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Old 08-09-2009, 02:45 AM
 
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It well known that the Augusta area is democratic strong-hold in the state. In the past decade, with the GOP in charge, Augusta has been lossing it's influence in the state to more conservative areas of the state. Including the threat of lossing MCG to Athens. I put down a couple of facts that proves my point. Ever since Barry took the White House it seem like Augusta been on a major run. Maybe thats just politics.

"Since Mr. Perdue swept into office on the Republican tidal wave that changed the state from blue to red in 2002, he has yet to appoint someone from the Augusta area to the board that helps craft education policy and practices for Georgia."

"The same can be said for the equally powerful Board of Regents, whose last member from the Augusta area was Timothy Shelnut who left in 2007, a Roy Barnes appointee. Mr. Shelnut's departure marked the first time in 30 years the Augusta area hadn't been represented on the Board of Regents."

"Augusta ranks seventh in terms of appointments per capita among the state's 15 metro areas. Smaller metro areas Warner Robins, Macon and Athens hold the top three spots."

" Bill Kulhke, a former Augusta Commission member who is chairman of the Department of Transportation board, whose appointees are not made by the governor, believes not having someone from the metro area on the Regents could have contributed to that group's approval of expanding the Medical College of Georgia to Athens. The move has been criticized as a prelude to possibly moving the entire campus out of Augusta."

"That Richmond County is one of the largest remaining Democratic strongholds in the state also doesn't work to gain favor with the governor, said Dr. Bullock. In the past two gubernatorial elections, Richmond County voted against Mr. Perdue."

"Dr. Bullock also said Warner Robins and Macon likely have more appointments per capita than the other metro areas because that is Mr. Perdue's home territory. The governor hails from Houston County, which borders Bibb County. Warner Robins and Macon are in Houston and Bibb counties, respectively."

"Since taking office in 2003, Mr. Perdue has replaced the 10th and 12th district representatives five times. None have been residents of the four-county Augusta metro area of Richmond, Burke, Columbia and McDuffie counties."

"Included in that wistfulness would be the political influence once enjoyed by Richmond County. Gone, at least temporarily, are the major players from Augusta who wielded enormous power in state politics -- people such as former Speaker Pro Tem Jack Connell or Senate majority leaders Tom Allgood and Charles Walker, all Democrats."

"The numbers are there in terms of those persons (Mr. Perdue) has appointed, and the numbers are there in terms of the kind of support he has received from Augusta-Richmond County," Mr. Murphy said.



State boards lack Augusta representation 080909 - The Augusta Chronicle
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Augusta GA
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I would go with the Democrats being the better choice. Otherwise, we may turn into something like Columbia County!
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Old 08-09-2009, 03:46 PM
 
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Once the state goes with the dems, Augusta will get its due representation. Atlanta, another democratic strong hold, is also city is under represented. As long as Columbia County keep the black population out it will remain a red county. I believe apartments developments are not allowed in Columbia Co.
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Old 08-10-2009, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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Columbia county black population is about 15 to 17%. And they're building about 3-4 new apt complexes in Columbia county. Two in Evans and one in Martinez right now. But of course like the county, the residents are mainly white. One of them is the Haven on Washington rd, and a couple on Old Evans or Evans to Locke rd.

Evans, Grovetown, and Harlem high are not the same anymore. I saw Evans basketball team play last year.

Greenbrier and Lakeside are still very white.

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Old 08-10-2009, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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Say what? Augusta losing MCG to Athens, won't happen in a million years. I don't see why some people care if Athens gets a medical school. The state of GA has a shortage of Doctors. Athens is nothing but a satellite campus, which other GA cities have too.

400 million or more is being poured into MCG in the Medical District. Ride around the Medical District, the growth is very impressive.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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Athens just got an expansion.

Also, it seems kind of prejudice (not racist) to say that apartment developments in Columbia County will bring in blacks who will vote democrat. Augusta is more than just Richmond County, it's Columbia, Richmond, Burke, Aiken and Edgefield too.

I don't see why we should be relying on the state. We should bring in more businesses that don't rely on the state or federal government to begin with (because we can't control who gets elected), but if we work together we can make Augusta a nice place that people want to work and live in.

Outside of support for MCG, the state has just thrown us all off by placing large tax incentives for manufacturing businesses to locate in Richmond County because it has a lower income rate, making it the place for people to work, while many people commute in from the outside. Now we have ridiculous traffic patterns and pollution with almost no neighborhoods where people can walk around because so many people feel they have to commute across 2 counties.
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Old 08-11-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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First I never said Athen will take MCG away. I was just saying when Gov Purdue recommended the expansion to Athen people got scared. It was all in the newspapers asking couldnt MCG expand in Augusta? Why does it need to be in Athen. The answer was easy. Some 20-30 thousand odd student livng, working and playing in Athen. Augusta leaders fearing Athen may be a more attractive location than Augusta downtown, so they kick up a whole lot of dust in the media.

If Columbia County had more blacks, it will have more democrat. Thats starting to become fact lately. Richmond, Burke and Barnwell Co. have more 40% black population and tend to vote democrat. Columbia and Aiken tend to vote GOP. Forgive me if I offend anyone but Im just pointing out the obvious.
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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Taxes are low in Augusta compared to the national average. White Republicans on "The Hill" pay most of the taxes and receive most of the services. That's the way it should be if you want a rich/poor city with a small middle class, substandard schools, a dead downtown and young people who can't wait to get out of town. If you don't increase the tax base by getting those who have the most to pay more we will have the status quo regardless of which party has the governorship. Things were no better in Augusta whan Democrat Roy Barnes was governor. The number of people who are appointed to state government commissions makes no difference whatsoever.
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Augusta, GA ''The fastest rising city in the southeast''
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Taxes are low in Augusta compared to the national average. White Republicans on "The Hill" pay most of the taxes and receive most of the services. That's the way it should be if you want a rich/poor city with a small middle class, substandard schools, a dead downtown and young people who can't wait to get out of town. If you don't increase the tax base by getting those who have the most to pay more we will have the status quo regardless of which party has the governorship. Things were no better in Augusta whan Democrat Roy Barnes was governor. The number of people who are appointed to state government commissions makes no difference whatsoever.
Go troll somehwere else. You sound like lil musket by chance. His comments sound exactly like yours. ''That's why many young people leave the second tier cities (with maybe the exception of Savannah) for Atlanta''.

Good news for Augusta State University. The school’s president, William Bloodworth, presented a State of the University address Tuesday. Scott Hudson, with our news partner WGAC News Talk 580, reports Bloodworth says ASU has record enrollment this year and the University Village is filled to capacity. Bloodworth also tells Hudson that there are funds to purchase land on Wrightsboro Road for school expansion.

UPDATED: Augusta State University Expects Record Enrollment | WJBF

The median income for the city and metro area, keeps increasing also.

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