If you want more details, give a shout to Keith Mason, the well-connected attorney who initiated negotiations with the Massey campaign on Barnes’ behalf.
Georgia Election 2018: Secretary of State Brian Kemp wins Republican Primary Secretary of State Brian Kemp won the Republican nomination for Georgia governor Tuesday He defeated Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Kemp will face the Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in the race to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal Kemp and Abrams will face off in the November elections
Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor, has made the cover of Time magazine. It's a special regional edition, but what the heck – it still frames just as nicely.
The accompanying piece by Molly Ball quotes Obama BFF Valerie Jarrett saying nice things, and has GOP pollster Whit Ayres injecting some cold water. This may be the smartest paragraph:
If she's right, Abrams could show the wilderness-wandering Democrats a new way, says Ilyse Hogue, head of the abortion-rights group NARAL. "We've seen women run like men a lot, and Stacey is not doing that," Hogue says. "The script of how you run for office has been determined for eons by white men telling everybody else what to do, and Stacey Abrams said, 'No, thank you.'" Her campaign isn't just a playbook; it's an act of imagination. And so, like any unprecedented effort, there's a good chance it could fail.
If all goes as planned, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant should have a new job this time next week. U.S. Senate leaders have scheduled a procedural vote to confirm the former Georgia solicitor general's appointment to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday evening. That means a final confirmation vote will likely be Wednesday.
The Senate votes will come more than three months after word first came that the Trump administration was tapping Grant for the position on the powerful appeals court, which has jurisdiction over Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has prioritized confirming conservative judicial nominees this year, but Grant's nod had gotten stuck in an unrelated fight over trade for more than a month.
Many Democrats are expected to vote against Grant's nomination, due at least in part to a civil rights group voicing concerns about her record. But still, Grant should not have a problem being confirmed in the Republican-led chamber.
An Amazon facial recognition program incorrectly matched photos of 28 members of Congress -- including three members of the Georgia delegation -- with others' mug shots. U.S. Reps. John Lewis and Sanford Bishop, as well as U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, were among the misidentified legislators, our colleague Jennifer Brett reports, but the ACLU says the false matches disproportionately affected people of color.
The group pointed to the results as a reason why Congress should call for a moratorium on law enforcement using such facial recognition software.
Lewis called the results “deeply troubling”
"As a society, we need technology to help resolve human problems, not to add to the mountain of injustices presently facing of people of color in this country," he said. Read the whole story here.
Kevin Abel, the Sixth District congressional candidate who lost in Tuesday's Democratic runoff to gun control advocate Lucy McBath, broke his silence yesterday. The business owner urged supporters to back McBath in the general election against U.S. Rep. Karen Handel.
But he also expressed frustration about the tone of the race, lamenting that McBath attacked him for once postulating about the creation of a potential centrist third party.
“I am saddened that party primary politics has a way of suppressing such messages of moderation; how the very word “moderate” connotes such a vile response from those who prefer to play in the end zones,” Abel wrote in a metaphor-mixing letter to supporters. “But I am a realist and a pragmatist and I know that change doesn’t come with one swing of the bat.”
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