If Gov. Kemp hates crime so much, why doesn’t he hate hate crimes?

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Brian Kemp hates gangs. In 2018, the self-described “politically incorrect conservative” promised he would “protect Georgia families by crushing street gangs.” Now, his second year in office, the governor has unveiled his anti-gang legislation. One bill, the Nicholas Sheffey Act, would authorize stiffer penalties for gang violence, even though Georgia already has a tough anti-gang statute and Sheffield’s killer was sentenced to life without parole plus 675 years. Under Kemp’s plan, “In murder cases involving gang activity, defendants would automatically be eligible for the death penalty,” the AJC reported. “The death penalty can already be used in a wide range of cases that could include gang cases, though capital punishment is becoming less common in recent years as…

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Trump, Kelly Loeffler struggle on Twitter after Chiefs’ victory

Photo: ESPN Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers to win this year’s Super Bowl. They had to come back from ten points down to do it. This makes me happy. I grew up in western Missouri and was a huge fan as a kid. Their victory against the Minnesota Vikings in 1970 was the greatest game ever played—until the UGA Bulldogs won the national championship on January 1, 1981. The Chiefs went through a 50-year drought before their next Super Bowl appearance.  So, even sweeter. I think I hand’ed the victory well. Nothing against the 49ers. It was a good game. You know who didn’t? Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who is quickly proving she’s not good…

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Event: Democrat Jill Prouty’s campaign kickoff Tues., Jan. 28 in Peachtree City

Jill Prouty: Readers are leaders What: Democrat Jill Prouty’s 2020 campaign kickoff, Georgia House Distict 71 When: Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. Where: Line Creek Brewing, 150 Huddleston Rd #300, Peachtree City, GA 30269 Note: Your $25 per person donation gets you one ticket to this private event which includes one craft beer, a delicious sub from Jersey Mike’s, and a tour of Line Creek Brewing! Join us for live musical entertainment punctuated by readings from some of Jill’s favorite books that illustrate her transformation from Republican to Democrat. Read more RSVP here  Or donate online today In announcing her campaign, Jill Prouty wrote: As many of you know, I was inspired to run for Georgia House District 71 last Fall…

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Flipping Georgia: Democrat Teresa Tomlinson’s plan to beat David Perdue takes gumption

  By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman First of all, let’s not forget the possibilities here. Georgia’s status as a 2020 presidential battleground and its two Senate races make it arguably the most crucial state on the electoral map. Both seats are in play, and both incumbents are vulnerable. Kelly Loeffler goes deplorable early and often Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who has spent her short time in office pledging loyalty to all things Trump and ignoring evidence in the president’s impeachment trial, still doesn’t know if she’ll draw major GOP opposition in the November jungle primary. The fact that she furiously trying to colled MAGA creditss shows she’s scared. It’s working, though. She got a retweet from the president, althoughshe had to RT another senator tweeting…

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Georgia’s most famous runaway slaves became famous abolitionists

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman I remain appalled at the “content” (or rather, the lack thereof) taught in Georgia’s 8th grade classrooms about the state’s history—and especially the short shrift its deep and rich African-American history receives. Of course, the same can be said for the nation’s classrooms during Black History Month. (Why February? Comedian Chris Rock once said, “Because it’s the shortest month.”) There would be no need for such a thing as Black History Month if African Americans’ story had been told properly and effectively all along, but that didn’t—and hasn’t happened—so here we are. Well, here’s something. When I worked on my father’s book, this story—which I’d never heard before—jumped off  the page at me. I was so enthralled by…

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Success Story: Columbus GA celebrates euthanasia-free year under program Teresa Tomlinson started

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman One of the Georgia Democrats running to unseat Sen. David Perdue in 2020 is not like the others. That’s because Teresa Tomlinson has a long track record of public service as the two-term mayor of Columbus. One of her efforts yielded success during her term, but the full effect came to pass in the year after she left office, reports WRBL.com: Columbus Animal Care and Control center is celebrating an entire year without having to euthanize any animals to make space. The center says they saw a decrease in euthanasia rates after former Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s Save A Pet Program. It took effect almost 10 years ago. The innovative program was recognized at the time. Tomlinson’s website notes…

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