This morning, Atlanta’s WSB TV brings us news of demonstrators at a city Burger King rallying for an increase in the minimum wage. A similar effort is planned for noontime at a Ponce De Leon Avenue McDonalds.
Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reports today that the minimum wage is turning into a wedge issue for Democrats in battleground states, including Georgia.
With polls indicating the Republican Party may retake the Senate in the November midterm elections, candidates such as Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn in Georgia pushed an increase in the minimum wage especially hard over the Labor Day weekend, since it is among the few issues where they hold a clear advantage.
The Democrats’ push builds on earlier efforts by liberal activists to raise the issue in battleground states, in effect priming the pump for the fall elections.
Democrats hope the minimum wage issue will drive turnout in states like Georgia, where a bill to raise the minimum wage introduced at the beginning of the year didn’t make it through the legislature.