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New congressional districts — and why Buckhead will remain Democratic territory

Fresh from rescuing the nation from economic calamity, Georgia’s members of Congress will spend the next few weeks indulging in self-preservation.

We are 10 days away from a special session of the Legislature assigned the task of redrawing Georgia’s political boundaries.

Georgia's congressional districts, as currently drawn

Georgia’s congressional districts, as currently drawn

Americans often think of democracy as the process by which voters pick their leaders. Redistricting is the B-side of that record —the once-in-a-decade chance for many incumbent politicians to pick their voters, and thus preserve their hold on power.

This is the first time in Georgia history that Republicans will have start-to-finish control of the process, which will be primarily, but not entirely, driven by last year’s census.

Under Democratic rule, GOP lawmakers criticized a process that was ruthless and secretive. Republicans promise to conduct themselves more openly. But score-settling will still be the rule — and the targets won’t always be …

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Your morning jolt: Hall County commission chairman proposes a tax increase

When you’re home to a governor and a lieutenant governor, something like this becomes a little more important. From the Gainesville Times:

Facing an $11.5 million gap in next year’s budget, Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Oliver recommended a tax increase Thursday night.

County residents must choose between that or a “massive reduction in services,” he said, making his announcement before adjourning the meeting.

“Of my seven years on the commission, our next meeting will be one of the toughest decisions I’ll ever make as a chairman,” he said.
Oliver proposed a 1.41 mill increase in total, with a 0.6 mill roll up to account for the loss in property values and an additional 0.81 mill increase. The current millage rate is 7.77 mill…..

“I have a $180,000 house, and this increase would cost me 28 cents a day or $101.50,” he said. “Let me tell you what the other side is if we don’t participate: shutting down parks, libraries, two ambulances and taking away …

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A dispute between Tricia Pridemore and Karen Handel over who met whom, and when

This morning’s post made reference to a Marietta Daily Journal question-and-answer session with Tricia Pridemore, one of three candidates for the chairmanship of state GOP.

She’s backed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

In the article, Pridemore told of an encounter she had with Karen Handel during her campaign for governor – when Handel, in the aftermath of the Glenn Richardson scandal, hammering at the issue of ethics in the state Capitol.

Said Pridemore, in the MDJ:

”[T]he Handel for Governor team was talking with me, and I liked them and thought they had a lot of momentum and liked both Mr. and Mrs. Handel and at the end of ‘09 that campaign took a stark trip into calling out members of the General Assembly and people that work at the Capitol.

“Now I’m a former intern down at the state Capitol and it was a great experience for me and I have many friends that served in the General Assembly. They work hard. They don’t do it for the fame. They sure don’t do it for the …

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An afternoon jolt: MLK was the occasion, but the spree in Tucson was the topic

At Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta this morning, the occasion was the 82nd birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

But the topic was Tucson.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder decried gun violence:

“Last week a senseless in Tuscon, Ariz., reminded us that more than 40 years after Dr. King’s own tragic death, our own long struggle to end and eradicate violence goes on.

“But today, once more, we can see the stars. We see them in the courage of a man who died shielding his wife from a spray of bullets, in the kindness of strangers who raced to the aid of those in need, and in the strength of a young, energetic congresswoman who’s fight for her own life has inspired each of ours.”

Said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson:

Today we are all citizens of Tucson….Today we rejoice always for the life of Dr. King, for his contributions and all that he’s meant to this country. And we rejoice as citizens of Tucson, for the recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and those others who …

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The tea party enters an ethics alliance aimed at Legislature

Thousands gather at the state Capitol for a huge tea party last spring. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Thousands gather at the state Capitol for a huge tea party last spring. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Politics is the story of old alliances falling apart and the formation of new ones — the birth of feuds and burial of ancient hatchets.

At the state Capitol, we’re about to witness the creation of a new collaboration that — if successful — could give permanent, Georgia-centered purpose to a tea party movement that so far has concentrated on the sins of Washington.

Last October, the state’s network of tea party groups gathered to put the finishing touches on a list of positions they wanted candidates for the state Legislature to put their names to.

Many of the aims could be classed as ideological: Property and income tax reform, hard limits on the growth of the state budget, and mandatory school courses on the U.S. Constitution.

Other demands were not. Candidates for the General Assembly were asked to endorse bans on trips paid by lobbyists, on all gifts from lobbyists, …

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Your morning jolt: Jack Kingston’s race for House budget chairman comes to a head

This is a big week for U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah.

