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House lawmakers allow Senate redistricting despite objections

Macon Telegraph, The (GA)
February 1, 2006
Author:  Greg Bluestein, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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House lawmakers voted Tuesday to redraw the Senate's political map by dividing the Democratic stronghold of Athens into two Senate districts.

The plan's GOP sponsor said it was an effort to honor a five-year-old request from commissioners in rural Madison County to put their community under one state senator. But Democrats decried it as an election-year "hijacking" designed to hurt the chances of a House Democrat seeking the seat.

Under the proposed change, which passed 100-69, the district that currently includes all of Athens would include half of the city and Republican-leaning Walton County .

State Rep. Jane Kidd, D-Athens, has announced plans to run for the seat this year. So has Republican Bill Cowsert, the brother-in-law of state Sen. Brian Kemp, R-Athens, who is running for state agricultural commissioner.

Democrats have vowed to fight the move, which was already passed by the Senate, if it's signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue. If the bill is signed by the governor, the measure must still go before the federal Department of Justice, which must approve any voting law in Georgia .


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Index Terms: POLITICAL

Location(s):  Athens ; Georgia
Personal Name(s):  Jane Kidd; Bill Cowsert; Brian Kemp; Sonny Perdue

Copyright (c) 2006 The Macon Telegraph

Record Number:  200602010301KNRIDDERGAMACONT_WEB. Redistricting .0201