Notes from Tucker (Tucker Day is coming)

Let’s Eat! Tucker was lively this evening. The beautification effort is really paying off. People want to visit Main Street, and that was SOOOO not the case for many years.  Eight pedestrians in the crosswalk/ When has that ever happened before? I’ll take more pictures Saturday. The Old Boys were going at it strong in Matthews Cafeteria, playing folk-country, or country-folk. I’ve seen them 15 strong, playing hootenanny out on the sidewalk on a brisk February Night. Sounded more bluegrassy then, but it’s all unplugged anyway. Matthews was busy. The put those tables out there, rarely does anyone sit outside to eat there, at least not while I’m there. Maybe lunch is different. Had to go with the Fried Chicken tonight with…

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Sydney, the vote-grabbing dog

After a town hall meeting the other night, a woman told me she was torn between supporting John Noel and his Democratic primary opponent in a statewide Georgia Public Service Commission race —until she received John’s flyer. It has a lot of information, but it was this picture on the front that convinced her to back John, because a man with a dog like that is a man worth voting for. BTW, the lady is a veterinarian. It’s true. Sydney is a great dog. I think she laughs a lot. Her tale and whiskers make her look like a dog from a fantasy story, and the expression she has in the photo? Pretty much constant. She is one happy dog. It is…

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Georgia PSC candidate Lindy Miller’s voter registration problem hasn’t gone away

And then there’s this.  Update: On Friday, Lindy Miller posted a picture of herself with her family at the Decatur early voting station. If she didn’t vote on a provisional ballot, then it would appear that DeKalb’s Board of Elections staff has already decided in her favor in the challenge case–although the BOE director told me these cases are only decided by the full panel. If the mismatch on addresses was a clerical error, then the board should make quick work of dismissing the challenge May 29, and if so, unfortunate that it took four years to clear up. There’s an old saying in Southern politics: There is nothing so worthless it can’t at least be used as a bad example. Lindy…

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On the road with John Noel: Savannah’s historic First African Baptist Church

Savannah’s First African Baptist Church is a special place, thriving and historic, so I was excited about my visit on the next-to-last day of April. I was on the road with John Noel, who is running for a seat on the Georgia Public Service Commission, and he had scheduled a visit to the church during a three-day road trip. Due to over-scheduling and whatnot, we arrived late, in the middle of the service on a blue-skied Sunday morning. When we entered, the first thing I saw besides the ushers was a bunch of white folks sitting in back—tourists who slipped in and out, hoping to catch a little—but probably not a lot—of the history and spirit of the oldest black church in…

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Sen. Max Cleland supports John Noel, Georgia’s solar-powered PSC candidate

Above: Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland with Georgia PSC candidate John Noel Big news from a big name in Georgia politics. One of my heroes. I met Max Cleland at a civic-club luncheon when I was the Houston-Peach Bureau chief for the Macon Telegraph in 1981, a few months before I moved to Atlanta with Judy as newlyweds. He was a wonderfully friendly man. I went on to the PSC and saw him maybe a half-dozen times when I worked at the PSC, saw him speak as Secretary of State once or twice. Maybe 25 years later, I saw him at a campaign function and we talked about the 80s, of Billy Lovett and Bobby Pafford and Joe Frank Harris. Good memories. He’s…

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Reps. Oliver, Henson, Holcomb are big supporters of Sally Harrell

Above: Rep. Scott Holcomb, Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, Sally Harrell #GASD40, Rep. Michele Henson At Monday night’s Henderson Middle School town hall, DeKalb State Reps. Mary Margaret Oliver, Michele Henson, and Scott Holcomb briefed Lakeside area residents about the 2018 General Assembly session and took time to praise a former colleague now running for State Senate. The three Democratic legislators said that the session had produced some notable successes, notably increased school funding. Oliver said that while the Senate had passed divisive legislation,such as the anti-gay adoption bill, House Speaker David Ralston and other leaders had ensured that the legislation died in the House. She also praised Gov. Nathan Deal’s work on criminal justice reform. She expressed hope that Gwinnett voters would…

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