The Friday Five - August 28th, 2015

Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

State of the States (Week of August 24th)

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The Week of August 24th

The Friday Five - August 21st, 2015

Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

State of the States (Week of August 17th)

Legislator Julian Bond: Remembering a Civil Rights Icon

This week, the nation mourns the passing of longtime civil rights leader Julian Bond, who died over the weekend at age 75 after a battle with vascular disease.

But before he served as national Chairman of the NAACP or as founding President of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Julian Bond blazed a far different path that set the stage for many thousands of others to follow; Bond was one of the first African American state legislators elected in the era of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act.

It was an extraordinarily difficult path to travel.

Before the 1960s, many states like Georgia assigned state legislative seats on a county-by-county basis, which often limited the political power of minority communities and led to significant under-representation of cities and over-representation of smaller, rural counties. When this practice was struck down by the Supreme Court in Reynolds v. Sims (1964), before the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a federal court ordered special elections for 141 Georgia House seats that had been redrawn to comply with the “one person, one vote” principle.

Those elections were held on June 16th, 1965, and 25-year-old Julian Bond stepped forward as a candidate. He won – along with seven other new African American legislators.

But then, the mostly-white Georgia House refused to let Representative-elect Bond take his seat. Three times.

Meet Georgia Democrats' newest rising star

In an August 11th special election for Georgia's 80th House District, 29-year old Democrat Taylor Bennett became Georgia Democrats’ newest rising star when he defeated Republican J. Max Davis in the race for a conservative-leaning northeast Atlanta House seat.

The Friday Five - August 14th, 2015

Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

Georgia: Democrat Taylor Bennett picks off GOP-held House Seat

In a race that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said "should be a gimme putt for Republicans," the result was anything but. The Chamblee Post explains:

Democrat Taylor Bennett has defeated Republican J Max Davis in the hotly contested House District 80 Special Election Runoff.

Bennett, who was the top vote getter in the four candidate July 14th Special Election, carried that momentum into the two-person runoff. Bennett’s momentum, fueled by what he called “an incredible team effort” carried him through to once again receive the most votes and win the House District 80 State Representative Seat.

This is the second consecutive week in which Democrats have won a previously-Republican legislative seat in back-to-back upset victories. On August 4th, Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky picked up Pennsylvania's 161st House District; attorney and former Georiga Tech quarterback Taylor Bennett has now picked up Georgia's 80th District. Both seats were heavily gerrymandered to favor Republicans, with Bennett's district favoring Republican Mitt Romney by more than 13 points in 2012.

State of the States (Week of August 10th)

The Friday Five - August 7th, 2015

Each day, the DLCC’s experts comb through statehouse political news across the country to stay on top of the latest developments. Here are five stories that may have flown under your radar this week.

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