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GEORGIA — Georgia members of MoveOn have voted decisively to support Stacey Abrams in the state’s race for governor, with an overwhelming 97% of votes cast in favor of backing Abrams. 

MoveOn has over 400,000 members in Georgia, and the Abrams endorsement is one of MoveOn’s first two endorsements for governor in 2022, the other being Beto O’Rourke in Texas. These two races were selected first because of the critical role the next governor will play in the lives of their constituents as well as being cornerstones of determining if we will continue to have a functioning democracy where people will retain the right to have their vote count and actually determine the winner of elections. 

Stacey Abrams’ run for governor against a divided and extreme Republican Party in Georgia will determine if people get the help they need with jobs, if a woman’s right to choose is protected from Trump’s Supreme Court, and if Medicaid will be expanded.

“Stacey Abrams is the leader we need for this moment in our democracy,” says Rahna Epting, Executive Director of MoveOn Political Action. “The stakes of next year’s midterm elections are high, and the livelihoods and rights of Americans are on the line. The people of Georgia need a governor who not only understands them but who is also willing to fight to protect those rights.”

The decision by MoveOn members to endorse Abrams will activate the statewide and national grassroots network to begin fundraising, as well as on-the-ground and digital organizing efforts on her behalf. In 2018, MoveOn members raised more than $1 million for Abrams’ campaign, in an election that electrified both the Peach State and the country.

Over three years after Abrams challenged Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp in an election that she narrowly lost, Abrams faces new challenges presented by the ever-changing political landscape of Georgia. More than 1.2 million new voters have entered Georgia’s electorate since 2018, with a younger and more diverse demographic. Building her name as a voting rights activist, Abrams has quickly become a thorn in the side of Republicans. However, Republicans are not too fond of the incumbent governor Brian Kemp, providing Abrams the capacity to continue building a strong base of diverse voters. 

Stacey Abrams was the first Black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States and won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. During her tenure in Georgia’s House of Representatives, Abrams fought to improve the lives of all Georgians by single-handedly stopping the largest tax increase on middle-class Georgians in the state’s history, advancing criminal justice reforms that reduced prison costs without increasing crime, and working with Republicans on the state’s biggest-ever public transportation funding package.

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Stacey Abrams hopes to build a statewide operation that is culturally reflective of the diversity in the state. Abrams recognizes the historic pain resulting from the pandemic which has exacerbated racial and income inequality in Georgia and plans to take immediate action in addressing these issues facing Georgians.

Here’s what a few MoveOn members in Georgia had to say about Abrams:

“Stacey Abrams has worked hard over the years and demonstrated that she has the people of Georgia at heart.” –Brenda V., Lawrenceville, GA

“Stacey Abrams is the only candidate for me. She thinks beyond local, and her projections for Georgia are for the future on a national level.” –Jarman B., Atlanta, GA

“Stacey has been working tirelessly for us all for years. She will make a wonderful governor.” –Kathryn K., Thomasville, GA 

For additional information or questions, contact press@moveon.org.  

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Exclusive: January 6th Documentary Film Producer Under Armed Protection Due To Trump Supporter Threats – TalkOfNews.com

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Alex Holder, the director of the documentary film “Unprecedented,” now needs armed guards to protect him.

As the stakes continue to rise with each Select Committee hearing and more and more jaw-dropping evidence of criminality hones in closer to Trump and his family, the danger to all involved increases. There are unhinged people in all segments of society. But the people threatened by these hearings are the same people who gathered up weapons to follow a man who assaulted his own Secret Service agents precisely because he demanded that he lead that armed insurgency. It feels as though violence has been authorized from the top and from the beginning.

We know that the film contains evidence the Committee deems critical. Now, that filmmaker, a man who make a film Trump authorized and then participated in, is in need of protection. According to The Daily Beast:

The documentary filmmaker who filmed with Donald Trump and his family in the months before and after the attack on the Capitol says he now needs armed protection.

Alex Holder, who testified to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection last week, spoke candidly about the risks his disclosures have put him in during a BBC TV interview Wednesday.

When asked if he felt threatened because of the evidence he’s given to the panel, Holder said: “Well, my life changed about a week ago and I now literally have two armed guards outside this studio right now that follow me around everywhere.”

It is only going to get worse until the evidence is out. Many people believe that Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony was moved up specifically to lessen the threat to her. Now that her testimony is public record, threats won’t stop anything. They could be used as a warning to future witnesses.

The film provides direct evidence of Trump’s activities in the days leading up to January 6th but the fact that Holder needs protection now is also evidence that the Committee is getting very close to the truth and the truth is likely much worse than we guessed.

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Exclusive: Republicans Might Want to Run on the Truth – TalkOfNews.com

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Karl Rove: “The baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen doesn’t appeal to independents, whose votes in key states are often decisive…”

“A big enough red tide could sweep some of these nominees into office. But if Republicans who don’t rail about election fraud consistently run better than those who do, it would suggest that emphasizing the ‘big steal’ may not be such a great argument for 2024.”

“For any GOP candidate, there’s no easy way to escape weighing in on whether 2020 was stolen. Democrats will force Republicans running for other offices to declare their position on these outlandish and corrosive claims. GOP hopefuls better begin preparing responses now. They should consider starting with the truth.”

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Exclusive: Florida judge rules state's 15-week abortion ban 'unconstitutional,' will move to block law – TalkOfNews.com

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A young girl holds a banner with the word "Justice" as abortion rights activists rally in Miami, Florida, after the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade by the Supreme Court on June 24, 2022. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

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HB 5, which bans abortions after 15 weeks, will temporarily go into effect while the court prepares to block it. Planned Parenthood also plans to do what it can to block any stays the state of Florida seeks.

The Leon County Court in Florida has indicated it intends to block a law banning abortions after 15 weeks. Planned Parenthood’s case against the state was heard before Judge John C. Cooper earlier this week. The judge indicated he’d issue a ruling on Thursday and, true to his word, he made his decision. Cooper called HB 5 “unconstitutional,” saying it violates the “fundamental right to privacy,” which is laid out in Florida’s constitution. Per Section 23 of that document: “Every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person’s private life except as otherwise provided herein. This section shall not be construed to limit the public’s right of access to public records and meetings as provided by law.”

Cooper said the state failed to prove why HB 5 should take effect in the first place and is ready to sign an injunction against it. In the meantime, the law is expected to temporarily take effect. Planned Parenthood said it is seeking to make sure any stays sought by the state don’t go through. For now, this is great news for the organization, which called it “only a first step in fighting this dangerous abortion ban … We are grateful this court recognized that it is an unconstitutional intrusion on our patients’ and providers’ medical decisions,” Stephanie Fraim, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, said in a statement. “Once this ban is blocked, Florida abortion providers will be able to offer patients who decide to have an abortion the care they need here at home. Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida will continue to stand with all abortion providers and the patients who turn to them.”


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