Pinning the future of Democrats in the South on John Barrow

Shannon McCaffrey of the Associated Press has turned a quick profile on the largest Republican target in the redistricting session that just wrapped up in Atlanta:

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Nearly 50 years ago, every congressman from the Deep South was a white Democrat.

Now the U.S. House has just one white Democrat from the five states that comprise the region: Georgia’s John Barrow.

U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga. at a 2006 forum in Vidalia/AP

U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga. at a 2006 forum in Vidalia/AP

Barrow last year survived the Republican tide that wiped out 20 white Democratic members of Congress from the across the South, yet his toughest battle may lie ahead. New political maps approved by the Republican-controlled Georgia legislature leave him politically homeless, placing his residence outside the 12th District that he now represents and stripping away the base of his Democratic support — largely African American — along the coast.

His precarious fate raises a larger question: Can white Democrats chart a course back in the Deep South — Georgia, Mississippi. Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina — where they were once as plentiful as sweet tea on a hot summer day? Or will the party that once dominated the Bible Belt become reliant almost exclusively on black urban voters, leaving the region even more racially polarized?

“For the Democratic party to be defined by race means that it’s politically marginalized,” said Merle Black, an Emory University political science professor and author of “The Rise of Southern Republicans.”

The recent trend could portend a struggle for Democrats to win statewide offices or be successful outside of safe Democratic districts, Black said.

Another outcome is Democratic elected officials who are more liberal than voters in the state, said John Kirincich, a former Georgia Democratic Party head. He served as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, a conservative white Democrat who lost his seat last year.

“It’s a systematic disenfranchisement of moderate and conservative Democrats,” Kirincich said.

Barrow, 55, a conservative Democrat with deep family roots in the region, pledged to soldier on in his redrawn district and get to know his new constituents. But he lamented the shift away from swing districts that are more representative of the views of most Americans.

“One very real effect of partisan redistricting is that congressional districts have become far more extreme politically than the American public is,” Barrow said. “You have members in ’safe districts’ that never have to consider what the other side is saying or what is best for the folks back home.”

The Deep South once was solidly Democratic, represented in Washington by white segregationist senators. But after President Lyndon Johnson won passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, that began to change. Republicans such as Richard Nixon ran on a “Southern strategy” of appealing to white voters unhappy with Democrats over civil rights legislation. Johnson himself recognized there would be a backlash, admitting to an aide, “We have lost the South for a generation.”

Democrats have had the hardest time in Deep South states in recent years, particularly last November, when Republicans capitalized on voter dissatisfaction with the economy, the health care overhaul and President Barack Obama to score major gains. Republicans now control the governorships and legislatures in the five Deep South states, allowing them to redraw political lines to conform with population changes as measured by the Census.

Georgia Democrats are expected to file a legal challenge to the Republican map, alleging it unfairly dilutes minority voting strength.

Meanwhile, Barrow must focus on winning in his new, more conservative district. Political observers say Barrow will need to forge a new multiracial coalition.

“The Democratic Party cannot allow itself to be defined by race, so John’s fate is ours as well,” said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and a leader in the civil rights movement.

A trial lawyer and former county commissioner first elected to Congress in 2004, Barrow has survived his share of political near-death experiences.

“John has been handling, fairly masterfully, a swing district for many years now,” said U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, a Republican whose district borders Barrow’s and which will now include the Democratic stronghold of Savannah.

“It’s winnable for him to hang in there, but it will be a tough, tough fight,” Kingston added.

Barrow has not said whether he plans to move to the new 12th District.

In Savannah, Spanish moss hangs in languid sheets from the live oak trees that arch protectively over Georgia’s oldest city. Graceful, and a little eccentric, the city surrendered with such charm that Gen. William Sherman famously spared it the destruction that he rained down on other Georgia cities on his ruinous Civil War march to the sea.

Barrow has called Savannah home since 2006, when lawmakers drew him out of his old district in Athens, a liberal enclave that’s home to the University of Georgia. Barrow moved to Savannah and eked out a win, defeating Republican Max Burns by just more than 800 votes.

