Georgia Fundraising Releases Show Some Trends

Georgia Fundraising Releases Show Some Trends

We are still about a year away from primary voting season but, it being a presidential year, fundraising is well underway. That is going to be a difficult task for some candidates this time around. With about 80 or so Democratic candidates for president announced so far, okay maybe that number is more like 15 but it is still a lot, a lot of money is going to be directed toward the race for the White House. Besides the Democratic race, the Trump campaign is going to also raise a very large amount of money. In 2016, the Clinton and Trump campaigns combined raised somewhere close to $1.5 billion. That number is likely to be surpassed this time. Democrats, desperate to beat Trump, will pour in money, and Republicans, desperate to hold onto the White House, will also raise a massive amount of money. And all that doesn’t even include the numerous Senate campaigns – more than 30 – which will also be vacuuming up money. Twenty-two of the 34 seats up in 2020 are currently held by Republicans, plenty of opportunity for pick-ups by Democrats, but the reality of the political situation means some of these will not be considered competitive. And now this brings us to Georgia. It could depend on the ultimate candidate, but taking into account the showing of Stacey Abrams in the 2016 election, a loss within 3 points, Georgia will be considered a possible pickup. And now for the numbers. The man possibly facing a very motivated Democrat electorate looking to unseat him in the Senate, David Perdue, has a very large war...
Kemp Announces $150 Million Solar Investment in Southwest Georgia

Kemp Announces $150 Million Solar Investment in Southwest Georgia

Last Thursday Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced an investment of approximately $150 million by the Silicon Ranch Corporation, Shell’s solar subsidiary and one of the country’s largest independent solar producers. The project is in Early County and will provide power that will be sold to Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for thirty-eight of Georgia’s EMCs – thirty of those will receive power from the Early County solar farm. Kemp connected the investment to his campaign pledge of making sure every part of Georgia is experiencing the growing economy. “While metro-Atlanta and other urban areas continue to grow and thrive, we have work to do in rural Georgia. We must create a bright and promising future for all Georgians – regardless of zip code,” said Kemp. “Through strategic partnerships with private-sector leaders like Silicon Ranch, our electric cooperatives have made great strides as economic development engines for local communities across Georgia. This is a promising first step toward ‘A New Day in Rural Georgia’ powered by the sun.” The installation will be conducted in three phases. The first phase, a 102.5 megawatt solar farm built in partnership with Walton EMC, is already under construction in Blakely – the county seat of Early County. The power derived from this phase will help support Facebook’s data center in Newton County. The power from the other two phases will go to Green Power EMC. More than 400 craft workers are being hired for the ten-month construction project, most of the workers will live in the local community and surrounding region. Additionally, in a further boost to Georgia business, the facility will be...
Democratic Party of Georgia Holds Convention in Atlanta

Democratic Party of Georgia Holds Convention in Atlanta

The Omni Hotel in Atlanta played host to Democrats from across Georgia on Saturday. Polls open in just over two months and the Georgia Democratic Party State Convention offered candidates and activists the chance to pump each other up as the heat of campaign season continues. The meeting is a heavy planning session for the party but the highlights were the speeches from candidates and various luminaries in the afternoon. Everyone from Sanford Bishop to Shirley Franklin to Stacey Abrams took a turn at the podium to talk about the importance of Democrats having a good showing in the fall. Democrats are increasingly talking about the coming #BlueWave and Georgia Democrats are hoping that tide comes all the way to the Peach State. As expected, the highlight of the day was gubernatorial candidate Abrams’ speech in the afternoon. Abrams hit on some familiar themes in her speech. Abrams noted her trip last week to south Georgia and connected it to the running theme of other parts of the state being left behind the metropolis of Atlanta. “I had the same conversations that I had up in Chatsworth, down in Pooler, in Henry County, Hinesville and Kirkwood. This magnificent state is hungry for opportunity no matter where we live,” said Abrams. “We are eager for the ability to work for the possibility of more.” “Under Democratic leadership, every single Georgian will thrive. But most importantly, as Georgia Democrats we know that we thrive together,” said Abrams. “It’s not just Democrats who know this, Georgians across the political spectrum in every county of the state, from country homes to town homes...
Georgia Governor Deal Talks Criminal Justice Reform with President Trump

Georgia Governor Deal Talks Criminal Justice Reform with President Trump

It can be hard to envision a more polarizing time for American politics. It is easy to get the feeling that a resolution on the sky being blue would involve vicious discussions on the chamber floors about light refraction and cable news filled wall to wall with panels arguing over the troposphere. In short, there’s not a whole lot folks agree on these days. However, criminal justice reform is one of those few issues. Some Democrats have long decried the ineffectiveness of criminal justice policy, noting recidivism rates and the “school to prison pipeline.” Traditionally “law and order Republicans” have been a little reluctant to get on board with the reform efforts but that is changing. One of the prominent  Republicans that have been leading that charge for the past few years is Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal. Throughout his time as governor, besides economic development of course, Deal’s administration has been pushing the ball forward year after year on criminal justice reform. This past year’s session saw his final efforts toward that end when the legislature passed a bail reform bill that would require judges to consider the financial circumstances of an accused when determining bail. At the signing, an emotional Deal reflected on his efforts at justice reform in the last eight years, “I didn’t know what we were going to be able to do when we started this undertaking. I had no idea that we would be this successful. I had hopes, I had dreams, but the reality is we exceeded even the hopes and the dreams.” During the discussion on Thursday with President Trump, Deal laid...
Georgia Congressmen Celebrate Passage of Farm Bill

Georgia Congressmen Celebrate Passage of Farm Bill

Amid some tension in the House last Thursday over the continued trouble regarding immigration, and the failed vote on the more conservative of the immigration fix bills, the House also voted on H.R. 2 – the Agriculture and Nutrition Act. The bill covered a wide array of topics, as so many in Washington do these days, covering everything from pesticide regulations to work requirements for SNAP benefits. The Republican delegation in Georgia was unanimous in its support of the bill. Every Democrat in Georgia, and in the House overall, voted against the bill in protest for the SNAP changes. The bill requires able-bodied adults who are not responsible for children aged 6 or younger to work at least 20 hours a week to keep their benefits. Eligibility requirements are also tightened and some SNAP funding is shifted to work-related programs. “As we continue to see our economy grow with over six million available jobs in this country, H.R. 2 provides those currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with opportunities to prepare for gainful employment through education, training, or transitioning straight into the workforce, an opportunity that should be available to all Americans,” said Rep. Rick Allen (R-GA 12). “I believe that this generation has more opportunities than any before, and I will continue to stand firmly with rural America to implement policies that will allow all to achieve the American Dream.” The bill also maintains and improves Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) through 2023. It allows farmers to make a new election between the two programs and the bill also protects crop insurance...