Dubose Porter, the new leader of Georgia Democrats, exhorted the party faithful to “get ready” at a 2014 campaign kickoff luncheon Wednesday. Indeed, he even recited some of the words of the famous R&B tune. But get ready for what? A dress rehearsal for 2018? Or actually winning of the state’s highest profile elected offices?
With state Senator Jason Carter's entry into the Georgia governor's race Thursday, there are now two familiar names in the mix for 2014. Jason Carter's gubernatorial candidacy, paired with Michelle Nunn's bid for Senate could present an unusual opportunity for Georgia Democrats. Both Carters and both Nunns are Democrats, and Georgia voters haven't elected one of those statewide since 2006.
A grandson of former President Jimmy Carter has announced he will run for Governor of Georgia. Jason Carter, a Democratic state Senator from Decatur, near Atlanta, filed paperwork Thursday to become Deal’s highest profile challenger. He seeks to unseat incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal at a time when Democrats hold no statewide offices in Georgia.
State Senator Jason Carter’s announcement that he is running for governor in 2014 is already having a ripple effect on the ballot. Former state Senator Connie Stokes announced she will drop out of that race to make room for Carter’s campaign.
State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Atlanta) will challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 election. The 38-year-old is the grandson of Jimmy Carter, who also served in the state Senate before ascending to the governor’s office and the presidency. The Atlanta Democrat told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday he will make a formal announcement Thursday.
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule next year whether some states including Georgia still need federal oversight of how they conduct elections. The case concerns the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters by monitoring election map changes in some states.
The Senate Democratic Caucus is criticizing Governor Nathan Deal's need-based scholarship program. They say it fails to recognize the current problems with the HOPE scholarship and is a diversion from discussing the issues.
Republican lawmakers drew redistricting maps this summer that solidify their majority in the state legislature. But Georgia’s changing demographics won’t guarantee that majority forever. If Republicans want to stay in power, they’ll have to woo Blacks, Asians and Latinos. Those are groups that haven’t voted in large numbers for the state’s GOP.
The state Senate passed new congressional district maps Wednesday, the last major event of this year’s special legislative session. Gov. Nathan Deal will sign off on them and then submit them to the federal government for approval.
State Republicans handling redistricting rejected alternative district maps presented by Democrats late Tuesday. That's even though the Democratic maps would have kept Republican strongholds. Instead the House GOP passed its own redistricting plan which now heads to the full House for a vote.