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Old 07-23-2014, 10:46 AM
 
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Democrats here don’t have to wait for the demographic projections to come true. The state’s voting population is already much more African-American than even 10 years ago, Latinos are on the rise, and there’s a business community relocating to the Atlanta metro area at a pace that looks a lot like the migration to Northern Virginia and the North Carolina research triangle the past 15 years that turned both states into presidential battlegrounds.

Those shifts, together with the surprisingly competitive candidacies of Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn and gubernatorial contender Jason Carter, have convinced more than a few Democrats here that the Republican lock on the Peach State could be broken as soon as November.



Read more: Battleground Georgia: Democrats see 2014 flip - Edward-Isaac Dovere - POLITICO.com

 
Old 07-23-2014, 01:51 PM
 
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The dirty little secret is that Jason Carter is, in fact, leading...and Georgia will have a Democrat as governor very soon.
 
Old 07-23-2014, 02:00 PM
 
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So, what would a Democratic Georgia mean? Specifically, what would it mean for Atlanta? I know Georgia in the past has seemed to have it out for the city. Is there any possibility of MARTA reform to allow the organization to benefit from State funding?
 
Old 07-23-2014, 02:00 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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The dirty little secret is that Jason Carter is, in fact, leading...and Georgia will have a Democrat as governor very soon.
One can only hope! As more of Deal's ethics "secrets" become public, hopefully the populace of Georgia realizes he is not the state's best, or only, hope.
 
Old 07-23-2014, 02:16 PM
 
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So, what would a Democratic Georgia mean? Specifically, what would it mean for Atlanta? I know Georgia in the past has seemed to have it out for the city. Is there any possibility of MARTA reform to allow the organization to benefit from State funding?
See Georgia pre-2002.
 
Old 07-23-2014, 02:21 PM
 
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See Georgia pre-2002.
Well, the last time there was a MARTA extension was 2000, right...? Obviously I wouldn't expect Democrat=better transit, but it's interesting that it's gone almost 15 years and not a single addition has been made to MARTA or transit in that time. Granted, you sort of have to blame that on counties not wanting to pay extra penny taxes rather than on the state.

I mean, could I ask exactly why MARTA hasn't had a chance to put it on a ballot or referendum to get funding from the state? Everything I ever read comments on how it's the biggest transit organization without state funding, so why is it that no one has pushed to get the state to put money towards MARTA? Especially since it's been going since the late 70's.
 
Old 07-23-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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See Georgia pre-2002.
A southern democrat was a conservative.
 
Old 07-23-2014, 02:27 PM
 
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So, what would a Democratic Georgia mean? Specifically, what would it mean for Atlanta? I know Georgia in the past has seemed to have it out for the city. Is there any possibility of MARTA reform to allow the organization to benefit from State funding?
We're not going to have a "Democratic Georgia" anytime soon, even if Carter wins the governor's race (unlikely) and Nunn wins the senate race (very unlikely). Republicans have an 11-5 advantage in the Congressional delegation, a 38-18 advantage in the State Senate, and a 119-60 advantage in the House.

Even if Republicans refuse to moderate in the face of changing demographics, it will take time for those changes to overturn the GOP's commanding position.
 
Old 07-23-2014, 03:07 PM
 
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A southern democrat was a conservative.
A "conservative" that lost because he removed the "Confedrerate Battle Flag" from the Georgia state flag.
 
Old 07-23-2014, 03:18 PM
 
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We're not going to have a "Democratic Georgia" anytime soon, even if Carter wins the governor's race (unlikely) and Nunn wins the senate race (very unlikely). Republicans have an 11-5 advantage in the Congressional delegation, a 38-18 advantage in the State Senate, and a 119-60 advantage in the House.

Even if Republicans refuse to moderate in the face of changing demographics, it will take time for those changes to overturn the GOP's commanding position.
the reason they hold such a command over the state legislature is undoubtedly due to gerrymandering. taking a look at the district map for the house, you can see several more liberal areas are 'cracked', such as athens, which has 3 districts covering the city that extend far into the country in order to create 3 solidly republican districts:

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