Go
…..JOHNNY BE GONE!

(Thank you, thank you! I’m here all week, Try the veal, it’s the best in the city)

honested

August 22nd, 2011
3:11 pm

RD

Agreed!
I haven’t seen a large enough copy of the map yet to know if Cong. price will have plausible opposition.
One can only hope he will go back to his medical office, for good.

honested

August 22nd, 2011
3:12 pm

ghost,

Didn’t lester mostly serve what he was?
Chicken

Penny Bee

August 22nd, 2011
3:16 pm

Looks like it’s going to be a Hoot and a Half living in Henry County. 3 congressional districts! What’s the point?

J. Lewis

August 22nd, 2011
3:23 pm

Lawd have mercy! Gets out the dogs and fire hoses!

Centrist

August 22nd, 2011
3:25 pm

@ honested – There is NO CHANCE the Republicans opened the door for “plausible Democratic opposition”. That is what gerrymandering is all about.

I wonder how the Justice Department complaints and inevitable litigation will be grounded. Simply saying “We Democrats don’t like it, and think our maps should be used” won’t carry the day.

Free from Hank

August 22nd, 2011
3:35 pm

Is there a version where we can zoom in tighter? It looks like I may *FINALLY* be escaping the horror of the 4th District.

Sylvia

August 22nd, 2011
3:35 pm

Tom Price is lucky to have a district so nice. Usually traitors and liars are punished for their dirty deeds.

Doug

August 22nd, 2011
3:44 pm

I can’t believe it, I have been moved out of the 4th!!! YEA!

TIM

August 22nd, 2011
3:51 pm

Politicans suck. If you’re a politican reading this…you suck!

double

August 22nd, 2011
3:56 pm

9th takes in all the brains,should move gold dome to Hall.

Will

August 22nd, 2011
3:57 pm

Partisan politicians drawing partisan political boundaries to better protect their partisan political interests.

I sure did not see that coming.

View From Midtown

August 22nd, 2011
4:05 pm

Jack Kingston won’t be a shoe-in with the new First containing all of Savannah. The right candidate and he could be unseated; at the least, he will probably have to spend a lot more to get re-elected than he has recently.

Chuck

August 22nd, 2011
4:11 pm

Thanks for screwing Douglas Co.

honested

August 22nd, 2011
4:11 pm

centrist

You seem to be oblivious that several reliably DEMOCRAT precincts in Chamblee, Doraville, and North Dekalb have been added to price’s new district.
While he may be a hero to the ‘we want a new county to escape the unwashed’ crowd, around here a$$hole would be a better descriptor for him.
Nothing like unwarranted hubris to send a politician back to whatever they were doing before being elected.

No Longer Republican

August 22nd, 2011
4:11 pm

UGH! I was hoping to get out of Tom Graves’ district. What a moron, and a crook as well. They didn’t take up enough of Forsyth to get me out. ugh!

honested

August 22nd, 2011
4:12 pm

Or, in short, wouldn’t vote for price if he offered me a new county and a tax break.

As best I can tell, that is all he has ever done.

Centrist

August 22nd, 2011
4:13 pm

@ View – There has been a strong shift in Georgia toward the Republicans since the last re-districting that partially backfired. It is just wishful thinking that incumbent Republicans are in any electoral danger with their current re-districting – unless somebody falls on their sword between now and 11/2012.

Leroy

August 22nd, 2011
4:14 pm

Too bad political districts are drawn by politicians. They are clueless when it comes to common sense. I can hardly believe some of them are my friends.

d

August 22nd, 2011
4:15 pm

Oh, I don’t like that South Gwinnett is moving into the 4th at all. Gwinnett is large enough to anchor its own district, not be divided into 3 again.

FSG

August 22nd, 2011
4:20 pm

It would be most responsive to the desires of the electorate, if the districts would be drawn so as to vote all of the incumbents out of office as quickly as possible.

Not moved out of the 5th... rats

August 22nd, 2011
4:20 pm

Too bad we didn’t get moved out of the 5th district… I was actually hoping for a choice other than John Lewis. His office is totally non-responsive other than form letters and toeing the party line.

