Last month, 119 state legislators in the House voted for a sweeping gun bill that, if Gov. Nathan Deal signs it into law, would loosen restrictions on taking firearms into churches, government buildings and other places previously off-limits. Republicans pushed the measure, after failing to pass a similar bill in the waning moments of the 2013 legislative session. But three Democrats were among those ratifying the bill in the House. And another person supporting gun legislation was state Senator Jason Carter, a Decatur Democrat who’s running against Republican Governor Nathan Deal.
Georgia Democrats are energized ahead of the 2014 elections. They have two high-profile candidates in statewide races--state Senator Jason Carter running for governor and Michelle Nunn running for U-S Senate. Members of the state’s minority party also say they have a third person generating enthusiasm and interest- Georgia Democratic party Chairman DuBose Porter. The Democrats’ 2014 campaign kickoff last month had the air of a tent revival. People came out to see Carter and Nunn. But they were also drawn to Porter, a former state legislator from Dublin who took over the party this summer.
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?
U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn plans a two-week, 10-city tour around Georgia as Democrats try to reclaim Saxby Chambliss's seat in 2014. Nunn is scheduled to appear Wednesday in Macon, with stops later this week in Columbus, Albany and Valdosta.
A parade of Senate Democrats came to the microphone to blast Gov. Nathan Deal's budget proposals. But the orchestrated exercise Monday could be more symbolic than anything else. Democrats are the overwhelming minority in both legislative chambers.
Georgia Democrats won’t be able to strike from the November ballot a candidate who has said he will switch to the GOP if elected. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the Democrats have no legal standing to remove Rep. Rick Crawford.