The South: And Now There Are Two

It is no longer the one-party South.

At the Georgia state capitol in Atlanta last week, 23 Republican state representatives—21 of them newly elected—met to choose a chairman, floor leader and assistant floor leader. It was the first time in the state's 177-year history that there had been enough Republican members of the legislature even to justify a formal opposition.

A few blocks away at Atlanta's Dinkler Plaza Hotel, the state Democratic executive committee met to adopt 56 proposals aimed at creating the formal organizational structure that the Democratic Party has never had...

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