Georgia

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    Georgia
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Latest News in Georgia

  • 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.

  • GA Republican Proposes Dangerous Bill Protecting Sex Offenders

    From March 5, 2014:

    State Rep. Sam Moore (R-Macedonia) was sworn into the Georgia legislature just last week and already has proposed an alarming bill that puts residents in danger -- and according to him, there are more bills to come.

    Barely a week into his tenure, Moore proposed HB 1033 in an attempt to undo the state's loitering laws, which help protect Georgia schools and day care centers from sex offenders. His bill would strip authority from police officers who believe a loiterer is posing a danger to children in a public setting. In defending the law, Moore claimed it should be school's responsibility to protect the children, not the legislature's. State Democrats were quick to condemn his proposal.

    “This is what the Georgia Republican Party has come to,” said Democratic Chairman DuBose Porter. “And this is why they’re in trouble.”

    One Democratic operative joked on Twitter that as of Friday, her party had garnered all of the attack footage it would need for all of the fall campaigns.

  • Georgia GOP lawmakers seek to take away the right of voters to choose US Senators

    From February 20, 2013:

    Several Georgia Republican lawmakers think that politicians know best when it comes to selecting United States Senators. According to The Huffington Post, "A group of Republican state lawmakers in Georgia wants to end direct election of United States senators and return the power to state legislatures."

    According to the text of the resolution, "repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment would help to prevent the many unfunded mandates and unconstitutional laws passed onto those states by the federal government."

  • New analysis predicts bright future for Georgia Dems

    Pollsters Zac McCrary and Brian Stryker of Anzalone Liszt Grove Research published a detailed new report in HuffPost Pollster about the rapidly-approaching future of Peach State politics - and how trends there could reshape national elections for decades to come.  Their conclusion:  Democrats are ascendant, and national Republicans should be very, very worried.

    Here's a sampling:  "Georgia is not only among the more competitive GOP-leaning states, but also has become more competitive each of the last two cycles. John Kerry's share of the vote in Georgia lagged his national vote share by 6.9 percentage points....  In 2008, Obama narrowed that gap by a full percentage point to a 5.9 percent disparity... and Obama's 2012 Georgia performance came even closer to his nationwide vote share (5.57 percent vs. national)."