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Mastrmynd, Magic, what's good?

Updated May 22, 2018
By Greg Bluestein
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Former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams won the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s top office on Tuesday, defeating ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans and advancing her quest to become the nation’s first black female governor.

She will face one of five Republicans in November in the race to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal, a competition that will test whether the state is truly competitive after more than a decade of GOP rule.

Abrams attracted national attention, big-name endorsements and millions of dollars in outside spending with her “unapologetic progressive” platform to flip the Georgia governor’s office for the first time since 2002.

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But she faced a stiff challenge from Evans, who tried to frame herself as the more ardent progressive. Evans fueled her campaign with nearly $2 million of her own money, pummeling Abrams with criticism for supporting a 2011 Republican-backed measure that cut awards to the HOPE scholarship.

Each of the Democratic and Republican candidates tried to carve out his or her niche in a race that attracted more than $22 million in campaign contributions – and flooded the airwaves with more than $13 million in TV ads.

The Democrats largely abandoned centrist talk to appeal instead to left-leaning voters with a promise of implementing gun control, increasing financial aid for lower-income families and taking steps toward the decriminalization of marijuana.

Stacey Abrams visited the AJC to discuss her run for governor. We had three questions for her.
That’s a stark contrast from more moderate appeals from a generation of Democratic candidates for governor, who often sought the National Rifle Association’s endorsement and touted fiscally conservative policies.

They are echoing many in the party’s base who insisted on that shift. Claudia Colichon, who lives in north Atlanta, said she demands candidates who embrace mass transit funding and fight for gun control.

“There needs to be a progressive change,” said Colichon. “People are seeing that conservative policies aren’t working.”

Abrams attracted far more national attention, picking up support from Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and a string of other high-profile Democrats. Abrams raised about two-thirds of her campaign funds from outside the state, and national groups funded about $2 million worth of ads supporting her.

Evans mounted a lower-key campaign focused on local endorsements and smaller gatherings. The election-eve activities highlighted their differences. While Abrams held a large get-out-the-vote rally, Evans slung beers for supporters at an Atlanta bar.

Both Abrams and Evans united around a host of issues, including expanding Medicaid, growing the medical marijuana program and continuing Deal’s criminal justice overhaul. And both are outspoken opponents of “religious liberty” measures they say amount to state-sponsored discrimination.

The two attorneys also both were the products of hardscrabble childhoods that shaped their views of government, served together in the state House in their 30s and had up-close views of the tragic toll of substance abuse on their families with siblings who faced legal trouble.

But they’ve clashed on other issues, including how aggressively they oppose the NRA, how they would handle the state’s $26 billion budget and even how they would address Stone Mountain and other Civil War monuments.

The biggest policy divide, however, centered on the HOPE scholarship, which provides tuition aid to Georgia college students who maintain a “B” average.

Evans said Abrams betrayed her party by working with Republicans seeking cost-cutting moves to reduce the program’s awards in 2011. Abrams countered that more “seasoned” Democrats sided with her in that vote because they knew negotiating with the GOP would prevent deeper cuts.

The other central disagreement in the race involved strategy.

Evans banked on a more conventional Democratic plan to win over independent voters and moderates, particularly suburban women, who have fled to the GOP. Abrams has staked her campaign on energizing left-leaning voters, including minorities who rarely cast ballots.

The two competed for support in an increasingly diverse electorate and at times racial tensions surfaced.

There was the moment last year when Abrams supporters shouted down Evans at an Atlanta conference of progressive activists with chants of “support black women.” Evans, who is white, drew scorn with a video at Ebenezer Baptist Church that faded her face into the image of Martin Luther King Jr.

For Democrats, the divisive primary for governor was somewhat novel. Jason Carter, the party’s 2014 nominee, faced no Democratic competition. And former Gov. Roy Barnes steamrolled over opposition in 2010 during his failed comeback bid.

The party has also largely avoided fierce primary battles between black and white candidates for governor since the 1990 vote, when then-Lt. Gov. Zell Miller trounced former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young.

Evans, who represented a Smyrna-based district, faced an uphill battle from the moment she entered the race. Black women form the largest bloc of voters in the Democratic primary, and Abrams’ campaign predicted African-American turnout overall could make up 65 percent of the vote.

