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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Coal ash in Georgia: Democratic PSC candidates John Noel, Robert Bryant to hold April 14 town hall with Rep. Bob Trammell

Event alert: Virtual town hall Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 p.m., Facebook live. Hosted by Democratic PSC candidates John Noel & Robert Bryant. Special Guest GA House Minority Leader Bob Trammell  By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The coronavirus pandemic isn’t the only crisis Georgia faces. Coal ash–the toxic residue of our energy usage–is a significant public health issue for Georgia, due to our major utility’s historical reliance of coal-fired plants to produce electricity. The ash, stored onsite at power plants in ponds, all too often leaches into water supplies, with serious health consequences–not just for nearby residents, but for those who live downstream, as well. And their children. Coal ash storage and disposal should be major issues during this year’s elections, especially in General…

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Coal ash in Georgia: Democratic PSC candidates John Noel, Robert Bryant set April 14 town hall with Rep. Bob Trammell

Event alert: Virtual town hall Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 p.m., Facebook live. Hosted by Democratic PSC candidates John Noel & Robert Bryant. Special Guest GA House Minority Leader Bob Trammell  By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The coronavirus pandemic isn’t the only crisis Georgia faces. Coal ash–the toxic residue of our energy usage–is a significant public health issue for Georgia, due to our major utility’s historical reliance of coal-fired plants to produce electricity. The ash, stored onsite at power plants in ponds, all too often leaches into water supplies, with serious health consequences–not just for nearby residents, but for those who live downstream, as well. And their children. Coal ash storage and disposal should be major issues during this year’s elections, especially in General…

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Double trouble: Opponent Rhonda Taylor and residence challenge cast cloud over Rep. Vernon Jones’s re-election bid

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. Crucial Update: This post has been rewritten and updated to cover Vernon Jones’s endorsement of Donald Turmp. Click to read: “Man Overboard! In midst of residence challenge, Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones jumps to Trump” By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The residency challenge to Democratic State Rep. Vernon Jones hasn’t generated many headlines during the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s a big issue for DeKalb County and a serious threat to the legislator’s checkered political career, despite his claim that it’s “baseless and without merit.” Jones currently represents House…

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