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Old 01-05-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Study done by UGA Creating a New Milton County :: Carl Vinson Institute of Government :: The University of Georgia
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Milton just might be reborn if more Democrats keep jumping ship to the Republican party. I only hope that the Republicans live up to their fiscal responsibility motto and make an effort to merge two or more of the poorest counties in Georgia in this "Great Recession" to save money in the same way that Milton & Campbell country was merged during the Depression.

Otherwise, it will just be one more reason for me & others who are likeminded to pin the Georgia conservative republicans as nothing more than a bunch of vindictive confederates, hating on black leadership.

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I think I remember their wanting to split off into Milton back in the 1990s, too. I suspect it won't happen.

I do think that Georgia counties need some consolidation as there are too many of them, but these are in the rural areas where some smaller counties have a few thousand people, for instance. Those need to consolidate with the larger counties. I don't think that will happen either due to what the Georgia Constitution says about voting on changing the counties. Intra-county squabbles seem like a waste of time and are definitely divisive, but I am sure the tax issue is central to the argument.
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:47 PM
 
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Milton just might be reborn if more Democrats keep jumping ship to the Republican party.
Don't the Republicans already have enough votes to do anything they want, including amending the state constitution?
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Currently in the Georgia House of Representatives, I think there are 114 Republicans, 63 Democrats, and 1 Independent in all. In the Georgia State Senate, there are 56 Senators, 35 of them Republicans and 21 who are Democrats.

In order to amend the Georgia Constution each Georgia House must have 2/3rds or a supermajority regardless of the political party willing to agree on a specific amendment(s) then submitted to the voters of Georgia for a popular vote.

Constitutional Amendments

If I'm doing my math right, in order for the Georgia House Republicans to be able to get a supermajority, they would need about 5 to 6 more party switchers from the Democratic side. For the Georgia Senate Republicans, they need 2 to 3 more. I'm pretty sure that the party-switchers will be arm-twisted somehow into supporting the Milton County amendment as a form of fealty to the Georgia Republican Party.

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Don't the Republicans already have enough votes to do anything they want, including amending the state constitution?

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Old 01-05-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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Thanks, AcidSnake! Sounds like they're close, but still no cigar.
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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Don't the Republicans already have enough votes to do anything they want, including amending the state constitution?
No, they need 120 in the House for a super majority.

They are just at 112 with the vacancies.

As Democrats try to regroup, Republicans eye supermajority *| ajc.com

ETA: oops. Acid beat me. What happens when you get distracted...
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Naw, you're fine PK.

I didn't account for the vacancies in the Georgia House due to using info from late December last year, so that was a mistake on my part.

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No, they need 120 in the House for a super majority.

They are just at 112 with the vacancies.

As Democrats try to regroup, Republicans eye supermajority *| ajc.com

ETA: oops. Acid beat me. What happens when you get distracted...
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Fulton County has $156 million in reserves... $44 million more than expected... and these people still want to break off of Fulton County and form their own? I would like to hear the opinions of people who cry "fiscal irresponsibility" as a reason for creating "Milton County" about the large amount of reserve money. There is no need to create yet another county for metro Atlanta. We are suppose to be working together, not against each other. I guess it's easier to do the latter...

http://www.ajc.com/news/north-fulton...ty-796119.html
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:18 PM
 
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Where is that beating a dead horse picture? ... bigger issues.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:23 PM
 
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Fulton County has $156 million in reserves... $44 million more than expected... and these people still want to break off of Fulton County and form their own?
Maybe they should just lower the taxes?

I think what the people up north are complaining about is not just the amount of money Fulton spends but how and where it is deployed.
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