Georgia is in dire need of fresh leadership, improved ideas and new directions. Though her political career only began in 2007, state Rep. STACEY ABRAMS has already been tapped for the leadership position of assistant whip for the House Democratic caucus. Abrams, who represents parts of Atlanta in DeKalb, cut her political teeth as an deputy city attorney. During her rookie year, she impressed her fellow salons with her preparation, and also for her willingness to work behind the scenes to make things happen. And when she began to speak out during this year’s session, she proved an eloquent orator. She fought against a racially charged resolution that would have designated English as Georgia’s official language, and a bill that allows convicted murderers to be sentenced to death by a divided jury. We are encouraged by her promise. www.staceyabrams.com.