Since then, Barrow has beaten back challenges from the left and the right, straddling a careful line between satisfying his largely African-American Democratic base and crossing party lines to appeal to more conservative white swing voters.
Tom Bordeaux, a Democratic former state representative and a longtime supporter, said Barrow won again and again by hewing to political pragmatism rather than party orthodoxy.
“He remembers what he’s going to have to say at a town hall meeting on Saturday when he’s casting a vote in Washington on Wednesday,” Bordeaux said.

In an interview, Barrow said he votes with his constituents rather than his party.

“I evaluate every issue on how it affects my district,” he said. “More members of Congress should do that.”

The divorced father of two seems, at first glance, an unlikely candidate for the role of scrappy survivor. A Harvard-educated lawyer, he wears round Harry Potter-style glasses and seems ill-at-ease with the backslapping style favored by many Southern politicians.

But Barrow is a shrewd political tactician. He voted against the health care overhaul, but still managed to survive a Democratic primary challenge last year from a black opponent in a district that is about 45 percent African-American. He is a formidable fundraiser, with many of his contributions flowing from fat Atlanta wallets outside his district.

Barrow hails from Georgia political aristocracy: His father was a lawyer and judge who helped integrate the University of Georgia. His mother was a matriarch in the Democratic politics of Barrow County, the northeastern Georgia county that bears his family’s name.

While supporters praise his willingness to cross the aisle, critics paint him as a contortionist who will say just about anything to get elected.

“I just can’t trust someone like that,” said Don Hodges, who owns a construction company in Savannah. “He’ll do what he needs to do to survive so you can’t say what he really believes.”

Barrow said he sees both sides.

He voted against cap-and-trade controls on air pollution emissions but for an increase in the debt ceiling. He voted against efforts to limit war spending in Iraq and supports tough limits on illegal immigration but supported bank bailouts and a minimum wage increase.

Barrow has also distanced himself from national Democrats at times, such as in 2004 when — looking to woo swing voters — he stayed far away from Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s presidential bid. But in 2008, facing a black primary opponent, Barrow touted an endorsement from President Obama.

At a town hall meeting in Savannah earlier this year, Barrow may have summed up his philosophy, answering a question about ways to reduce the deficit and control government spending.

“I am an ‘all of the above’ kind of guy,” Barrow said. “If it’s a good idea, an idea that will work, than I am for it.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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September 4th, 2011
7:30 pm

“The Deep South once was solidly Democratic, represented in Washington by white segregationist senators. But after President Lyndon Johnson won passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, that began to change. Republicans such as Richard Nixon ran on a “Southern strategy” of appealing to white voters unhappy with Democrats over civil rights legislation. Johnson himself recognized there would be a backlash, admitting to an aide, “We have lost the South for a generation.”

And some on here wonder why blacks recoil at the thought of voting Republican today.


September 4th, 2011
7:47 pm

Well when enough illegals and Yankee’s get here the southern democrat shall rise again


September 4th, 2011
7:51 pm

This is a republished puff piece supporting a Democrat, but at least he is a moderate.


September 4th, 2011
8:19 pm

I don’t remember anyone talking about systemic disenfrichesment of the conservatives in John Lewis’ district or Hank Johnson’s. As the national democrats spun farther and farther to the left, it only makes sense that there would be fewer conservative democrats in a liberal democrat party. While for generations there were both conservative and liberals wings of both parties, that ended in the seventies. Strange that the purging of conservative democrats at the national level was not even discussed in your artcle.

Now if you want to seriously talk about the fact that the social divisions in the country are now mirrored by our political divisions for the first time since the civil war….


September 4th, 2011
8:23 pm

Another question very few in media want to deal with is how Republican alienation of minority voters will affect the long term viability of their issues. The bottom line is majority parties bear the responsibility to ensure minorities do not suffer unequal treatment. As history teaches us, the inability to live by this rule leads to civil unrest that threatens us all.


September 4th, 2011
8:27 pm

Democrats and their current ways are not popular in the south. Many people don’t care for the things that democrats stand for today. Just the way it is…


September 4th, 2011
8:29 pm

I agree with Tidd. Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot. Their shenanigans may help them win an election or two or three, but their inability to appeal to an increasingly multi racial state and society will eventually relegate them to minority status.

