Tuesday, January 2, 2024

The Rural Wall has helped Georgia Republicans dominate statewide elections for years. For Dems, it’s time to change that.

Democrats don’t get elected in places like ruby red Atkinson County for example. It’s important to show that yes democrats are there, they are present, and they ain’t scared of no one. It's time to start chipping away at that red wall in rural Georgia that’s holding them back right now. As they begin their 2024, and then 2026 campaigns for state offices from governor to Labor Commissioner, Democrats know they can count on support in Georgia's fast-growing cities. They see increasing their share of votes in rural counties, which have long titled heavily Republican going back to the early 2000s, as a key part of their strategy to win statewide office for the first time in two decades.

Yeah I know places like Dodge County ain’t gonna turn blue any time soon, but if they can even get their Democratic base out 5 more percent and this is true for every rural county, if rural counties went 5 more percent towards any Democrat running for office, that’s really gonna help out, and that’s what’s going to push us over the edge, say in 2026.

Statewide leaders here in Georgia, both parties, tend to focus only on five or six big counties because you do the math and you think that’s where all the votes are. But I just don’t think that’s right.

We all know how big of a state Georgia is, and I know there was no question that running more than once was absolutely essential to success, however courting rural voters is not something the state Democratic Party has embraced in the past decade. 

There’s a big difference between losing a rural county 70-30 and losing it 55-45, and that’s completely acceptable. But you just can’t keep getting creamed in the rural counties and expect you’re going to win anything statewide. They’re going to have to put a lot more energy and time into figuring out how to talk to those voters in such a way they can hear them.

One thing Democrats need to realize....There’s a pretty good bullsh** detector out in the rural areas and they’ll see through that if you’re not genuine to yourself. Just putting on your cowboy boots and coming out here once or twice is not going to get you the kind of votes you need. The thing I think that makes the difference is it’s not just showing up at campaign time; it’s showing up year after year after year and maintaining those relationships.

Monday, January 1, 2024

These Democratic Women Are Rising Stars and Their Futures are Bright


Former State Senator and potential '26 gubernatorial candidate Jen Jordan

Tift County Board of Education member Pat McKinnon

State Representative Anne Allen-Westbrook

Leigh Jordan, Washington County Board of Education

Kristi Jenkins, Washington County Board of Education

Tia McWilliams, Taliaferro County Sheriff and the first black female sheriff to be elected in rural Georgia

Teresa Tomlinson, former Mayor of Columbus

Jerica Richardson, Cobb County Commissioner.

Keisha L. Bottoms, Former Mayor of Atlanta

Teri  Anulewicz, Cobb County State Representative 

Sunday, December 31, 2023

Democrats lose about 94% of Rural Georgia Counties...Wanna Know Why?

Because they run weak candidates who simply do not align with the culture, values, hopes, aspirations, concerns and worries of rural folks. The messaging and policies for urban and suburban areas are not tailored to rural communities. Democrats simply dismiss those people as politically expedient at best, or a lost cause at worst. Now if you go back to the 2020 election and 2021 runoffs, both Senators Jon Ossoff  and Raphael Warnock put in a lot of time and effort in rural Georgia, especially the black belt areas/ That effort was critical in both winning their races in which gave Georgia two Democratic Senators for the first time since 1986.

At this point in time, there is very little evidence that the Democratic establishment understands these failures. Politicos endorsing fellow politicos, party elites tipping the scales, political hacks who are ahead of their time, none of this mess works for rural Georgians. The Dems failure to appeal to rural voters has consequences. One, extreme polarization, caused by partisan gerrymandering and the huge urban-rural divide. 

Working class, rural communities in Southwest, central and eastern Georgia are marginalized due to the consolidation of economic and political power inside I-285. Georgia needs the Democrats to be competitive in rural communities, just like we need republicans to be competitive in big cities/ Let me tell you what rural folks want...they want to be valued and heard on their own terms, they want their children to have opportunities at home, etc. Democrats can deliver economic opportunities, but it will require Democrats competing in local elections by charting an independent path forward. 

Are Georgia Democrats concerned about a possible extinction in Rural Georgia because the brand is so toxic?

Tattnall County Ga- Some Democrats here whether its in the black belt, the wiregrass region are afraid to tell you they're Democrats. The Party brand is so bad in small town Georgia that some who lean liberal have refused to acknowledge their affiliation publicly. Democrats here are used to being outnumbered, but as their numbers continue to drop, the few remaining are more isolated.

The hatred for Democrats is just crazy, said a longtime democratic resident of Tattnall County who told his daughter to get rid of a pro-Biden bumper sticker back in 2020. Democrats have been ostracized from many parts of rural Georgia, leaving party leaders (who are clueless when it comes to rural Georgia) few options to reverse a cultural trend while continuing to devote the majority of its resources to voters in more populated urban and suburban areas of the state.

Past candidates like William Boddie who ran for Labor Commissioner in 2022 know his party can no longer afford to ignore rural voters. Boddie is a Democrat and a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2026 is someone who I would describe as someone who is a champion for the forgotten, the marginalized and the left behind places is the type of candidate who gets it. The Democratic Party struggles in rural Georgia has been building since the early 2000s and it show no signs of getting better.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

It's Charlie Bailey Time!

On Tuesday, voter will return to the polls to vote in a pair of runoff elections to determine who will go on to the General Election.

One such race is for Lt. Governor where Charlie Bailey who was a 2018 candidate for Attorney General will face off against Kwanza Hall, who is a former Atlanta City Councilman and Congressman.

Voters should vote for Charlie Bailey next Tuesday. He will be a strong fighter for Rural Georgia whether you live in Charlton County, Montgomery County, Polk County or Union County.

Charlie will first address the symptoms of a over regulated, over taxed economic base and it effect on the taxpayer. Second, he understands and respect that Rural Georgia is Georgia too! (He is a native of Harris County in Western Georgia). Third he will ensure no more rural hospitals will close and to finally spearheard much needed medicaid expansion to rural areas of our state that are in desperate need of healthcare services. And finally, he will address and try to come up with solutions to the three f's.... Fuel, Food, and Fertilizer. Our Farmers and Agriculture Industry rely tremendously on diesel a
nd fertilizer, and voters feel the pinch in their wallet and pocketbooks when go to the store or put gas in their vehicles.

Kwanza Hall, his opponent is a nice guy with many accomplishments and if he wins, I'd take a long look at supporting him, but right now Georgians need a Charlie Bailey as Lt. Governor to bring all parties together to continue to move Georgia forward.

Charlie has been endorsed by former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, former Governor Roy Barnes, Lt. Governor Mark Taylor, Congressman Hank Johnson.

Vote Charlie Bailey for Lt. Governor on Tuesday June 21.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Two Dems, one a centrist, the other a progressive face off for Democratic Nomination in the Newly Drawn 6th CD

Up in the newly drawn 6th Congressional District Bob Christian (D-Dawsonville) and Wayne White (D-Cumming) will face off Tuesday to determine who will get the nomination to advance to the General Election in the 6th, once ocuppied by Lucy McBath who cut and ran from the district to the neighboring 7th Congressional district held by incumbent Carolyn Bordeaux.

Christian and White are both political newcomers and both present Democrats up in the area a chance of electing someone who can not only be competitive, but win in the district in November.

Bob Christian is a Iraq War Veteran who's Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Law Enforcement and Pro- Business, White is a Civil Engineer, served in the U.S. Peace Corps,  who' want to eliminate voter suppression, protect access to reproductive healthcare and expand medicaid.

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