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Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider

    A day after finishing well behind Bernie Sanders in the Nevada Caucuses, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg received a rousing reception at an outdoor rally in Virginia, one of the fourteen Super Tuesday states where Buttigieg will need a boost to insure he has some major influence in coming weeks in the Democratic race for President. 'Our numbers have grown a little bit,' Buttigieg said to cheers, as thousands gathered on the football field at Washington-Liberty High School, not far across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. 'We're running on adrenaline,' Buttigieg added, detailing how had hop scotched his way from Nevada to Colorado, to South Carolina for church this morning, and then here in the Old Dominion for his Sunday afternoon rally. In his speech, Buttigieg quickly turned his fire on front runner Bernie Sanders, who seems likely to be targeted on Tuesday night, in the next Democratic debate in Charleston, South Carolina. 'I respect my friend Sen. Sanders,' Buttigieg said. 'But I also believe that the way we will build the movement to defeat Donald Trump is to call people into our tent, not to call them names on line.' 'This is where I view things a little differently than Sen. Sanders,' Buttigieg said later in his speech. 'I don't believe we can allow ourselves to get to the point where it feels like fighting is the point.' As Buttigieg took the stage in Arlington, 60 percent of the precincts were reporting from the Nevada Caucuses a day earlier - and as the sun went down, the numbers only got worse for anyone not named Sanders. “I believe we call that a rout,” said elections analyst Kyle Kondik. With 72 percent reporting, Sanders was at 47.5 percent, Biden at 20.8 percent, while Buttigieg trailed well back in third at 13.8 percent. 'We cannot wait four years,' Buttigieg said of the drive by Democrats to oust President Trump. 'We can't wait nine days!' someone in the crowd shouted back, referring to Super Tuesday. Buttigieg also used his stop in the Washington area to raise money for his campaign, needing a boost as this race goes more national over the next week. The candidates for the Democratic nomination will gather on Tuesday in Charleston, South Carolina for their next debate; South Carolina holds a primary on Saturday. Super Tuesday follows the next Tuesday, on March 3, as 14 states will vote, with Sanders seen as a top finisher in most of those contests. Buttigieg and other challengers to Sanders will host a series of events in Charleston on Monday on the eve of the debate. Then, the race will start to explode outside of the borders of the Palmetto State, as after the debate, Buttigieg will go to Florida on Wednesday for a series of fundraising events. Florida does not vote until March 17, two weeks after Super Tuesday. Buttigieg's good turnout on Sunday came after Elizabeth Warren drew 4,000 not far from here in Virginia last week - another signal that Democratic voters are desperate to find someone to take on, and defeat, President Trump in November. 'America is ready for Pete,' said Kyle Rumpler, a Buttigieg organizer. For now, Buttigieg is in second place in the delegate race, but Super Tuesday could bring some big changes.
  • President Donald Trump on Friday hinted that his administration may move to add even more to the $28 billion in bailout money paid to farmers over the past two years, as ongoing trade disputes continue to exact an economic drag on U.S. agriculture. In a post on Twitter, the President said if extra aid is needed, it will be paid for by increased tariffs levied by the Trump Administration. 'THAT AID WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,' Mr. Trump wrote, in part. The most recent figures show the federal government is now collecting just under $7 billion a month in tariffs from U.S. import companies - up from about $3 billion a month when the President took office in 2017. An average of $7 billion a month would equal close to $100 billion in tariffs, which the President says will offset the cost of bailout payments to U.S. farmers hurt by ongoing trade disputes. Earlier this week in a stop in California, the President reminded farmers of his administration's bailout work. 'We got you $16 billion and we got you $12 billion from the year before. We took it out of the tariffs that we imposed,' the President said. 'People don’t say it. They never like to say it, the fake news.' 'I will always keep fighting for the American farmer and rancher,' Mr. Trump added. The President's promise to funnel billions in additional aid to farmers came amid reports that China may not be buying the up to $40 billion in American farm products which had been promised as part of a 'phase one' trade deal with the U.S. 'Not good. Also not surprising,' said the group Farmers for Free Trade, which has been a loud voice in the agricultural community raising concern about the impact of the President's tariffs. While the President and top administration officials predict new trade deals with China, Japan, Canada, and Mexico will open up new markets for America's farmers - Mr. Trump's use of tariffs have caused trouble for U.S. agriculture, often resulting in retaliatory tariffs by other nations. Democrats mocked the President's latest talk of extra farm bailouts. 'I SEE THAT YOU ARE, AGAIN, EMBRACING SOCIALISM,' tweeted Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).