The Snark

September 4th, 2011
8:30 pm

Hold on just a minute … y’all are getting carried away here. In the last thirty years, the Democratic Party has spun further and further away from the left and toward the center, even as the Republican Party has fled the center for the far right. It’s only the constant drumbeat of the Republican spin machine that has tarred the Democrats as a leftist party. Sure, there are old fashioned liberals left. But the last three Democratic Presidents — Carter, Clinton and Obama — are not even remotely like the liberals of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.


September 4th, 2011
8:37 pm

With very few exceptions, liberal democrats are nothing but pimps and those who continue to vote for them are nothing but the prostitutes that depend upon them for their subsistence.

Have some pride and self respect and free yourself and stop voting for lifetime do nothings like John Lewis just for a handout. He has never had a job in his life because you keep voting for him so he can collect taxpayer money.

Or, just keep on being a prostitute!


September 4th, 2011
8:38 pm

Centrist how is this supporting a democrat?How is this piece puffed?The last thing we need is a total one party government.


September 4th, 2011
8:40 pm

The last time Democrats held power in the south we were a segregated Nation. If those are your “good old days” put them back in power…

Chuck Allison

September 4th, 2011
9:06 pm

Corey, the Democrat party deserted the South when John Kennedy became their 1960 nominee. Although the Republicans were really too liberal, at least they have been better, more moral, and more patriotic than the Democrats. No self respecting Southerner wants to be in the same party as Clinton, Weiner, Rangel, Frank, and Carter.


September 4th, 2011
9:06 pm

Larry is the exact representation of a political mindset gone completely out of touch. The voices we now hear are so often are the most extreme, making them also the most unappealing to the majority of Americans. When all of us, common people and politicos alike, are able to work with our neighbors with opposing views and thoughts America will return to the great country it once was. A nation so divided it resorts to name calling instead of legitimate compromise, will never effectively lead itself. Our greatness is lost every time we resort to extremism. Party lines created to protect any party in power will only further the demise of legitimate political discourse. It is a sad day when people like Larry thinks he knows all and everybody who thinks differently is somehow less than he.
Thank God he is not a leader.


September 4th, 2011
9:09 pm

The Democrats haven’t swung left for God’s sake the Republicans have swung ultra hard right and anything moderate or conservatively moderate looks far left to them. Since the Republicans have become the ‘wihite people’s party’ what distinguishes them from the Ku Klux Klan?

If you think John Barrow is a left winger by the way I’ll sell you some land on Cumberland Island for $20 an acre and throw in the Talmadge Bridge in Savannah as a sweetner.


September 4th, 2011
9:46 pm

It’s the same game, the sides only traded uniforms. Skins are shirts and shirts are now skins. The IDEOLOGY that defined the white southern democrat was taken on by the modern day Republican party – that which exists in contempt of that which is not of the majority. They took it on as was stated after passage of the Civil Rights Act. This ideology is like a stew that has been on slow boil for the past generation; the heat turned up of course in 2008 with the election of Pres. Obama, which is why we hear things like “take our country back”. Say what you will, but why? Simple, the BROWNING of America, which makes the historically oh so comfortable white majority well… kinda uncomfortable. Disputes?


September 4th, 2011
9:47 pm

To Snark @8:30
…the Democratic Party has spun further and further away from the left and toward the center,….

you’re kidding, right??

South Georgia Voter

September 4th, 2011
9:49 pm

Barrow is finished! He has always walked both sides of the political street. Only blacks will remain Democrats in Georgia. They will never leave the plantation! The KKK has always been Democrats as all community organizers!


September 4th, 2011
10:00 pm

Corey, you do realize the first republican in GA was elected after 2000? Blacks stayed in bed with the rackets and now it’s come home to roost. I hate racks and I hate Southern racist Democrats. And thankfully I’m living long enough to see them all die.


September 4th, 2011
10:18 pm

john barrow is not a conservative, possibly a moderate! so please do not make it sound like something he is not!


September 4th, 2011
10:24 pm

Same old story. If you are white and do not believe in a socialist phiosopy of government entitlement and you believe in everyone should be treated equally under the law but not given special status then you are a racist.

I know a lot of African Americans that believe in less taxes, less government, school choice, anti abortion that refuse to vote Republican. When they start turning Republican then they will have a say so again but until then they are going to be out in the wilderness.


