Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search


CottonBear's Journal
CottonBear's Journal
October 2, 2023

What web site or social media is the picture linked to?

I cannot see anything except a text excerpt on my iPhone. There’s no link.

December 2, 2020

Deborah Gonzalez (D) Wins Athens-Clarke & Oconee (GA) District Attorney Race!

Progressive Democrat Deborah Gonzalez has made history! She is the first Latina to be elected District Attorney in Georgia!



Deborah Gonzalez Wins Athens District Attorney Race

by Blake Aued December 1, 2020

Progressive Democrat Deborah Gonzalez eked out a victory Tuesday over prosecutor James Chafin in a runoff for Western Circuit district attorney. Gonzalez won 51.7% of 26,100 votes cast in a race that split down county and party lines, despite Chafin running as an independent.

With a promise to reform the criminal justice system, fight discrimination and end cash bail for low-level and nonviolent defendants, Gonzalez won 67% of the vote in Clarke County, where she had 60% support in a three-way special election Nov. 3.

Chafin’s strong support in heavily Republican Oconee County, the other county that makes up the Western Circuit, continued in the runoff. He won 76% of the vote there and 48.3% overall.

However, Clarke County voters outnumber Oconee County voters by more than two to one, so Gonzalez was able to win even though her margin in Clarke was smaller than Chafin’s in Oconee, and the turnout rate in Oconee was higher than in Clarke.


This is an amazing victory for Deborah Gonzalez, a local Athens-Clarke County lawyer and former Democratic State House Representative! She is the first Latina woman to be elected a District Attorney in Georgia!

I have had the opportunity to meet Deborah on several occasions. I last spoke with her just before the November 3 special election, when I attended a downtown Athens Democratic rally to support Deborah Gonzalez, State House candidates Mokah Jasmine Johnson and Jonathon Wallace, and Congressional candidate Devin Pandy.

After longtime Western Circuit DA, Ken Mauldin (D) abruptly resigned last February, Gonzalez filed a lawsuit to overturn a state law that would have pushed the DA election to 2022. She won the lawsuit. The election became a special election because Mauldin resigned instead of serving out his term in office.

FYI: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA), is from Athens. Gov. Kemp and the GA GOP tried everything to keep the citizens of Clarke and Oconee counties from being able to hold an election for Western Circuit DA in 2020, but a tiny (under 5’ tall!) Latina Democrat fought them and won!

Congratulations to Deborah Gonzalez (D-Athens-Clarke Co.), Western Circuit District Attorney!

When we vote, we win! 🗳🍑🗳🧒🏻🗳🍑🗳
November 10, 2020

Important dates/deadlines & links for the GA Senate runoffs on Jan 5 - volunteer-donate-GOTV 🗳🍑🇺🇸

🔵 Jan. 5, 2021 - Georgia US Senate Runoff Election


Registered Georgia voters can begin requesting absentee ballots now! Ballots will begin to be mailed out on November 18, 2020. Don’t delay, request your ballot today! Return it directly to a secure, official drop box! Do not mail in your ballot!

Georgia residents can start requesting their absentee/mail-in ballot today if they don't want to vote in person at the polls. If you're a Georgia resident, make sure you're registered to vote here https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/welcome.do#no-back-button
then fill out an absentee/mail-in ballot request here https://georgia.gov/vote-absentee-ballot

November 18, 2020: Absentee ballots will begin to be mailed out to those who requested one
December 7, 2020: Voter registration deadline
December 14, 2020: Early voting begins
January 5, 2021: Election Day


Reverend Raphael Warnock’s campaign website:

Act Blue for Raphael Warnock: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/warnock-for-georgia_web

Jon Ossoff’s campaign website:

Act Blue for Jon Ossoff: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_hp_ossoff

DU Act Blue for Ossoff, Warnock & Fair Fight (Thanks to DUer Omaha Steve!)

Adding klook’s Vote Forward letters to voters link:

Fair Fight:

Go here to check your voter registration:

Go here to request an absentee ballot:



🚨 DA Candidate Deborah Gonzalez Update:
Special Election Runoff for Athens/Oconee Western Circuit DA Special Election will be on Dec. 1


🚨 BREAKING NEWS: 11/11/20
The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections may not be able to change the date of the special election runoff for DA! I just got off the phone with an A-CC election official. The SoS press conference announcing the combination of the local & state runoffs with the US Senate runoff was a total surprise to them. This may be the case for the other special election runoffs in other races. Only the public service commission runoff is a regular election runoff.

🚨 11/11/20 I will update as information is available.

