Atlanta (AP) — In a supernova of criticisms of Georgia’s new voting law, Republicans are still trying to appeal to voters in states that have proved that Democrats can win.
When the last minutes of the 2021 General Assembly passed Wednesday, a bill that would make it easier for visitors to carry guns in Georgia and protect gun-related businesses was dying. A quick vote from House was required to ask Republican Governor Brian Kemp to sign the law. However, no bill was issued. House Speaker David Ralston told reporters that it was too early for eight people to be shot dead at an Atlanta Metro massage company.
“We needed to be very sensitive to gun control,” said Ralston, Republican of Blueridge. “It’s been less than two weeks since the two mass murders, which increases my level of sensitivity to it.”
Democratic Atlanta legislature Shay Roberts, who left the Republican opposition slightly in 2020, said Ralston avoided the gun bill to avoid political descent.
“I’m glad I didn’t expand my gun rights. I think that was another thing they knew they would be hit if they did it,” Roberts said.
Georgiaan Republicans strive to be conservative as they strive to retain moderate suburban voters, but Democrats led by 2018 Governor candidate Stacey Abrams said: It challenges the once-safe Republican rule. Candidates for 2022 have already been announced and are changing the constituencies for parliamentary and state legislators. As a result, Kempff and other Republicans continue to dominate the state and are on the narrow path to prevent the re-election of Democratic US Sen Raphael Warnock next year.
“It’s the limit, but now Georgia lives in the limit. As long as Georgia lives in the limit, this balance works,” said Republican political consultant Brian Robinson. He said Republican leaders sought to rule “from the centre-right, not from the far right,” even if they won easily.
It is unclear whether the Republican Party’s attitude toward moderates is important in the overwhelming reaction to voting law.
Republican Senator Clint Dixon, who represents the competitive district on the outskirts of Gwinnett County, said:
There is also a push for stronger action, such as the House of Representatives’ vote to abolish Delta’s jet fuel tax deductions after CEO Ed Bastian’s growing criticism of the voting law. The bill was never likely to pass, but some Republicans were pleased to complain to Metro Atlanta’s largest private employer.
“You don’t feed the dog that bites your hand,” Ralston said.
Charles Brock, a political scientist at the University of Georgia, said there was tension between what devoted Republicans wanted and what the party needed to win.
“The party or its members can get caught up in a vise between what some of the party’s core members want or want and where there are a wider range of voters.” Mr. Brock said.
It is also unclear whether Republicans can differentiate at the state level in a polarized national environment.
“They aren’t active in the bubble,” Robinson said. “As far as the public is aware of today, States parties cannot exist outside their political parties.”
Ralston takes a slow approach to many socially conservative proposals after a fierce 2016 debate over whether religious freedom laws would legalize discrimination against gay and lesbian people. I am. Republicans hold majority at General Assembly, despite Joe Biden winning Georgia elections, Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeating Republicans in January’s final vote, giving Democrats control of the U.S. Senate The warning was rewarded in 2020, when it was maintained.
Republican lawmakers have banned cities and counties from cutting police funds significantly this year, blocking a “police defense” movement. It was tracked and shot by a white man who claimed that a black man had committed a crime, coupled with the almost unanimous abolition of Georgia’s Citizen’s Arrest Act after the murder of Amad Arbury in 2020. It was.
“Some of what we have done can be called progress,” said Gloria Butler, a minority leader in the Senate Democratic Party of Stone Mountain.
The Republican Party has abandoned a bill banning transgender girls from playing in high school women’s sports teams. A similar bill was enacted in other Republican-controlled states. Dixon quoted the failure and gun bill as a disappointment, but said, “There is a balance you have to hit.”
Since signing, Kemp has welcomed the fighting between parties over voting law, and after Kemp’s refusal to overturn Biden’s victory in Georgia depleted the attack from President Donald Trump, among the Republicans. Strengthened myself. However, although the Biden administration has refused to claim Kemp’s working requirements, the governor also plans to partially expand Medicaid.
This is one of a series of small-diameter policies, including paid parental leave for state employees, extension of the mother’s Medicaid after childbirth, and facilitation of child health insurance. Everything undermines the impetus for democracy to seek broader change.
“They do these other things so that they can say,’Look, we care.’ They do these gradual things, but more we can do. We have a lot.”
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