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  • 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 ris

  • 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.

  • Ballot Battles: From the Statehouse to the White House

    Today Hillary Clinton is calling for 20 days of early voting in every state as part of a larger effort to draw attention to – and fight – discriminatory voting laws all across the country.

  • Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams has the answer to a Blue South

    From the Daily Kos:

    By Egberto Willies

    Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is not very well-known nationally. She has been on a few news segments for the traditional media but none of those appearances have garnered her national recognition commensurate with her accomplishments.

    It is obvious she was well aware of that when she gave her speech at Netroots Nation. “I want to start by telling you a story which I need to do. Because you have now heard from a list of very exciting people and you have no idea who I am or why I am here. So, I am going to tell you why.”

    Abrams went on to tell her story. She grew up in Mississippi. Her father was from the poor side of town. Her mother was from the side of town that was even poorer. “Her family was the family poor people made fun of,” Abrams said.

    Her mother was a second grade dropout. The woman that her mother cleaned for insisted that her mother go back to school. A caring teacher had placed in her records that if the little girl ever came back to school, she should not be held back because she was intelligent. Good people did good things for a good girl who society disregarded. Ultimately, her mother graduated as valedictorian of her class and completed several college and graduate degrees. Her father, who was dyslexic, taught himself to read and graduated from college.