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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People Power vs. Corporate Cash: Georgia’s hottest Senate race

  By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman In 1998, Dunwoody Republican Fran Millar took 40 percent of the vote in a three-way House primary and won the August runoff by 162 votes. There was no Democratic opposition, so it had taken only 2,000 votes to put him in the General Assembly. In 2010, he ran for the District 40 Senate seat being vacated by Dan Weber. Millar laughingly complained about having to “run against a guy named Christ” (Eric Christ, now a Peachtree Corners council member). Despite the name disadvantage, Millar won with nearly two-thirds of the vote. Since that first runoff, Millar hadn’t had a close race. In two decades, he’d never faced an opponent with adequate funding, an appreciable ground game, or…

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Georgia GOP House candidate Ellen Diehl: “Understanding Islam—If you’re not Islamic, they want to kill you”

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman In case you missed it, see Raw Diehl of the Day #1: Ellen Diehl and the global witches’ coven Raw Diehl of the Day #2 I’m posting videos that Georgia House District 81 candidate and ardent Trump fan Ellen Diehl deleted from her YouTube channel after I published a blog post about them and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution picked up on the story. I’m looking through them again, and this one … is interesting. Posted on Wed. May 31, 2017, it contains a drifting riff about Donald Trump and Russia. Spoiler alert: It didn’t happen! (Note: Today, Trump campaign aide Georga Papadopoulos was sentenced after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. His drunken bragging about Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton is…

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

Above: Photo by Laurel Cantrell So why don’t we do this? Seriously. If we want to turn Georgia blue in the 2020 presidential election, we need a much better ground game. No Democratic challenger for a legislative seat in the state has a more advanced ground game than Resistance leader Sally Harrell. She just won a landslide victory in the primary and now she squares off against This Guy. Yeah, the one who wants to restrict black voters in favor of “more educated voters.” We have to beat this guy. You can help. DONATE! In 2017, Dems spent $30M on #GA06 and failed. Better strategy: build Dem strength locally: support former #GA06 candidate @sallyharrellga in #GASD40, Georgia's most flippable district. 1% of…

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Sally Harrell Camp: Data shows big upturn in Georgia SD 40 Democratic Voting

Source: Sally Harrell campaign Former State Rep. Sally Harrell won big May 22, receiving 67 percent of the vote in the Democratic Primary for Georgia Senate District 40 (GASD40). She will face GOP incumbent Fran Millar of Dunwoody in the general election on November 6. The campaign is reporting that primary results show a major shift in Democratic voting strength in the district, which is centered in North DeKalb County with some precincts in Gwinnett and Fulton. From a campaign email sent out today: For the first time since Senate 40 was drawn, Democrat primary ballots outnumbered Republican ballots, and it wasn’t even close! The spread was 18 points — 59% to 41%. Looking at these primary results, it’s clear that voters are…

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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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