In Georgia Senate race, Teresa Tomlinson is winning the endorsement battle bigly

(Originally Published March 10) By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman In the endorsement game, Raphael Warnock captured the biggest prize for Georgia Democrats early on, when Stacey Abrams immediately signaled her full support for his campaign to defeat Sen. Kelly Loeffler. There are, in all, twenty-one candidates in that Battle Royale. A runoff between the top two November vote-getters is a certainty, but with eight Democrats in the race, it’s possible that the top finisher from Team Blue won’t play on, even with Abrams’ support. Abrams—who’s being discussed as a VP candidate—will likely stay out of the state’s other Senate race, where seven Democrats are vying to unseat David Perdue. Only three of them are considered major contenders—that is, having substantial funding, paid staffs,…

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Teresa Tomlinson makes her case to send Sen. David Perdue packing

Teresa Tomlinson is all over Georgia The latest: Teresa Tomlinson vs. David Perdue and the GOP’s Easter death cult Campaign Update: The endorsement battle (Originally published March 3) By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Teresa Tomlinson has been at this for a while. She’s been working longer than any other candidate to unseat Sen. David Perdue. And harder, in her view. “No one will outhustle me,” she insists. Her resolve—call it “Georgia Gumption”—is paying off. She’s drawing big, enthusiastic crowds: “the biggest crowds all across the state of any candidate,” she said. She’s also running up the score on endorsements. And to complement all that, fundraising is up. In a word, she’s got momentum. In making her case to voters, the former Columbus mayor stacks…

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John Noel had something to say today, but Georgia’s State Board of Elections wasn’t listening

Above: Democratic Georgia Public Service Commission Candidate John Noel Read: John Noel makes a second run for Georgia Public Service Commission–this time in joint campaign with Robert Bryant By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman John Noel, a Democratic candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission, was prepared to speak when he came to the Georgia State Board of Election’s emergency hearing in Athens today. The Board was there to deal with what it saw as an insurrection: the decision by the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections to toss the state’s system of oversized ballot-marking devices in favor of handmarked paper ballots. Noel had something to say on the issue of ballot secrecy. He’s concerned since he’ll be on the ballot in Clarke as well…

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State calls emergency hearing over Athens-Clarke call to go with handmarked paper ballots

Welcome to the machine and its big-ass screen By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman That didn’t take long. Late this afternoon, word went out from the Georgia State Board of Elections calling an emergency hearing regarding the Athens-Clarke County Board of Election’s Tuesday decision to toss the state’s new voting system and go with handmarked paper ballots. The local board based its decision on concerns over ballot secrecy due to the size of the ballot marking devices. They are large. So is the font used with them. They can be seen across the room. Maybe Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger should have noticed this before his office bought the machines. Or paid closer attention to Georgia’s pesky Constitution, which states “Elections by the people…

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Podcast: Greenhaven cityhood, ethics bill dominate DeKalb legislators’ town hall

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The DeKalb House delegation hosted a town hall at Porter Sanford Auditorium town hall Tuesday night.  The meeting was dominated by discussions of cityhood issues—Vista Grove and Greenhaven, but mostly Greenhaven. Discussion centered on the summary of a study, commissioned by the county. and presented at Tuesday’s meeting by an official with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Download the study here.   While Vista Grove advocates spoke, there was plenty of comment about Greenhaven, along with some drama. Both cityhood proposals appear stalled in the General Assembly—as in not moving forward at this time. Here’s audio of the town hall, split into two parts. Please note I did not record every second of the…

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Her dog won’t hunt: Doug Collins fires back at Kelly Loeffler’s Poser ad

Above: No animals were harmed during the filming of this ad Note: Scroll down to see Loeffler’s original tweet and Collins’ response. Here’s the latest on feud from AJC. update coverage By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Kelly Loeffler, Georgia’s selected U.S. senator, is all about #MAGA. She was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to go up to Washington D.C. and … do what she was told, apparently. Unlike Rep. Doug Collins, who is running against her, she is genuinely inauthentic. Collins is as authentic as hell, and will get in your face about it. He sports a Deliverance vibe, which is fitting, since Georgia’s 9th District is Deliverance country. Loeffler’s home turf is the New York Stock Exchange, which her husband runs. Culture…

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