Takeaways from Tallahassee — Heavy-hitting

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Back in the day, a heavy hitter’s sway could be measured by the contents of their Rolodex. With a spin of the dial, they could come up with a card inscribed with the phone number of somebody who could Make Things Happen.

In 2020, Tallahasseeans Brice and Houston Barnes decided to work their Rolodexes (metaphorically, like other office devices, it has been supplanted by smartphones and spreadsheets) in support of Democratic campaigns, organizations and causes.

Most notably, the couple went all-in for Joe Biden, working their network and raising more than $3 million to support the President-elect’s campaign, transition and inauguration.

The pair also managed to raise more than $200,000 — in one night — for the campaigns of Georgia U.S. Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff and substantial amounts for other groups, including Latino Victory, the Clinton Foundation, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Brice Barnes described how early last year, when “the primaries were over and we were home during the lockdown of COVID, we decided to get very involved on a volunteer basis and raise money. I think this Zoom environment where everyone is home lent itself

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