Take that, Scarlett O’Hara: The tale of Tunis Campbell is the real story of Georgia Reconstruction

Tunis G. Campbell, Sr. Georgia Black Reconstruction Leader By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman In 1861, a 49-year-old black abolitionist named Tunis G. Campbell, Sr., walked into a recruiter’s office in New York City and attempted to enlist in the Union Army. Like all African-Americans in the war’s early stages, he was rejected as unfit on the basis of his race. Campbell, a well-educated restaurateur, baker, and published author, didn’t give up. He wrote a letter to President Lincoln outlining a self-improvement plan for freed slaves after the war. As a result, he was sent to Union-occupied Hilton Head, S.C., to work with General Rufus Saxton. In 1865, Campbell—a tall, imposing man who dressed formally and wore spectacles—was appointed military governor of five Georgia…

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DeKalb Elections Board: Good news on early voting sites for Presidential Primary

Above: This. Is better. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The DeKalb Board of Elections met Thursday in a different venue, down the hall and to the right, that actually looks like a meeting room. Much nicer, as you can see. The Board should hold every meeting there. Don’t make us go back to that dungeon room—step up and show some style! It’s 2020, and people are watching! The reason for the nicer digs: a rare visit by DeKalb commissioners. We even said The Pledge of Allegiance for the first time in forever. About 30 people attended the hour and a half meeting, which attracted an AJC reporter. He was there to cover the presentation of a plan by County Commission Presiding Officer Jeff…

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Democrat Teresa Tomlinson launches “Georgia Gumption” video campaign

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Former Columbus Mayor and Senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson released her latest campaign video with a social media push Wednesday night. The 2:10 video, “Georgia Gumptio,” highlights Tomlinson’s attitude and South Georgia roots, and praises hardworking Georgians, from all walks of life, from a dishwasher to executives and entrepreneurs. The campaign’s social media introduction to the ad states: “Teresa learned about gumption watching her Mom, who climbed her way out of generational poverty. Now she’s packing a whole lot of Georgia Gumption and putting Mitch McConnell, David Perdue and that DC crowd on notice!” In other news: Tomlinson calls on Perdue, Loeffler to recuse themselves from impeachment case they’ve prejudged  Tomlinson’s 159-county plan to beat David Perdue A progressive,…

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Georgia Rep. Philip Singleton needs to go–and he isn’t even there yet. Democrat Jill Prouty is determined to defeat him.

Above: Singleton shooting at stuff Democrat Jill Prouty is running in 2020 to defeat Singleton. Read more about her and follow her on Facebook or Twitter, or better yet,  donate to her campaign. Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Georgia House District 71 isn’t on Democrats’ target list for 2020, but it should be. The south metro suburban area is now represented (and I use this term loosely) by Philip Singleton a paleoconservative culture warrior. In October’s contentious, race-baiting special election runoff  Singleton soundly defeated establishment candidate Marcy Sakrison, daughter of  former Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. Bear in mind, however, that turnout was low. Fewer than 2,600 of HD71’s registered voters–or about 5.5%–put Singleton in office. In apparent defiance of the old-school rule for freshman legislators…

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David Perdue’s MAGA hat is glued on too tight. Teresea Tomlinson thinks that’s a disqualification

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Having put on the red cap long ago, Republican Sen. David Perdue (D-GA) is locked into see-no-evil mode when it comes to Trump’s faults and misdeeds. Their relationship goes back to a Trump Tower meeting in 2014. Back then, Perdue earned an endorsement tweet from The Donald, and in 2016, he returned the favor after Trump had sewed up the GOP nomination. In the Senate he’s been the president’s most steadfast supporter/sycophant. Perdue stood in the Oval Office and managed not to hear Trump’s racist comments about African and Caribbean nations that even Lindsey Graham—Lindsey Graham!—felt compelled to call out to the president’s face. Perdue saw Trump’s family separations at the border as nothing more than the “current…

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