This coming week @fairfightaction and our allies are going to push back HARD on the Georgia GOP's voter suppression bonanza they launched to satisfy the dangerous conspiracy nuts in their own party, rather than doing the honest work of just learning how to run modern campaigns
(and run better candidates). Each day this week, we'll hold hearings on these bills and shine truth and light on this rushed, secretive process. We will launch media and more to engage the public on what's at stake if these suppression bills pass.
These bills are targeted with precision at Black and brown voters, but they are a broadside attack on voting that will hurt all with longer lines, mass confusion, identity theft, less options and ease of voting for rural, military and senior voters, a ban on Sunday voting
aimed at curtailing access for Black Georgians "souls to the polls" efforts of those who want to vote with their church after Sunday services, as well as Jewish voters who observe the Saturday Sabbath so want a Sunday option.
If the Georgia GOP wants to make this session IN THE MIDDLE OF A DEADLY PANDEMIC about their political racial animus voter suppression agenda, rather than about addressing the needs of Georgia's children who have had their education robbed from them so that bars can be open,
or about the people who have had their loved ones stolen from them by this disease, or about the business owners whose prospects have collapsed due to a failed government response by the Trump-Kemp administrations, then fine, that's their choice, they control state government.
But we are not taking this fight sitting down. Follow @fairfightaction for all the ways to fight back in Georgia and stay tuned this week. Those outside of Georgia should get involved in the federal efforts to pass HR 1 and HR 4
and engage locally in fights in your state- Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Florida and so many state GOP leaders have no vision beyond voter suppression despite the challenges around all of us in this pandemic and climate crisis.
The Republican stranglehold on state gov has failed Americans in these twin crises, so they spend their time make voting harder b/c they fed their base a voter fraud lie and b/c Dems won a federal trifecta against the voter suppression odds- but we will keep fighting and winning.

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12 Feb
Here's the thing- many experts don't think transformative change is possible until it happens. Countless folks in positions of power told us Georgia wasn't a real battleground- as recently as last fall, but consistently in 2012, 2014, 2016 and throughout the Abrams campaign.
Nearly every local & nat'l expert said GA Dems had to get 30% white support bc voters of color could never close the gap. Warnock & Ossoff got a record-breaking 27% of whites combined w/huge support and turnout levels by all voters of color. (Read the NYT piece for more on this)
I was told at one point in 2016 that "the white people are easier in North Carolina". In the early part of the decade we didn't pitch a full state flip, we focused on building local wins in the state legislature, moving the needle on registration and civic engagement basics.
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11 Feb
As you watch impeachment, remember that GOP operatives weaponized Trump's lies by building entire disinformation campaign efforts that ultimately fed the insurrection. Nov 11, 2019: “We have a President who is committed to Election Day Monitoring. This is a concern of his.
We’ve all seen the tweets about voter fraud and blah blah blah. Every time we’re in with him he asks...what are we doing about voter fraud? What are we doing about voter fraud? Which is great for guys looking for budget approval on stuff. But the point is, he’s committed to this.
He believes in it, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that it’s successful. Meaning recruiting, raising the profile of issues that come up. How many times do you have an issue in a county that is terrible--
Read 5 tweets
2 Feb
This seems to be REALLY DIFFICULT for people to understand: there was no "dip" or "problem" with GOP turnout in GA in the runoff- turnout hit historic highs for both parties!- but Black Democratic Georgians, including rural Black Georgians, voted in EXTRAODINARILY high numbers.
Turnout was extremely high on both sides of the aisle in Nov and Jan. Democrats put together a real multi-racial (that is, diverse voters who are Black, brown and white), multi-ethnic, truly statewide coalition. Dems had strong support and turnout levels across all demographics.
If you want to understand what this looks like, take a look at this map of GA and notice how Dem performance improved in all regions and types of counties- keep in mind rural does not equal white; suburban does not equal white. GA is diverse everywhere…
Read 7 tweets
6 Dec 20
It is not the time for false equivalencies or lazy analysis. That is dangerous and unhelpful as we fight to uphold democratic norms in our state and country. Let's revisit @staceyabrams' words in November 2018:
"I acknowledge that former SoS Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election...

To watch an elected official—who claims to represent the people of this state, baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right
to vote—has been truly appalling. So, to be clear, this is not a speech of concession.

Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede. But my assessment is that the law allows no further viable remedy...
Read 7 tweets
2 Sep 20
It is irresponsible for a trusted news organization @wsbtv in Georgia to be using a right-wing polling firm - a firm used by multiple GA GOP candidates including the Republican secretary of state - and give credence to their biased, outlier data.
Independent pollsters without an agenda of re-electing Trump have repeatedly shown what every political observer knows: GA is a toss-up. The failure of WSB to report the bias of its pollster is unacceptable; the station should retract this outlier poll and immediately cut ties.
And some receipts showing Landmark is a partisan firm with a mission to elect and promote Republicans: Landmark has worked for a vast number of GOP campaigns in Georgia. Landmark’s biggest client is Brad Raffensperger who paid Landmark $2.5 million for his SOS campaign.
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24 Jun 20
Right now Georgia Republicans are trying to pass a law that forbids the state and counties from mailing absentee ballot applications to voters. (As the GOP SOS did in the June primary -- which got him scolded afterwards by his natl party.) This is unacceptable.
This means, for ex, that rural counties that are seeing covid surging & are bracing for a tough fall, won't be able to decide themselves if they want to send apps to voters in their county to help stop the spread & ensure their residents can safely participate in elections.
The GOP needs to realize that vote by mail is a tool that can benefit either party and that localities - as well as the state - should maintain as many possible tools in their toolbox to promote vote by mail generally and certainly in the midst of a raging, ongoing health crisis.
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