To make inroads, Evans staged a slate of smaller rallies and meet-and-greets, and she relied heavily on prominent black officials to spread her message. She also spent far more heavily on TV than Abrams, inundating the airwaves with a HOPE-themed pitch.

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Hudlin TV / Re: What Are YOU Watching?
« on: May 20, 2018, 05:38:14 am »

I saw most of it this morning (Mama Hype had been up since early).  Beautiful dress (beautiful Meghan).  Nice touch to have Rev. Curry...

Any family relation, Hype?

hmm, not that I'm aware of, lol... curious.. ;)


Well, looks like they cribbed some stuff from Night Nurse, maybe?

top notch cast, I hope this is well put together.
Fictional film folks operating outside the law rarely receive the best medical treatment (just ask Tom Cruise’s on-the-run cop in Minority Report). But what if there was a specific place where lawbreakers could go and have their wounds treated?

In the new, near future-set, action-thriller Hotel Artemis, Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs) plays a character called The Nurse who runs a secret, members-only hospital for criminals. The film is written and directed by Drew Pearce and costars Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), Jeff Goldblum (Thor: Ragnarok), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy).

“This is really original,” Brown recently told EW about what drew him to the film. “You’ve got a hospital for criminals, so these are bad guys, but he’s got a purpose beyond just himself, so he’s a good bad guy. … It’s got a dope cast. … It was one of Jodie’s first movies in several years. You’re working with one of the icons of the game, so there was nothing but pluses all the way around for your boy.”

Hotel Artemis will be released on June 8. Watch the film’s trailer, above.

Reporting by Maureen Lee Lenker

Hudlin TV / Re: What Are YOU Watching?
« on: May 19, 2018, 06:01:57 pm »

By all accounts, Prince Harry lived a sheltered life both in the United Kingdom and during his time in the military, however, he has gained a much broader perspective of the world no other member of his family ever had.

The idea that Prince Harry would consider engaging into a interracial relationship is a remarkable 'Sign O Th' Times' as the late, great Prince would say.

This weekend, the civilized world shall bear witness The Royal Wedding. A very special wedding unlike anything anyone has ever seen.

Prince Harry's union with Ms. Meghan Markle, an all American girl of the 21st Century, dysfunctional family and all, will transform into the first Black princess on record inside the all White British royal family.

For all of you hopeless romantics out there with pre-concieved notions of what a real live fairy tale royal wedding is supposed to be, you are cordially invited to watch this delightful event if you want.

So is there going to be a DVD?

I saw most of it this morning (Mama Hype had been up since early).  Beautiful dress (beautiful Meghan).  Nice touch to have Rev. Curry, the gospel choir, and the young man on the cello.  Kudos!
it would be cool if, you know, Meghan still got involved in acting jobs, gives her fees to charity, that sort of thing.

Mastrmynd, how dare you not be obsessed with a celebrity couple who will have no impact on our lives whatsoever!  it's unAmerican!  ;)

Latest Flicks / Re: Deadpool 2: Wha'd ya think?
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:53:50 am »
The film was goofy and enjoyable.  Nice to see Reynolds' input.  I haven't seen Atomic Blonde but the director did a good job putting this together.

More Zazie in X-Force!  And a solo movie. :-* :-* :-* :-*  (Still haven't seen any Atlanta yet)

.. bumping off all the X-Force recruits? Nasty... and kind of a waste of Terry Crews, at least..  He couldn't be Bishop?  I know, Omar Sy played him in a previous movie, but... could have been interesting to have him follow Cable from the future and have them go at it for a while before patching things up..

I hope that Brolin gets to continue as Cable in X-Force, he makes a nice straight man to Deadpool's foolishness.

I was surprised that there got to be a full-on fight between Colossus and Juggernaut!  Awesome!  It was great that Juggy was CGI this time around.  I wonder who played him physically?
The young man playing Russell was impressive.  I wonder if he'll be continuing with the next movie.  Nice aside about plus-sized superheroes.

Too bad about the personal problems of the guy who plays Weasel.  Doubtful if he'll show up again..

The 'healing/baby torso' sequence at Blind Al's was cringeworthy, lol.. I was hoping that Blind Al would show up for the climax, shooting at random.

