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What Recent Events Mean for Cagle and Kemp

By Teresa Tomlinson | July 2018 Nationalism is not new: President Trump did not create it, he just makes it sing. And, it sure has been embraced by Trump’s Georgia acolytes, Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp. Both Cagle and Kemp are in a July 24th run-off to determine which one will face the Democratic nominee,…

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Just Peachy: A Great Night For Women Candidates In Georgia

Just Peachy: A Great Night for Women Candidates in Georgia

Yes, Stacey Abrams will be the Democrats’ nominee for governor. But many more Democratic women are suiting up for what could be an earth-shaking general election. By Teresa Tomlinson. Originally published on The Daily Beast, May 23, 2018. As the American political world watched to see which Stacey would make the cut in Georgia’s gubernatorial…

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In Georgia, It’s The NRA And The Legislators Vs. The Police

In Georgia, It’s the NRA and the Legislators vs. the Police

Georgia’s state legislature is so in hock to the NRA that it passes gun laws the cops oppose. Where's the outrage? By Teresa Tomlinson for thedailybeast.com Some ask whether the Parkland shooting is our Rubicon, but there have been so many seeming “Rubicons” before. This time, though, seems different. This was the first time I…

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A Turbulent Week In Georgia Politics

A Turbulent Week In Georgia Politics

By Teresa Tomlinson It is no secret that Lt. Governor Casey Cagle is the current frontrunner in the 2018 gubernatorial race. He has so far outraised all challengers, and his polling bests his opponents. Ask any Republican and they will tell you: The race is Cagle’s to lose. Apparently, Casey Cagle intends to test that…

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Don’t Mistake Racism For Politics

Don’t Mistake Racism for Politics

Originally published on myajc.com, Jan. 12, 2018. This three-day weekend celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is particularly poignant as it marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Fifty years ago, we were stunned into a pact to be a better people. Fifty years ago we decided we finally…

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The Conservative Plan To Rewrite The Constitution, And Yes, It’s A Thing

The Conservative Plan to Rewrite the Constitution, and Yes, It’s a Thing

This article originally appeared in the Daily Beast on August 21, 2017 It takes two-thirds of state legislatures to approve a constitutional convention. That’s 34. The GOP controls 32. Yes—worry. As the country reels to understand the conservative party’s affiliation with the alt-right and white supremacists, it may be worth noting some disturbing mainstream conservative…

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Generals Are Playing Vital Civilian Role Now

Generals Are Playing Vital Civilian Role Now

This article originally appeared in the AJC on August 12, 2017 By Teresa Tomlinson Progressives from around the country are uncharacteristically applauding the placement of military generals within the Trump Administration. Tweets and posts note tongue-in-check sentiments such as: “I never thought I would say this, but can we get even more generals in the…

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Why The Republican Brand Is So Strong Where I Live

Why the Republican Brand Is So Strong Where I Live

This article originally appeared in the Daily Beast on June 30, 2017. In my neck of the woods, even two gay men in 2004 didn’t want to be Democrats. We can change this stigma—but we need to learn how to speak Republican. You have known her for 30 years. She was in your wedding. She…

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The Kind Of Democrat Who Can Win In The South – Or Anywhere

The Kind of Democrat Who Can Win in the South – or Anywhere

This article originally appeared in the Daily Beast on June 11, 2017 It’s how I won in Columbus, Georgia. People want progress. They just want it to be implemented in a pragmatic way. In Columbus, Georgia, we believe in good government, and we have a long history of it. At the local level, we do…

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