Free Nydia Tisdale!

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Update: Jury acquits Nydia of felonies, convicts on misdemeanor obstruction. Sentencing: Dec 18, 9:30 a.m. Dawson County Courthouse After all these years, the “Pumpkin Patch” trial of Nydia Tisdale in Dawson County, Georgia is coming to a close. I hope the jury deliberates less than five minutes before acquitting her. The Dawson County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Office should be ashamed. Anyway, the process continues. Nydia on Facebook:   “The trial of citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale continues on Monday, December 4 at 9 a.m. for closing arguments and jury charges in the Dawson County Government Center, 4th Floor, Courtroom C, 25 Justice Way, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534, and is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC to attend. #galegal#gapol” Nydia was arrested while trying to…

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5 Georgia women look to flip U.S. House seats

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Wow. This headline to this article is encouraging: “Women Line Up to Run for Office, Harnessing Their Outrage at Trump” In Georgia, there are, as of now, five Democratic women running for Congress. Follow them on social media and help amplify their voices. Three are running in Gwinnett, and Chalis Montgomery’s district includes fringe Metro Atlanta precicts in Dacula, Loganville, and McDonough, which is just 30 miles away from Decatur. Just saying.   1st District: Lisa Ring Lisa Ring @LisaRingGA 7th District Kathleen Allen @KathleenAllenGA 7th Disctrict Melissa Davis @DavisforGA 7th District Carolyn Bourdeaux @Carolyn4GA7 10th District Chalis Montgomery @Montgomery4Cong Here’s a list with contact links for Georgia Democratic Congressional candidates on Twitter, Facebook, web.

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Acworth, Georgia: Wedding at a car show

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Our daughter Laurel came by yesterday to show us her wedding album. There were 900 pictures on her slide show. An advantage over the age of print photos, to be sure, and yet— I think I made it to the 400 level, well into the people-eating-cake phase, when the SEC championship game came on (Woo-hoo! Go Dawgs!) and so, whatever happened after people ate cake, happened after people ate cake. I believe she pared down the album to 175 pics. Lovely wedding. We wish her and Michael the best. Here they are, dancing! There was something else going on that sunny September day: A vintage car show on Acworth’s Main Street. Sure it messed up traffic, but check  ’em…

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Friday: Brian Kemp Recall Petition Signing and Holiday Celebration!

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman It’s not Festivus exactly—we’re too charitable for that—but it is a petitioning of grievances because Brian Kemp is terrible at his job and thinks this entitles him to a promotion to governor next year. It does not. It entitles him to be fired. So that’s what we’re working to do. Gross incompetence, voter suppression, hyperpartisanship (preety sure that’s a word)—-the list goes on. The horrible is strong in this one. I’ve written as much already. Do we want this man to oversee an election that could catapult him into the governor’s mansion? No. We do not. Anyway, A Voice For All Georgia is having a party. It will be much more festive than Festivus. With activities and speakers…

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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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