Dixie’s U.S. Senate Races Next Year: Part Two

Dixie’s U.S. Senate Races Next Year: Part Two

In this second installment of an SPR focus on next year’s US Senate races in the South, the spotlights are on North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. These and other contests in the South could be crucial to either party’s control of the Senate: The Democrats need just four more Senate seats to have a majority.

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The South’s 2020 US Senate races

The South’s 2020 US Senate races

The 2020 election will be dominated by the presidential contest. But much more is at stake, including control of the US Senate, which will be vital to either party, no matter who is president. Democrats need to pick up four seats in the Senate to win control. In the South, where President Trump is a political force to be reckoned with, the quick picture is that Republicans should defeat one Democratic incumbent, US Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama.

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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.

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Texas GOP races to shore up the suburbs for 2020

Texas GOP races to shore up the suburbs for 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans barely escaped a colossal defeat last year. Now the party is scrambling to avoid a repeat in 2020.

Facing a rapidly changing voter base, anti-Trump fervor and a more motivated Democratic Party, the state GOP is moving earlier than ever to prepare after watching two House members lose in 2018 and another half-dozen win by fewer than 5 points.

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In Georgia, easier ballot access, but with conditions

In Georgia, easier ballot access, but with conditions

Among the topics that the Georgia General Assembly may deal with this year is whether to make it easier for additional parties to get on the general election ballot. Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians are entitled to appear on Georgia ballots. Other parties, including the Green Party, have never amassed the number of signatures to get on the Georgia ballot. The last example of a fourth entry on a Georgia ballot stemmed from Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential candidacies in 1992 and 1996.

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Three different Confederate-related bills in Georgia

Three different Confederate-related bills in Georgia

Georgia House Bill 175, which removes protections for Confederate monuments on public property in Georgia, is co-sponsored by state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, and others. It deletes language from OCGA 50-3-1 which prohibits the removal, relocation, or defacing of publicly owned monuments, plaques markers, or memorials which are dedicated to, honor, or recount the military service of any past or present military personnel.

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