Blog Topic: Raging Election

  • In the Loop: Voters Asked to Resubmit Mail-in Ballots Due to Error

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    Athens-Clarke County has asked about 300 voters to fill out new absentee ballots after an error was discovered in the ones they'd already they'd already been sent.

    According to ACC, those 300 voters received ballots that included a candidate for state Senate District 46 who should not have been included.

    The ballot listed Republican incumbent Bill Cowsert, Democrat Marisue Hilliard and independent John Fortuin. However, Fortuin did not qualify as an independent candidate. He is a write-in candidate, and write-in candidates' names do not appear on the ballot.


  • In the Loop: Stacey Abrams Is Campaigning in Athens Today


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    Two days after Donald Trump Jr. took the stage with Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp at the Classic Center, Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams is campaigning with another politician who's well-known locally—though probably not quite as famous nationwide.

    Abrams and Athens-Clarke County Mayor-elect Kelly Girtz are hosting a meet-and-greet from 6–8 p.m. today at Hendershot's Coffee and Bar. 

    The event is aimed particularly at young voters. They will discuss "the importance of voting for Democrats across the state," according to the Abrams campaign.


  • In the Loop: Trump Jr., Kemp and Co. Dish Out Red-Meat Rhetoric for Conservatives at Athens Events



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    Amidst a swarm of police and protesters, Donald Trump Jr. came to town on Tuesday. It was kind of a thing.

    The conservative power couple of Trump and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle campaigned for Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp at 5 p.m., then headed across the hall at the Classic Center for a “Campus Clash” event with Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and communication director Candace Owens.

    The Classic Center was packed out with GOP supporters—and about 100 protestors who later walked out en masse. Meanwhile, a small group of protestors gathered on East Washington Street in a fenced-off area police set aside.


  • In the Loop: Houston Gaines Goes On Attack at Oconee Forum


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    Republican challenger Houston Gaines went on the attack against incumbent District 117 Rep. Deborah Gonzalez (D-Athens) as soon as he first got his hands on the microphone at a candidate forum in Oconee County on Thursday.

    He devoted much of his two-and-a-half minute introductory comments to criticism of Gonzalez, saying that “we deserve better” than what she has provided in her first 10 months as a legislator.

    Gonzalez largely ignored Gaines, who stayed in attack mode throughout the evening, saying in his concluding comments that the choice is between “somebody who is going to go and yell resistance at every turn” and “somebody who is going to work to make a difference.”


  • In the Loop: Security Plan Announced for Trump Jr. Appearance


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    Athens-Clarke County police will close down streets around the Classic Center Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance.

    The courthouse parking deck will be closed at 2 p.m.

    At 4 p.m., Foundry Street from Broad to Dougherty streets and Thomas Street between Clayton Street and Hancock Avenue will be closed. In addition, Thomas from Clayton to Broad will be closed to northbound traffic, but will remain open to southbound traffic.


  • In the Loop: Donald Trump Jr. Will Campaign for Brian Kemp in Athens



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    Donald J. Trump Jr. isn’t the only big name that will be at the Classic Center next Tuesday. Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp will be holding a rally with Trump Jr., according to an email the Kemp campaign sent to supporters on Thursday.

    The rally is scheduled for 5–6 p.m Tuesday at the Classic Center. The announcement added that tickets would be $50 per person, and space is limited.


  • In the Loop: Dems Troll Brian Kemp With Pro-Vols Banner

    Is Brian Kemp really a Tennessee fan? Well, the Brian Kemp isn't, but a Brian Kemp is.

    As Kemp and other Republican candidates were wrapping up a tailgate at Herty Field—where, we presume, everyone wore red—Georgia Democrats hired a plane to buzz Sanford Stadium with a banner reading "BRIANKEMP SAYS... GO VOLS."

    Brian Kemp is running for governor. BrianKemp is a parody Twitter account filled with negative news stories about Kemp and Photoshopped images of the candidate wearing orange. (The actual Kemp's actual Twitter handle is @BrianKempGA.)


  • In the Loop: Donald Trump Jr. Speech Moved to Classic Center



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    So many people want to attend a speech by Donald Trump Jr. that a right-wing campus group has moved the event to the Classic Center.

    Six hundred free tickets were distributed in three hours, forcing organizer Turning Point USA to move it from the Ramsey Concert Hall in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music to a larger venue, said Erin Cooke, president of TPUSA's University of Georgia chapter. 

    The event remains scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 9. Cooke advised attendees to arrive early, since there will be heightened security. It will be first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.


  • In the Loop: Gaines, Cowsert Campaigns Are Flush With Cash


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    Houston Gaines.

    It seems unlikely Republican Houston Gaines will run out of money as he seeks to unseat Democratic Rep. Deborah Gonzalez in Georgia House District 117 in November.

    Gaines, in his second attempt to win a House seat, was sitting on $169,450 in unspent funds as the election entered its crucial stage this summer.

    That’s $145,951 more than the $23,499 that Gonzalez had on hand at the same time period.

    It’s also significantly more than the $36,310 that incumbent Democrat Jonathan Wallace had in unspent funds for his re-election campaign in the 119th House District and the $10,746 that Republican challenger Marcus Wiedower had.


  • In the Loop: Forum for Athens Candidates Scheduled for Oct. 11

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    The Athens Area and Oconee County chambers of commerce have scheduled the first local candidate forum of this election season, to be held Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6–8 p.m. in the auditorium on the third floor of Piedmont Athens Regional's medical services building at 242 King Ave.

    Confirmed candidates include state Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens), state Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville and Democratic challenger Dawn Hawkins Johnson, state Rep. Deborah Gonzalez (D-Athens) and Republican challenger Houston Gaines, and state Rep. Jonathan Wallace (D-Watkinsville) and Republican challenger Marcus Wiedower. Cowsert's Democratic opponent, Marisue Hilliard, has not committed.

    The forum will be moderated by Tim Bryant, news director at WGAU 1340 AM, and broadcast live on that station.


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