... I wish Dopinder hadn't killed the guy at the end.  Obviously it was played for laughs, but.. eh.. this guy is 'off' if he really thinks he had to become some kind of "bad-azz killer" to be part of the team...

.. yeah, it's entertainment, it's not that deep, but... lol..

.... There was a mid-credits scene?  I had to use the bathroom... ah well..

Other Comics / Re: A possible Joker comic
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:46:38 am »
no murder.

Latest Flicks / Re: Avengers: Infinity War
« on: May 16, 2018, 10:37:25 am »
what are honest trailers about?

Did Odin sire children in Africa?

Technology / Conan exiles
« on: May 06, 2018, 02:45:04 pm »

I just saw a TV commercial for this a few days ago.  I had no idea this was being developed.

I suppose you can set yourself up as Conan or play another new character.  I hope you can customize their looks.

I wonder what it will be like?  I don't own any current systems.

I've never played Warcraft, so I don't know if this is the standard for similar games or what.

In The News / Re: 144th Kentucky Derby 2018
« on: May 06, 2018, 11:40:30 am »
why do horses get all these crazy names?  Seriously, what's up with that?

Congratulations, Hype!
Good luck with your next moves.

Thanks Curtis!   :)

Latest Flicks / Re: Avengers: Infinity War
« on: May 02, 2018, 08:32:17 am »
in part four, I want to see the Hulk have a really good revenge fight against Thanos.
I'm also a little fearful for War Machine, remembering what happened recently in the comics.  Hmm..

General Discussion / Re: the Hudlin 100...
« on: May 01, 2018, 05:08:08 am »
I'd love to meet Zazie Beets. Very pretty.

Latest Flicks / Re: Avengers: Infinity War
« on: May 01, 2018, 05:06:48 am »
My bet is Hawkeye and Ant Man and Wasp show up in part two.

I'd love to see the world in chaos.  And bad guys taking advantage of it...and some even joining in, or considering jointing in the effort to fix things. 

I thought it was brilliant that the original Avengers all survived.  I wonder who will get a contract extension?

My big question is--how long is going to be between these movies.  In comics, from the Snap to the undoing of the snap was mere days, maybe less.  Will it really be a year between movies or will it pick up right from where it left off?

It would be great that in "movie time" it would be a year or more, and to dramatically explore what has happened on Earth in the meanwhile.  Of course, Nick Fury's signal to Carol Danvers went off, so I don't know how that will play into the plot.  It sounds like Capt. Marvel will have Superman-type scale powers, based on interviews I see with Kevin Feige.

I can't wait to get the hell out of this state.  I'm finally done with grad school now (yay me), and the governor's race is looking to be a showdown between the pro-Trump attorney general Bill Shuette and.... well, on the DNC side, it hasn't quite worked out yet.  The official primary for Michigan isn't until August.  there's a white female former state assemblywoman, Gretchen Whitmer, who has some momentum, but (urban) Detroit scarcely knows her.  There's also a 32-year old, former city of Detroit health dept. director, Abdul El-Sayed (his family background is Egyptian; and yes, he's muslim) .  There's also a millionaire east-Indian born trained chemist, Shri Thanedar:  his policy positions are Bernie-esque, but if an Intercept article is to be believed, he wasn't committed to either the GOP or the DNC upon meeting a pair of political consultants in early 2017.

We'll see what happens.

I organized a "get out the vote" event last month with presenters from the ACLU and an anti-gerrymandering ballot effort here in the state, but apparently I didn't organize well enough because attendance was sparse.   ???  sigh....

I'm so very desperate for some progressive changes in the midterms nationwide; but in terms of what's happening in Michigan, I see the continued political/cultural slide toward Mississippi in all but name.  Blue collar conservatives (including labor affiliated whites) helped Reagan get over in the 1980s, and bulwarked the fortunes of both Bushes and most recently, Dolt 45.  The Tea Party dominates both the state House and state Senate, and despite Michigan's two senators being Democrats (Stabenow and Peters) they can't affect state-based policy.  The current governor Rick Snyder is term limited, but his lieutenant governor Bryan Calley is running on Snyder's record, pretty much rationalizing Flint as "bureaucrats" besides the ones he's closest to.

I don't know if this degree in Social Justice Studies is going to help me get a better career, or just a pretty way to take up space in my mom's living room, but we'll see...

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