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Received this e-mail today from State Senator Jason Carter's (D. GA) gubernatorial campaign who will be delivering his response to Governor Nathan Deal's (R. GA) State of State speech tonight:
I’m about to respond to Governor Deal’s State of the State and stand up for the hardworking, resilient people of Georgia.

Be sure to tune in to Georgia Public Broadcasting at approximately 7:45pm this evening to watch my response to Governor Deal in full.

We just heard Governor Deal tell the people of Georgia that he’s “making Georgia a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

But if you’re not a big business, political dealmaker, or one of the Governor’s friends, his words probably didn’t resonate with you.

Despite the Governor’s lofty promises, 363,000 Georgians are still looking for work, and our state unemployment rate ranks 40th in the nation.  The middle class is still losing out. Adjusted for inflation, the average Georgia family in effect makes $6,000 less than the average family did 10 years ago.

Don’t let the Governor’s pledge to improve public education and technical job training fool you. The single biggest failure of our current leadership in Georgia is the dismantling of our education system. Georgia now ranks among the worst in the country in how many educators we have to teach our students.  And, as a result of this governor’s policies, we lost almost 45,000 of our technical college students in the last two years.

I believe in creating a strong climate for business in our state.  But you can't have a strong economy if you leave the middle class and small business behind.

It’s time to give Georgians a chance to build great businesses, strong communities, and proud families. Let’s work together to invest in our state’s education and improve the economy, giving the people of Georgia the opportunities they deserve.

Don’t miss my response to the State of the State -- it’ll air at 7:45pm tonight on GPB.


P.S. Forward this message to a few friends. It’s going to take all of us working together to get our state back on the right track.

Carter's response will be on GPB tonight at 7:45 PM.  If you can watch the response but would like to get involved with campaign, you can do so here:
Former President Jimmy Carter, left, smiles as his grandson, Georgia State Sen. Jason Carter, D-Atlanta speaks during a Duke University event at the Carter Center in Atlanta Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. The former president said at the event that Occupy organizers have created a "relatively successful" movement because they focused national discussion on wealth disparity despite lacking leadership and a unifying set of goals. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM PST.

Also republished by Kos Georgia and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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