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14 March 2006

The Rural Caucus, The J.J. Dinner, & Evan Bayh

Yesterday, I couldn't blog the way I wanted to because I was busy fulfilling my duties as a State Committee Member for the Democratic Party of Georgia.

My day started, at Turner Field, with a meeting of the DPG Executive Committee, where I presented the idea of a Rural Caucus and took questions from the members of the Executive Committee in attendance. The consensus feeling was that the Democratic Party of Georgia definitely needs to reach out to rural Georgians, and send them a strong message that we want them to come back home to the Democratic Party; a party that they supported for over 130 years, but when it came down to how exactly should we reach out, there were several varying ideas on how we do that.

Essentially, there was a compromise that a Study Committee on the Rural Caucus be formed to study the effect and impact a Rural Caucus would have on the Democratic Party of Georgia, with the study committee reporting back its findings, along with a recommendation, back to the full DPG State Committee on September 9th.

After that compromise was made, the Executive Committee took up some other important business (the budget, the strategic plan, and amendments to the bylaws), and then adjourned.

Then it was off to the State Committee Meeting, in my hometown of College Park, where I got a chance to explain the status of the movement to form a Rural Caucus to the full State Committee, and from the looks of it, the State Committee Members want to see a Rural Caucus formed, but they aren't exactly sure how it would work, which is why I believe that this study committee will go a long ways towards answering the questions & concerns that have arisen regarding the formation of a Rural Caucus.

Finally came the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, where Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) was the keynote speaker. There are several articles in the papers about his speech, last night, and I can honestly say that Sen. Bayh sounded like a man running for President and he impressed me. He gave about a 30 to 45-minute speech without using any notes or a teleprompter. Now I know when we're talking about being President, the ability to give a speech "off the cuff" is meaningless, but I'm going to keep an eye on Sen. Bayh because I could see him with a spot on the national Democratic ticket.

Here are the articles about last night's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner:

Evan Bayh headlines fundraiser for Georgia Democrats (Macon Telegraph)

Bayh says GOP won't be easy to unseat (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)