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@AJC political reporter. Husband, father, aspiring mensch. Atlanta native trying to tell my city's story. 🎧 @politicallyga & @politicsgpb 📧 gbluestein@ajc.com
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20 Jan
Next up, @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock will be sworn in, cementing Democratic control of the Senate. They’re set to take office around 4:30 this afternoon.

It’s been a long, strange ride. #gapol #gasen
Here goes
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19 Jan
@Ossoff will be sworn in using a book of Hebrew scripture once owned by Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, who led Atlanta’s historic synagogue The Temple...”
The rabbi was a key MLK ally who encouraged ATL’s Jewish community to fight for civil rights and oppose hate & intolerance. #gasen
Rothschild’s synagogue was bombed in ‘58 by white supremacists angered by his opposition to segregation; it was a turning point in ATL. Civic leaders rallied behind him, and Jewish Atlantans who were wary of getting involved in politics woke up. the-temple.org/bombing
You can draw a line between Rothschild’s leadership during the civil rights era and @ossoff’s election this month as the first Jewish US senator in Georgia history — not just symbolically. Ossoff earned his bar mitzvah from The Temple about 20 years ago. #gapol #gasen
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19 Jan
The Jolt: Georgia officials are expected to certify Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock’s runoff victories today, setting up a swearing-in as early as Wednesday. #gapol #gasen ajc.com/politics/polit…
More jolt: Rep. @NikemaWilliams has filed a bill that would bar Trump from stepping foot inside the U.S. Capitol ever again. “President Trump has shown time and time again that he is a danger to our democracy and a threat to the country.” #gapol ajc.com/politics/polit…
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14 Jan
Georgia @GovKemp tries to set a new tone at the state Capitol after a divisive election, endorsing a revamp of the citizen's arrest law and calling for an end to ‘harmful’ misinformation. #gapol ajc.com/politics/kemp-…
Georgia Democrats don’t buy it. House Minority Leader James Beverly says the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid and more aggressively contain the virus has repercussions: “We cannot afford to stand by when Georgia rises in the ranks of these shameful metrics.” #gapol Image
“These measures do not prevent fraud. They prevent democracy.” Georgia Democratic state Sen. @elenaparent on @GovKemp’s call for new voter ID requirements for absentee ballots following GOP defeats in November and January. #gapol Image
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14 Jan
Georgia @GovKemp opens his State of the State honoring the lives lost to the pandemic: “Those great Georgians may be gone, but they will not be forgotten. We will win this fight against COVID-19 and their legacies will live on for generations to come.” #gapol Image
@GovKemp This might as well be a message to Kemp's fellow Republicans: “There are some who want to look to the past, assign blame, settle old scores, and relive and relitigate 2020. Today I think we should take the advice of those wise farmers. Let’s clear the fields and start planting.”
@GovKemp The loudest and most sustained ovation -- by far -- has gone to Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the state's top health commissioner. "God sent Georgia the right person at the right time," Kemp said. #gapol
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7 Jan
Just in: Republican Kelly Loeffler concedes defeat to Raphael Warnock #gapol #gasen ajc.com/politics/polit…
Says Loeffler: “Rest assured: the fight to advance the American Dream is far from over. The fight to protect conservative values is far from over. And the fight against socialism and the radical agenda of the left is very far from over." #gapol #gasen ajc.com/politics/polit…
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7 Jan
This Georgia Republican, who tried to overturn the results of the election yesterday, is trying to shift blame. What happened:

Angry Trump supporters gathered in DC, egged on by Trump and allies to descend on the Capitol. They did. A violent mob then attacked the building.
Oh, and some must have also gotten the notion that a revolution was underway. Not sure how that happened.
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6 Jan
Jon @Ossoff just declared victory in his Senate race: "It is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia for electing me to serve you in the United States Senate." #gapol #gasen
Jon @ossoff’s lead over David Perdue has now grown a bit to 17,025 votes
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6 Jan
A statement from @ossoff’s campaign manager Ellen Foster:

"When all the votes are counted we fully expect that Jon Ossoff will have won this election to represent Georgia in the United States Senate." #gasen
Ossoff now leads Perdue by nearly 10,000 votes ...
From the Perdue camp: “We will mobilize every available resource and exhaust every legal recourse to ensure all legally cast ballots are properly counted. We believe in the end, Senator Perdue will be victorious."
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6 Jan
Republicans still narrowly lead but Democrats can rely on hundreds of thousands of votes still outstanding in metro Atlanta that will break heavily toward @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock. DeKalb County, where the votes could break ~80/20, is key #gapol #gasen Image
@ossoff @ReverendWarnock Where are the outstanding Republican votes? There are some troves still in Columbia, Bartow, Forsyth. But we're waiting for a wave of votes from densely-populated D-leaning counties, including Chatham, Cobb, Henry and -- of course -- DeKalb. #gapol #gasen
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6 Jan
And we’ve got our first batch of Senate runoff results in — a few hundred votes in Burke County in east Georgia. Buckle up - we will start getting more mail-in batches soon. #gapol #gasen
Huge batch of Fulton County ballots just came in, a Democratic stronghold, giving Democrats a cushion of about 55k votes overall. Constant reminder that it’s very early. #gapol #gasen
Watch Hall County, along with neighboring Cherokee and Forsyth, closely tonight. These are probably the three most important Republican counties in Georgia and the early returns show a 85-15 split in Hall for the GOP. #gapol #gasen
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5 Jan
The polls are open in Georgia! A reminder of what's at stake in today's runoffs: Control of the US Senate and the fate of Biden's legislative agenda.

