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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GA PSC hopeful John Noel runs with the sun

PSC candidate John Noel wants Georgia’s energy future to be solar-powered By Jonathan Grant Republican victories in Georgia Public Service Commission races have been so predictable in recent years that Democrats haven’t bothered to field a candidate in three of the past five elections. Next year is shaping up to be quite different for the state’s asleep-at-the-wheel all GOP regulatory agency, however. Here’s why: Democrats are energized. Georgia Power’s troubled $25 billion (and counting) Plant Vogtle expansion has put a harsh spotlight on the PSC and its past decisions. Candidate John Noel, a colorful, dynamic energy-efficiency expert and walk-the-walk solar power advocate with political chops. The former Democratic state legislator with an unforgettable nickname is grabbing endorsements and making a splash with…

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What Makes Sally Run?

I intended to sit down and write a strictly biographical piece about Sally Harrell, but first I want to address some drama that’s been playing out over the past few days in Georgia’s 40th District State Senate race. It seems Sally’s opponent got on Facebook and attacked her as the “establishment candidate,” backed by “the elite.” Some kind of deal was made! Well, no. Here’s the link to what I’m talking about—a secondhand, anonymously-sourced claim that Sally made a deal to get out of this year’s Sixth Congressional Race in exchange for support for her state Senate campaign. Which is ridiculous on its face, because anyone who’s been a three-term state legislator and geared up to run for Congress would be capable…

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#GA06 — We Need to Talk About Pleasantdale

On April 18, Jon Ossoff fell less than 4,000 votes short of an outright victory in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional House primary. There’s ample reason to believe those missing votes were DeKalb’s to give, and there’s a movement afoot—operating separately from the Ossoff campaign—to boost turnout in #GA06’s bluest county in the June 20 runoff and deliver DeKalb to Jon Ossoff bigly. It’s a two-step process: Step One: Improve Early Voting EV was deficient during the primary. During the first week of EV in DeKalb, in-person ballots could be cast only at the county Elections Board offices on Memorial Drive, several miles outside the Sixth District. Only during the second week of EV was an additional site opened, at Dunwoody Library, in the…

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