Baxter & Galloway's Political Insider does it again. Breaks the news before it is news. - A third map is to emerge Friday.
Remember those two congressional maps so lovingly introduced by the House and Senate last week? Forget 'em.
A third map of Georgia's 13 congressional districts will be pulled out of someone's drawer Friday. Both chambers will agree to it. The deal's done, we're told.
We haven't seen the artwork, but we hear the 9th District of U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-Augusta) will be drawn higher into north Georgia, to give him fewer black voters. Georgia's two white Democratic congressmen, John Barrow of Athens and Jim Marshall of Macon, catch a break.
Barrow's left in a 12th District by himself, rather than being paired with a Republican. Marshall retains a separate district, too, plus the Air Force complex at Warner Robins.
Darned if those French didn't have it right: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. [French for, of course, the more things change, the more they stay the same.]
And wouldn't you know it, I will be on the road tomorrow, sans my laptop. If I can break away from business for a second though, I will look for and post "the" third map.
Son of a gun.