11-29-2021

Dear DPG Local Leaders,
 
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends! Runoff elections for several races across the state are tomorrow, and we are encouraging everyone who lives in a city with a runoff to make a plan to vote.

Below are updates and action items for the week ahead. Please always feel free to reach out to pressoffice@georgiademocrat.org with feedback on how these weekly updates can be more helpful to you. Thank you!

– Team DPG

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Weekly Messaging & Social Media Guidance 📝

MESSAGE OF THE WEEK: 

1. In addition to revitalizing our state’s roads, bridges, and highways, President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will deliver access to reliable and affordable high speed internet for all Georgians.
  • The internet is necessary for folks to do their jobs, participate equally in school learning, access health care, and stay connected, yet too many Georgians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides quality, fast, reliable internet – a particular problem in rural communities.
  • President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will deliver at least $100 million to Georgia to help provide broadband coverage across the state and ensure every Georgian has access to reliable high-speed internet, including providing access to the at least 649,000 Georgians who currently lack it. 
  • The legislation will also help lower prices for internet service and help close the digital divide, so that more Georgians can afford internet access. 187,000 or 31% of people in Georgia will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.
    After years of all-talk and no action from Republicans in Washington and Georgia alike, the Biden-Harris administration, Senators Ossoff and Reverend Warnock, and Georgia Democrats are delivering much-needed investments in our infrastructure – despite unanimous GOP opposition.
2. With the House passage of the Build Back Better Act, President Biden and Georgia’s House Democrats are delivering on a transformative and overwhelmingly popular investment in Georgia workers and families.
  • The Build Back Better Act will create millions of good-paying jobs, expand access to health care, lower costs, and cut taxes for millions of middle-class families across our state – all without raising taxes a single cent for middle-class Georgians.
  • Because of Democratic leadership, childhood poverty will be cut in half, housing costs will be reduced, America will take a huge step toward addressing the climate crisis, families will be able to afford child care and have universal access to high-quality pre-k, and small businesses will have the resources they need to get through this pandemic and thrive. 
  • While Georgia Republicans go to bat for corporations and the ultra-wealthy, Democrats are moving forward with the Build Back Better Act to help everyday Georgians get back on track, reward work not wealth, and build a fair economy that works for everyone.
3. After Georgia Republicans passed rigged maps in an attempt to hold on to their dwindling power, Democrats will not stop fighting for the fair maps that Georgians deserve.
  • Georgians asked for a transparent redistricting process and fair maps, and Republicans failed tremendously on both fronts by ramming through the legislature maps that do not reflect the Georgia of today. 
  • The maps pushed by Republicans this month are yet another part of the GOP’s disgraceful voter suppression campaign designed to silence millions of Georgians’ voices in order to cling on to power.
  • Georgia is becoming more diverse and more evenly divided politically, but Republicans’ maps disproportionately advantage one political party and diminish the political power of people of color. 
  • Depriving Georgians of the ability to elect their candidates of choice is an egregious assault on our democracy, and it shows just how little Republicans care about Georgia voters.
     
EXAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

1. 

Internet access is essential for Georgians to do their jobs, participate equally in school learning, access health care, & stay connected. 

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will deliver a minimum of $100 million to provide broadband coverage in Georgia. #gapol 

2. 
The Build Back Better Act will create millions of good-paying jobs, expand access to health care, lower costs, & cut taxes for millions of Georgia families — all without raising taxes for the middle-class. President Biden & Georgia Democrats are delivering for our state. #gapol

3. FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 ONLY
Today is election day for many local communities having runoffs! Head to https://bit.ly/gaeday2021 to make your plan to vote — and if you have any issues or questions, call the voter protection hotline: 888-730-5816. #gapol

Update from Our Voter Protection Team 🗳️

Tomorrow is runoff election day in several municipal races across Georgia! Go to mvp.sos.ga.gov to check if your city has a runoff election, and make a plan to vote if so! 

For voters who have received an absentee ballot, fill it out and drop it off in person at your county registrar’s office by tomorrow. For voters who never requested or received an absentee ballot, make a plan to vote in person tomorrow at your assigned precinct. Find more information and make your plan to vote here.

Call DPG’s Voter Protection Hotline at 1-888-730-5816 for any questions.

Organizing & Local Race Alerts 🚨

Join Georgia Democrats for our final phonebanks for the municipal election runoffs! Sign up here to help get out the vote and elect Democrats to critical local positions throughout the state.

If you’d like to phone bank outside of our Tuesday hours, reach out to our organizing team (matt@georgiademorat.org or ernest@georgiademocrat.org) to get all set up.

DPG has also create this handy resource guide as a one-stop shop for anyone interested in getting involved in keeping Georgia blue, whether by volunteering, joining local leadership, or running for office yourself. Please share this far and wide with your networks so we can maintain a strong base of Democrats across the state invested in keeping Georgia blue!