Courtney

August 22nd, 2011
4:27 pm

Gwinnett split 3 ways? that is our reward for being loyal to the GOP for 25 years? Way to go!

honested

August 22nd, 2011
4:29 pm

FSG

Your suggestion can happen no matter how the districts are drawn.
But first people have to pay attention to who the incumbents are and what they are doing.
Good luck with that.

Joe Mama

August 22nd, 2011
4:50 pm

Dagnabbit — looks like I might actually get tossed into Phil Gingrey’s district. So Floyd County’s gain is my loss.

phil

August 22nd, 2011
4:54 pm

No 10′ wide districts?

Bob

August 22nd, 2011
5:07 pm

Who writes this stuff for John Lewis? How does he keep getting re-elected without ever doing anything for his constituents, but running his mouth?

george

August 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

We should just do away with the 13 District our representative cares little about what the folk that live here think.

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Bobby Anthony

August 22nd, 2011
5:22 pm

Well it looks as if I will be able to vote against Broun once more. I see there are more Democrat counties in the 10th than it was before.

Thomas Jefferson

August 22nd, 2011
5:22 pm

What’s the difference? Politicians can’t hear my voice over the free speech of dollar bills since the Citizens United decision. In the land of voting machines designed without a USB port to hook to a RECEIPT PRINTER it is impossible to audit the vote. And you silly folks are worrying about redistricting? Hey gotta go – There is a Tea Party serving some great cool aid!

Centrist

August 22nd, 2011
5:22 pm

Looking at the statistics link provided, it is hard for a layman to see any packing or dilution of black or latino minorities. No doubt the AJC and other Democrats are working on their basis for challenge, and we will see them in the next few days. The Justice Department has already cleared several State’s re-districting this year.

honested

August 22nd, 2011
5:25 pm

Bobby A

Trimming off broun (the decidedly dimmest bulb in Congress) would be a win for GA!

ryan

August 22nd, 2011
5:33 pm

If i am still in Lewis district and I can’t tell for sure from these maps the GOP is not getting another penny from me. My neighboorhood is 70% Republican and Mr. Lewis does not represent us on any issues from taxes to immigration. He is a relic from the 60’s and should retire or his district should reflect people that agree with him.

Broun is gone!

August 22nd, 2011
5:38 pm

While I am extremely disappointed in being moved out of John Barrow’s district because he is so responsive to his constituents, I relish the fact that I will now be able to help unseat Broun. What a complete embarrassment to this State and our Country. How in the world do people keep voting for this guy?

Bob

August 22nd, 2011
5:41 pm

@ryan…you bring up an excellent point about Rep Lewis. What exactly does he do except give speeches about civil rights and the good ole days marching in Selma? I can see he hasn’t missed any meals while serving on the public dole in DC. Just my opinion.

Tom

August 22nd, 2011
5:46 pm

Without regards to who currently represents what, I’m not sure I understand some of the complaints. The districts here are reasonably compact (except for the 13th, though it looks much better than the previous iteration), largely respect rural county boundaries (only two of the split counties are outside urban areas), and population communities are acknowledged (south Gwinnett has gradually grown to resemble south DeKalb much more than its northeastern Gwinnett counterparts).

You have to draw lines somewhere and of course there was some gamesmanship involved–this is politics after all–but when you compare this to the 2001 maps its hard to imagine that an independent commission would’ve made them that much different on the whole.

Incidentally for whoever complained about Tom Graves, he will be running in the 14th the next time around because that’s his homebase. Historically the 9th district has been northeast Georgia’s and it was only the last set of maps that shifted it northwest where Graves is at.

Bootnewt

August 22nd, 2011
6:15 pm

YAHOO!!! Gingivitis Gingrey is out of my county!! Thank You!!

GaBlue

August 22nd, 2011
6:17 pm

Ask not whom your “Representative” represents. Unless you are one of those “Corpoations Are People” people or a wealthy California billionaire, it ain’t you.