  • Ignoring declarations from President Donald Trump that the prosecution of his friend Roger Stone had been a 'disgrace,' a federal judge in Washington on Thursday sentenced Stone to 3 years and 4 months in prison for obstructing efforts by Congress to probe the Trump-Russia investigation. 'He was not prosecuted, as some have claimed, for standing up for the President,' said Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Stone. 'He was prosecuted for covering up for the President.'  “The truth still exists. The truth still matters,” the judge added. Stone was convicted in November of obstructing a Congressional investigation, making false statements to Congress, and engaging in witness tampering to stop testimony which would undercut his defense. Democrats in Congress praised the sentence, and warned President Trump not to pardon Stone. “He did it to cover up for Trump,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead House impeachment prosecutor, and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.  “It should go without saying, but to pardon Stone when his crimes were committed to protect Trump would be a breathtaking act of corruption,” Schiff tweeted. “The President should not further taint this process by using his pardon power as a Get Out of Jail Free card,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). As the sentencing hearing got underway, President Trump was out in Las Vegas - but paying attention to the story of the morning from back in Washington. “I'd love to see Roger exonerated,” the President said at a “Hope for Prisoners” event, as he complained the foreperson on the Stone jury and the prosecution in general. “This has not been a fair process,” Mr. Trump added. But the President indicated he would not make any quick decision about clemency for Stone. “I'm going to watch the process, and watch it very closely, and some point, I'm going to make a determination,” Mr. Trump said. Republicans quickly made clear they would not oppose such a move for Stone. “Under our system of justice President Trump has all the legal authority in the world to review this case, in terms of commuting the sentence or pardoning Mr. Stone for the underlying offense,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a key Trump ally. The sentencing played out days after an extraordinary twist in the case, as the Justice Department withdrew its original sentencing recommendation for Stone, as four prosecutors then resigned from the case. That recommendation urged a sentence of between seven and nine years in jail. During the court proceedings on Thursday, Judge Jackson indicated she thought that was excessive.
  • Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first appearance on the Democratic debate stage found him under attack from all sides in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, as the five other Democrats took turns trying to knock over the candidate who threatens them with a seemingly endless supply of campaign money and television commercials in the 2020 race for the White House. “Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another,' Elizabeth Warren said of Bloomberg and the race to replace President Donald Trump. In Bloomberg's first chance to speak to voters from the debate, he opted to go after Bernie Sanders on the issue of electability. 'If he is the candidate we will have Donald Trump for another four years,' Bloomberg said. Here is a look at what the six candidates on stage were able to do: + ELIZABETH WARREN. After a lackluster debate in New Hampshire, Warren left it all on the field in Vegas. She scorched Bloomberg over his taxes, and called him an 'arrogant billionaire.' She ripped Klobuchar for a 'Post-It Note' health plan, and called Buttigieg's health plan a 'Power Point' which took up only two paragraphs. But her night on stage in Vegas will be remembered mainly for her verbal broadsides against Bloomberg, especially when she demanded that he release women from non-disclosure agreements, so people could find out how they had been harassed or discriminated against. With the moderators taking a hands off approach, Warren at one point simply asked the questions of Bloomberg herself, making his first debate night a rough one. + PETE BUTTIGIEG. While the Indiana Mayor got in some shots at Sanders and Bloomberg along the way, he took several extended jabs at Klobuchar, which would seemingly tell us that he is worried about the Minnesota Senator grabbing away some of his moderate base. 'I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete,' Klobuchar said at one point as the two tangled multiple times. Buttigieg really got under Klobuchar's skin by highlighting how she couldn't come up with the name of the Mexican leader earlier this week. 'Are you trying to say I'm dumb?' Klobuchar responded icily. Buttigieg also got his jabs in at Sanders and Bloomberg, reminding people they aren't in the party. 'Let's put forward someone who is actually a Democrat,' Buttigieg said. + JOE BIDEN. Unlike the debate in New Hampshire, Biden did not start his evening by conceding defeat, as the more aggressive version of the former Vice President was repeatedly on display. Biden dinged Bloomberg several times, he again threw elbows over the cost of programs put forward by Sanders, and repeatedly reminded others on stage that he was with President Obama on major issues like health care. But Biden reserved his biggest jabs for Bloomberg, on where he stood on the Obama health law, and how the Obama Administration sent in monitors to deal with the 'stop and frisk' policy of the Bloomberg Administration in New York. + BERNIE SANDERS. Normally, Sanders would have probably attracted the most attention in this debate, simply because he is seen in the polls as the front runner, something he reminded the NBC moderators about when they asked him about polls. But with Bloomberg on the debate stage for the first time, Sanders got a little less attention - though he still mixed it up with Bloomberg a number of times. 'You know what, Mr. Bloomberg, it wasn't you who made all that money. Maybe your workers played some role in that as well,' Sanders said. One of the few times that Sanders found himself playing defense was when a local Nevada issue came up, about the powerful Culinary workers union, and their opposition to his Medicare For All health plan - worried it will do away with the benefits they've gained in their labor efforts. + MICHAEL BLOOMBERG. While the attacks on Bloomberg will get the lion's share of attention out of this debate - as we have detailed here, the former mayor of New York also had his share of rejoinders, which were mainly deployed against Sanders. 'I don't think there's any of chance of Sanders beating President Trump,' Bloomberg said early in the debate. 'I'm a New Yorker. I know how to take on an arrogant con man,' Bloomberg said of the President. For the first 15-20 minutes, Bloomberg was doing fine in his first debate, even as the moderators tried to make him an issue. But then, Warren moved in, and Bloomberg struggled through the rest of the first segment. Bloomberg used most of his tougher lines against Sanders, clearly seeing him as his chief rival on Super Tuesday. + AMY KLOBUCHAR. Klobuchar used her last debate in New Hampshire to take a big jump forward in this campaign, but it wasn't clear she was able to repeat that on the Vegas Strip. Klobuchar started by rebuking Bloomberg's campaign for suggesting that she get out of the race. As mentioned above, the Minnesota Democrat spent a good deal of time squabbling with Buttigieg, as it seemed like Klobuchar might have grabbed Mayor Pete and broken him in two if no one else was in the room. After Bloomberg said he couldn't just 'go to Turbo Tax' to do his taxes and release them, Klobuchar called for transparency on tax issues, comparing it to President Trump. Klobuchar is probably in through Super Tuesday, but it's not an easy way forward. She will try to raise more money on Thursday in Denver.
