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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Virginia’s tied race–and legislature–goes to Republicans

Following a tied race, a random drawing gives Republicans control of the Virginia legislature. From the Washington Post: RICHMOND — A Virginia elections official reached into an artsy stoneware bowl, pulled out a name and declared Republican David Yancey the winner of a House of Delegates race that could determine which political party controls the chamber. Virginia staged a dramatic, rare election lottery, livestreamed across the country, to settle a tie between Yancey, an incumbent from Newport News, and Democrat Shelly Simonds. The spectacle drew national attention as an odd way to decide a highly consequential contest. But it might not be the last word in a saga that’s taken more turns than the clay that went into that wheel-thrown bowl, borrowed…

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White House in meltdown after letting Wolff in the door

Remember yesterday? Excerpts from Fire and Fury,  reporter Michael Wolff’s inside account of the Trump Administration’s first year dominated the news with former White House strategist Steve Bannon’s claim that Team Trump committed treason by meeting with Russians to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump struck back, of course, because that’s what he does. Well, welcome to today. The White House is in meltdown. Many people are saying that our President is losing it, or has already lost it. Staffers’ personal cellphones are banned; Donald Trump has lawyered up against Bannon and now, it appears, Wolff. And … here comes another blow, via The Hollywood Reporter. “You Can’t Make This S— Up”: My Year Inside Trump’s Insane White House Wolff writes: The…

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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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Georgia PSC candidate John Noel is running 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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