All three candidates for the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee – and Kingston is one — will make presentations to the House steering committee on Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah

The committee could render its decision anytime afterwards.

Tea Party Patriots intends to make themselves part of the decision-making process. The group plans to hold a nationwide “tele-town hall meeting” from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening, featuring candidates for the leadership of several House committees.

Kingston will be one of those featured. Those who want to listen in need to register here by 2 p.m.

According to a handicapping by The Hill, Jerry Lewis of California has an inside track, but has been criticized as a pork-barrel addict – and may not appeal to the army of freshmen House members. On the other hand, says the D.C. newspaper:

[T]he fact that Kingston is more of an outsider could be a problem for …

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Soggy notes from a GOP tsunami: Is Nathan Deal a four-year governor?

Republican Gov.-elect Nathan Deal waves to supporters on Tuesday. AP/John Bazemore

Republican Gov.-elect Nathan Deal waves to supporters on Tuesday. AP/John Bazemore

Perhaps the first question that will face Gov. Nathan Deal in January will be an unspoken one: Is he a four-year governor, or an eight-year governor?

At 68, Deal will be the oldest person to assume the governorship of Georgia in four generations. (Tom Crawford of the Georgia Report points out that Lamartine Hardman was 71 when elected in 1927.)

A politician who has only one term in mind will govern far differently than one who has an eight-year calendar in his head – think of the things Roy Barnes left undone.
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And a Legislature is likely to treat a four-year governor with far less deference than one likely to serve two terms. But more than that, think of the Republican jockeying for position that would begin almost immediately.

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One of the best things going on ajc.com today is this interactive county-by-county map showing results in the governor’s race. Check it out.

What you see on the …

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Karen Handel: ‘I support the ticket.’ But only the barest mention of Nathan Deal

Former Republican nominee for governor Karen Handel is speaking right now to several dozen business women in downtown Atlanta.

Former GOP candidate for governor Karen Handel/AJC

Former GOP candidate for governor Karen Handel/AJC

She was introduced to a standing ovation and immediately warned the many, many reporters in attendance that they would be disappointed with the content of what she was about to say.

So she very quickly laid it out:

“I support the ticket and I reiterate that support today.”

No mention by name of Nathan Deal, the Republican nominee for governor and the fellow who beat her in the Aug. 10 GOP runoff, passed Handel’s lips during her address to the women’s group, Pocketbook Politics.

That said – or unsaid, Handel told her audience that the Nov. 2 vote is “too important to let what did or didn’t happen affect your voting decision,” she said.

“Who do you want making judicial appointments in our state?” Handel asked. “What if something were to happen to our fine U.S. Senators? Who do you want …

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Karen Handel to Rhett Butler – er, Roy Barnes: ‘A gentleman wouldn’t involve a woman without asking’

Updated at 1:45 p.m.: A day after she became the topic of a Democratic mailer aimed at women voters, former gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel posted the following on her Facebook page:

Karen Handel My thoughts re Barnes/Dem mailer: A gentleman would never involve a woman without asking her. I do not appreciate being used this way — least of all by Roy Barnes. To imply that I’m in any way supporting him is simply false. Women do not want or need the king of the good ole boys telling us to “remember.” Women will look at the issues and cast their votes in the best interest of our state.

But notice that she did not say she was foursquare behind Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal, who beat her by a mere 2,500 votes in the Aug. 10 runoff. She didn’t even mention his name.

Original post: Willing or not, Karen Handel has joined the race for governor.

The mailer that arrived Tuesday was addressed to Ms. Insider, and had a tasteful cover with a red ribbon and the word …

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And soon, a word from Karen Handel

Former GOP candidate for governor Karen Handel will break two months of silence this week.

The former secretary of state is to speak to a group of business women at 11:30 a.m. Friday for a discussion of fiscal conservatism.

The sponsoring group is Pocketbook Politics. The locale is the offices of the Kilpatrick Stockton law firm in downtown Atlanta. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for non-members.

Handel, who lost the Aug. 10 runoff to Nathan Deal by 2,500 or so votes, will be addressing the following topics, according to the invitation:

What do women look for in candidates and elected officials?

What financial roadmap do women want for our country?

What are the critical economic issues facing Georgia?

How women voters can know if a candidate is truly a fiscal conservative?

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