List: Twitter handles for Georgia’s Democratic Congressional candidates

By Jonathan Grant (@Brambleman)

In 2016, four of Georgia’s 10 Republican members of Congress ran unopposed in the November general election, and the rest faced only token opposition.

How bad was it? We were lucky if  our Democratic candidate had a Facebook page. In my district, the Infamous Sixth, there was debate over whether or not Tom Price’s opponent, Rodney Stooksbury, even existed.

Not only that, but a statewide Public Service Commission seat went unchalleged by Dems.  That’s changing, though. 

The other great, good news for 2018: Democrats in all 14 of Georgia’s Congressional Districts have announced that they’re running. Many candidates: 25 so far.

Since it’s important to know stuff and network, I’m building a list of Twitter handles for Georgia’s Democratic Congressional candidates. If you have a Twitter account, please follow them and amplify their voices. Do this even if you don’t Tweet much.

So far, this is what I’ve got, by district:

1st District: @LisaRingGA
1st District: @ElectSteve2018
2nd District: @SanfordBishop (Incumbent)
3rd  District: @OliverForGA3rd
3rd  District: @Vote_Chuck
4th District: @RepHankJohnson (Incumbent)
4th District: @rguillorysr
4th District: @JuanParks4Ga
5th District: @repjohnlewis (Incumbent)
6th District: @kabelvoice
6th District: @keatley4change
6th District:@BobbyKaple
7th District: @KathleenAllenGA
7th District: @Carolyn4GA7
7th District: @DavisforGA
7th District: @DavidKim2018
7th District: @VoteEthanPham
7th District: @SteveReilly2018
8th District: @SwannforGA
9th District: @Mccallforall
10th District: @Montgomery4Cong
11th District: @AWynnForGA
12th District: @votetrent18
13th District: @repdavidscott
14th District: @Rosser14th

Note: I plan to do something similar, but bigger with all Democratic state House and Senate candidates.

Send info @Brambleman. My account is set up to take direct messages.

And under the “Ask and you shall receive heading,” @PeachResist clued me into this document that lists websites and Facebook pages as well. Click to go to live link page.



Forsyth County, Georgia: Some history …

Forsyth County-1910

Forsyth County, famous as the birthplace of Hee-Haw’s Junior Samples, has for most of the past century, existed as an intentionally all-white community bordering the black Mecca of Atlanta since 1912, following one of the 20th century’s most violent racist outrages—including lynching, nightriding, and arson.

In 1987, the sleepy community gained notoriety when a small march led by civil rights firebrand Hosea Williams was broken up by rock- and bottle-throwing Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and their sympathizers. Bloody but unbowed, Williams returned the next week with 25,000 followers in one of largest civil rights marches in history.

There was talk of reparations. Oprah came to Forsyth and taped her show. Protests and counter-protests yielded a landmark Supreme Court case on free speech. But most importantly, white people flocked to Forsyth. It became the fastest- growing county in the nation, the richest one in Georgia, and one of the twenty wealthiest in the U.S.

Since 2000, members of ethnic minorities have moved to Forsyth County in increasing numbers. In 2010, approximately 85 percent of its residents were white—a dramatic change from the 99-plus percentages of decades past.



Jazz interlude: Kenny Barron

My wife and I went to a wonderful jazz concert Saturday Night at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University. The Kenny Barron trio was truly great. I found a high-quality documentary video of a long set with the current members. 
And here’s a podcast of Kenny Live at the Village Vanguard.
About Spivey Hall: If you live in Atlanta and haven’t attended a concert at Spivey, check it out! Jazz and Classical, just under 400-seat capacity. Marvelous acoustics; every seat is good.

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

Exciting news in Georgia Tuesday night! Georgia Democrats snatch three legislative seats away from Republicans.

“The results are a rejection of Trump – it’s clear as day,” said state Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta. “Republicans who continue to embrace him can start the countdown on their political careers.”

However, if we’re going to kick out entrenched GOP incumbents–if we’re actually going to Flip Georgia’s Sixth Senate District–we need to support  strong local  candidates running campaigns within that district like Sally Harrell in Georgia’s 40th Senate District and Jen Jordan  in the Georgia 6th Senate District runoff December 5.

It’s true: Jon received $30 million in donations in his Sixth District race. And just 1% of that amount would fully fund ‘s state Senate campaign.

Local Democratic candidates build local teams that benefit Dems up and down the ballot! So if you really want to flip , do the math, invest locally and build from the up!


When people found out about Plant Vogtle, “they became uniformly angry”

Two Georgia Public Service Commission seats are up for election in 2018. Plant Vogtle will be an issue across the state next year.

