Thursday, September 23, 2010

Georgia Women VOTE has Moved

Georgia Women VOTE! is no longer just a collection of opinions. We're now a movement, and organization, and a plan to get women in numbers to the polls to vote this year. Please visit us at the new site.

The new blog site for Georgia Women VOTE! is here. Enjoy!!

And, don't forget to vote!!

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

It's On!

That's right. Sundown. City Hall. Macon. The second gubernatorial debate in a week will happen in Macon. This one is sponsored by the Democratic Women of Bibb County and is sure to be informative since I will get to ask some questions. :)

Join us, tonight at 6 p.m.

Check back here for updates after the party's over.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010


In sports or in politics, if you don't put a team on the field, you can't win. Last week, when the bell rang, and qualifying ended, Georgia Dems had done just that. Was it perfect? No. There are the issues with the Augusta Senate seat and some last minute drama that caught some by surprise, but over all - this year is much, much better than at least the last two cycles. (My day job gets in the way of counting the beans any further back than that.)

Here are some of the interesting numbers:

  • We have candidates running in every statewide race. Too many in some, but that's the breaks. Seven Democratic women are running for statewide office. Seven.
  • In total, 83, yes eighty-three, Democratic women qualified to run for state-level office. That has to be some sort of record, but again, the day job interferes with the counting.
  • We have Democrats running in 119 of the 180 House seats. That's 23 more than in 2008.
  • We have 45 Democratic candidates for Republican seats in the House; there are only 12 Republicans for Democratic seats. Republicans are running in 120 House districts, but let's remember that a lot more of them are defending seats currently held or recently held by a fleeing member.
  • Before the snafu in Powell's seat, we had candidates in 35 Senate districts, the same as 2008.

It's not perfect, but we made progress. For that, let me send props to WIN endorsed incumbent Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield who led recruitment efforts for the House. I hope that she, who worked from the wee hours of the morning until the wee hours of the morning, is taking a well-earned breather. When you see her, thank her.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

History in the Making

I am breaking out the blog in honor of the pending passage of historic health care legislation. When I wrote to John Barrow last night, I asked him to be on the right side of history today. While he did not agree to change his vote, he does get credit for a prompt and personal response. This evening, when the House votes, he will not, I suspect, be on the right side of history, but his Party will be. This is not a perfect bill, but it is a toe in the door, and it will make it possible for more Americans to purchase health care and makes it more likely that one day, all Americans will have access to the health care that they need.

Passage is good policy and good politics. Just ask David Frum who sees this vote as the Republican party's Waterloo.

Update: Just heard Rep. Deal take the well to vow to keep Georgians from being subjected to the "unconstitutional" mandates in the bill. Sound to me a lot like what some said about the Civil Rights Act.

Update at 7:50: John Lewis is in the well. "We cannot wait, we cannot be patient. The American people need health care and they need it now." Dynamic, historic, vintage John Lewis.

Update at 9:30: Watching my sister's Rep, John Spratt run the debate for dems. At least her rep is voting for this. I am struck by all the references to back room deals, especially given that I have now been watching this debate for five hours. What secrets could possibly be left? Did someone make the Republicans swear a blood oath not to tell about the nasty secrets tonight on teevee?

Update at 10:15: Watching as the first female speaker of the house brings it home for health care. Go, Nancy! Your stock just jumped.

Update at 10:47: 219 to 212, Health care reform, the Senate bill, passes the U.S. House of Reps. with NO Republican support. Please, please, let them keep calling this the Democratic Bill. We will be calling it that for decades, and we will have a generation of "Health Care Democrats" just like my daddy was a "FDR Democrat."

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Be Our Valentine

This Valentine's Day, help elect women who "HAVE A HEART"

Roses wilt, and candy goes to the hip, so this year, give a gift that lasts!

Every year, Georgia's WIN List recruits, trains and elects women committed to the issues that matter the most to Georgia families. These women "Have a Heart".

Show them that you support them by making a donation to Georgia's WIN List. Make your donation today, and we will send them a Valentine, letting them know of your gift. Your contribution will help return endorsed women to office and add new, progressive women to their ranks.

There's no better gift than the gift of good government!

Donations can be made in any denomination and we will make sure they know of your generosity and support.

Click Here and CONTRIBUTE today! Remember to write the name of the honoree in the comments section and we will take care of the rest!

Thank you for your support and have the happiest of Valentine's Days!

Love to you and your family,

The Georgia's WIN List Board

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