Teresa Tomlinson’s home state advantage: $400K more in-state money, 3 times as many Georgia donors as Jon Ossoff

Teresa Tomlinson has the floor at January Democratic candidate forum in Dunwoody By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Jon Ossoff has been using a bagful of cash and the endorsement of one man, Rep. John Lewis, in an attempt to convince people that he’s the inevitable Democratic nominee to face Sen. David Perdue in November. It’s the tactic he used to muscle his way to the front of the line among Democrats in the 2017 Sixth Congressional District special election. That year, the strategy worked–up to the jungle primary, at least. After spending more than $30 million—while refusing to live in the district–Ossoff lost the runoff to Karen Handel. A year later, Democratic gun-reform advocate Lucy McBath beat the pedestrian Trumpist Handel by a…

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GOP Georgia Public Service Commissioner trolls Democrats’ coal ash town hall

I looked up “Tool” in the Urban Dictionary. Echols fits every definition except “Kanye West” by Jonathan Grant @Brambleman On the Georgia Public Service Commission, Tim Echols  functions largely as a cheerleader for Georgia Power Company and Plant Vogtle. Like every other PSC member—and all statewide officeholders—he’s a Republican. He’s also a proud pro-lifer, Trumpist evangelical, and founder of TeenPact, “a hands-on leadership experience for Christian students,” which gives out the Tim Echols Political Involvement Award and sells Frisbee discs for $12 at its online store. I think his goal is to build a next-gen army of Republican politicians. To top off Georgia’s misfortune, he’s also active on social media and seems to be the most outspoken, loquacious, and insufferable commissioner, by…

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Georgia PSC member Tim Echols is a tool

Fact check: I looked up “Tool” in the Urban Dictionary. Echols fits every definition except “Kanye West” by Jonathan Grant @Brambleman On the Georgia Public Service Commission, Tim Echols  functions largely as a cheerleader for Georgia Power Company and Plant Vogtle. Like every other PSC member—and all statewide officeholders—he’s a Republican. He’s also a proud pro-lifer, Trumpist evangelical, and founder of TeenPact, “a hands-on leadership experience for Christian students,” which gives out the Tim Echols Political Involvement Award and sells Frisbee discs for $12 at its online store. I think his goal is to build a next-gen army of Republican politicians. To top off Georgia’s misfortune, he’s also active on social media and seems to be the most outspoken, loquacious, and insufferable…

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Abrams Playbook makes Georgia top target for Dems in 2020

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman In the past, Georgia has not received top-tier attention or funding in presidential races. Due to demographic changes and her remarkably close finish in the 2018 gubernatorial race, Stacey Abrams wants to change that. She’s pushing Georgia to national Democrats as their best 2020 investment opportunity in her just-released Abrams Playbook (see below). It lays out a blueprint/game plan for campaigns to build on her 2018 successes to turn Georgia Blue. In her opening letter, Abrams argues: “When analyzing next year’s political landscape and electoral opportunities, any less than full investment in Georgia would amount to strategic malpractice.” The Abrams team does an excellent job laying out a case for treating Georgia like a must-win battleground state, and…

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Coweta GOP melts down on FB over increasing prospect of Democrat Jill Prouty in runoff

    By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election There are so many reasons for voters to support Democrat Jill Prouty in the  Sept. 3 Primary in Georgia House District 71, but I don’t think I can offer a more compelling case for her candidacy than Coweta County Republicans recently did in an extended bush-league rant fest on the Coweta GOP Facebook page.  Prouty’s campaign has gained traction in what has been a reliably red district, and the increasingly likely prospect is that she’ll push past two of three Republican candidates and make the Oct. 1 runoff. This has Republican candidates fearing they’ll be left in the dust, so of course they panic a little. Establishment favorite…

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Printable Georgia Runoff Flyer supporting John Barrow, Lindy Miller

Download printable runoff flyer (pdf) I couldn’t find any, so I made one. The one I worked up was for Pleasantdale Road precinct in North DeKalb County, but I changed it so it can work anywhere in the state (with 7 am-7pm hours). If you want one with different hours, message me and I’ll make one. By the way, the nuclear power industry can’t stand the thought of an independent voice on the PSC, so it’s pumped (checks notes) a million dollars into the campaign in favor of Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton, who’s made it his business not to do his job for the past 12 years. The difference between John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger is equally stark. Raffensperger chose not to…

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