State of the race to replace: Takeaways from Georgia’s Senate debate

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Monday’s debate among top-tier candidates in Georgia’s special Senate election to fill out Johnny Isakson’s term was illuminating. Not because new light was shed on candidates’ positions. No, none of that. But we did see character and personalities, and how the participants tried to claim their niches in the political ecosystem. Of course, the top two Republicans seek to occupy the same niche, as steadfast Trumpists. The other big reveal is that Matt Lieberman (also a horrible candidate) not only isn’t trying to run as a Democrat, but holds the party in contempt. You can watch the debate here. Six candidates were on the virtual stage. Republicans Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, Democrats Raphael Warnock,…

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Early voting: Stonecrest, South DeKalb have more locations, hours than ever

Above: It’s way bigger than Stonecrest Library. The former Sam’s Club on Turner Hill Drive in Stonecrest is open for early voting 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays as well as two Saturdays and Sundays. House of Hope, South DeKalb Mall, and Ellenwood-County Line Library are also available in South DeKalb. Scroll down for full list. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Early voting in Georgia starts Monday, Oct. 12 and continues through Oct. 30. There will be twelve advance voting sites in DeKalb County, up from eight in this year’s primary elections. Not only has DeKalb County added capacity, most notably south of Interstate 20, but hours have been extended significantly from previous elections. All twelve locations are open for the entire three…

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Early voting is upon us: useful info for DeKalb County voters

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Early voting in Georgia starts Monday, Oct. 12 and continues through Oct. 30. There will be twelve advance voting sites in DeKalb County, up from eight in this year’s primary elections. Not only has DeKalb County added capacity, most notably south of Interstate 20, but hours have been extended significantly from previous elections. All twelve locations are open for the entire three weeks of early voting and offer voting on two Saturdays and two Sundays. Another significant change: Weekday voting hours will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the same as you’ll see on Election Day, Nov. 3, NBA star Paul Millsap has rented his Core4 gym in Chamblee (above) for $1 to DeKalb County for early…

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DeKalb Voters: Let Board of Elections know we need good advance voting options

Both Tucker and Stonecrest libraries should be open for three weeks for early voting. Typically, they’re only open for two weeks. Participate! DeKalb Board of Elections virtual meeting Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 at 4:30 pm. You can watch the meeting by clicking this link. You can also email public comments beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday at this link.  By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Although the DeKalb Board of Elections hasn’t yet posted an agenda for Monday’s meeting, there’s about a 100 percent chance it will be considering and voting on advance or early voting sites for the general election. That stands to reason since the next scheduled meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, and early voting will start just a…

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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 House candidate Mokah Johnson is the latest Democrat to get slimed by the GOP. Somebody should do something.

First, about those push polls   A “Push Poll” is Not a Legitimate Poll:  A so-called “push poll” is an insidious form of negative campaigning, disguised as a political poll. “Push polls” are not surveys at all, but rather unethical political telemarketing — telephone calls disguised as research that aim to persuade large numbers of voters and affect election outcomes, rather than measure opinions. This misuse of the survey method exploits the trust people have in research organizations and violates the AAPOR Code of Professional Ethics and Practices.– From American Association for Public Opinion Research Note: I’ve written previously about Mokah Johnson’s campaign: “In Athens, Mokah Johnson’s people-powered campaign takes root.”   By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman A recent push-poll of Georgia House District 117…

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