September 4th, 2011
10:25 pm


you obviously have a perspective issue. The democratic party as a whole has moved toward the center. You are probably more concerned with the Maxine Waters, but people like her really do not matter all that much in Congress. Therein lies the issue, you take individuals you do not like and try to infer aggregate level tendencies from those single observations.

Quite frankly, I do not believe you have a clue as to where the center in the US political environment lies. Truth be told, I am fairly certain that citizens outside of academia and/or professional politics could find the “center” with a map and all of the survey research ever accumulated. Most people think that they are average…because everyone else they know is similar. They further assume that since they feel “average” that they are in the middle. They are not.


September 4th, 2011
10:26 pm

I should have said African American men that carry a conservative philosophy. I do not know one African American women that is remotely conservative. (I do wonder why sometimes).


September 4th, 2011
10:31 pm


September 4th, 2011
10:25 pm

“The democratic party as a whole has moved toward the center.”

Really? Name some ways they have moved more towards the center? JFK believed in a strong national defence and lowing of taxes. Where are those Dems today? Pelosi? Reid? Frank? Kerry?

This is a center/right nation. You libs do not want to admit it.

tom H

September 4th, 2011
10:32 pm

“Only blacks will remain Democrats in Georgia”. – South Georgia Voter you do not speak for all south georgia voters. There are many white people in south georgia who are intelligent enough to vote for the person who represents their best interest, be that republican or democrat. You apparently are not one of those.


September 4th, 2011
10:34 pm


there you go again. talking about things you do not understand. You might not realize this, but those of us in the center and/or to the left only call people like you fascists and racists in reaction to your name calling.

Conduct yourself with dignity and have some respect for others. If your sect within the GOP were less bombastic and less antagonistic we all might get along a little better.

Mind you, there is not one socialist or Marxist or communist in Congress or the White House. Not one, despite what you might believe. Just because people like me do not buy into your market fundamentalist ideology does not mean we are your opposite. Socialism has been a very important philosophy and several excellent policy ideas has derived from the system of justice it proposes, accepting that does not make me a socialist. To be a socialist, like being a capitalist…or any -ist, means you actively accept that ideology or philosophy and define the rest of your political thought on that -ism. You may not have a prima facie understanding of what I am talking about, but that is a personal issue you need to resolve for yourself.

A true statesman will enlist good ideas regardless of their origins. Limiting your world view to the Bible or to a single over-simplified and empirically incorrect ideology is not only foolish, but regressive.


September 4th, 2011
10:45 pm

Yes, that ‘ol John Barrow! Once re-districted out of his original District, moved to Savannah (in another District) to serve “his constituents”, then, upon losing that District, he is planning on moving to another District to serve “his (new) constituents.” Sounds like ‘ol John just wants to serve his District constituents to me.
Excuse me…what’s that you say? You believe that ‘ol John doesn’t give a rat’s a$$ about serving his “constituents” (now where ever they may be scattered and in what district), you think ‘ol John just is power-hungry and wants to stay in politics to enjoy the perks of being a Representative? That he really cannot get a job and, of course, being a life-long Democratic Representative (ala John Lewis, et al,), he will “serve with honor”?
Naw, man, that just can’t be! The Plantation isn’t really that great…or is it? I think ‘ol John Barrow is sincerely interested in serving the people of his District – when and where that may be dertermined and if Allied Van Lines will step in and offer assistance. Have votesw—will travel as he says.
Go git ‘em, John (Barrow, that is)!!


September 4th, 2011
11:04 pm


September 4th, 2011
10:34 pm

” You might not realize this, but those of us in the center and/or to the left only call people like you fascists and racists in reaction to your name calling.”

Go back and read my many post for the past 2 plus years on this blog. I have only one time made any type of derogatory comment about a person. Lets us just go back in this post and you basically called me ignorant several times. So who is name calling?

“Mind you, there is not one socialist or Marxist or communist in Congress” Who is Bernie Sanders?

” Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist,[1][2] and has praised European social democracy. He is the first person elected to the U.S. Senate to identify as a socialist”

Look at the “Progressive” voting records for teh US Senate. There are a dozen S enators with more progressive voting records than Sanders (including Obama’s voting record). They are just afraid to call themselves what they really are.

