DeKalb Board of Elections: Results certified, Early Voting for runoff set, public comments ignored (as usual)

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman ELECTION UPDATE: After Tuesday’s meeting, the DeKalb Board of Elections changed its decision on early voting sites, adding Dunwoody and South DeKalb locations for the Dec. 4 Runoff. Download pdf. Abrams narrows gap by 2,039 votes after additional ballots counted Early Voting in DeKalb County for Dec. 4 runoff is at one location: DeKalb Board of Elections office 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300 Decatur, GA 30032-1239 Mon. Nov. 26-Fri. Nov. 30 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Audio of the meeting Some drama, but results certified on time There was a big crowd at Tuesday’s DeKalb County Board of Elections meeting. There were two major items of business on the agenda: certifying election results from Nov. 6 and setting up…

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Stunning difference in Congressional freshman classes for GOP, Democrats

The picture says it all (Hey, look, the GOP has a new white lady Congressperson!), and there’s more to come. And bear in mind the Republicans pictured are almost all replacing Republicans. So are most of the Democrats. It looks like Dems will pick up another 4-5 seats when all the votes are counted in California, Maine, and elsewhere. The GOP may net a couple of seats in the Senate, but Joni Ernst now looks week in Iowa, as does Trump-gumby David Perdue in Georgia. I think the prospects for Dems taking the Senate in 2020 are better than 50-50. From Alex Burns of the New York Times: The 2018 midterm election looked last Tuesday like a serious but not crippling setback…

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Fran Millar didn’t lose just his seat. He lost Karen Handel’s, too

Lucy McBath and Friends at Tracy Prescott’s House Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Nearly a year and a half after Jon Ossoff’s failed $30 million campaign, Karen Handel  conceded Georgia’s Sixth District Congressional race to Lucy McBath. It is a great victory for Lucy. It is exciting to have her as my representative in Congress. I wrote a few weeks back: “Having transcended a tragedy, she exudes hope and graciousness—in sharp contrast to her opponent, a career politician, uninspiring at best, who believes crying children should be gaveled into order.” But now I concede that Handel is capable of graciousness. “Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her,” she said in…

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Fran Millar didn’t lose just his seat. He lost Karen Handel’s, too

Lucy McBath and Friends at Tracy Prescott’s House Nearly a year and a half after Jon Ossoff’s failed $30 million campaign, Karen Handel  conceded Georgia’s Sixth District Congressional race to Lucy McBath. It is a great victory for Lucy. It is exciting to have her as my representative in Congress. I wrote a few weeks back: “Having transcended a tragedy, she exudes hope and graciousness—in sharp contrast to her opponent, a career politician, uninspiring at best, who believes crying children should be gaveled into order.” But now I concede that Handel is capable of graciousness. “Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her,” she said in a statement this…

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Congratulations, Sally Harrell: Big night for Dems in and around Georgia Senate District 40

 Above: Sally addresses supporters Tuesday night Congratulations to SD40 Sen.-elect Sally Harrell and to everyone in her grassroots campaign for their big win over 20-year incumbent Fran Millar. At last glance, Sally was winning DeKalb by double digits—and Gwinnett as well. Well-done, Sally! Well done, crew! This is her fourth win in four legislative races for Sally and her campaign manager-husband, Jay.  Impressive. Update: Lucy Wins! Meanwhile, Georgia’s Sixth Congressional (which includes most of GASD40), hangs in the balance. Deep into the wee hours, Lucy McBath took the slightest of leads over incumbent Karen Hanel, who is trying to win her first full term. Since then, the lead has expanded a little, but it’s still in recount range.  If you believe all…

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