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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How many Snapfingers are enough? DeKalb Elections Board makes polling/precinct changes

Above: Yet another plea for hand-marked paper ballots ignored. Speaker: Madeleine Soloway Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Breaking News: DeKalb now has 3 (three!) Snapfinger Road precincts. And a Snapfinger Elementary Precinct. Legislative Note: The selection process for DeKalb Board of Voter Registrations and Elections members will change if Senate Bill 246, sponsored by Steve Henson and passed by the General Assembly, is signed into law by Gov. Kemp. The legislation is designed to allay concerns raised during the controversy over DeKalb’s Ethics Board: that non-government did not have authority to appoint members of public agencies in Georgia. Currently, two Board of Elections members are chosen by the local Democratic Party and two by the Republican Party; those four members choose the 5th member, considered to be…

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DeKalb Commission moves ahead with Board of Elections audit

Above: Line for early voting at Tucker Library, Oct. 27, 2019 Jonathan Grant @Brambleman DeKalb’s Board of Registrations and Elections is in drastic need of an upgrade–increased staffing and technological improvements, obviously. It has operational and leadership issues as well, as people who deal with the Board can attest. And did. Eight DeKalb residents showed up today to speak in favor of an audit and election reform. One of today’s speakers, Whitney McGinniss, made the news last fall over her absentee ballot issues in DeKalb and provided a brief recount today. As a regular Board observer, I had a few things to say, as well (see below). The audit proposal for the Board, moved forward by DeKalb County Commissioners Larry Johnson and Mereda…

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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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