Democrat shakes up House race in Atlanta’s southern suburbs: A look inside Jill Prouty’s campaign

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman After State Rep. David Stover resigned in June, Republicans in Coweta and Fayette counties thought they still had Georgia’s House District 71 all to themselves. But then a moderate who was fed up with the Party of Trump plunked down her $400 and joined the race to replace Stover. Now her MAGA opponents all have to worry about coming in third in the Sept. 3 primary and missing an Oct. 1 runoff, since Jill Prouty’s upstart campaign is gaining steam. The moderate Democrat offers a clear alternative to Republicans Nina Blackwelder, Philip Singleton, and Marcy Sakrison. Since there is little to no difference between the three GOP candidates on policy, they compete for the title of Trumpiest, and…

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Making elections sporting again: Big crowd cheers Stacey Abrams launch of Georgia Fair Fight 2020

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Several hundred supporters packed the semi-sweltering auditorium at Gwinnett County’s Annistown Elementary School Saturday afternoon for the Georgia launch of Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight 2020. The venue—a poll location in 2018 that drew national attention, in a bad way—was chosen as a symbol of the brokenness of Georgia’s voting systems. “We know that even though Stacey Abrams is not our governor, we did win,” declared Gwinnett School Board member Everton Blair, Jr., an introductory speaker at the event. That Georgia’s election was stolen was an article of faith among the crowd. Not just faith. Reason. Brian Kemp didn’t fight fair, and the deck was stacked to begin with. Georgia’s voting system is filled with flaws, mistakes, and an unfortunate history…

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Former Republican Jill Prouty stands out from MAGA hopefuls in Georgia special House race

Candidates: Nina Blackwelder (R), Jill Prouty (D), Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison (R), and Philip Singleton (R). Click names for websites. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman What’s at stake: Georgia House Seat 71 (map). The suburban/exurban Atlanta district contains a large section of eastern Coweta County and a slice of Peachtree City in Fayette. The jungle primary is September 3; if no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a runoff will be held Oct. 1.  Audio of the hour-long forum is available at bottom of this post. One of these candidates is not like the others  All three Republican candidates seeking to replace resigning Rep. David Stover stressed their conservatism and support of President Donald Trump, and all failed to differentiate themselves from their GOP competitors. Instead,…

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Judy’s letter to Sen. Renee Unterman re HB 481, Georgia’s “Heartbeat Bill”

Text of the letter reprinted below, or click to download a pdf of Judy Grant’s Letter to Sen. Renee Unterman The Senate is on the verge of passing a bill that will put Georgia on par with Mississippi in its treatment of women’s rights and reproductive health. Sadly, both state’s have poor records on women and children’s health. But GOP legislators persist upon insisting that women do as they say. And what happened to the Equal Rights Amendment after Sen. Unterman made a big deal out of co-sponsoring equal rights for women? Trick question! Back to the main point: Judy showed me the letter she sent to legislators re HB 481, Georgia’s “Heartbeat Bill.” It’s very well-reasoned, and has eleven footnotes with live links…

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Libertarian candidate says he’ll vote for Democrat Lindy Miller in Georgia PSC race

Above: Democrat Lindy Miller faces Republican Chuck Eaton in Public Service Commission in Dec. 4 runoff Campaign update It used to be that Libertarians had mainly Republican tendencies. But here in Georgia, the Secretary of State’s office and the Public Service Commission have gotten so out of whack, the Libertarians are supporting Democrats John Barrow (SoS) and Lindy Miller (PSC) for these posts in the December 4 runoff. Both agencies are abject failures and will only get worse under continued monopoly party control. Electing Democrats to these positions will help provide much-needed checks and balances to state government. These races are tremendously important, affecting your vote and your electric bill. You can vote in the runoff even if you didn’t cast a…

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The real Diehl: Islamaphobic Georgia House candidate hit with ethics complaint

If all the horribleness surrounding North DeKalb House Candidate Ellen Diehl wasn’t enough, she’s now facing an ethics investigation over her campaign finances. Running against Democratic State Rep. Scott Holcomb in HD81 (Tucker, Northlake, Chamblee, Doraville,  Brookhaven, and a smidge of Gwinnett), Diehl first made a name for herself as a hardcore Trump supporter. She took a talking Trump doll with her when she served as a Trump delegate to the 2016 GOP convention. (She’d had the doll for years, so there’s something going on there, too.) Diehl has tried to paint an image of herself as a mainstream candidate. She. Is. Not. You see, she had this YouTube habit. Her videos were hate-filled rants against Muslims, immigrants, liberals, and Democrats, to…

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