Teresa Tomlinson’s 159-county plan to beat David Perdue sounds like a winner

Heart of the Resistance: Tomlinson addresses packed house in GA06 (Dunwoody) By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Georgia’s status as a 2020 presidential battleground and its two Senate races make it arguably the most crucial state on the electoral map. While we know nothing yet about retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson’s replacement, Gov. Brian Kemp is taking applications, subject to approval by President Trump. Feeling lucky? Take a shot! Hey, Georgia! @GovKemp is huntin' for a U.S. Senator. You can't get the job if you don't try! Apply today: https://t.co/z9m972kR9m pic.twitter.com/N348IIcpOQ — Jonathan Grant (@Brambleman) September 18, 2019 Then there’s the other Senate race–more consequential, since it’s for a full six-year term. Whoever wins the special election to replace Isakson must run again in 2022.…

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Rep. Lucy McBath nixes Senate run, says she’ll run for 2nd term in Gerogia’s Sixth District

Update–Sept. 19, 2019 From the AJC:  WASHINGTON — Freshman Congresswoman Lucy McBath ruled out a bid for U.S. Senate on Thursday, telling The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s focused on winning a second term in one of the country’s most competitive House districts. National Democratic leaders had been aggressively courting McBath to run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, and she would have been considered the party’s top contender should she have entered the contest.  Read more Original Post — Sept. 8, 2019 By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman About 250 people packed the house for Sixth District Rep. Lucy Bath’s Sunday town hall at Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Springs. State Rep. Josh McLaurin, who represents the area in the General Assembly,…

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Take a look: Read Prologue and Chapter One of Brambleman

The story: Down-and-out Atlanta writer Charlie Sherman has no idea what madness awaits him when a mysterious stranger convinces him to finish a dead man’s book about a horrific crime that’s gone unpunished for decades. What Charlie inherits is an unwieldy manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912. During the course of his work, Charlie uncovers a terrible secret involving a Forsyth County land grab. Due to its proximity to Atlanta, the stolen farm is now worth $20 million—and a sale is pending. When he finds the land’s rightful owner, Charlie becomes convinced he’s been chosen by a Higher Power to wreak justice and vengeance on those who profit from evil. Winner of the IBPA’s…

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5-Star Review of Brambleman: Neil Gaiman meets Flannery O’Connor

My favorite review (oldie but goodie) Here’ s a review of Brambleman by G.D. Brennan, a Chicago author who gives it five stars.  I’m flattered, of course, and I’m especially gratified when a reader gets out of the book what I was  certain I put into it.  Brennan’s observation echoes my feelings. When I was pitching the book, I said, “Imagine Neil Gaiman and Joseph Heller collaborating on To KIll a Mockingbird.” Close enough, G.D. To purchase a copy of Brambleman, click here.  G.D. Brenna writes: Imagine Neil Gaiman and Flannery O’Connor collaborating on a story about the legacy of a true-life ethnic cleansing in rural Georgia. Better yet, imagine that story being told by someone with both of those authors’ greatest…

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DeKalb Board of Elections: What if they held a meeting and everybody came?

Cindy Thomas (center, in orange) prepares to fight challenge to her candidacy Update: Voting rights groups are challenging the Board of Election’s policy on cancelling registrations of voters with temporary addresses. Read more.  The actions taken by the board regarding the Decatur voter purges were two 5-0 votes to reconsider the purges, but the board did not reverse them—during discussion, the issue was rendered moot because voters in question had changed their registration. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Thursday’s DeKalb Board of Elections meeting was epic, and not only because it lasted nearly two hours. In addition to normal business, the session featured a political soap opera, a dramatic exit by an outraged bureaucrat, and a reversal of a botched voter purge at…

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DeKalb approves early voting sites and times for countywide referendum, muncipal elections

Cities across DeKalb will be holding municipal elections on November 5, and three of them–Dunwoody, Brookhaven, and Stonecrest–have agreed to fund local early voting sites. Download schedule.  The board also approved a simplified application for absentee ballots. For more information, contact the DeKalb Board of Elections by phone at 404-298-4020 or via email at voterreg@dekalbcountyga.gov For more complete coverage of the board’s September meeting, read “What if they held a meeting and everybody came?” There is also a countywide referendum on ethics reforms–a do-over, so to speak, after courts ruled that DeKalb’s ethics board was unconstitutional because most of its members were not picked by elected officials. There will be a series of town halls on this and other subjects hosted by DeKalb’s…

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