🚨 11/12/20 Update: Local & State Special Election runoffs will be on Dec. 1, 2020
State Public Service Commission runoff will be on Jan. 5, 2021

A reminder about the State & Local runoff election on December 1, 2020:

🍑 Hey y’all! I know that every one is so excited about the dual US Senate runoffs, but we have a State & Local Special Election runoff on Tuesday December 1, 2020!

🍑 GOTV for these incredibly important Special Election runoffs, including the Western Circuit (Athens-Clarke County and Oconee County) District Attorney and the 5th Congressional District Special Election runoff, among others. Not every county and city will have a Dec. 1 runoff, so check with your local Board of Elections.

🍑 Remind your family, friends & neighbors to VOTE! 🗳

🍑 Please vote in the Georgia State & Local runoff election on Tuesday December 1, 2020!

🔵🗳🍑🇺🇸🍑🗳🔵. 🔵🗳🍑🇺🇸🍑🗳🔵

We can do this, y’all! We can win the US Senate!

Register to vote! GOTV! Volunteer! Donate!
Make a plan to vote by absentee ballot, early voting or vote in person on Jan. 5, 2021!
We welcome the help of those of y’all who live outside of Georgia!
We can’t do it alone! Join us in our fight to restore our democracy and our nation!

🔵 🗳 🍑🇺🇸🍑 🗳 🔵 🍑 🔵 🗳 🍑🇺🇸 🍑 🗳 🔵

I’m the new host for the DU Georgia Group! I live in beautiful Northeast Georgia.
I’d like to thank groundloop for their service, as the previous group host.

I will pin this thread and I’ll keep adding links and information on voting, donating, and volunteering for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock!

🔵🗳🍑🇺🇸 GOTV, y’all! 🇺🇸🍑🗳🔵
September 25, 2020

Prince Harry has never voted in the UK and can not in the USA.

His wife is an American citizen and his son has dual UK and American citizenship. However, Prince Harry has never voted in the UK due to royal tradition of not voting.

June 12, 2020

Election Countdown Clock ⏰ (link)


2020 US Presidential Elections

It’s currently:

Time until Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Washington DC, District of Columbia time)

I’m counting the days. Each day is one day closer to the 2020 election.
It seems like an eternity.
May 26, 2020

U.S. Attorney considering charges against state officials in Arbery case, family's lawyers say


Justice Department officials want to know why it took so long to charge those responsible for Ahmaud Arbery's death, the family's attorneys said.

U.S. Attorney considering charges against state officials in Arbery case, family's lawyers say

Author: Michael King (11ALIVE)
Published: 6:53 PM EDT May 25, 2020
Updated: 1:22 AM EDT May 26, 2020

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — According to attorneys for the family of Ahmaud Arbery, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia told them last week that his office is now investigating why there was such a delay behind the arrests of the persons involved in the shooting death of Arbery.

The attorneys for Arbery's family, S. Lee Merritt, Benjamin Crump and L. Chris Stewart, released a joint statement on Monday evening:

"The mother and father of Ahmaud Arbery and their legal team met with officials from the Dept. of Justice late last week, including Bobby Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District.
According to Mr. Christine, his office is investigating why it took so long to arrest the individuals responsible for Mr. Arbery's death. This would involve the consideration of both civil and criminal charges against state officials and other conspirators involved in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

We left that meeting feeling satisfied that the DOJ would do their part to fully investigate all players involved in this murder and that they would hold those responsible accountable."


January 21, 2019

To quote DUer Voltaire2, "It is about trying to nullify the midterm election."

3. It is about trying to nullify the midterm election
If the Republicans can compel the house to pass legislation they would otherwise oppose, the election was nearly irrelevant.
Missing entry

March 15, 2013

QEII (The queen of Canada) twittered this message to Colonel Christopher Hadfield on 03/13/13:

13 March 2013

I am pleased to transmit my personal best wishes, and those of all Canadians, to Colonel Christopher Hadfield as he takes command of the International Space Station on Wednesday. Our thoughts and best wishes are with him and the entire crew, as are our prayers for an eventual safe return to family, friends and fellow Canadians.



Colonel Christopher Hadfield's reply:

Scruffy Rumbler: I can't thank you enough for the link to this amazing video of the one of the most amazing live performances that I have ever seen! You have made my day, week, month and year!

Peace. CB

Profile Information

Gender: Female
Home country: Planet Earth
Member since: Wed Oct 6, 2004, 02:48 PM
Number of posts: 21,578

About CottonBear

She, her, ma'am

Journal Entries

Latest Discussions»CottonBear's Journal