Tuesday Open Thread | Meet Stacey Abrams

Meet the woman who could become America’s First Black Female Governor.

Democratic Nominee Stacey Abrams of Georgia.

As always, if you can spare anything, please give. If you can’t, spread the word about Abrams to others.

Meet Stacey
Stacey knows our beginnings do not have to dictate who we will become. She has a boundless belief in Georgians’ capacity to prosper; and she has the courage, commitment to service, and experience to make this vision a reality.

Stacey’s Foundation
Stacey Abrams and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi with three tenets: go to school, go to church, and take care of each other. Despite struggling to make ends meet for their family, her parents made service a way of life for their children – if someone was less fortunate, it was their job to serve that person. This ethic – and her parents’ unwavering commitment to providing educational opportunity for their children – led the family to Georgia.

Stacey’s Childhood
Stacey’s parents attended Emory University to pursue graduate studies in Divinity and become United Methodist ministers. Stacey and her younger siblings attended DeKalb County Schools, and she graduated from Avondale High School. Stacey received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School.

Stacey’s Work
She put her education to work to better the lives of Georgians through the government, nonprofit, and business sectors. Dedicated to civic engagement, she founded the New Georgia Project, which submitted more than 200,000 registrations for voters of color between 2014 and 2016. Under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Stacey is the award-winning author of eight romantic suspense novels, which have sold more than 100,000 copies. As co-founder of NOW Account – a financial services firm that helps small businesses grow – Stacey has helped create and retain jobs in Georgia. And through her various business ventures, Stacey has helped employ even more Georgians, including hundreds of young people starting out.

Stacey’s Leadership
In 2010, Stacey became the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. As House Minority Leader, she has worked strategically to recruit, train, elect, and defend Democrats to prevent a Republican supermajority in the House, and has worked across the aisle on behalf of all Georgians. During her tenure, she has stopped legislation to raise taxes on the poor and middle class and to roll back reproductive healthcare. She has brokered compromises that led to progress on transportation, infrastructure, and education. Most recently, she passed legislation to improve the welfare of grandparents and other kin raising children and secured increased funding to support these families.

Stacey’s Achievements
Stacey has worked hard to harness the extraordinary opportunities available to our state. She understands that if we have the vision to strive – and the courage to confront our challenges – our potential is boundless. She has met with families and small businesses in more than 150 counties, and she has proven her ability to find solutions across divides. Stacey has received the Friend of Labor award for her staunch support of working families and an A-rating from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in the same year. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she is the proud 2012 Grand Champion of the Georgia National Fair Legislative Livestock Roundup. Stacey has received recognition from the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Georgia), the National Urban League, EMILY’s List, and Planned Parenthood.

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122 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Meet Stacey Abrams

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  2. LOOK, Y’ALL! Ayanna Pressley beat out a 10 term incumbent. Yowza!

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    https://twitter.com/Sporty1p/status/1037092717514248192?s=20

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  8. eliihass says:

    Yup.. What we’ve been saying, fam..

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    • eliihass says:

      That gawd-awful Abby Huntsman has been shunted over to ABC from FOX..? How do they keep legitimizing and mainstreaming these talentless, soulless, opportunistic spawn of right-wingers and Faux-news cast-offs..??

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  9. eliihass says:

    This guy is a classic sociopath..

    An imitation of a human being..

    And, that distinct arrested development thingy..

    “..l love my friends… I have more African American clerks.. Margaret has taken her braces off..”

    Thank you Elena Kalgan …for helping to validate and promote this evil..

    Ugh..

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  10. eliihass says:

    Condoleeza Rice is that god-forsaken coon that the alt-right can always count on to help advance their dastardly white supremacist cause –

    I detest her..

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  11. eliihass says:

    Rod Rosenstein good ole boy patting Kavanaugh on the back.. Since when does the deputy AG show up for a SC confirmation hearing …and all pally-pally with the Federalist Society’s hand-picked suspect ..

    And someone please shut the traitorous Ms Lindsey up..

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  12. eliihass says:

    Oh shut up, Thom Tilis you traitor..

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    Yup..

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  15. eliihass says:

    Oh Cory, please, stop with the suck-up..🙄 these republicans are irredeemable..

    Being polite and sucking up to them is not going to move these greedy, heartless monsters with their greed and white power agenda ..

