Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
November 1, 2002
ALBANY - Since 1866 when Georgia voters have gone to the polls, it's been quite a losing record for republicans.
"We haven't had a governor, lieutanant governor, republicanly controlled house or senate ever in this state," Gary Smith, Dougherty GOP Chairman, said. "I think people are starting to wake up to the fact it's better to have competition."
The state's former Democratic Party Executive Director says candidates are noticing the races tightening as well.
"See lot of dollars not only spent on Governor's race, but generally assembly races as well," Tommy Coleman said. "Seems to say things are more competitive than they were in the past."
"I think we can pick up a lot of seats," Smith said.
So what seats are the Republicans eyeing? Carden Summers versus Democratic Incumbent Rooney Bowen in District 13 is one. It's a district that voted 65 percent for Bush in the 2000 election.
John Bulloch versus Harold Ragan in District 11 is another. Bulloch joined the senate race after redistricting was unfavorable to him in the house. Republicans also hope Tyron Elliot can defeat George Hooks in District 14 where some new counties will have a chance to decide if Hooks stays in office.
So could Ragan, Bowen, and Hooks, now in their 70s, 60s, and 50s respectively be defeated now?
"They'll all win, they've provided great service to Southwest Georgia," Coleman said.
In the house races, redistricting could really play a factor. It's a benefit to Republicans in some cases like House 137.
"Ed Rynders will win because the seat was drawn to combine two republican seats," Smith said.
But overall the districts were drawn to the democrats advantage.
"Standard practice for party in power to make sure stay in power," Coleman said.
The governing party ultimately will be decided by voters next Tuesday.
Political analysts say the race for Governor and U.S. Senate could have a big impact on local races. They predict whichever party gets the most voters out for those races will also do well in the General Assembly.