” Limiting your world view to the Bible or to a single over-simplified and empirically incorrect ideology is not only foolish, but regressive”

How can you consider yourself a true statesman if you blindly discount these right away? Who is coming off sounding like they have a limited world view?

Congressional Black Caucus

September 4th, 2011
11:10 pm

Don’t you leave the plantation………….we don’t need any Republicans in our group be it black or white. Them Republicans are the devil!!


September 4th, 2011
11:13 pm

Perhaps the biggest problem with Congress over the last 12-16 years had been the increasing tendency of Representatives and Senators who vote along party lines rather than truly representing their constituents. There is little thought or research among the individual members of Congress. In fact, we often see huge bills voted upon without even allowing time to READ the bills, much less analyze their impact. (Remember Speaker Pelosi’s comment … “We have to pass the bill before we can find out what’s in it.) So in the absence of thoughtful deliberation, the party-line congressmen vote as they are told by their leadership. To the degree that John Barrow votes for his constituents rather than his party, he should be applauded. I wish there were more like that.

Alabama Communist

September 4th, 2011
11:22 pm

More Breaking News On Lonesome White Boy Democrat……..A Movie production company said today they will be making a high profile movie about the ” Last White Democrat Left Standing At Little Big Horn Georgia follow by another movie called ” The Last Republican Left Standing at Little Big Horn Georgia after the food riots 2012″


September 4th, 2011
11:43 pm

There are still white Democrats in Georgia who were born and raised here. They are educated and have jobs and go to church. Not all white people in Georgia are Republican.


September 5th, 2011
12:16 am

We’re well on our way to a repeat of Germany many, many years ago. It’s going to come fast after the next national election and most of us won’t see it or believe it when it happens.

Randolph Phillips

September 5th, 2011
12:30 am

Both parties once had liberal and conservative wings, which allowed Southern Democrats to get elected in the 1960s and into the 1970s, but that changed. The national democratic party became so liberal that Southern Democrats left the party, died, or retired from politics. That was partly due to the fact that the Parties began to be run from Washington, instead of in states. WE need to go back to decentrailzed political parties centered in the states instead of Washington. Washington D.C. does not reflect the american people any more than New York City does.

Otherwise, I have to agree with the poster who said the democrats will rise again in the South if enough illegals and yankees move into our region. Which is a very sad commentary on our educaton system. We should teach our region and its history with pride, and the Yankees would see the light and grow into good Southerners.


September 5th, 2011
1:18 am

Isis Germany leads Europe again.A people that never gives up.

Cathy D. Wright

September 5th, 2011
3:12 am

These comments just show how ignorant Republicans and conservatives are. I pray that the Democrats strategize to optimize to motivize voters!


September 5th, 2011
5:49 am

WHY do black folks STILL vote for the Party of SLAVERY and the KKK???
There is ZERO logic in this stupdity!

Can ANYONE tell us WHY??? (Im UNaffiliated, BUT, it was the Republicans who FREED the SLAVES and FIGHT for individual rights!)

Get your stupid selves OFF the Government Plantation, we cannot AFFORD
SLAVES any longer!


September 5th, 2011
5:57 am

There are many, many parallels here in the US now to Germany of the early 1930s. It is all playing out like it is scripted.

Good Ol' Boy

September 5th, 2011
6:01 am

Now that the democats have been stomped, when do we get our flag back? That’s all I care about.

Good Ol' Boy

September 5th, 2011
6:02 am

And OJ did it.

Buckhead Boy

September 5th, 2011
7:23 am

I’m delighted that so many who view themselves as Republicans promote my pecuniary interest against their own. I just don’t want to be associated with them.

When will you get “our flag back”. I suppose that you refer to the 1956 flag. Best be satisfied with, When Jesus comes again. That’s not in the financial interest of my class.

But, take solace in my gratitude for your representatives in the House just overwhelmingly reauthorizing that mandated, single-payer, federal insurance program that has been subsidized to the tune of $18 billion. My beach house took an awful hit from Irene.


September 5th, 2011
7:48 am

“Now the U.S. House has just one white Democrat from the five states that comprise the region: Georgia’s John Barrow.”