  • As President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his move to free ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), the President also renewed his attacks on fired FBI Director James Comey over the Blagojevich matter, even though Comey was not at the Justice Department or FBI when the Illinois Democrat was convicted of trying to get money for the U.S. Senate seat of Barack Obama in 2008. 'Rod Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat,' the President said, countering the evidence presented at trial by the feds in 2010 and 2011 'Another Comey and gang deal!' the President added in his tweet, mentioning Comey for a second straight day in relation to Blagojevich. Comey served as Deputy Attorney General in the George W. Bush Administration. He left in 2005, and did not return to the federal government until he was chosen for FBI Director eight years later in 2013. After Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison, the Justice Department noted his 'effort in 2008 to illegally trade the appointment of a United States Senator in exchange for $1.5 million in campaign contributions or other personal benefits.' It was not immediately clear why the President mentioned Comey for a second straight day, even though he was not involved in the investigation or prosecution of Blagojevich. 'It was a prosecution by the same people - Comey, Fitzpatrick - the same group,' the President told reporters on Tuesday, also naming former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who did lead the prosecution of Blagojevich. Mr. Trump has repeatedly denounced Comey since firing him in May of 2017, calling him a 'slimeball,' denouncing his handling of the Russia investigation, and Republicans have said Comey should be jailed. 'Mr. President,' Comey tweeted a week ago. 'I have never committed a crime, which is an important pre-req for jail in most countries, still including ours.
  • Three days before a crucial set of caucuses in the state of Nevada, the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for President meet in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, as former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will be on the debate stage for the first time, with top Democrats ready to take aim at the billionaire who has jumped up in the polls after spending millions on campaign ads nationwide. 'It's a shame Mike Bloomberg can buy his way into this debate,' said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), as Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have taken aim repeatedly at Bloomberg in recent days. The debate comes as new polling not only qualified Bloomberg for the debate stage in Las Vegas, but also next Tuesday night in Charleston, South Carolina, just a week before a crucial round of primaries in fourteen states on Super Tuesday, March 3. Six candidates qualified for this debate - notably absent is another wealthy candidate who has been at the last two debates, Tom Steyer. Iowa was just over two weeks ago - but so much has changed in the Democratic race, and in the polls. Let's look at each candidate in this debate. + Joe Biden. After a rather sketchy fourth place finish in Iowa, followed by a fifth place finish in New Hampshire, it's not panic button time as yet for Biden supporters, but it is getting close. The big firewall for the former Vice President is probably next week in South Carolina, but a lackluster showing on Saturday in the Nevada Caucuses would not be helpful for his campaign. At the final debate in New Hampshire earlier this month, Biden started off by basically saying he could not win in the Granite State - and then he went out a proved that the following Tuesday. One would expect to look for a different message from Biden, and look for him to be more aggressive tonight, just as he was in the second part of the New Hampshire debate. + Michael Bloomberg. History teaches us that in the modern primary campaign era, no one can skip Iowa and New Hampshire, and then win their party's nomination. But that's absolutely what Bloomberg is trying to accomplish. He did nothing in those two early states, where individual voter campaign work is glorified - as Bloomberg instead went for the national campaign, with ads running in Super Tuesday states and beyond. That seems to be paying off right now as the overall field is not wowing the voters, and Bloomberg's numbers are bubbling up both nationally, and in individual states which are voting on March 3 - Super Tuesday. Don't count Bloomberg out, as a string of polls released on Tuesday only seemed to have good news for him. What does Bloomberg do tonight? Maybe he raises this issue which he turned into a digital ad, and uses it to push back against what could be a torrent of criticism. + Pete Buttigieg. Most people have probably forgotten this statistic, but Buttigieg is the official leader of the Democratic Party race for President right now, as he is two delegates up on Bernie Sanders after Iowa and New Hampshire. By running neck and neck with Bernie Sanders in both of those states, Buttigieg showed that he deserves to be in the top tier of candidates. But can he translate those good finishes in the first two states into big numbers in Nevada on Saturday? That's not so clear cut of a question and answer. Remember, Buttigieg was taking flak from other Democrats in the New Hampshire debate - because he was perceived as a threat. Now, the focus of all the candidates may be on Bloomberg instead of him. + Amy Klobuchar. It was a week today that Klobuchar was the hot, new item emerging from New Hampshire, after her late closing rush which gave her a strong third place finish. But like in New Hampshire, Klobuchar really does not have much of a ground game in Nevada or South Carolina - and she may have to again use this debate to introduce herself to voters who know pretty much nothing about her. Klobuchar is already trying to see if she can push her way into other states, scheduling a visit to Colorado before the Nevada Caucuses. But the extreme disadvantage for Klobuchar on the airwaves vis a vis Bloomberg is something which cannot be ignored. + Elizabeth Warren. After her disappointing fourth place finish in New Hampshire, Warren immediately introduced a new message into her stump speech - going after Bloomberg, and the millions of dollars he was pouring into the race for President. 'Michael Bloomberg came in on the billionaire plan,' Warren said, as the crowd booed at the mention of his name. 'Just buy yourself the nomination.' One would think that Warren - who has often railed at big money in politics - will be one of the two most aggressive towards Bloomberg, along with Bernie Sanders.  But many thought Warren would be aggressive in the final New Hampshire debate - and it did not happen.  Afterwards, Warren admitted she had probably missed a chance to get more attention.  Watch tonight to see if she changes her game plan. + Bernie Sanders. Sanders teed off on Bloomberg before the votes were even cast in the New Hampshire Primary, perhaps sensing more than others - because he has more of a national campaign apparatus - that Bloomberg represents a major threat to the candidates who have picked their way through the individual early states on the calendar. But Sanders also is the strongest candidate to battle Bloomberg right now in the Democratic race, and the size of his crowds in recent days have shown that very clearly. There is still a great reluctance in official Democratic Party circles about Sanders - mainly because he still is not a member of the party. Sanders can certainly box with Bloomberg tonight on stage and feel confident that he will still be in the top tier of candidates when the night is over. The debate is on NBC from 9 pm - 11 pm ET.
