Maybe Lowndes County Commissioners can ask Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08)
to do what Dougherty County Commissioners have successfully asked
Rep. Bishop (GA-02) to do: those two Congressional districts
cover the entire Georgia part of the proposed path of that methane pipeline.
And maybe they could help Greenlaw
get the FERC scoping period extended and get the GIS data from
Two Dougherty County Commissioners and one of their former
colleagues who is running to rejoin them have scheduled a listening
session at 10 a.m. Thursday with U.S. House District 2 Congressman
Sanford Bishop to discuss the proposed Sabal Trail Transmission Gas
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Now here’s a T-SPLOST project I like:
upgrading the railroad that runs
from Valdosta to Moody AFB
and on to Ray City and Nashville in Berrien County,
and Willacoochee in Atkinson County.
This proposal is to aid freight, but with this upgrade to the track,
the same track would be even more readily usable for passenger rail.
That same track was used for passenger travel up into the 1950s.
My mother used to catch the train at Barretts (just north of Moody) to go visit her relatives in Pearson (a bit east of Willacoochee).
It’s true the project sheet talks about “potential customers in the region”:
This project will provide for more efficient train operations along
the rail corridor to accommodate the increase rail traffic serving the
existing and potential customers in the region.
However, rail promotes development in existing population
centers and at stations, unlike all along automobile roadways.
This project is also another example of how
the economic area of Moody AFB includes
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Georgia has gained enough population in the past ten years to add
a congressional seat. This means redrawing the Congressional
district lines not only to balance population, but to also add
another representative in Congress. Lowndes County has been split
between the first and second districts, and all spring rumors of
where we might end up were circulating. Eventually we saw a draft
map that had Lowndes completely in the 8th District,
other counties along Interstate 75. That map made some sense south of Macon.
Some communities of interest were preserved (most of the Lowndes-Valdosta
MPO was in the same district) and the hospitality corridor of I-75
was in one district, along with the rural farms that surround it.
Valdosta to Macon is easier to traverse than Valdosta to Savannah,
or Valdosta to Columbus.
But then Congressman Jack Kingston stuck out his green tongue.
“The largest juvenile prison in the nation, Walnut Grove Youth
Correctional Facility houses 1,200 boys and young men, between the
ages of 13 and 22, and is run by a private contractor, the GEO Group
based in Boca Raton, FL. … State audits over the last several years
had already indicated the burgeoning problem. While it is recommended
at youth facilities to have an inmate-to-guard ratio of 10:1 or 12:1,
Walnut Grove had a ratio of 60:1.”
“When the Wolves Guard the Sheep,”
by Mariah Adin in Kids and Crime, 28 March 2011
Jack Kingston told Gretchen
last week in Tifton
that he was heading to Atlanta the next day to try to retain
Moody Air Force Base in his district.
Looks like he may get that, by chopping just the Moody area out of Lowndes
County, and splitting the Pine Grove precinct.
Hard to see?
Look at the detail map on the right here.
This latest proposed gerrymander gives Kingston Clinch and Echols
Counties just so Jack can send a green tongue out from Echols
to lap up Moody with as little of the rest of Lowndes as possible.
I have tried working with probationers
and I’ll just say that it was a very inconsistent supply of workers.
Hm, the VDT previously was of a similar opinion,
an opinion that got quoted in the AJC.
Maybe the VDT didn’t know Kingston was pushing HB 87,
even though they sat down with him yesterday morning?
We don’t need an ALEC-organized private prison law like HB 87
to profit private prison company CCA,
and we don’t need a CC private prison in Lowndes County.
Spend those tax dollars on rehabilitation and education instead.
Jack Kingston (R GA-01) came back to Valdosta, GA to hold another Health Care Town Hall after his previous one in August had ten times as many people as he expected. This time the 1200 seat Mathis Auditorium was maybe half full, so probably somewhere between 500 and 600 people attended.
The picture on the right is the core of Kingston’s argument. See for yourself.
Here’s a YouTube playlist for all the LAKE videos by Gretchen Quarterman from that September Town Hall. This is Kingston’s complete presentation except for a few words lost between videos and a few cases of camera failure. We’re still adding more videos from the question session. All the videos from the questions session are now available (17 Oct 2009); starting with Microphones are open.