The Georgia Public Policy Foundation was up and running as the Georgia mid-term elections dragged on with litigation and Democrats’ protests over rejected absentee and provisional ballots. In the days after the November election, the Foundation hosted a “Brew & Review” pundits’ discussion at a local craft brew pub amid ongoing contention in over the state’s close gubernatorial election finish. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State, claimed victory over House Minority Leader Stacey Abrahams, who refused to concede and challenged results in court despite miniscule odds of winning a runoff in the state.
The election gave conservatives and supporters of free enterprise much food for thought, given leftist and liberal inroads in a traditionally red state with changing demographics. The Foundation will continue to champion education choice, tax reform, health care reform and pension reform. But much depends on the winners’ willingness to work for free-market solutions. (Democrats scored numerous victories over the GOP in the metro Atlanta area and Abrams’ platform was Medicaid expansion.)
A week after the elections, the Foundation joined forces with the Heritage Foundation to host a trade-focused event and a workforce development roundtable in Atlanta. The Foundation enjoys partnering with its national allies and sister think tanks and look forward to working with others on more such events.