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  16. eliihass says:

    The treasonous buffoon and his enablers are right now putting out calls for dirt on Senators Whitehouse, Hirono etc.. just as they did with Al Franken for having the nerve to grill whatshisname..

    Meanwhile, this Senator Crapo, is full of crap.. He and the rest of the republicans just boldface lie – and without shame.. Sick..

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  17. eliihass says:

    Senator Hirono did not come to play..

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    Jeff the flake fake..

    Never ceases to disappoint… Never ceases to mealy-mouth his way right back into the arms of his cruel, greedy right-wing kin..

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  20. eliihass says:

    Ben Sasse is an idiot..

    Another one of those slimy opportunists that I’ve warned about..

    Of the ilk that pretend to be concerned with some of what the treasonous buffoon tweets, but who in the end just slides right next to the buffoon, voting a 100% of his every dubious decimation and callous agenda..

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    • eliihass says:

      Told you fam, that sociopath Kavanaugh is an immature, fake christian with serious arrested development issues..

      Look at him alternately eying the Dem Senators every time they start to speak, grinning at Republicans, and generally throwing silent tantrums whenever a Dem Senator calls him out, and squirming in his seat, furiously scribbling like a 2nd grader..

      These undeserving mediocre judges being propelled into the highest court(s) of our land by oligarch benefactors that they’ll be forever beholden to, have no integrity, no honor, and are driven purely by delusions of grandeur, greed, power, a false sense of importance, entitlement, self and personal ambition, that has them desperate to take up space they are neither entitled to, qualified for or worthy of..

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  23. eliihass says:

    So, that was why Mr Woodward has been silent..

    He was collecting material for yet another book..

    And the treasonous buffoon and co. assumed he was on their side..

    When all the while, he was only ingratiating (ha! Ametia) himself to the treasonous buffoon and the clown circus, solely for material for his book..

    Ha! America..

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    • Ametia says:

      LOL Woodward is just like the rest of the pundit and stenographers.

      SELL.THAT.BOOK,

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      • eliihass says:

        Remember we talked about how these access journos hustle for access, and then hoard all the pertinent info they vacuum up, for their pocket-lining personal book deals …instead of immediately reporting disturbing info that can help in ejecting this corrupt treasonous buffoon, his family and traitorous cohort out of the People’s House..

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  24. eliihass says:

    Ugh..

    Someone should please tell Neal Katyal to shut up and go away.. craven, shameless opportunist..

    He was part of the cheering/vouching team for Gorsuch …in a stolen SC seat that rightfully belonged to Merrick Garland ..

    He even introduced Gorsuch during the sham-hearing..

    Someone please play Senator Whitehouse’s opening statement from this morning for Neal..

    “…Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court will be introduced on Monday by an unlikely suspect: a former top lawyer in the Obama administration who is currently spearheading an attack on Trump’s revised travel ban.

    Neal Katyal served from 2010-2011 as acting solicitor general for President Barack Obama and he believes liberals should back Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

    Katyal, a former clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer, argued 13 cases in the Solicitor General’s office and 19 more as a private attorney. He has two more arguments coming up next month.
    In an op-ed last January he openly admitted to having grave misgivings about Trump.

    “I am hard-pressed to think of one thing President Trump has done right in the last 11 days since his inauguration,” Katyal wrote January 31. He called Garland “perhaps the most qualified nominee ever for the high court,” but he said in the new political climate, if the Senate “is to confirm anyone,” Gorsuch should be at the top of the list.

    “I believe this, even though we come from different sides of the political spectrum,” Katyal wrote.
    “I have seen him up close and in action,” he said. “He brings a sense of fairness and decency to the job, and a temperament that suits the nation’s highest court.”

    Some liberals have been critical of Katyal’s support.

    “The elite legal class has closed ranks around Gorsuch and this is just the latest example,” said Nan Aron, President of Alliance for Justice.

    “It seems as if too many of them are too impressed by Gorsuch’s personal polish and resume to see past them to how damaging his record is when it comes to the impact on everyday people,” she said…”

    https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/20/politics/neil-gorsuch-neal-katyal/index.html

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  25. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : September 4, 2018

    Ingratiate: verb in-GRAY-shee-ayt

    Definition : to gain favor or favorable acceptance for by deliberate effort — usually used with with

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/ingratiate-2018-09-04?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=ingrat02&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=wotd&utm_content=pron

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  27. eliihass says:

    Damn… Senator Whitehouse told on them..

