Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones couldn’t even last until the Democratic Primary. Now he’s speaking at the GOP Convention.

Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Donald Trump-loving State Rep. Vernon Jones is scheduled to speak tonight at the Republican convention. Apparently, he’s the only Georgian to take a microphone. But how much do Republicans know about the man? What do they care? Feel the Vern! MAGA! The timing of Jones’s endorsement of Trump, coming before the Democratic primary, was interesting. What it did was allow him to step onto the GOP stage before the Democratic door hit him on  his way out. And the door was about to slam hard. Although recent media coverage hasn’t mentioned it, Jones faced disqualification from the Democratic Primary ballot. Jones had been running for re-election to House District 91 in DeKalb and Rockdale counties when a DeKalb voter…

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Georgia Rep. Tommy Benton is a Lost Cause. Will Jackson County voters say “Enough’s enough?”

Above: State Rep. Tommy Benton shares his thoughts about the late Rep. John Lewis Part 1: “You can’t fix stupid” By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Last week was not a good one for Georgia Republicans. Gov. Brian Kemp continued his stumble through a Covid-induced haze, and his plan for a special legislative session got pushback from the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House. The party’s image took a blow when crazy-talkin’ Qanon supporter/purveyor Marjorie Taylor Greene won the party’s 14th Congressional District runoff in a landslide. New polls show tight races for presidenta and senator, confirming Georgia’s status as a swing state. To top it off (or bottom it out), unreconstructed State Rep. Tommy Benton burst back onto the public stage and…

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Newnan police get played: “book burning” a bust

Publicizing political smears should be beneath the dignity of a professional law enforcement agency  By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman I wouldn’t be writing this post if the Newnan Police Department hadn’t decided for some reason to publicize the “event” depicted above: “Book Burning Event, sponsored by Democrats for Social Change, ANTIFA, and B.L.M. Philosophy, history, poetry, theology, etc. all will burn this Saturday, 6 p.m. at the courthouse. BYOB.”  Poetry? A moment’s scrutiny should have told the Coweta city’s finest that this was an act of malicious mischief. And the odds it was the work of a right-wing troll are approximately 100 percent. There’s another photo of the sign below, showing an older white man practicing his golf stroke as he babysits the…

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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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Rural Broadband in Georgia: Tuesday, April 21 town hall with PSC candidates John Noel and Robert Bryant

It’s PSA time — let’s talk about rural broadband. Check back at www.brambleman.com  after the town hall. I plan to write a post about the issue.–JG This town hall on rural broadband is scheduled for tomorrrow: Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. To sign up and connect to this event, click here.  Follow on Twitter: John Noel; Robert Bryant; Pete Fuller Read more about the campaign. From John Noel: One of the things that keeps me awake at night is knowing there are many kids, sent home from school, who don’t have any internet right now. Broadband is an essential need, not only during this pandemic but in everyday life. The crazy thing is, not everyone has access to…

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Man overboard! In midst of residence challenge, Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones jumps to Trump

The Latest: If Rep. Vernon Jones isn’t eligible to run in District 91, how can he keep his House seat? Did Jones duck the issue when he quit the race? Click here to read post. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Contrarian Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones (D-Undisclosed location), who treats DeKalb County politics much like a tornado treats a trailer park, was already in a bit of a bind. His main 2016 primary challenger had returned for a 2020 rematch, this time with seasoned campaign manager Leah Fuhr and a small army of three dozen volunteers, according to the campaign. Jones’ mother died last week, and Taylor had withheld criticism during that time, but surely that’s off now that he’s stepped into the breach…

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