Karen Handel is not a big fan of crying immigrant children audio

Above: Karen Handel enjoys some quality podium time with President Trump. So, this happened. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) took the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to play audio of crying immigrant children at the Southern border. (Source of the audio is this Pro Publica article.)  Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA) didn’t like that much, so she asked staff how to shut Lieu  down. They came up with Rule XVII, which contains this language: “A person on the floor of the House may not smoke or use a mobile electronic device that impairs decorum.” Application was questionable, but whatever! At least he wasn’t wearing a hat! That’s forbidden. Roll tape! Ted Lieu plays the ProPublica audio of crying children in detention centers on…

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Georgia sleaze alert: Fran Millar comes out with push poll, lies about Sally Harrell’s record

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman on Twitter I’ve known Georgia State Sen. Fran Millar for nearly twenty years, broken bread with him, and I held a certain amount of respect for him, though that has diminished as I watched his slide toward the Trumpism that has consumed the Republican Party. I will not be voting for him in November. Millar has tried to separate himself somewhat from the president, claiming he likes Trump’s policies but not his behavior. That’s a distinction without a difference, since Trump’s behavior and policy are intertwined; both are children of his ego. Look out, Canada! If Millar dislikes Trump’s behavior, he has a funny way of showing it, because he’s been emulating POTUS. Millar can be gruff, acerbic, and…

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Sally Harrell Camp: Data shows big upturn in Georgia SD 40 Democratic Voting

Source: Sally Harrell campaign Former State Rep. Sally Harrell won big May 22, receiving 67 percent of the vote in the Democratic Primary for Georgia Senate District 40 (GASD40). She will face GOP incumbent Fran Millar of Dunwoody in the general election on November 6. The campaign is reporting that primary results show a major shift in Democratic voting strength in the district, which is centered in North DeKalb County with some precincts in Gwinnett and Fulton. From a campaign email sent out today: For the first time since Senate 40 was drawn, Democrat primary ballots outnumbered Republican ballots, and it wasn’t even close! The spread was 18 points — 59% to 41%. Looking at these primary results, it’s clear that voters are…

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1% of Ossoff donations would fully fund Sally Harrell’s Georgia Senate campaign

Above: Photo by Laurel Cantrell So why don’t we do this? Seriously. If we want to turn Georgia blue in the 2020 presidential election, we need a much better ground game. No Democratic challenger for a legislative seat in the state has a more advanced ground game than Resistance leader Sally Harrell. She just won a landslide victory in the primary and now she squares off against This Guy. Yeah, the one who wants to restrict black voters in favor of “more educated voters.” We have to beat this guy. You can help. In 2017, Dems spent $30M on #GA06 and failed. Better strategy: build Dem strength locally: support former #GA06 candidate @sallyharrellga in #GASD40, Georgia's most flippable district. 1% of Ossoff…

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Bad news, DeKalb: only early voting in runoff will be at Memorial Drive Elections Office

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman on Twitter What a difference a year makes! The DeKalb County Board of Elections voted 4-0 (Leona Perry absent) to open only one early voting location for the July 24 runoffs: The Memorial Drive office. So there will be no early voting in DeKalb’s 6th Congressional District precincts despite the runoff between Lucy McBath and Kevin Abel — nothing like the widespread early voting locations for last year’s runoff between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel. While agenda listed: “New Business: A) Runoff Election Advance Voting,”there was no prior publication of this information, so no public comment on it. The period of public comment comes after the agenda is set and before agenda items are taken up, and the agenda typically…

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Check out the Decatur Arts Festival: Sat-Sun May 26-27, 2018

The weather held, so Judy and I went to the Decatur Arts Festival Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t as crowded as the Book Festival, but it was lively. The first thing that drew my eye was “Vibrant Fish” by Elliott Hubbard, a Fairburn, Georgia artist who specializes in clay sculptures.   I really like that fish—and really everything in his booth—but we ended up buying a pair of  digitized prints of his sculptures (the opposite of 3-D printing?) and now we have to find a place for them. Still, low maintenance, even for fish. Check out Elliott’s website. Some artists drew their own crowds, like Richard D. Willson Jr. on Clairemont Avenue, who told a pack of festival-goers about his portraits of Hank…

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