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The Top Questions in Georgia Politics

"One of the juiciest targets on the Senate map in 2020 is Republican David Perdue, who is running for his second – and he says final – term in the U.S. Senate. The businessman has become one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent D.C. allies – even in his most isolating moments – and he plans to stick to the outsider, anti-establishment message that won him his seat in 2014. No well-known Republicans are expected to oppose Perdue in a primary, but several Democrats have hinted they’re interested in challenging the multi-millionaire in 2020. Most are waiting for Stacey Abrams to decide her next step after…

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Will Teresa Tomlinson Be the One to Unseat David Perdue in 2020?

  This article appeared Dec. 2 in the online edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Democrats are eager for their first Senate win since Zell Miller retired in 2004, and Stacey Abrams may be the foremost contender after her narrow defeat in the race for governor. But some other prominent Democrats are also weighing a bid. At the top of that list is Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who has presented herself as a progressive who can also appeal to parts of rural Georgia where Democrats got clobbered in the midterm. “In the 2020 race, Democrats have an opportunity to demonstrate how…

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‘I Am One of You’: Winning Annual MLK Award Brings Mayor Tomlinson to Tears

This article originally appeared in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on Jan. 15, 2018. By Alva James-Johnson Mayor Teresa Tomlinson was overcome with emotion Monday while receiving the 2018 MLK Jr. Unity Award at the 32nd annual Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity breakfast. Retired Col. James C. Jackson, the 2017 recipient of the award, made the announcement after a rousing speech by the Rev. Frederick. D Haynes, III, senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. This year’s theme was “The Ongoing Struggle against Social Injustice.” “Needless to say, it’s a bit of a surprise, and I am so incredibly honored,” the…

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Mayor Tomlinson Sees Potential for Georgia Democrats after Roy Moore’s Defeat

  • December 20, 2017
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By Scott Berson Originally published on ledger-enquirer.com, Dec. 17, 2017. Political operatives across the nation still are struggling to process what Democrat Doug Jones’ surprise victory over Roy Moore in the highly contested Alabama special Senate election means for politics in the South. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said she believes Jones’ victory is a sign that the end of one party’s “cult-like hold” is in sight for Alabama, and that Georgia isn’t far behind. Speaking on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind” talk show, on which she is a fairly regular guest, Mayor Tomlinson pointed to Moore’s loss as an example of…

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Columbus Receives “No Kill Community” Status

Columbus animal shelter group falls below 10 percent euthanasia rate By Larry Gierer Originally published on ledger-enquirer.com, October 31, 2017 Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson announced Tuesday that the city has received a “No Kill” community status. “This could not be possible without our many shelter partners: Animal Ark Rescue, Animal SOS, Columbus Animal Care and Control, Harris County Animal Control, Harris County Humane Society, Paws Humane, and the citizens of these two communities and surrounding areas,” said Tomlinson in a press release. “We will work to maintain or even increase this level of pet adoption. Achieving less than 10 percent euthanasia rate…

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A Rising Constitutional Crisis No One Is Talking About

By Charles B. Pierce Originally published on esquire.com, Oct. 12, 2017 Oct. 12, 2017 — We are going to do something unusual this week. Instead of skipping around the country in search of a state legislator with a duck on his head, or a state law making the date of Pat Robertson’s first orgasm a statewide holiday, we’re going to stay in this one spot and take stock of a truly dangerous bit of business that’s happening in a number of different states, and of a really long game that at the moment is perilously close to completion. Read the…

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Geraldo Chased Irma to Columbus. He and the Mayor Caught Two Whitewater Daredevils

  • September 12, 2017
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By Chuck Williams chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.com It was getting close to dark Monday night and the worst of the storm was over. For about 10 hours, I had covered the effects of Hurricane Irma, now a tropical storm, from Midland to Double Churches Road and midtown to downtown, and I was headed home. Then someone called me and said there was a river rescue in progress. I was not surprised, having seen kayakers on the river a couple of hours earlier. What I found down by the river was not a rescue. It was Mayor Teresa Tomlinson —and Geraldo Rivera. And it…

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