The two candidates vying for Georgia’s new 9th district will have plenty of time to talk about their campaign platforms. Republican Doug Collins and Democrat Jody Cooley have four debates scheduled this month leading up to the November election. It’s a strategy that offers a public spotlight for the candidates to get their message to voters.
The U.S. Justice Department this week approved a law giving Georgia’s secretary of state the power to set presidential primary dates. The approval puts the state in the middle of a national battle for power and influence. Georgia officials want the state to hold earlier primaries to gain more influence on presidential elections.
Middle Georgia lawmaker James “Bubber” Epps Monday became the latest Democrat to jump ship to the state Republican Party. He is the eighth to do so since the general election. Kennesaw State political scientist Kerwin Swint says these moves aren’t philosophical or ideological.