News from Around the State 🍑

Georgia’s Seventh District Democrats are hosting a breakfast event Saturday, December 4 from 10am-12pm at Pickney Ville Community Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA 30071. Please contact Cheryl Williams at gw6060@aol.com for more information.

DPG partner Emerge Georgia is currently accepting applications for their 2022 Candidate Bootcamp! This training is open to self-identified Democratic women planning to run for office in 2022, and will help you gain the skills you need to turbocharge your campaign and cross the finish line strong. Applications are open now and close December 3rd. Reach out to maggie@emergega.org with any questions. 

Check out Fannin County Democrats’ incredible North Georgia Blue Podcast, where hosts discuss Democratic politics in the North Georgia area, in the 9th Congressional District, and across the state of Georgia. This week’s episode features Jessica Newton Orvis, Vice-Chair of the Bulloch County Democrats.
 
Supporting Georgia Democrats 💸

We are excited to close the year out with two events in December. First, we will have our Strategy Update Call on Tuesday, December 7th at 8pm. This virtual event will be a good opportunity to hear from members of the DPG team about our plans to win in 2022. We hope that you will come prepared with questions and join the conversation. You can RSVP for the call here

Second, we will hold an in-person holiday celebration on Sunday, December 12th from 3pm until 6pm at Wild Heaven West End, located at 1010 White St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. This will be our first real opportunity to come together and celebrate our successes in 2020 and 2021. You can RSVP for the gathering here. While both events are free, we welcome you to chip in any amount that you can to help us close the year out strong. We hope to see you at one or both events!

11-08-2021

Dear DPG Local Leaders,

Last Tuesday’s municipal elections were a huge success for Democrats – from the metro Atlanta area to Southwest Georgia to the coast, Democrats flipped 41 municipal seats across the state for a net gain of 35 seats statewide. DPG congratulates all of the Democratic candidates who won and is immensely proud of and grateful for all Democrats who ran hard-fought races across the state, as well as for the dedicated volunteers who helped get out the vote. Read more about it here.

On Friday, House Democrats passed President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, which will bring critical investments to Georgia. This is a BIG win for our state and our country, and we will be reminding folks from now until the midterm elections that Georgia Democrats delivered while not a single Georgia Republican supported this historic legislation.

Below are updates and action items for the week ahead. Please always feel free to reach out to pressoffice@georgiademocrat.org with feedback on how these weekly updates can be more helpful to you. Thank you!

– Team DPG

P.S. Were you forwarded this email and want to receive these weekly? Sign up here.

Weekly Messaging & Social Media Guidance 📝

MESSAGE OF THE WEEK: 

1. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will bring critical investments and a new generation of economic growth to Georgia.

  • Georgians sent President Biden to the White House to bring people together and deliver historic progress for our state, and the final passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal shows that he is delivering on his promise. 
  • This extraordinary package will create thousands of good-paying union jobs, make a long-overdue investment in Georgia’s broadband, stimulate our economy, and revitalize our state’s roads, bridges, and transportation — leaving no community in Georgia behind. 
  • Thanks to the Biden-Harris administration, Senators Ossoff and Reverend Warnock, and Georgia House Democrats — and not a single Georgia Republican — millions of Georgia workers, small businesses, and families will see a new generation of economic growth and equity.
  • Georgia can expect to receive $8.9 billion for roads, $225 million for bridges, $1.4 billion for public transportation, at least $100 million for broadband, and $135 million to support electric vehicles.

2. As the special session for redistricting continues this week in Georgia, Republicans are shamefully rushing a process that will impact Georgians for decades to come. 

  • It is disgraceful that Georgia Republicans are continuing to ram their redistricting proposals through the legislature. Senate Republicans plan to bring their map up for full Senate consideration less than a week after publicly releasing it, while House Republicans are still making last-minute changes to their map and not allowing the public sufficient time to review.
  • If Republicans don’t slow down and address Georgians’ and nonpartisan experts’ numerous concerns about the fairness of their proposed maps, then this redistricting process will become nothing more than a sham.
  • The eventual legislative maps will impact Georgians for the next decade, and elected officials must listen to the public and ensure we get it right. 
    Democrats will not stop fighting for fair maps that actually reflect Georgia’s diversity and partisan makeup.

3. From record economic growth to making vaccines available for kids, President Biden and Democrats continue to deliver for Georgians.

