10/01/2018 — Jasper, Georgia — Georgia Republican Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp stands on a tree stump while speaking to a crowd gathered at Appalachian Gun, Pawn & Range in Jasper, Monday, October 1, 2018. Monday was the first day of Brian Kemp’s weeklong bus tour where he and his campaign will visit 27 counties in 5 days. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
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Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On the Georgia trail: Fresh calls for Kemp to resign, a 2020 visit and Luda  

The federal lawsuit targeting Republican Brian Kemp’s use of a Georgia law that has stalled the voter registrations of more than 53,000 potential voters has revived calls for his resignation. 

U.S. Reps. Hank Johnson and John Lewis, both allies of Democrat Stacey Abrams, each revived calls Sunday for Kemp to step down from his job overseeing elections as secretary of state while he’s running for governor. 

“Brian Kemp is actively abusing the power of his office to make it more difficult for Georgians to vote,” said Lewis. “At this point, Brian Kemp’s demand to remain in power overseeing an election in which he is a candidate for the highest office in the state is an attack on democracy and a gross violation of the public trust.”

Kemp has long refused to step down from the post, pointing to others who stayed in the job while running for higher office. 

And he’s accused Abrams of trying to gin up a controversy over his office’s compliance with a 2017 law that requires voter registration information to match driver’s licenses, state ID cards or Social Security records.

A reminder: Potential voters can still participate in this year’s elections if they show photo ID either when they go to vote or beforehand.

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The latest in a string of potential 2020 presidential candidates arrived in Georgia over the weekend to stump for suburban Democrats. 

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick crisscrossed Georgia’s 6th Congressional District with Democratic nominee Lucy McBath and Sally Harrell, who is running for a Dunwoody-based state Senate district. 

They were welcomed by Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in last year’s epic special election for the seat.


 

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Stacey Abrams is getting some high-powered help from the hip-hop and celebrity community. 

Consider the names on this invite for a fundraiser next Sunday with Abrams in Atlanta. 

The event is hosted by Ludacris - the Atlanta artist whose real name is Chris Bridges - lists a slew of other big names as co-hosts. 

Among them: actress Queen Latifah, music executive Jermaine Dupree, comedian Chris Rock and rising star Issa Rae.  

Tickets won’t come cheap: They start at $1,000 a pop

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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