Don’t the writers and editors at AP know that the region comprises the states? Not the other way around. The whole comprises the parts. The parts compose the whole. The whole is composed of the parts. “The region comprises the five states.” Not “the five states that comprise the region.

Now I can get back to the article.


September 5th, 2011
8:34 am

The only time Barrow voted against the party line lineswas when he got a pass from Palosi because she already had the votes and he was given protection to vote against it. Please don’t give me this cr*p about redrawing the district. I live in the 12th, the shape is much better now than when it ran for 200 miles across the state to catch 45% black vote with the sole purpose of electing a democrat. I expect fairer journalism than this but them again I remember who is writing this stuff, typical Galloway.

A Conservative Voice

September 5th, 2011
8:43 am

Just another career politician who will do/say anything to keep getting re-elected. Georgia needs to be a leader in “term limits” for politicians. Some should have left many years ago……john (i was there) lewis and hank (it’s gonna tip over) johnson, to name a couple.

When do we get our flag back? One day, one day…….but don’t count on the “New Deal”.


September 5th, 2011
8:48 am

I’m still a liberal democrat, but I have no lost love for the political correctness of the democratic party. Republicans are such hateful, narrow minded bigots I can’t support them, but King Roy firmly destroyed the Democratic Party in Georgia when he changed out flag behind our backs. My ancestors all fought for Georgia and the South during the War Between the States. And I am not ashamed of them and fully support flying the Confederate Battle flag. Georgia Democrats be damned! You’re reeaping what you sowed.


September 5th, 2011
9:09 am

You want your flag back????

The new Republican super majority now has no excuses. Republicans now own the flag issue.

Sorry, Republicans are not going to bring back the old flag.

Republicans will keep the ignorant people like Bobby though, easily manipulated by phony rhetoric that serves no useful purpose.

Republicans, where is the flag? Why are you still hiding it?


September 5th, 2011
9:11 am

Democrat party has moved toward the center – where and on what issues? Obamacare, Frank-Dodd, Obama’s NLRB, Fast & Furious, Massive new spending, etc…. If anything the Bush Republicans moved toward the left and were punished for it in 2006 and 2008. The new conservative movement in America is moving back towards a constitutional and smaller government with fiscal sanity.

Georgia Democrats gerrymandered for years and I didn’t hear a peep from the left. Funny how karma works…..


September 5th, 2011
9:21 am

@Danny X

Our flag is held hostage by ignorants like yourself who have no respect for Georgia or the South. The Democrats got rid of the battle flag; the Republicans have given us the 1st National Flag of the Confederacy as our State Flag, but I still prefer the ‘56 flag.


September 5th, 2011
9:24 am

Can we back up a moment and note the inherent racist message of this article? Now we are concerned not just about electeing Democrats, but white Democrats? Until this spate of articles bemoaning the state of white Democrats, I thought being a Democrat was enough, regardless of color. But here again, we seem to have that favorite tool of Democrats – the Quota – raising its ugly head.

We are also told that if we want a moderate Democrat, we will have to have white Democrats. It is easy to infer that the writer believes all black Democrats are raging liberals to the left of Cynthis McKinney. Is that attitude not itself racist?

One thing for certain, we could at last find some Democrats today that are not nearly as in favor of gerrymandering as they once were. It owuld appear that when the Socialist/Prograssive ox is gored, it’s not quite as appealing to this rapidly shrinking part of the electorate.

Now, go back and clamor for some more “white” Democrats because you can’t in your mind have your views adequately represented by a black man or woman. And tell me you aren’t racist for harboring that view.


September 5th, 2011
9:35 am

Right. Barrow voted against ObamaCare when he was running for re-election. After he got elected, he voted against repealing the bill he voted against. He’ll do anything to stay in office. Guess it beats working for a living. What a phony.


September 5th, 2011
9:47 am

“Socialist/Prograssive ox”

What exactly does that mean? Republicans in Georgia have done nothing different. We still have the powerful lobbyists, we have Georgia Power socialist financing schemes, ethics are a joke, Republicans RAISED taxes, Perdue and Deal both begged for stimulus/federal dollars, Metro Atlanta is still being robbed of 35% of their tax dollars.

All we hear is “Well the Democrats had 100 years, blah, blah, blah.”