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“I think you will also see more legislatures passing laws that will prevent states from enacting parts of Obama Care.” – Corey Dade, NPR correspondent

By Stan Washington
Special to NNPA from The Atlanta Voice

(NNPA) ATLANTA – Despite its recent Election Day defeat, the Republican Party likely will continue its battle against the Obama administration and the Democratic Party on the state level, said a national political reporter during a post-election analysis panel at Morehouse College.

With the GOP controlling 30 governorships and 25 state legislatures, expect the Republicans to continue passing more laws around voter suppression and women reproductive rights, said Corey Dade, national correspondent for National Public Radio Digital News. Dade comments came during a post-election analysis panel sponsored by Morehouse College and Syracuse University.“These laws are not going away. They will be in effect probably until the next election cycle,” Dade said at a panel entitled, And the Winner Is: Analyzing the 2012 Election. “I think you will also see more legislatures passing laws that will prevent states from enacting parts of Obama Care.”

Georgia was cited as one of those states considering Gov. Nathan Deal had previous stated that he is “not interested” in implementing the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) in the state.

The Georgia Senate Democrats released a statement harshly criticizing Deal for his “unilateral decision refusing to participate in the state health care exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act.”

“It is unfortunate that the governor has chosen to put politics over the needs of Georgians. He has ignored his own blue ribbon panel’s recommendation to include state health care exchanges,” said Sen. Vincent Fort, whip of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Deal’s characterization of the health care exchanges as a one-size-fits-all proposition contradicts the reality that we are sacrificing any impact the state of Georgia may have in how our exchange is set up, Fort said.

“Regardless of his decision not to set up the exchanges, we urge him to proceed with the expansion of Medicaid so thousands more Georgians can have access to health care, including children and families caring for aging parents,” Fort said.

Much of the panel discussion focused on the demographics of the electoral who voted in this past election.

Although it was noted that President Obama garnered most of the Hispanic, women and black vote, Dade pointed out that the president’s largest demographic was the white vote, even though it was less than Romney’s and less than what he garnered four years ago. Obama received 39 percent of the vote compared to Romney’s 59 percent.

Syracuse Professor Grant Reeher said Obama’s win was amazing in the sense that he won re-election with high unemployment and didn’t receive the majority of the white vote. The Republicans are running around confused on what really happened.

“The Republican leadership needs a candidate that will have a talk with the party like Bill Clinton had with the Democratic Party a few years ago,” Reeher said. “He needs to tell them that we need to think differently about things.”

But a quality candidate won’t be enough to ensure a victory the next time around, said Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Visiting Professor of Journalism, University of Georgia. Their policies and messages are out of touch with the changing America.

“They should be rethinking the message that they explicitly and implicitly being put out there to voters of color probably for the last 50 years. People of color have become large enough to make a significant difference in a presidential election,” she said.

Added Bryan Monroe, editor, CNNPolitics.com: “The Republican Party needs to decide what branch of the party they are going to be led by. Whether it’s the Rush Limbaugh/ Tea Party wing of the party or the Jeb Bush wing of the party.”

The changing demographics of the electorate don’t necessary lend itself to an Obama or Democratic Party victory, Dade said. The right candidate must also have the right campaign machinery in order to win.

“Many of the pollsters got it wrong too quickly when you consider that many young people and people of color don’t have landlines for example so they were difficult to poll,” he said.

“Young people are the number one users of mobile technology. They outnumber older white voters easily. The number one thing that the Obama campaign did was keep cell phone numbers. Cell phone numbers are like the mother lode of political campaigns. You have to have the machinery and you have to have the right candidate that will get out the vote.”

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