This headline over the weekend was sobering:
And the first sentence of that Washington Post article makes our next few months even more clear:
“Legislators in the 24 states where Republicans now hold total control plan to push a series of aggressive policy initiatives in the coming year aimed at limiting the power of the federal government and rekindling the culture wars.” — Washington Post
The Georgia General Assembly will gavel to a start next Monday with a super-majority of Republican lawmakers and no brakes for that juggernaut of conservative legislation.
In Georgia, this is the third year that Republicans will be able to pass any law or constitutional amendment without asking for a single Democratic lawmaker’s vote.
For most conservative lawmakers, here’s the agenda:
- Block commuter rail and 21st Century improvements to our transportation system;
- Stand against 80 percent of the public to block changes to marijuana laws; and
- Bring back the culture wars by using gay equality and abortion as tools to divide our state.
I won’t kid you. The situation is urgent. Many of the most destructive bills have already been filed.
Frankly, paying attention to our state lawmakers has never been more important than now.
If they get their way, our access to quality schools, roads, hospitals and jobs will take a back seat to the interests of big corporations like never before.
Women will face even more government control of their bodies, while workers will be held hostage to their employer’s religious beliefs.
Make no mistake. This agenda has nothing to do with what’s best for Georgia families.
Instead, it is a national strategy crafted by Washington, D.C. politicians and lobbyists.
The truth is, Georgia has already served as a test-tube for laws that have made Georgia a great place for business owners, but rough terrain for the Middle Class.
Failure to invest in education, healthcare and transportation has caused Georgia to lag behind as the nation recovered from the Great Recession.
We simply can’t allow our conservative super majority to operate unchecked, in secret.
As this year’s Legislative session begins, we promise to be on alert as never before.
But we need you to promise to not stand down either. We need you to share your voice through petitions, with phone calls to lawmakers and, in some cases, even visiting the Gold Dome.