Finishing my father’s life’s work: It’s not just a job, it’s an indenture

Original Caption: Grant says his father’s book is inextricably linked to other facets of his life. He was scouring page proofs of The Way It Was in the South when his wife went into labor with their second child—son Nathan (shown above). This is the story behind a Georgia Book of the Year. Ah, yes, I remember it well. I was sitting in the delivery room marking up page proofs when Judy’s situation suddenly required my complete attention. I tell people that while Nathan may look young (he’s a college freshman now), he was born during World War I. Dad would like that. The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia was honored as an Editor’s Choice by American Heritage magazine and named…

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Treva Gear loses Georgia House District 175 special election. Keep fighting.

Treva Gear didn’t win the special election to fill Georgia State Rep. Amy Carter’s vacated seat in House District 175 (Lowndes, Brooks, and Thomas counties near Valdosta). Despite overwhelming support on Twitter (her RTs outnumbered her votes), it wasn’t close. Then again, it was much closer than usual, since the longtime incumbent had no Democratic opposition for … a while. Republican John Lahood won the race by a 3-1 margin. Looking at the 2016 results, those three counties voted for Trump 3-2. Without time or money, it would have been difficult to win under the most favorable conditions. But this is a start. Treva didn’t have much time. Her first donations came Jan. 18, and she’d raised about $8,000 by the end…

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Democrats: Phone Bank for Treva Gear in Georgia special legislative election Tuesday, Feb 13

Treva lost, alas. Treva’s Website  Treva Gear’s FB Post: Tomorrow is the special election in South GA to elect Treva Gear, a dynamic Educator of the Year. She needs some help with phone banking tomorrow to help GOTV. For anyone that wants to help, here’s the link to take you to the phone banking system. It will provide a script and connect you to voters in Treva’s district Treva on Facebook: “Good Afternoon Friends!! It’s time to Get Out the Vote (GOTV). The Special Election is on this Tuesday, February 13th (7am-7pm). Don’t undermine the democratic process by passing up this great opportunity to have your voice heard. Tell a friend, tell a neighbor, and tell a family member. Get Out the…

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Treva Gear in Georgia legislative election Tuesday–Lowndes, Brooks, Thomas County

Treva lost, alas. Treva’s Website  Treva Gear’s FB Post: Tomorrow is the special election in South GA to elect Treva Gear, a dynamic Educator of the Year. She needs some help with phone banking tomorrow to help GOTV. For anyone that wants to help, here’s the link to take you to the phone banking system. It will provide a script and connect you to voters in Treva’s district:   Treva on Facebook: “Good Afternoon Friends!! It’s time to Get Out the Vote (GOTV). The Special Election is on this Tuesday, February 13th (7am-7pm). Don’t undermine the democratic process by passing up this great opportunity to have your voice heard. Tell a friend, tell a neighbor, and tell a family member. Get Out the…

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Update: Georgia Democratic Congressional candidates on Twitter, Facebook, web

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman In 2016, four of Georgia’s 10 Republican members of Congress ran unopposed in the November general election, and the rest faced only token opposition. How bad was it? We were lucky if  our Democratic candidate had a Facebook page. In my district, the Infamous Sixth, there was debate over whether or not Tom Price’s opponent, Rodney Stooksbury, even existed. Not only that, but a statewide Public Service Commission seat went unchalleged by Dems.  That’s changing, though.  The other great, good news for 2018: Democrats in all 14 of Georgia’s Congressional Districts have announced that they’re running. Many candidates: 25 so far. Since it’s important to know stuff and network, I’m building a list of Twitter handles for Georgia’s Democratic…

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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp: Threat or Menace?

As for now, let’s just ask ourselves a question. Do we want this man to oversee an election that could catapult him into the governor’s mansion?  Many people are saying NO. Kemp’s hyperpartisanship and incompetence have led Atlanta resident John Ziegler to launch a petition drive to recall Kemp from office. There are many rules for the recall process, and Ziegler admits that it’s an uphill effort, since a recall requires 778,677 signatures (15 percent of Georgia’s eligible voters), with more than 50,000 from each of Georgia’s fourteen Congressional districts. If his group, A Voice for All Georgians, is able to collect that many signatures by December 15, then they will be submitted to … the Secretary of State. Expect bureaucratic foot-dragging,…

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