Is Rep. Vernon Jones going to get kicked out of the Georgia House?

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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Teresa Tomlinson vs. David Perdue and the Easter Death Cult

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Last week, I interviewed former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson, a Democrat running in the May 19 primary for a shot at unseating Republican incumbent David Perdue–or in her words, “send Perdue packing.” Tomlinson talked about problems and fixes, most notably expanding Medicaid. With experience both as an attorney and elected official, Tomlinson takes law and government seriously. She often discuses the Constitution and the role of government in people’s lives. Even before she was a Senate candidate, she spoke out on impeachment issues. She’s posted 14 policy papers on her website. Her major Democratic opponents, Sarah Riggs Amico and Jon Ossoff, have not troubled themselves with such details. It’s like she’s actually willing to prove her case that she’s…

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Georgia Senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson: Coronavirus pandemic exposes GOP’s failure to govern

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Last week, I interviewed former Columbus mayor Teresa Tomlinson, a Democrat running in the May 19 primary for a shot at unseating Republican incumbent David Perdue–or in her words, “send Perdue packing.” Tomlinson talked about problems and fixes, most notably expanding Medicaid. With experience both as an attorney and elected official, Tomlinson takes law and government seriously. She often discuses the Constitution and the role of government in people’s lives. Even before she was a Senate candidate, she spoke out on impeachment issues. She’s posted 14 policy papers on her website. Her major Democratic opponents, Sarah Riggs Amico and Jon Ossoff, have not troubled themselves with such details. It’s like she’s actually willing to prove her case that she’s…

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In Georgia Senate race, Teresa Tomlinson is winning the endorsement battle bigly

Update: Is Jon Ossoff the front-runner in Georgia Senate race? (Originally Published March 10) By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman In the endorsement game, Raphael Warnock captured the biggest prize for Georgia Democrats early on, when Stacey Abrams immediately signaled her full support for his campaign to defeat Sen. Kelly Loeffler. There are, in all, twenty-one candidates in that Battle Royale. A runoff between the top two November vote-getters is a certainty, but with eight Democrats in the race, it’s possible that the top finisher from Team Blue won’t play on, even with Abrams’ support. Abrams—who’s being discussed as a VP candidate—will likely stay out of the state’s other Senate race, where seven Democrats are vying to unseat David Perdue. Only three of them…

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When my father died, I inherited a huge unfinished manuscript. The rest is history.

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia was honored as an Editor’s Choice by American Heritage magazine and named Georgia’s nonfiction “Book of the Year” in 1994. I accepted the award on my father’s behalf six years to the day after he died. The last narrative that Dad wrote for The Way It Was covered Hosea Williams’s 1987 marches in Forsyth County, Georgia, the all-white county infamous for its purge of more than 1,000 black residents 75 years previously. My new novel, Brambleman, is a fictional account of that purge–and people’s attempts to come to grips with it. It is very much a story about the burden of Southern history. The Way It Was has been…

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Event: Democrat Jill Prouty’s campaign kickoff Tues., Jan. 28 in Peachtree City

Jill Prouty: Readers are leaders What: Democrat Jill Prouty’s 2020 campaign kickoff, Georgia House Distict 71 When: Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m. Where: Line Creek Brewing, 150 Huddleston Rd #300, Peachtree City, GA 30269 Note: Your $25 per person donation gets you one ticket to this private event which includes one craft beer, a delicious sub from Jersey Mike’s, and a tour of Line Creek Brewing! Join us for live musical entertainment punctuated by readings from some of Jill’s favorite books that illustrate her transformation from Republican to Democrat. Read more RSVP here  Or donate online today In announcing her campaign, Jill Prouty wrote: As many of you know, I was inspired to run for Georgia House District 71 last Fall…

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