AJC: Emerging force in Georgia politics likes to needle ruling party

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a profile of Better Georgia in a two-column article on the front of today’s Metro section. The article shows why our work is important and reveals how we’ve already been successful.

Rarely has a no-comment generated such impassioned response.

After Gov. Nathan Deal’s office said he wouldn’t chime in on a left-leaning group’s push to get him to support an integrated prom in rural Georgia — calling the prodding a “silly publicity stunt” — the stance took on a life of its own.

Soon, celebrities were tweeting their outrage, progressive blogs were posting updates and major news outlets were weighing in.

While we’re thrilled with this article and barely have anything we would change, we will take this opportunity on our own website to point out that the story of Gov. Nathan Deal’s stubborn refusal to support the Wilcox County teens did not , in fact, take on a life of its own. Instead, the story spread because of the work we did to promote it to media and media influencers.

This is the work that Better Georgia does every day. We don’t wait issues to take hold with voters. We take important issues like civil rights and equality and we package them in a way that are easy to digest on Facebook, Twitter and email. We translate important progressive values into narratives that generate headlines and increased click-through rates.

In turn, Georgia voters are more engaged in the policy debate and more aware of exactly where our elected officials stand on issues that matter. An informed electorate is a better electorate.

And while we’re correcting the AJC, we will take a moment to point out one other small concern.

At the end of the AJC article, the reporter notes a “a coming Democratic tide.”

Better Georgia is strictly nonpartisan and does not take a stand on whether changes come to Georgia through elected Democrats or Republicans. We do see a coming progressive tide in Georgia.

And Better Georgia will proudly stand with any elected leader who believes we should fully fund our schools, provide access to quality health care for every Georgia resident and invest in a dependable transportation system.

If the current leaders need to change or modify their policy positions to bring about these much-needed changes, we would encourage their evolution.