  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a series of surprise high profile pardons and commutations, moving to free former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who was convicted in 2011 of corruption for essentially trying to sell the official appointment to fill the U.S. Senate seat of President Barack Obama. 'He served eight years in jail - a long time,' the President told reporters, as he noted he saw Blagojevich's wife on Fox News, and knew of Blagojevich from his time on 'Celebrity Apprentice.' 'That was a tremendously powerful and ridiculous sentence,' Mr. Trump added, pointedly name-checking former FBI Director James Comey, and the special prosecutor in the case, former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Blagojevich was Governor of Illinois in 2008 when Barack Obama won the White House, thus opening his seat in the Senate. Evidence gathered by the feds showed Blagojevich quickly saw the vacant Senate seat not as a political opportunity, but one which could net the Illinois Democrat big money. 'I've got this thing and it's f#$%ing golden,' Blagojevich was heard on a secretly recorded tape. 'And I'm just not giving it up for f&#$ing nothing!'  In his indictment and trial, prosecutors described Blagojevich as angling for a quid pro quo with a possible Senate pick, where they would set up a non-profit company which would employ Blagojevich after he served as Illinois Governor, funneling big money to him as payback for the Senate appointment. Before being tried and convicted of corruption, Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois State House, and then convicted and removed from office by the Illinois State Senate in early 2009. The vote was unanimous. Illinois GOP lawmakers in the Congress issued a joint statement two hours after the President's announcement, saying they were disappointed by Mr. Trump's move. 'Blagojevich is the face of public corruption in Illinois,' the lawmakers stated, adding 'we shouldn't let those who breached the public trust off the hook.' The President on Tuesday also issued a pardon for David Safavian, who was convicted of obstruction of justice and making false statements in connection with his involvement in the famous Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.
  • The political rumble that is the Democratic race for President in 2020 is entering a crucial next fourteen days as 16 states are on the schedule - fourteen of them on Super Tuesday, March 3. Just as the results in Iowa and New Hampshire helped to reshape the race and knock out some of the long shot contenders, the next two weeks should help determine whether the Democratic nomination is going to be sewed up quickly - or if the race will go on for some time. The big news today is that Michael Bloomberg has qualified for his first debate - Wednesday in Nevada.  Here is what to look for in a very active next two weeks: + Nevada comes first on Saturday. The third stop in this year's nominating schedule is the Silver State, as the Democratic candidates will now flood this state for the rest of this week, with caucuses set for Saturday. Just like in New Hampshire, there will be one final debate before the Nevada vote, that is set for Wednesday night on the Strip in Las Vegas. Unlike the Iowa Caucuses, there is early voting allowed in the Nevada version, as voters then indicate alternate choices if their candidate is not 'viable' in the caucus vote. So far, there has been a lot of interest among Democratic Party voters. Are Nevada Democrats ready? When early voting began last Saturday, Nevada Democrats said 56 percent of those voting were joining the caucus for the first time. + After Nevada, it's off to South Carolina. Last on the schedule this month is the Palmetto State. Nevada has caucuses on Saturday February 22. South Carolina has a primary on Saturday February 29. Just as the results of Iowa and New Hampshire helped to winnow and further shape the Democratic race, one would think the same thing happens after Nevada. There will be another debate in South Carolina on Tuesday February 25, in Charleston. So, just in the next week alone, the Democrats will have two debates - the final two before Super Tuesday. + Will Democrats look ahead to Super Tuesday? Unlike the clear full week before the Nevada Caucuses, Democrats only have a couple of days from the vote in South Carolina on February 29 until the 14 states of Super Tuesday, which vote on March 3. Think about it for a second - do you just campaign around the Palmetto State for the full week next week? Or do you also go somewhere else which might help you the following Tuesday? One state? Or 14 other states? There is no easy answer when you consider that California and Texas are two huge states on Super Tuesday. The clock is ticking toward March 3. Fast. + What about Mike Bloomberg? I don't think you can ignore Bloomberg. History tells us we should, as when you ignore Iowa and New Hampshire, usually your campaign for President goes nowhere (see Al Gore 1988, and Rudy Giuliani 2008). But right now, this seems different, mainly because Bloomberg is pouring vast sums of money into advertising for the Super Tuesday states, and the Democratic Party field doesn't seem like it's sorting out very quickly. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and others have all taken jabs at Bloomberg, who has not been on a debate stage as yet. + Voters are still making up their minds. I spoke to a voter in Virginia this weekend who didn't realize Super Tuesday was just in two weeks. The candidates have that hurdle to overcome. Like a lot of voters, this person was still undecided on who to support on the Democratic side, but indicated they were being bombarded with material from Mike Bloomberg. We haven't seen many polls from Super Tuesday states, but what is notable about this one from Monmouth is that 25 percent of voters say they could still switch. That means there is a lot of wiggle room - and uncertainty - in the next two weeks.
