DeKalb County has plenty of options for early voters: Check them out here

  By Jonathan Grant Georgia has some important runoff elections on January 5, when Georgians across the state choose two U.S. senators. Those races pit Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff against incumbent David Perdue, and in a special election runoff to finish Sen. Johnny Isakson’s unexpired term, Democrat Raphael Warnock faces Republican Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Brian Kemp a year ago to replace Isakson. The runoffs are necessary because Georgia law requires a candidate to receive a majority of votes to win election. Also on the ballot: a statewide Public Service Commission runoff between Democrat Daniel Blackman and Republican Incumbent Lauren Bubba McDonald. Early voting begins Monday You may have already ordered an absentee ballot, but if…

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State of the race to replace: Takeaways from Georgia’s Senate debate

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Monday’s debate among top-tier candidates in Georgia’s special Senate election to fill out Johnny Isakson’s term was illuminating. Not because new light was shed on candidates’ positions. No, none of that. But we did see character and personalities, and how the participants tried to claim their niches in the political ecosystem. Of course, the top two Republicans seek to occupy the same niche, as steadfast Trumpists. The other big reveal is that Matt Lieberman (also a horrible candidate) not only isn’t trying to run as a Democrat, but holds the party in contempt. You can watch the debate here. Six candidates were on the virtual stage. Republicans Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, Democrats Raphael Warnock,…

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Early voting: Stonecrest, South DeKalb have more locations, hours than ever

Editor’s note This post was written for the Nov. 3 election. To read about early voting in DeKalb County, GA for the January 5, 2021 runoffs, click here.  Above: It’s way bigger than Stonecrest Library. The former Sam’s Club on Turner Hill Drive in Stonecrest is open for early voting 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays as well as two Saturdays and Sundays. House of Hope, South DeKalb Mall, and Ellenwood-County Line Library are also available in South DeKalb. Scroll down for full list. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Early voting in Georgia starts Monday, Oct. 12 and continues through Oct. 30. There will be twelve advance voting sites in DeKalb County, up from eight in this year’s primary elections. Not only has…

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Early voting is upon us: useful info for DeKalb County voters

Editor’s note This post was written for the Nov. 3 election. To read about early voting in DeKalb County, GA for the January 5, 2021 runoffs, click here.  By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Early voting in Georgia starts Monday, Oct. 12 and continues through Oct. 30. There will be twelve advance voting sites in DeKalb County, up from eight in this year’s primary elections. Not only has DeKalb County added capacity, most notably south of Interstate 20, but hours have been extended significantly from previous elections. All twelve locations are open for the entire three weeks of early voting and offer voting on two Saturdays and two Sundays. Another significant change: Weekday voting hours will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the…

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Deborah Gonzalez and democracy win: State Supreme Court rejects Brian Kemp’s election thievery

“If conservatives become convinced that they can not win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. The will reject democracy.” — David Frum By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman In today’s ruling, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down the law Gov. Brian Kemp used in his attempt to keep former State Rep. Deborah Gonzalez out of the District Attorney’s office in the Western Judicial Circuit. “150,000 people get the right to vote!” a jubilant Gonzalez proclaimed today. This is a big victory not just for the people of Clarke and Oconee counties, but for citizens throughout Georgia. It also puts Kemp’s two-year appointment of Marie Broder as DA in the Griffin Circuit into serious question. Gonzalez had announced her candidacy for DA last summer. Shortly…

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Warnock supporters: Instead of telling Matt Lieberman to quit the race, volunteer (and get a yard sign this weekend)

  By Jonathan Grant @Bralmbleman Forget about Matt Lieberman. He ain’t gonna quit the race and even if he does, absentee ballots with his name are already going out. Let’s make it so it doesn’t matter what he does now. Democrats need to work together to elect Raphael Warnock and push him to the top.  Warnock already has twice Lieberman’s support in the polls, and most importantly, a bona fide progressive message. So let’s do this! Wanna help? Of course you do. So here are some ways to push forward.You can donate to the Warnock campaign. Just click here and pay! And here’s something very important: You can become a Warnock volunteer. The campaign’s greatest need is for people to phone bank.…

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