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Mon Feb 13, 2017, 10:40 AM

In 64 days the fight to recapture the House begins in Georgia

On Friday, Tom Price was sworn in as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price will no doubt be a persistent threat to the Affordable Care Act, but in joining Donald Trumpís cabinet, he vacates his House seat from Georgiaís 6th district. Georgia will hold a special election to fill Priceís seat, and thatís where you come in.

Itís absolutely possible for a Progressive to win this seat, and right now, weíve got the momentum on our side. Georgiaís 6th district, which encompasses a suburban area outside Atlanta, was won by Donald Trump by a mere 1.5 points this November. Thatís a tiny margin. Itís a far cry from a safe Republican district, so letís get to work right now.
Georgia will hold a primary election on Tuesday, April 18. Thatís in 64 days. But thereís more you need to know: All candidates from all parties will be on the same primary ballot ó only the top two will move on to the next round. That means that the special election could be between two Republicans, unless we turn out to support a progressive candidate.
There are a handful of candidates from both parties, and I encourage you to read about them. Personally, I believe our best hope lies in Jon Ossoff. Ossoff is a Democrat, an investigative filmmaker, and former staffer for Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Hank Johnson.

Congressman Lewis has endorsed Ossoff, saying: ďWe should unite behind Jon and send a clear message that Donald Trump does not represent our values.Ē


If you live in Georgia go knock on doors, talk to your friends.
If you live in the district, make sure you vote!
Folks in the US can donate.
And if youíre a progressive anywhere else in the world, post on Twitter and Facebook.

Midterms have extremely low turnout numbers, and special elections in off-years are even worse. I hate to say that itís all about momentum and ground game, but races like this are. And have you been watching the news lately? Weíve currently got the momentum. If youíre serious about creating a progressive Congress by 2018, then we have to start now. Every seat counts, and this one is actually within our grasp.


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Mon Feb 13, 2017, 11:01 AM

1. Be sure to conduct a voter registration drive.

Make sure everyone who is not registered to vote knows how to do that. Help them with it. Have them check and recheck that they are on the voter rolls.

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Mon Feb 13, 2017, 11:11 AM

2. Hell, make the top TWO vote-getters both democrats.

(low midterm turnout + fired up democrats + stay-at-home republicans = victory for 2 democrats.)

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