  • Trying to bounce back from a disappointing fourth place finish in New Hampshire, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) found energy and solace from a large turnout at a Thursday night rally in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., as Warren aimed her fire at the stalking horse of the 2020 Democratic race, billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Veering away from her usual stump speech, Warren turned her fire on Bloomberg, who has quickly turned into a threat to every Democratic candidate who survived the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary. 'Michael Bloomberg came in on the billionaire plan,' Warren said, as the crowd booed at the mention of his name. 'Just buy yourself the nomination.' “A video just came out yesterday in which Michael Bloomberg is saying in effect, that the 2008 financial crash was caused because the banks weren’t permitted to discriminate against black and brown people,” Warren said, sharpening a verbal knife for the former New York mayor.  “And anyone who thinks that should not be the leader of our party,' Warren added. The turnout for Warren's stop overwhelmed a large gymnasium at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, an area which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016, as hundreds of people were shunted to an overflow room, with hundreds more kept outside. Before starting her rally, the Massachusetts Democrat was greeted by loud cheers from the first overflow room as she vowed to press ahead in this Democratic race for the White House. 'I am in this fight with you until we win it,' a charged-up Warren said. The Senator then threw on a coat and sprinted outside where hundreds more were standing in the dark, unable to get in the schoolhouse door. Back inside before the crowd in the gym, Warren wasted little time getting down to the business of the 2020 race. 'I'm here to ask for your vote,' Warren said early in her remarks, reflecting a new sense of urgency in her stump speech.  'We've heard from two states,' Warren said, making clear she's not quitting after just Iowa and New Hampshire. In a county which voted 76-17 percent for Hillary Clinton in 2016 over Donald Trump, Warren's message was very well received - no matter the troubles she ran into in New Hampshire. 'The story is the scene outside,' one woman said unprompted to me about the hundreds and hundreds of people outside who were unable to get in to see Warren. 'It's phenomenal.' A few hours before her appearance in Virginia, it was a different kind of feel, as Warren sent a video fundraising plea to her supporters. 'I need to level with you,' Warren said from what looked like a kitchen in a house. 'Our movement needs critical funds so that I can remain competitive in this race through Super Tuesday.' Super Tuesday is in less than three weeks on March 3, meaning there is little time to campaign in person in Nevada, South Carolina - and the fourteen Super Tuesday states. 'We setting an ambitious goal of raising $7 million before the Nevada Caucuses,' Warren added in her plea for cash. Nevada takes place on February 22. The South Carolina Primary is February 29. In between, there are two Democratic debates.
  • In a bid to breathe new life into the Equal Rights Amendment, the U.S. House on Thursday voted to allow the states to proceed with ratification of the constitutional change, even though backers missed the deadline for action in 1982. The vote was 232 to 183, as five GOP lawmakers broke ranks to back the ratification extension.  'We must seize this moment to end sex discrimination,' said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). 'This is an historic day,' said Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA). 'Equality has NO deadline,' tweeted Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE). “The Constitution does not guarantee equality for women,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA). 35 states ratified the ERA by the original March 1979 deadline, three short of the super-majority needed to add the measure to the U.S. Constitution. Congress then added three years, but no other states voted for ratification. Several state legislatures have ratified the ERA in recent years - including Virginia last month, which would reach the needed 38 states - but there were also five states which reversed their approval of the amendment. Republicans argued the Congress could not reach back and changed the deadline for ratification, which was originally 1979, but was extended until June 30, 1982. 'If you want to do this - start over,' said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). GOP lawmakers raised a series of concerns in opposition, arguing the ERA would endanger religious freedom for Catholics, interfere with separate college sports for men and women, and require the NFL, NBA and all men's pro sports to field teams with 50 percent women. The arguments probably won't matter, as the legislation has little chance of being taken up by the GOP-led Senate.