    We need the video for Senator Whitehouse’s exposé on this crook Kavanaugh and his Federalist/Heritage Foundation/numerous corporations/oligarch benefactors..

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  29. eliihass says:

    The face of evil..

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  30. eliihass says:

    And Senator Leahy has put the lying fraud and sociopath Kavanaugh on notice that they both have unfinished business, and he Leahy is coming for sociopath Kavanaugh..

    Thank you Senator Leahy..

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  31. eliihass says:

    Sure.. we’re now taking validation and commendations and character-vouching from former Clinton folk..

    Next thing Orin Hatch will be invoking Dick Morris and Mark Penn all former Clinton insiders, and their effusive character-vouching of Kavanaugh too..

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  39. Liza says:

    Momentary distraction…

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  40. Chuck Grassley is an evil old man. #Kavanaugh

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    • eliihass says:

      Rubbish..

      Kavanaugh is very much part of this brazen attempt to deceive and corrupt and circumvent this process..

      He’s a crooked, undeserving lightweight with zero courtroom experience, who’s lied his way onto the bench – and now being propelled above his pay grade, by those who own him – and those who’ve suddenly paid off his questionably insane credit card and other dubious debt load..

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  45. eliihass says:

    Good for Durbin..

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  46. Liza says:

    I agree. SCOTUS is lost for a generation.

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    • eliihass says:

      If it’s true that he lied in his previous confirmationhearing – for which Senator Leahy requested that DOJ investigate in 2007, without much luck, trust that even if he’s ‘confirmed’ right now, he’ll eventually be taken down..

      They are simply setting a precedent that we Dems will get a chance to reciprocate in kind, soon enough..

      All of these so-called ‘appointments’ being crammed through by this treasonous buffoon and the alt-right wing-nuts pupetteering him, will eventually be taken down – one way or another..

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      • Liza says:

        Well, I hope so. A lot has to change, a lot of the players have to be replaced.

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      • eliihass says:

        The way I see it, this period in our history – no matter how painful- has happened for a reason.. Not only will many lessons have been learnt, this has been an education for the previously apathetic.. but most importantly, there will be hell to pay in the future for any Dem who refuses to give as good as we’ve been dealt by these republican traitors..

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  50. eliihass says:

    Oh shut up, John Cornyn..

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  54. rikyrah says:

    Snatch those edges, Soledad

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    • eliihass says:

      Jason Whitlock has always been a pathetic waste of space..

      This person has some serious issues which have obviously plagued him forever..

      It’s clear that he was not hugged as a child, or breastfed as a baby..

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  55. eliihass says:

    I loathe these republicans with every fiber of my being..

    Grassley with his alt-right handler/puppeteer/whisperer seated behind him spoon-feeding him stuff..

    Louisiana country bumpkin Kennedy with his aw shucks ridiculousness..

    Kavanaugh and McGahn with the entitled smirks of satisfied, sneaky alt-right crooks ..

    Lord, how much longer before this charade of corrupt, banana republic right-wing mediocrity in cahoots with a corrupt treasonous buffoon and beholden Russian asset, is thwarted – before these traitors destroy what’s left of this republic..?

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  62. OMG! Stop this mockery of a hearing. It’s pure bullshit. #Grassley is full of ISH. Stop this farce. #KavanaughConfirmationHearing

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  63. rikyrah says:

    Maddow visited Kavanaugh’s work in the case of the pregnant immigrant teenager who was trying to get an abortion while in custody.
    Hint, he was trying to delay the case until she was too far along to get an abortion.😠

    Kavanaugh behavior on bench suggests opposition to Roe v. Wade https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/kavanaugh-behavior-on-bench-suggests-opposition-to-roe-v-wade-1312251459701 via @msnbc

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  64. rikyrah says:

    Is there a doctor in the house?
    If Black, think twice before following that Hippocratic Oath😒😒
    Damn, we can’t even be Good Samaritans 😠

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  68. rikyrah says:

    TRUTH

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  78. rikyrah says:

    Da phuq?😒😒

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  79. rikyrah says:

    Ok,
    This cracked me up

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  80. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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    • Ametia says:

      Good Morning, Rikyrah & Everyone.

      Kavanaugh shouldn’t be seated anywhere for a hearing, after the GOPers withheld voting on Merrick Garland or any potential nominee until a new president was elected.

      WE DON’T HAVE A NEW POTUS

      YET

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