No biggie.

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Relief might be one of the most common emotions today
John Paul Jones Jr., 72, voted for the #gasen Rs in Macon. “I’mma go on, and get it over with,” Jones told the @ajc’s Carly Wanna. "Both sides make me sick” he said, citing the barrage of negative ads. Still, in his 54 years as a voter, he knows “that’s typical” politics.
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3 Jan
Trump demands Georgia elections official overturn his defeat in hourlong call. ‘The data you have is wrong,’ Raffensperger replies. More on this pre-runoff push to reverse Trump's defeat here: #gapol #gasen ajc.com/politics/polit…
“We believe we do have an accurate election,” Raffensperger said at one point.

“No you don’t. No. No you don’t. You don’t have it — not even close," Trump replied. #gapol #gasen ajc.com/politics/polit…
Trump suggests the Republican #gasen candidates will go down in flames if Raffensperger doesn't reverse his election defeat. “It’s going to have a big impact on Tuesday if you guys don’t get this thing straightened out fast.” #gapol ajc.com/politics/polit…
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30 Dec 20
As runoff nears, Trump complicates GOP case by demanding that Kemp resign #gapol #gasen ajc.com/politics/polit…
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.@GovKemp responds: “Let me tell you what I've been focused on today and I think it’s what Georgians want me to be focused on — and that is making sure if they need a hospital bed, they're going to get one.” #gapol Image
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29 Dec 20
The unprecedented review of signatures on absentee ballot envelopes found that the Cobb Elections Department had “a 99.99% accuracy rate in performing correct signature verification procedures” and no fraudulent absentee votes, Georgia’s top elections official says. #gapol #gasen ImageImage
Georgia’s audit of signatures on absentee ballot envelopes has done nothing to stop the president from attacking the integrity of the state’s vote. #gapol
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21 Dec 20
As Congress closes in on coronavirus relief, Georgia’s Senate runoffs also factor into deal #gapol #gasen ajc.com/politics/as-co…
Expect to hear more Democrats make this case about the #gasen race in the coming days. #gapol
Ahead of coronavirus relief package vote, @ossoff says: “$600 won’t cover the rent or the bills that have piled up over months of inaction by Republicans in Congress.” #gapol #gasen
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20 Dec 20
.@AmericaFerrera to Latino voters at a runoff rally for Democratic Senate candidates in Gwinnett County: “We deserve to have our voices heard. Talk to every one you know — and remind them that this election is as consequential as the one in November.” #gapol #gasen
.@EvaLongoria: “We’re not from Georgia, but we're Americans — and Georgia, all eyes are on you again. Let me tell you — you guys saved the soul of this nation in November. And you're gonna do it again ...” #gapol #gasen
Jon @ossoff (briefly) en Español.
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20 Dec 20
Perdue’s camp told me last week that since his Senate term ends on Jan. 3 – two days before the runoff vote – he can’t participate in any Senate business until the runoff results are certified, a process that will take weeks. #gapol #gasen
(Also, Trump’s message amplified a liberal operative who is openly working to sink the GOP incumbents in the #gasen runoffs. So there’s that.) #gapol
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20 Dec 20
A taste of the Christmas spirit in the #gasen runoff this week ... #gapol
A non-Christmas bonus #gasen
More #gasen Christmas cards, this time from a group supporting the Democratic candidates ... #gapol
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17 Dec 20
.@GovKemp is fed up with the unrelenting attacks from conspiracy theorists calling on him to overturn President-elect Biden’s victory in Georgia. But he’s even more enraged that some of those peddlers are targeting his wife and three daughters. #gapol ajc.com/politics/polit…
@GovKemp Of a potential GOP challenge: “I’m ready for any kind of fight that anybody wants to have – Republican primary general election, whatever it is.” #gapol ajc.com/politics/polit…
Kemp: “I can assure you I can handle myself. And if they’re brave enough to come out from underneath that keyboard or behind it, we can have a little conversation if they would like to.” #gapol ajc.com/politics/polit…
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17 Dec 20
“We are grateful — and that goes to everyone across the state who are at the front lines.”

Georgia @GovKemp is at Grady Memorial, where the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine in Atlanta are about to be administered to medical workers. #gapol
Kemp says he struck a deal with legislative leaders to spend about $70M thru March to help nursing homes and hospitals administer the vaccine, boost staff and handle the surge of coronavirus cases. #gapol
“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” says Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Georgia’s top doc. #gapol
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