POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Barrow GOP plans meet and greet

Camie Young

Camie Young

In a time when many residents only see their representatives during campaign season, Barrow's GOP is planning events to have the glad-handing happen all year.

The party will host a "Day in the Park" with local elected representatives this weekend, the first in what could be a series of events to meet your representative traveling to different districts.

In fact, since the legislature recently passed maps to outline new districts for the community, people can stop by and find out who will be on their ballots in 2012 (if the maps pass muster in a Voting Rights Act pre-clearance process). The maps are also online at www.barrowga.com.

Saturday's event is scheduled for 10 a.m. at downtown Auburn's Burel Park, where Mayor Linda Blechinger will welcome the crowd.

Expected to be on hand is Congressman Rob Woodall, who may be making a farewell tour in Barrow, since the new congressional map transfers the county to the 10th District, currently represented by Paul Broun.

Other politicians scheduled to attend are state Sen. Frank Ginn, state Rep. Terry England, Barrow Commission Chairman Danny Yearwood, Commissioners Isaiah Berry and Billy Parks, School Board Chairman Mark Still and School Board member Will Dunn.

The event, expected to wrap up around lunch, will also have paperwork for people to register to vote and information about the GOP.

Dem discuss commission expansion

Gwinnett's commission and school board maps have already been a bone of contention, with Sen. Curt Thompson calling on Gov. Nathan Deal to veto the proposals.

But some aren't done trying to draw their own.

At tonight's Gwinnett Democratic Party meeting, leaders will discuss a proposal to expand the commission map from its current four districts to six. The party, which has little influence over the county's legislative delegation since a majority are Republicans, has drawn a new map to match the proposal, which comes from a grand jury report seeking expansion of the board.The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Lilburn City Hall.

"The current districts are too broad both geographically and by population for just four Commissioners," an email said.

Leaders are asking attendees to bring a bag of wrapped hard candy to the meeting to be used in the upcoming the Duluth Fall Festival Parade.Picketing event planned

It could be a one man march or a million man march.

Using Facebook to stir up support, local man James Newman is planning an event for the national "Picket Across America" campaign.

He has permits to be on the sidewalk in front of the Snellville Pavillion shopping center on Ga. Highway 124 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to supporting Constitution Day, Newman said he wants to bring attention to next year's transportation sales tax vote, which he is against.

Participants can find information on the Facebook Picket Across America and Picket Across America - Snellville, Ga. pages.

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