BACKGROUND: Georgia Power is building out Nuclear Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 despite massive cost overruns (it’s at $25 billion plus), bankruptcies, and mismanagement. Thanks to pro-utility Senate Bill 31 passed in 2009, ratepayers have been forced to pay financing costs (averaging $100 a year per customer) and therefore bearing the risk of construction, although Georgia Power alone will reap the profits. No wonder they want to keep going, right?

Hearings are currently underway that will result in a February vote by commissioners, who are elected statewide, on whether to approve continued construction. One of them plans to cast a pro-Vogtle vote, and then quit to go work for utilities. Really. 

Read more Plant Vogtle here.

One public witness appeared today, and he had some noteworthy things to say. Philip Tague is President of AMLI Residential, a large apartment company with 25,000 tenants, 4,000 of them in Atlanta and Georgia Power customers. He said the company surveyed residents, who didn’t anything about Plant Vogtle. When informed about Vogtle’s construction delays and cost overruns, “they became uniformly angry.”

According to the survey, AMLI’s  Sustainable Living Index, 84 percent of 2,800 residents surveyed say living in a sustainable or green home is important to them, while 85 percent say it is beneficial to their long-term health.

In arguing against continued construction, Tague said that the investment community believed the commission was a rubber stamp for Georgia Power, which was not willing to accept the risk other businesses take on their projects. He also noted that in his dealings with the company, he’d found Georgia Power’s culture to be “autocratic, generally uncommunicative and non-transparent as well as unhelpful” and that’s why we are where we are, after “thousands of mistakes and a lot of bad luck.”

Related: PSC Candidate John Noel calls for PSC Chairman’s immediate resignation.


Georgia PSC Chairman Should Do Us All a Favor and Resign Immediately

PSC Candidate John Noel

Today,  Georgia Public Service Commission Candidate John Noel (D-Atlanta) released the following statement about an outrage-in-progress by hyper pro-utility, anti-consumer PSC chairman Stan Wise. Definitely worth a read, and John is definitely worth supporting. You can follow his campaign on Facebook and  Twitter @NoelforPSC


Download a copy of PSC Chairman should resign pdf 

BTW,  John has an awesome solar-powered home that was featured in a knockout Like Tesla video.

Georgia PSC Chairman Should Do Us All a Favor and Resign Immediately

(Atlanta) Recent news reports reveal that Georgia Public Service Commission Chairman Stan Wise plans to give Georgia Power the green light to complete Plant Vogtle, then resign to take a job in the utility industry. Democratic PSC Candidate John Noel is calling on Wise to resign, given the obvious conflict of interest in Wise’s impending move.

According to the Marietta Daily Journal, after his resignation, Wise “wants to use his relationships with those in the utility industries and knowledge to continue to help people.”

“What Wise is really saying is that he’s going to cash in on his aggressive pro-utility voting record to enrich himself in the industry he was supposed to be regulating,” said Noel, a former state legislator and a 20-year veteran of the energy-efficiency business. “Stan Wise should do us all a favor and resign immediately.”

Here’s a key passage in the AJC’s reporting: “‘As an unabashed supporter of nuclear power,’ Wise wrote to Governor Nathan Deal, ‘I intend to be present for that vote and will resign shortly thereafter so that you may appoint my successor prior to the (candidate) qualifying period for the 2018 elections.’” Wise, the longest-serving PSC member, represents Cobb County and a section of west Georgia. Commissioners are elected statewide, and Wise’s term ends Dec. 31, 2018.

“Not only does Wise want to stick Georgians with the bill for a mismanaged $25 billion-plus nuclear plant that’s plagued by contractor bankruptcies and cost overruns, he also wants to rig the 2018 election to ensure his replacement has a similar attitude and the same blind eye.”

“It’s outrageous. And unfortunately, business as usual,” Noel said. “If you Google ‘Georgia Public Service Commission Ethics,’ what you get is a bunch of bad news, much of it concerning Stan Wise. While I’m running against Chuck Eaton, who votes lock step with Wise, it’s just as important to challenge what Wise and Eaton represent on the commission: an anti-consumer type of crony capitalism that profits Georgia Power at the expense of ratepayers.”

“Plant Vogtle’s been kept afloat by federal corporate welfare and lack of oversight by the PSC,” Noel said. “Even the PSC staff questions the economic viability of Vogtle, but Eaton and Wise only listen to the power company and its allies. They should do the job they were hired to do.”

“Since he’s already itching to quit and start cashing utility checks, he should just head on and let a commissioner who’s willing to face the public in 2018 make Vogtle decisions,” Noel said.

Crucial PSC hearings on continuing construction on the troubled nuclear power plant began in Atlanta today. PSC members will vote on the issue in February.