Republicans in the General Assembly did what they said they were going to do during the session that ended last week.
And they did it on a short list of issues that have polled well with Georgia voters.
That promises to be a tough combination for Democrats to overcome at the polls this fall, as the minority party looks to take back the House and/or Senate after two years of complete GOP control.
Getting tough with sex offenders, curbing illegal immigration and reining in local governments' eminent domain powers are popular causes with most voters.
Beyond that, this election year also found the state's economic recovery far enough along that Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue and GOP legislative leaders could afford to be generous with the budget.
"A better economic situation always works to the benefit of incumbents,'' said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock.
Specifically, the governor earmarked 4 percent raises for Georgia teachers, the largest they've had since Perdue took office in 2003.
The $18.65 billion budget the governor recommended and lawmakers approved last week also contains money to let every teacher in the state have a $100 gift card to buy school supplies and funds a resumption of class size reductions begun by former Gov. Roy Barnes.
All of which could help Perdue hold onto many of those votes he captured four years ago from teachers who were disgruntled with Democrat Barnes for paltry raises and his attempts to do away with tenure.
To those goodies, you can add the bills Republicans pushed through the legislature this year that appeal to religious conservatives.
That list includes bills authorizing cities and counties to display the Ten Commandments in their courthouses, redefining an unborn child for purposes of the state's feticide law as an embryo or fetus at any stage of development and instructing the state Department of Education to offer elective courses on the Bible.
"They've done a variety of things that will please various segments of voters,'' Bullock said.
Where does that leave Democrats?
For one thing, Democratic candidates taking to the campaign trail this fall will be armed with a "me, too'' strategy.
Indeed, the Bible classes bill was introduced into the General Assembly this year by Democrats before being picked up by Senate Majority Leader Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, himself a longtime advocate of teaching the Bible in public schools.
Democrats also pushed their own version of Perdue's "faith-based'' constitutional amendment this year, which would allow religious groups to use state money to deliver social services.
The Democratic proposal included language specifically prohibiting the amendment from being used to bring private school vouchers to Georgia.
For the third year in a row, Democrats blocked Perdue's initiative because it doesn't contain such a provision.
As for the governor's outreach to teachers and other portions of his education agenda, Democrats plan to argue that Perdue has had an election-year conversion.
"We were for small classroom sizes. ... That was a Democratic issue,'' said House Minority Leader DuBose Porter, D-Dublin. "Because of our priorities as Democrats, they finally did something with class sizes.''
Porter advances a similar argument with the HOPE Scholarship program.
As with Perdue's faith-based initiative, Democrats blocked a constitutional amendment backed by the governor this year that would have prohibited spending revenue the state receives from the Georgia Lottery on anything but HOPE scholarships and the state's pre-kindergarten program.
Three years ago, financial projections began to show HOPE could be headed for trouble as demand for scholarships was growing faster than lottery revenues. But the threat hasn't materialized.
Porter charged that Perdue was only trying to put a HOPE amendment on the ballot this fall to cover up for his past treatment of the program.
The governor took a lot of heat during the same time when HOPE revenues were looking shaky when he unsuccessfully pushed a plan to link HOPE eligibility to SAT scores.
Republicans have made it clear that they intend to remind voters this fall that the Democrats blocked Perdue's plan to protect HOPE Scholarships, one of the most popular programs in Georgia history.
But Senate Minority Leader Robert Brown, D-Macon, said it won't work.
"If Republicans are able to stick that on us as Democrats, who created the HOPE Scholarship and fought for the lottery, then we deserve to be beat,'' he said.