Here’s your contrast of the day. On this day nearly 70 years ago, Truman signed an executive order integrating the military. I’m from Missouri, and grew up proud of Truman for doing this. Some other things Truman did that we’re missing now: Served in the military and paid his debts; said “The Buck Stops Here” and “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Truman, who never went to college but worked hard to educate himself, is the opposite of Trump. H/T Kyle Griffin
Trump announced his transgender ban while his Defense Secretary was ON VACATION. Essentially confirms a political decision from WH, not DOD led — @AdamBlickstein.
Sean Hannity has been stripped of the Buckley Award because he’s stupid and hateful.
Big take-down for Sean Hannity, thanks to Novelist Chrisopher Buckley, who got in cousin Brent Bozell’s face because the Fox “personality” is hateful and stupid. From now on to forever, Sean will lie that he turned it down. Anyway, Hannity is publicly humiliated. Sad!
Here’s coverage from CNN, which I’m sure took no pleasure in reporting this.
Loved “Thank You for Smoking,” BTW
It would be fantastic if we could hand out hundreds of flyers about today’s cookout in the apartment complexes on Pleasantdale Road. With that in mind, here’s a flyer you can download and print.
Click to access a pdf of Ossoff Lewis flyer
The flyer is a half page, so the pdf has two copies and you’ll need your scissors.
As you may already know, early voting turnout in Georgia’s Sixth District runoff has been phenomenal. Already 143,328 people have voted in this super high-profile race district-wide. Turnout will most likely eclipse the typical midterm November election. In a special election. Amazing. I’ve never seen anything like this. And what a learning experience! We’re going to come out of this battle-hardened.
With some absentee ballots still out, we already know that a third of the Lakeside-Tucker area’s registered voters have cast ballots in the runoff. Proximity to Tucker Rec Center is likely driver for higher EV turnout, with some notable exceptions. I have no clue why Henderson Mill’s EV is so high; Hawthorne Elementary Precinct, the victim of a polling place shift to Warren Tech, has been alerted to the change by the County Board of Elections, and importantly, has been subject to aggressive GOTV activities by precinct captain Amanda Kelly and her colleagues. Pleasantdale, the target of rallies and leafleting since early voting began, has a very respectable showing. If you need more evidence that rallies work (They do! They do!), volunteer efforts to leaflet and canvass apartments on Pleasantdale and Dawson Blvd. have increased during this past week, yielding a seemingly remarkable result: One-fourth of the total EV from Pleasantdale came in the last three days, June 14-16.
Briarlake and Lakeside, which both have typically high turnouts, will no doubt have a stronger showing at the polls Tuesday than their vote-spent neighboring precincts.
Warren Tech continues to lag, and so does Embry Hills, to an extent. There is an early-morning rally Monday planned within the precinct, at the intersection of Chamble-Tucker Road and Mercer University Drive. An afternoon rally at Embry Village Shopping Center will provide the campaign some much-needed visibility in relatively lower-turnout areas. There are ample opportunities to boost turnout on election day as well. Amanda and Warren Tech precinct captain Margie Lee-Szymanski are looking for help to direct and increase the flow of voter traffic from Hawthorne to Warren Tech on election day, as well as boost turnout in Warren Tech.
Pleasantdale, will be the scene of a major GOTV effort, headlined by a Saturday afternoon appearance at Pleasantdale Park by Jon Ossoff and Rep. John Lewis.
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I emailed a blurb about the event to 11 apartment managers in the precinct, and flyers will go out into apartments before the rally. Election-day volunteer staffing and GOTV signage are planned for Pleasantdale. I’ll be up at Grace Church International. I’ve been telling anyone who would listen that Pleasantdale Precinct is one of the keys to an Ossoff victory. I believe we could see a substantially increased turnout in Pleasantdale, which, due to a lack of attention, had a meager 24 percent turnout in the primary. If you want to sign up to work Pleasantdale Tuesday, here’s your chance!
There is another concern, as well. While Tucker Library precinct turnout has been high in early voting, low turnout during the primary suggests a great deal of confusion among voters about its status as an election-day polling place. Therefore, we’re trying to station someone there to help redirect misplaced voters to their proper poll site. Several shifts still available!
If you’d like to help out in any of these hot spots: Pleasantdale, Hawthorne, Warren Tech, or Tucker Library, send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll put you in touch with the proper precinct person.
Now let’s go out and Flip The Sixth!
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Everyone should know about this, and getting the word out quickly during the Georgia Sixth District is crucial, especially since Saturday voting is almost upon us. The best way to spread the word? Persuade apartment managers to do it for you by sending out the digital postcard in an email blast to residents.
This means contacting leasing agents/managers in your precinct and making a pitch: You’ll send them an email message they can forward to residents in their complex. If they want to send the digital postcard themselves, that’s fine, but you’ll want to make it as easy on them as possible.
This inolves legwork and a follow-up, but the results can be amazing. Yesterday afternoon, managers for more than 1,000 units on Pleasantdale Road committed to getting out the message. If you’d like to tackle this crucial GOTV measure and need guidance and sample emails, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org