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  •     Congressman Doug Collins told Fox News this morning he would not accept an offer to be the next Director of National Intelligence. Original story: President Donald Trump said late Thursday he could make U.S. Rep. Doug Collins his permanent director of national intelligence, a move that could spare Republicans of a nasty intraparty fight against U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler.          The president told reporters on Air Force One that he is considering appointing the Gainesville Republican, one of his most visible defenders in Congress, for the coveted position.    It came days after Trump hinted he could intervene in the bitter race between Collins and Loeffler, a wealthy financial executive who Gov. Brian Kemp selected for the seat despite lobbying by Trump and some of his allies who favored the congressman.    “I know, Kelly, that you’re going to end up liking him a lot,” Trump said on Feb. 6 of Collins, adding that “something’s going to happen that’s going to be very good. I don’t know; I haven’t figured it out yet.” The president’s remarks triggered immediate talk in Georgia GOP circles that Collins could be in line for a prized appointment, though what exactly what that job could be was uncertain.   Collins’ aides could not immediately be reached for comment late Thursday, but earlier this month his camp was dismissive of the idea that he could be knocked out of the race to accept an appointment.    Trump on Wednesday tapped Richard Grenell, a U.S. ambassador to Germany, as acting director of national security, a post that oversees a vast part of the U.S. national security apparatus. Grenell is only expected to fill the post for a short time. Whoever Trump selects to permanently take the job would require U.S. Senate confirmation, which could set up a divisive debate if Collins is picked.  Republican leaders have searched for ways to diffuse the scathing race between the two, which has forced top national and Georgia GOP leaders to take sides at a time when the party can ill afford a divide.  Since Collins entered the race in January, he has assailed her as an out-of-touch millionaire, a “fake conservative” and a “pretend farmer.” Her allies have fired back, depicting him as a tax-and-spend phony.  The escalating feud has raised GOP concerns that Democrats could win the special election for the seat once held by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, who retired in December because of growing health concerns. That’s because the race will feature multiple candidates from both parties on the same ballot, with no primaries to filter nominees. That could give Democrats an opening to exploit Republican divisions by unifying behind a candidate. The decision by Rev. Raphael Warnock to enter the race in January has amplified those fears, as the Democrat has quickly locked up support from state and national figures, including Stacey Abrams and the party’s U.S. Senate campaign arm.  Some Republicans also worry that the GOP feud could spill over to damage U.S. Sen. David Perdue, who is up for a second term in November, as well as Trump’s chances of holding a state he won by 5 percentage points in 2016. Still, Democrats have their own challenges to work out. The party hasn’t captured a statewide seat in more than a decade, and no Democratic presidential candidate has carried Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992. And Warnock has failed to scare off two contenders from his own party who could complicate his chances of scoring an upset victory: Entrepreneur Matt Lieberman and former federal prosecutor Ed Tarver, who announced his campaign earlier Thursday. 
  • The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia received the award for exhibition of the year at the Georgia Association of Museums Conference for the exhibition “Richard Hunt: Synthesis.” “Richard Hunt: Synthesis” was on view at the Georgia Museum of Art Oct. 20, 2018 – Feb. 3, 2019. Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, organized the exhibition to fill a notable gap in critical evaluation of Hunt’s career. Hunt, born in 1935, is an African American sculptor whose career has spanned more 60 years so far. His art helped redefine public sculpture in the late 20th and early 21st century through his 130-plus public commissions in more than 24 states. The exhibition featured both Hunt’s sculptures and his works on paper. It also highlighted formative moments and progressions in his artistic development. Welded and cast sculptures from the 1950s to the present were on display as well as models for public commissions dating back to the 1960s and lithographs and drawings that demonstrated Hunt’s complex sense of three-dimensional design. In conjunction with the exhibition, museum staff created a wide array of public programming, including a program for toddlers and their caregivers to a Teen Studio, numerous public tours, a Family Day attended by hundreds of people aa part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival, a screening of the documentary “Richard Hunt: Sculptor” and a public conversation with the artist himself. The exhibition also served as the basis for the museum’s fifth-grade tour program, as part of Experience UGA, allowing all fifth-grade students in the Clarke County School District to tour it and participate in a hands-on sculpture project designed to facilitate STEAM learning. The Georgia Association of Museums is a private, nonprofit museum and gallery association dedicated to serving and maintaining a diverse membership of museums across the state. It establishes a responsive network, serves as a resource base and promotes professionalism to uplift the Georgia museum community.
  • Fourth-ranked Georgia starts a four-game series with undefeated Santa Clara Friday at Foley Field. First pitch will be at 3 p.m. followed by a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday.   Both teams are coming off midweek victories as the Bulldogs (4-0) went on the road and defeated Kennesaw State Wednesday 10-3. The Broncos are off to their best start since 2012 when they began the year 5-0. Before heading to Athens, Santa Clara upset No. 25 Stanford 3-2 Tuesday as six pitchers combined to limit the Cardinal to a pair of runs on three hits. The Broncos have outscored their opponents 43-12 and boast a team ERA of 2.00. The Bulldogs and Broncos have never met on the diamond.   Georgia is batting .308 with a 3.75 ERA and a .980 fielding percentage. Also of note, the Bulldogs are 14-for-14 in stolen base attempts with junior Tucker Bradley leading the team with five followed by senior Cam Shepherd with four. Bradley (.538-1-6) and Shepherd (.412-1-6) rank among the SEC’s leading hitters at this point while junior Garrett Blaylock (.294-3-6) is second in the in SEC in home runs. Sophomore Ben Anderson (357-0-1) is second in the SEC with 10 runs scored. Freshman reliever Jonathan Cannon (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is one of two pitchers in the league who have faced at least 13 batters and yet to allow a hit. Senior Jake MacNichols headlines the Broncos offense, batting .350 with four home runs and 11 RBI while senior Ryan McCarthy is tops on the club in batting at .476 with a home run and six RBI.   Georgia will start junior RHP Emerson Hancock (0-1, 13.50 ERA) and Cole Wilcox (1-0, 1.80 ERA) in the first two games of the Santa Clara series while the Broncos have not announced their rotation. The Broncos have employed 15 pitchers this year and none have tossed more than four innings. The Santa Clara staff has allowed just 12 runs with 53 strikeouts and 13 walks on the year. Georgia has used 12 pitchers and given up 16 runs with 43 strikeouts and 13 walks.   Prior to Saturday’s action, the Bulldogs will honor Nicholas Chaclan and his family as part of their support for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Vs. Cancer program. During the fall semester, the Bulldogs began a Vs. Cancer campaign, and they will present a donation to the organization Saturday. These funds will go to child life programs at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Pediatric Brain Cancer research to save kids’ lives. Saturday’s doubleheader is being played in honor of children and teenagers who have experienced a pediatric brain tumor or cancer diagnosis. 
