Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Georgia Democrats are railing against proposed maps the Legislature is considering for House and Senate districts, complaining the GOP is trying to create a "supermajority."
Sen. Steve Henson, a Democrat, whose district includes Gwinnett, presented changes to the maps Tuesday, but he was told they would not be considered.
Last week, Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Tucker, told a local crowd how to get involved in the process. This week, he talked to the Forsyth County Democratic Party.
"These are Democrats who live in an overwhelmingly Republican county," Thompson said of the Forsyth group. "They know what it's like to speak their minds even though no one is listening. If the Republicans create a supermajority, they are afraid they will have no say whatsoever in the state's future."
Thompson said he wanted the group to know their concerns were being heard at the state Capitol, where a special session is under way. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Thompson will host a citizens advisory forum in his district to get local thoughts. The event is set for the 45 South Cafe on South Peachtree Street in historic Norcross.
Votes are scheduled for today in the House and Senate.
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