Georgia House of Representatives' parties elect leaders

By Walter C. Jones
Morris News Service
ATLANTA – The Republican and Democratic members of the House of Representatives met separately Monday with their newly elected colleagues, and the Republicans kept their team in place while the Democrats replaced their caucus chairman.
When the General Assembly convenes in January, Republicans will hold more seats than at any time since the Civil War and are just one shy of commanding a two-thirds majority that would allow them to pass constitutional amendments and override vetoes without a single Democratic vote. 
Observers were watching as the meeting began to see if they would pick up that last vote with the House's sole independent, Rep. Rusty Kidd of Milledgeville, who has said he's considering joining the party after Democrats tried to get him defeated last week. But he didn't appear, and he's still making up his mind.
The GOP voted to keep its leaders, although Rep. Delvis Dutton, of Glennville, tried to unseat Caucus Chairwoman Donna Shelton of Dacula. He said he wanted more vigorous policy debates during the closed-door caucus meetings the party holds during the session.
"People are concerned with what we're going to face in January," he said.
Shelton said she believes debate is healthy out of the public eye "in the right location. That is amongst family."
Democrats met at the same time in the smaller Senate chamber. They did replace their caucus chairman, Rep. Brian Thomas of Lilburn with Rep. Virgil Fludd of Tyrone.
Fludd said there was no philosophical disagreement only that he felt his business experience would better equip him to improve the functioning of the party organization. Thomas is a geologist.
"This caucus is headed in the right direction. We just need to tinker to get there faster," Fludd said.


More Local

Home Safe

Alarm over missing child a simple mixup

County and city authorities were happy to locate a 5-year-old child safe and sound after she was reported missing on Wednesday. All four pub ... Read More


Luminaria fundraiser

Neighborhood rallies for Coweta Samaritan Clinic

More than 100 residents in one Newnan neighborhood are planning to participate in their first annual luminaria fundraiser. On Tuesday at 6:3 ... Read More


UWG Newnan: Finish line in sight

University of West Georgia’s new campus in Newnan will be substantially complete in January, according to Newnan City Manager Cleatus ... Read More


TB patient won’t be coming to Coweta County

The tuberculosis patient who is currently being held in the Troup County Jail for refusing to take his medication is no longer contagious, b ... Read More


Coweta Commission

Cemetery discovery disrupts bypass extension

Crews doing clearing for the Newnan Bypass Extension project discovered a gravestone, and 49 graves were eventually located. The road will b ... Read More

Four arrested in marijuana bust

Four people were arrested Tuesday after authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a home in Newna ... Read More