Georgia women take two different paths to claim Democratic PSC nominations

Above: Selfie of victorious PSC Democrats Lindy Miller (Post 3) and Dawn Randolph (Post 5) I found this historic photo on Dawn Randolph’s Twitter page. Democrat Lindy Miller ran against two men and won with nearly 2/3 of the vote in the Georgia Public Service Commission Post 3 race. Fellow Dem Dawn Randolph faced one man and took more than 3/4 of ballots cast for Post 5. Lindy committed heavily to fundraising and ran a well-financed campaign with money for Atlanta TV ads, which do not come cheap. Dawn, who’s run for the PSC before, had a shoestring campaign, raising just a few thousand dollars. Republican Commissioners Chuck Eaton and Tricia Pridemore have campaigns financed by utility interests. Lindy and Dawn do…

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For Democrats, one issue makes all the difference in Insurance Commissioner’s race

  Above: Cindy Zeldin at Spalding County Democrats’ statewide candidate forum Jonathan Grant @Brambleman on Twitter By virtually every measure, Cindy Zeldin is the stronger Democratic candidate for Georgia Insurance Commissioner. She’s knowledgeable, media-savvy, and well-funded (for a Democrat). In addition to raising ten times as much cash as her primary opponent, insurance agent Janice Laws, Zeldin has built a strong social media network, and she’s putting in the miles and hours it will take to run and win statewide. Yes, that’s a distinct possibility. Thanks to feckless Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and the swamp-dwellers at the Public Service Commission, each of these downballot regulatory races give a strong Democratic candidate a great chance to break the Republican lock on statewide offices.…

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Opportunism knocks: Georgia PSC candidate Lindy Miller’s voting record draws scrutiny

(Editor’s note: a previous version of this post was published May 9) Georgia Public Service Commission candidate John Noel is a longtime Democrat. He was elected to the General Assembly as a Democrat in 2002. He’s been involved in Democratic politics and voted in Democratic primaries and runoffs, not to mention general, special, and Atlanta city elections. If there was an election, he’d show up and vote. He’s attended every Democratic convention since 1992, when he was an intern for the Clinton/Gore campaign. Those are some serious bona fides. Lindy Miller On the other hand, one of his opponents, Lindy Miller, not so much—at least not until  recently. Going back two decades through voting data shows that before 2012, while Miller was registered to…

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Georgia’s solar-powered PSC candidate John Noel is a hardcore Democrat

Georgia Public Service Commission candidate John Noel is a longtime Democrat. He was elected to the General Assembly as a Democrat in 2002. He’s been involved in Democratic politics and voted in Democratic primaries and runoffs, not to mention general, special, and Atlanta city elections. If there was an election, he’d show up and vote. He’s attended every Democratic convention since 1992, when he was an intern for the Clinton/Gore campaign. Those are some serious bona fides. On the other hand … Read more Hardcore Democrat @ 2016 DNCJohn @NoelForPSC attended every Democratic convention since 1992, when he was an intern for the Clinton/Gore campaign. Those are some serious bona fides. #gapol Read more: https://t.co/m42VCAvZLb John's website: https://t.co/h2qaoKKa0K pic.twitter.com/5gfvAj9qN0 — Jonathan Grant…

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Georgia PSC Candidate John Noel is a hardcore Democrat. Lindy Miller’s voting record is … interesting

  Georgia Public Service Commission candidate John Noel is a longtime Democrat. He was elected to the General Assembly as a Democrat in 2002. He’s been involved in Democratic politics and voted in Democratic primaries and runoffs, not to mention general, special, and Atlanta city elections. If there was an election, he’d show up and vote. He’s attended every Democratic convention since 1992, when he was an intern for the Clinton/Gore campaign. Those are some serious bona fides. On the other hand, one of his opponents, Lindy Miller, not so much—at least not until recently. Going back two decades through voting data shows that before 2012, while Miller was registered to vote in Georgia, she didn’t vote in state Democratic primaries. She…

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For Democrats, one issue makes all the difference in Insurance Commissioner race

Above: Cindy Zeldin at Spalding County Democrats’ statewide candidate forum Jonathan Grant @Brambleman on Twitter By virtually every measure, Cindy Zeldin is the stronger Democratic candidate for Georgia Insurance Commissioner. She’s knowledgeable, media-savvy, and well-funded (for a Democrat). In addition to raising ten times as much cash as her primary opponent, insurance agent Janice Laws, Zeldin has built a strong social media network, and she’s putting in the miles and hours it will take to run and win statewide. Yes, that’s a distinct possibility. Thanks to feckless Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens and the swamp-dwellers at the Public Service Commission, each of these downballot regulatory races give a strong Democratic candidate a great chance to break the Republican lock on statewide offices. It’s…

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