  • Athens Republicans hold precinct meetings Saturday. It’s the first step in a delegate selection process that will continue with a county-wide meeting of the Athens-Clarke County GOP and will continue through this summer’s state and national Republican conventions. From the Athens-Clarke Co GOP website… MASS PRECINCT MEETINGThe Athens-Clarke County Mass Precinct meeting will be held on February 22, 2020. Registration will begin at 9:00 am with the doors closing at 10:00 am. The purpose of this meeting will be to elect Delegates and Alternates to the County Convention on March 21. 2019. Note that only those delegates elected by the precincts may vote in the County Convention. Mass Precinct Meeting will be held at the Athens Moose Lodge 767, 185 Ben Burton Road, Bogart, GA 30622 (near Adcock Furniture on Atlanta Highway).COUNTY CONVENTIONThe Athens Clarke County GOP Convention will be held in Saturday, March 21, 2020 in Athens, GA. The purpose of the convention is to elect delegates and alternates to the District and State Conventions. The County Convention will be held at the Athens Moose Lodge 767, 185 Ben Burton Road, Bogart, GA 30622 (near Adcock Furniture on Atlanta Highway).TENTH DISTRICT CONVENTIONThe 10th District Convention will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Marswood Hall, St. Philothea Greek Orthodox, 3761 Mars Hill Road | Watkinsville, Georgia 30677. $25 registration fee.GEORGIA STATE REPUBLICAN CONVENTIONThe Georgia State Republican Convention will be held May 29-30, 2020 at the Cobb Galleria, Marietta, GA (Cobb County). Cost information to be announced.PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESSWhy do we hold conventions?In 2020, a presidential election year, we hold conventions to vote on Delegates and Alternates to the County Convention, and then the District Convention and the State Convention. We also vote on key resolutions to let the Republican officials know where the rank-and-file stand on important issues.In Presidential Election years, including 2020, the main work we do - the real work of the party - is to choose delegates and alternates to each of the held conventions, including to the National Convention. The Delegates chosen to participate in the National Convention will vote on the Republican candidate for President of the United States.Who can be a delegate?You must be registered to vote in the Clarke County Georgia, in the precinct/district/state in which the convention is held.Who should be a delegate?The best delegates/alternates pool should come from those who attend GOP meetings regularly and are members of the local GOP.How much does it cost to attend a convention?Precinct meetings: $0County Convention: $0District Convention: $25 feeState Convention: Cost depends on what you attend: Saturday only: just convention fees. If you attend all of the activities (hotels, parties, dinner, breakfast, etc.) then it may be several hundred dollars.
  • There are charges for a Hoschton man stemming from a deadly crash in Gwinnett County: 27 year-old Bareten Petraro was killed when his motorcycle was hit by an SUV driven by 63 year-old Samuel Perry. Perry faces charges that include vehicular homicide.  Clayton Hardy is booked into the Hall County jail: the 34 year-old Gainesville man is facing child porn charges. He’s also accused of methamphetamine possession.  A 55 year-old woman from Flowery Branch is arrested on forgery charges: Wendy Schwartz is in the Hall County jail, accused of forging checks and using the credit card of an elderly family member. The victim in the case is said to be 88 years old.  The explosion that rocked a firewood company in White County is under investigation, with initial reports indicating a mechanical failure led to the blast that gutted a metal building at Mount Yonah Lumber on Helen Highway. There were no injuries reported. 