  • Week after week, Georgia and America are bouncing back from the tolls of the pandemic thanks to President Biden’s economic plan. Last week, U.S. unemployment benefits fell by 14,000 claims — a new pandemic low — and last month, Georgia’s unemployment rate hit 3.2% — a 20-year low.
  • Thanks to President Biden’s leadership, the United States reached a turning point in our battle against COVID-19 as the FDA authorized the emergency use of a safe, effective vaccine for children ages 5-11. This eagerly awaited authorization will mean reassurance for parents that their kids will have protection against the spread of coronavirus and help children stay safe in schools.
  • Now, the Build Back Better framework is poised to make even more investments in families and the middle class. The framework will lower Georgians’ bills for health care, child care, prescription drugs, and preschool — all while cutting taxes for families.

EXAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS:

1. 
Georgians sent President Biden, VP Harris, Senators Ossoff and Reverend Warnock, and our House Delegation to Washington to bring people together and deliver bold progress for Georgia. With the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, they are delivering on that promise. #gapol

2. 
Georgia Republicans’ efforts to ram through their redistricting proposals are disgraceful. The public deserves to weigh in on this process, and Georgians deserve fair maps. #gapol https://bit.ly/3bShkCn

3. 
Week after week, Georgia and America are bouncing back thanks to President Biden’s economic plan. Last week, U.S. unemployment benefits fell by 14,000 claims — a new pandemic low — and last month, Georgia’s unemployment rate hit 3.2% — a 20-year low. #gapol

Update from Our Voter Protection Team 🗳️

Municipal elections aren’t over in some parts of Georgia! Several races have gone to a runoff, which will be Tuesday, November 30. County boards of elections are currently setting dates, times, and locations for early voting, so stay tuned to find out how to cast your runoff election ballot.

Call DPG’s Voter Protection Hotline at 1-888-730-5816 for any questions.

Organizing & Local Race Alerts 🚨

DPG is texting Georgia voters with information to call their Republican state legislators and demand they slow down the redistricting process, and you can join us. Call your Republican State Senators and Representative to let them know you believe Georgians deserve fair maps and an open, transparent redistricting process – and that means Republicans must slow down and engage with the public before rushing their maps through the legislature. Find your Senator’s contact information here and your Representative’s contact information here.

Ahead of the municipal runoff elections on November 30, Georgia Democrats are hosting weekly phone banks to get out the voteSign up here to help elect Democrats to critical local positions throughout the state! If you’d like to phone bank outside of our Tuesday hours, reach out to our organizing team (matt@georgiademorat.org or ernest@georgiademocrat.org) to get all set up.

DPG has also create this handy resource guide as a one-stop shop for anyone interested in getting involved in keeping Georgia blue, whether by volunteering, joining local leadership, or running for office yourself. Please share this far and wide with your networks so we can maintain a strong base of Democrats across the state invested in keeping Georgia blue!

News from Around the State 🍑

Tonight at 7:00pm, DPG is holding a Listening Session for County and Congressional District Chairs to let us know what you think we should be looking for in our new Executive Director. DPG will also host four other listening sessions – led by Vice Chair Sarah Todd and Treasurer Jason Esteves – over the next two weeks for specific Congressional Districts. Check your email for more information. 

November’s County Chairs call options are Monday, November 11 or Thursday, November 18. Check your emails for more information! 

Check out Fannin County Democrats’ incredible North Georgia Blue Podcast, where hosts discuss Democratic politics in the North Georgia area, in the 9th Congressional District, and across the state of Georgia. Check out the most recent episode here.

Shout out to Randolph County Democrats Chair Bobby Jenkins, who was quoted in Politico discussing Democrats’ rural organizing efforts:

  • The Georgia Senate runoffs earlier this year also showed how rural voters can deliver for the party. The county that had the highest percentage of returning voters, from November 2020 to the early-January runoff, was Randolph County — a small county in the Black Belt, where just under 90 percent of voters returned in the runoffs, according to an analysis from GPB.
  • Bobby Jenkins, the chair of the Randolph County Democratic Committee, chalked up his county’s high return rate to having the ability to hire paid canvassers to go door-to-door before the runoff, due to a rush of resources that flooded the state ahead of the runoffs. He added that visits from both Democratic candidates — now-Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock — to the county seat of Cuthbert helped energize voters.
  • “We’re accustomed to people overlooking the rural areas,” said Jenkins, who was elected mayor of Cuthbert on Tuesday. “But the rural population, that was key for Democrats. And it is going to be key, looking to the future. … We can’t just depend on the urban areas.”

Supporting Georgia Democrats 💸

The Democratic Party of Georgia is thrilled to announce the launch of our revamped and re-energized recurring donor program, Blue Georgia Democrats. The program offers three inclusive levels: Good Troublemakers, Blue Wave Democrats, and Chair’s Circle. Each investment level includes fun perks such as stickers, t-shirts, monthly newsletters, strategy update calls, and more. To learn more about the Blue Georgia Democrats, or to get involved yourself, please click here.