Ten House Seats


The Problem

Democrats have controlled the legislature for decades. Several years ago, the Republicans took over the Senate. But Christian Coalition legislation could still be blocked by the House or vetoed by the Governor. Then Sonny Perdue was elected governor. But still, right wing legislation could be killed in committee on the House side.

In 2004, riding on Bush's coattails, the Republicans gained control over the House. Now there is nothing blocking the conservative fundamentalists in the Georgia legislature.

This could have been prevented. Prior to this election, Democrats held 113 out of 190 seats. Now the Republicans only hold 96 seats, winning some of the seats by only a few hundred votes.

The Republican takeover is driven in part by Georgia's continued drift rightward. This seems to be driven by voters believing they are supporting moral values. However, we believe the legislation that will be enacted in Georgia under Republican control will be anything but moral.


At November 7, 2004 at 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At November 8, 2004 at 2:59 PM, Blogger Audacity said...

Just for clarfication, we're going after ten HOUSE seats? For some reason, I initially thought we were going after Senate seats.

Also, MT has said that even if the Dems had retained control of the house, it would have gone to the Republicans anyways because there were enough representatives willing to switch parties.

At November 8, 2004 at 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is MT?


At November 9, 2004 at 8:18 AM, Blogger Audacity said...

Sorry, Mark Taylor. And as evidenced yesterday, there were two Dems who switched parties.

At November 9, 2004 at 6:48 PM, Blogger chutry said...

Sorry I'm a bit late to the party--lots of traveling and other stuff going on, but I'd like to participate in this.

At November 10, 2004 at 10:46 AM, Blogger Andrea Knight said...

Only 3 have switched so far, all in South Georgia, with another 2-4 anticipated. If the Democrats had kept the House by a few seats, then the party switchers wouldn't have made a difference and they never would have switched parties.


If there hadn't been a presidential race & amendment 1 this year, I don't think the Democratic party would have lost the majority this cycle.

I keep thinking the future of Dems in Georgia is in the suburbs. Perhaps there could be some pressure on suburban Republicans in marginal districts to switch if Democrats could make a stronger appeal in the suburbs.

At November 11, 2004 at 5:10 AM, Blogger Andrea Knight said...

Here's to values - Linda Shrenko, the former conservative fundamentalist Republican superintendent of schools, has been indicted on federal charges. She is accused of stealing $500,000 of state money. Apparently the funds were used for her failed campaign against Perdue for the Republican nomination for Governor. Oh, and for a recent face lift. www.ajc.com

According to the AJC, Rep. and party switcher Chuck Sims requested Kerry stickers and signs as late as October 5th. http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/insider/index.html


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