Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison relies on special-interest cash to fund Georgia House campaign

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election Click for update on Marcy’s campaign! Follow the money. It’s a good way to scope out a political race, and Georgia’s special House election in Coweta and Fayette Counties is no exception to the rule. Because the election to replace David Stover is on a short time frame, a money snapshot is especially telling. With no incumbent, the dollar amounts aren’t big, but one fact pops out quickly.  Somebody wants to buy the election. Whether the attempt works is another issue. Three candidates rely on individual donors, but not Sakrison, the anointed establishment Republican. She’s raised the most money and relies heavily on special interests to finance her campaign. One…

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Former Republican Jill Prouty stands out from MAGA hopefuls in Georgia special House race

Candidates: Nina Blackwelder (R), Jill Prouty (D), Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison (R), and Philip Singleton (R). Click names for websites. (originally posted August 8) By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election Read the latest post: “Why does Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison fear the librarian?” What’s at stake: Georgia House Seat 71 (map). The suburban/exurban Atlanta district contains a large section of eastern Coweta County and a slice of Peachtree City in Fayette. The jungle primary is September 3; if no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a runoff will be held Oct. 1.  Audio of the hour-long forum is available at bottom of this post. One of these candidates is not like the others  All three Republican candidates seeking to…

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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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Democrat shakes up House race in Atlanta’s southern suburbs: A look inside Jill Prouty’s campaign

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election Read the latest post: “Why does Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison fear the librarian?” After State Rep. David Stover resigned in June, Republicans in Coweta and Fayette counties thought they still had Georgia’s House District 71 all to themselves. But then a moderate who was fed up with the Party of Trump plunked down her $400 and joined the race to replace Stover. Now her MAGA opponents all have to worry about coming in third in the Sept. 3 primary and missing an Oct. 1 runoff, since Jill Prouty’s upstart campaign is gaining steam. The moderate Democrat offers a clear alternative to Republicans Nina Blackwelder, Philip Singleton, and Marcy Sakrison. Since there…

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Making elections sporting again: Big crowd cheers Stacey Abrams launch of Georgia Fair Fight 2020

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Several hundred supporters packed the semi-sweltering auditorium at Gwinnett County’s Annistown Elementary School Saturday afternoon for the Georgia launch of Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight 2020. The venue—a poll location in 2018 that drew national attention, in a bad way—was chosen as a symbol of the brokenness of Georgia’s voting systems. “We know that even though Stacey Abrams is not our governor, we did win,” declared Gwinnett School Board member Everton Blair, Jr., an introductory speaker at the event. That Georgia’s election was stolen was an article of faith among the crowd. Not just faith. Reason. Brian Kemp didn’t fight fair, and the deck was stacked to begin with. Georgia’s voting system is filled with flaws, mistakes, and an unfortunate history…

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Former Republican Jill Prouty stands out from MAGA hopefuls in Georgia special House race

Candidates: Nina Blackwelder (R), Jill Prouty (D), Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison (R), and Philip Singleton (R). Click names for websites. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election Read the latest post: “Why does Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison fear the librarian?” What’s at stake: Georgia House Seat 71 (map). The suburban/exurban Atlanta district contains a large section of eastern Coweta County and a slice of Peachtree City in Fayette. The jungle primary is September 3; if no candidate receives a majority of the votes, a runoff will be held Oct. 1.  Audio of the hour-long forum is available at bottom of this post. One of these candidates is not like the others  All three Republican candidates seeking to replace resigning Rep. David…

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