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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We need to talk about Jon Ossoff’s endorsement of Lindy Miller

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman on Twitter After watching the video, I don’t know what Georgia Public Service Commission candidate Lindy Miller did to earn Jon Ossoff’s endorsement—or even how much it’s worth these days—but it deserves some discussion. First of all, Miller calls Jon Ossoff “one of my favorite leaders in Georgia.” I like Jon, too (I spent hundreds of hours trying to flip the Sixth District last year), but I wouldn’t call him a leader just yet. But hey, we tried! In his endorsement of Miller, who’s running against John Noel and Johnny White in Georgia’s May 22 Democratic PSC Primary, Ossoff talks about sustainability like it’s maybe a bad thing, but Lindy Miller will save it! This is tacit acknowledgment that Noel…

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Statewide media coverage for solar-powered Georgia PSC candidate John Noel

Unlike his opponents, Noel is running a statewide campaign for a seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission. Talking to farmers in Vidalia and city residents in Savannah, he’s hearing the same thing — people feel neglected by Atlanta politicians who don’t get out and listen to the people.  If they did, rural broadband and Georgia Power’s customer service would be bigger issues. One Toombs County onion farmer told John, “Politicians in Atlanta don’t care about anyone south of I-16.” His efforts have paid off with earned media coverage and new contacts. It’s important to have a running start at this November’s general election, and he’s the candidate with a base in rural Georgia to build on.   Click the links and take…

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Spalding County Democrats: John Noel left a note.

Insurance Commissioner Candidate Cindy Zeldin: “How many have seen your car rates skyrocket?” With early voting in full swing and only a few days left before the May 22 Democratic primary,  more than a dozen candidates for  for statewide posts and Congressional and State Senate seats showed up Monday evening to speak to about 80 Spalding County Democrats at the Welcome Center in Griffin. It was great to see the broad range of discussions and questions about vital issues we don’t hear about in horse-race coverage of political campaigns: tariffs on Georgia crops (Fred Swann), expanding expanding Medicaid (Cindy Zeldin), turning prisons into colleges (Richard Keatley), and testing, testing, testing (Sid Chapman). Dawn Randolph, candidate for Public Service Commission Post 5 (at-large…

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