Teresa Tomlinson’s poignant Mother’s Day message

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Teresa Tomlinson loves her mama and sent out a Mother’s Day video to celebrate that fact. She invokes Dianne Pike’s hardscrabble roots and climb up from South Georgia poverty as essential to her own success as an attorney, mayor of Columbus, and U.S. Senate candidate. In fact, Tomlinson’s campaign is a family affair: Her mother makes frequent appearances at campaign events and sister Tonya oversees the yard sign operations and rallies to her cause on social media, among other things. For  more on her campaign to “Send Perdue Packing,” click here. Teresa Tomlinson doesn’t have children of her own. That became an issue during an odd moment during last Sunday’s Senate debate when another candidate pointed that out,…

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Father, son arrested and charged with murder in death of Ahmaud Arbery

GBI Press Release Ahmaud Arbery Death Investigation Glynn County, GA  – On May 7th, 2020, the GBI arrested Gregory McMichael, age 64, and Travis McMichael, age 34, for the death of Ahmaud Arbery.  They were both charged with murder and aggravated assault.  The McMichaels were taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail. On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, GA when both Gregory and Travis McMichael confronted Arbery with two firearms.  During the encounter, Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery. This case is being investigated in partnership with District Attorney Tom Durden. On May 5th, 2020, District Attorney Tom Durden formally requested the GBI investigate the death of Ahmaud Arbery. …

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Georgia can’t even pass a weak hate crimes bill. Wonder why?

Note: Not a damned thing has happened on this issue since I originally posted in February (except for hate crime) so I’m re-posting with a more exasperated headline. Update: In an article published today, Gov. Kemp said he’s “open” to hate crime legislation, but wouldn’t say he’d sign it–essentially the same message I received from Rep. Mitchell, who met with Kemp on the issue early in the General Assembly session. Nothing has changed. If Governor 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…

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In Georgia Senate race, Ossoff ad draws quick response from Teresa Tomlinson

Some candidates stand on their own and speak for themselves, others don’t–how is that a winning strategy? By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Jon Ossoff’s campaign unveiled a new ad today touting Rep. John Lewis’s endorsement in Ossoff’s quest to unseat Georgia Sen. David Perdue. Much of the footage in his ad comes from Ossoff’s failed 2017 Sixth District Congressional campaign, when Ossoff used Lewis’s endorsement and a wad of cash to bull his way to the front of line, freezing out other Democrats. That. Did. Not. End. Well. Actually, it didn’t start well, either, but that’s another story. Ossoff’s heavy reliance on Lewis raises questions about his Senate campaign, like why isn’t he speaking for himself? And what does the candidate have to…

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Is Jon Ossoff the Democratic front-runner in Georgia? Endorsements tell a different tale

Above: A fews of Teresa Tomlinson’s endorsements. See them all here. Update: Watch Sunday night’s Democratic candidate debate. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman I’ve written on this issue before, but the story needs updating. Last week, the AJC reported on a poll of 591 Georgia voters conducted by the Georgia GOP House Caucus. The poll pointed to “troubling signs” for Georgia Republicans, especially Sen. Kelly Loeffler. The results were brighter for Sen. David Perdue. In a head-to-head matchup with Democrat Jon Ossoff, Perdue leads 45%-39%, with 12% of voters undecided. Those numbers aren’t good for Ossoff, and fit with the grim narrative that he can’t beat the incumbent. Interestingly, there was no polling of a matchup between Perdue and other Democrats, most notably…

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Upcoming: Georgia PSC candidate debate, town hall with Karenna Gore on energy equity, sustainability

Upcoming PSC candidate Debate Monday, May 4: Debate between John Noel and  Daniel Blackman on Monday, May 4, at 10:00 a.m. Watch online live or on demand via Facebook at www.fb.com/TheAtlantaPressClub and GPB.org. Link to Loudermilk Debates page. Town hall on energy equity, sustainability Tuesday, May 5 from 6:30 to 7;30 p.m. on Facebook Live: John Noel/Robert Bryant Town Hall: Energy Equity and the Environment with Karenna Gore. Link to Event Karenna Gore is a best-selling author and Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.  She will talk with Democratic PSC candidates John Noel and Robert Bryant about how Georgia’s energy policy relates to Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and why this should be looked at as a Moral and Ethical Issue. …

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