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“Kingwood is a short drive from the busy hubs
of Atlanta and Greenville, making it a convenient
site for hosting teambuilding retreats and business
conferences. The resort is the ultimate location to
host family reunions, couples and church retreats,
and boasts a flawless backdrop for a magical wedding and reception site,” says event coordinator
Amanda Weber. “Kingwood Resort & Winery really
is the complete package.”
Baker Owens is a staff writer for InsiderAdvantage Georgia and James magazine.
Being a resort, Kingwood not only offers great
wine but you can make a weekend of your visit to
Kingwood as it offers lodging, golf, dinner and a full
spa experience. The 48-room inn offers an ideal place
to unwind and take in mountain views from every
room just a short trip from metro Atlanta.
Kingwood is also located nearby several different
rivers offering whitewater-rafting opportunities on
the Chattooga River and plenty of fishing, paddle
boarding and other water recreation on Tallulah Falls
Lake above those famous falls.
M AY/JUNE 2021
s chair of the Democratic Caucus in Georgia’s
House of Representatives, I have an extraordinary vantage
point to see some of my legislative
colleagues readying themselves
to challenge GOP statewide officeholders in the next election cycle.
However, it is becoming increasingly
clear that you do not need my perspective to be able to see that Democrats have
great opportunities with some outstanding
candidates. With fast-changing demographics, not
only in the suburbs of Georgia but throughout the
state, and with well-oiled voter mobilization efforts,
2022 has the makings for another very successful Democratic election cycle.
In addition, at least some— if not most— statewide Republican officeholders will face tough primary opposition. Consider Secretary of State Brad
Raffensperger, who already has challengers in U.S.
Rep. Jody Hice as well as former Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle. That Hice would relinquish an
almost guaranteed seat in Congress to run, in the
wake of Raffensperger discrediting former U.S. President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, is notable. What is also notable is Trump’s early endorsement of Hice.
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan could also draw GOP primary opposition over his appeal to the state’s moderate
Republicans and his disavowing of significant fraud
following last year’s election losses.
Among other conditions that give Democrats more
optimism is the reality that, prior to the last election
cycle, Georgia had not been considered a true “battle
ground state” in quite some time.
Therefore, Georgia Democrats did
not garner the much-needed support that could’ve made a difference. Even in this past election
cycle, certainly the national implications of the presidential race,
U.S. Senate races and a couple
of congressional races compelled
them to invest in Georgia; however
little of that trickled down to state
legislative races. This next election cycle we expect to be able match Republican
financial support up and down the ballot, which
has traditionally not been the case.
The reality is that with the support of some national interests, what Republicans spent to defeat
just one of our state legislative candidates was more
than national interests spent to support our entire
Democratic Caucus! Because of 2020, that is changing. Democratic politics is no longer an afterthought
nationally, but right in the initial strategic plans as
they ought to be.
Democrats see Georgia as a success story worth
replicating. After years of GOP dominance, Democrats swept the top national races in 2020, admittedly through a plan that was devised in large measure
by former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.
Now, as president of the National Black Caucus of
State Legislators, there is probably not a week that
goes by that I don’t hear from some legislator, somewhere in this nation, inquiring about establishing a
similar effort in their state!
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