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  • The announcement this past week that UGA bought out its scheduled 2021 game against San Jose State in Athens in order to play Clemson in a neutral-site game in Charlotte has a lot of fans excited (which couldn't be said about the now-dropped matchup with the Aztecs of the Mountain West conference). The addition of national powerhouse Clemson to next year's schedule justifiably has drawn praise across the college football landscape. The bold move is part of the aggressive upgrading of the Dawgs' nonconference schedule that head coach Kirby Smart and his football operations director, Josh Lee, have spearheaded over the past couple of years. The results so far have been impressive. Georgia has previously announced home-and-home series scheduled withTexas (2028 at Austin and 2029 in Athens), UCLA (2025 in Pasadena and 2026 in Athens), Florida State (2027 in Tallahassee and 2028 in Athens), Oklahoma (2023 in Norman and 2031 in Athens) and Ohio State (2030 in Athens and 2031 in Columbus). Plus a pair of home-and-home series with Clemson (2029 at Clemson and 2030 in Athens, and 2032 in Athens and 2033 at Clemson), and three other neutral-site Power 5 games at Atlanta's Mercedes Benz Stadium: this year againstVirginia, 2022 vs. Oregon, and 2024 vs. Clemson. (It was amusing to read one national site's estimation that Georgia-Clemson 'is about to become a bit of a rivalry.' Obviously, they don't know the tremendous history of the Georgia-Clemson series, which dates back to 1897 and included a long stretch of meeting every year. In fact, I feel safe in saying that, Jacksonville included, Georgia-Clemson was the Dawgs' hottest rivalry in the early '80s, with the peak being the 1982 game, which was nationally televised and played on Labor Day. It was the first night game to take place in Sanford Stadium in three decades, and it featured not only two Top 10 teams, but also the two most recent national champions.) As a longtime proponent of more games against the Tigers, I'm especially pleased that this gives Georgia and Clemson six games scheduled over the next 14 years, a vast improvement over the two-games-a-decade pattern they'd fallen into after the expansion of the SEC ended the annual meetings of the two programs located about 80 miles apart. The Dawgs and the Cats have met only eight times since 1987, with the most recent being 2014, when a Georgia win Between the Hedges avenged a loss at Clemson a year earlier. The addition of this game serves Clemson's interests as well, as the ACC powerhouse is looking to upgrade its nonconference schedules, since its weak conference opposition has been the subject of much griping nationally as the Tigers have become a regular participant in the College Football Playoff. UGA has turned heads across the country with its aggressive Power 5 scheduling over the coming decade and a half, and I'm all for it. As Athletic Director Greg McCarity told me this time last year, 'the scheduling model we're moving to in the future will be built around eight conference games, and Tech, and two more Power 5's and one non-Power 5 opponent.' So, in other words, only one 'cupcake' per season (as opposed to 2018, when Georgia had three such games in Athens). As I said then, it's an ambitious and somewhat daunting schedule model. But, McGarity said, 'That's our goal. Kirby is all about playing a tough schedule and playing quality opponents.' As McGarity said in a statement announcing the 2021 Clemson game, ' We will now have at least two Power 5 opponents on our schedule through 2033.' That will give the Dawgs at least 10 regular-season games each year against Power 5 conference teams (including the eight SEC games). This also means that Georgia will open away from Athens in a high-profile neutral-site game three years running: this season against Virginia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, 2021 in Charlotte, and back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in 2022 to meet Oregon in another Chick-fil-A game. Still, despite all that, there's definitely room for improvement in Georgia's home scheduling. Just look at the 2021 season, which had a pretty weak lineup for fans in Athens even before they dropped the San Jose State game. Now, the six remaining games in Athens will consist of South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, UAB and Charleston Southern, the latter another FCS opponent from the level of Division 1 NCAA football below the bowl division. That's not as dire as the 2018 season, which saw a nonconference lineup of Austin Peay, Middle Tennessee and UMass in addition to Tech, but it's definitely nothing to get excited about. I recognize that the filling out of the nonconference schedule with so-called 'cupcakes' is something of a necessary evil in college football, since Power 5 opponents usually demand a return game in a home-and-home deal. And, with the Dawgs filling one spot each year with Georgia Tech and looking to add a second Power 5 opponent each year, you expect the two remaining nonconference games to be a bit less challenging. Also, not all cupcakes are equal. Opponents taken from the Group of 5 conferences that rank just below the Power 5 range from true cupcakes to something more akin to college basketball's 'mid-majors.' (Maybe, if we're going to continue the food-related terminology for opponents you pay handsomely to come be a sacrificial lamb, we should call these teams something other than a cupcake. Let's borrow from the QuickTrip chain and call them 'snackles.') The true cupcakes tend to be programs along the lines of Louisiana-Monroe (on this year's schedule), UMass and Western Kentucky. Unfortunately, Georgia seems to be relying a bit too much on the allowance that schools at its level can count one game a season against FCS opponents, who really aren't even up to cupcake level. Let's call them 'bon-bons.' Looking at upcoming schedules, we see these bon-bons coming to Athens: East Tennessee State in 2020, Charleston Southern in 2021, Samford in 2022, Tennessee Tech in 2024, and the return of Austin Peay in 2025. Asking UGA fans shell out for tickets and travel to Athens, dealing with the attendant traffic and parking headaches, to see such games is a bit much. That's especially true for those of us who contribute to the Hartman Fund for the chance to buy season tickets. I thought it was noteworthy that, as part of the Georgia-Clemson scheduling musical chairs, Southern Cal was able to dump UC Davis and pick up San Jose State, meaning it will maintain its status of never having played an FCS opponent. (Only three Football Bowl Subdivision programs have never played a team from the FCS in football Notre Dame, UCLA and USC.) Really, it would suit me if Georgia never again added another FCS opponent to its schedule with the exception of Yale, which I still would love to see come back to Athens in 2029 to mark the centennial of the Georgia-Yale clash that dedicated Sanford Stadium. Unfortunately, as UGA told me last year, they tried to schedule Yale for 2029, but the Ivy League school wasn't interested. But, the Yalies aside, I'd like to see Smart and Lee focusing more on the Group of 5 than the FCS. And, maybe, they could give some thought to opponents at that level that have some regional interest. (Besides Georgia Southern, which has shown up occasionally on UGA schedules in recent decades, a game against Georgia State would be of much greater interest to fans. And, as Tennessee found out last year, the Panthers aren't to be taken too lightly.) There's another reason UGA ought to be thinking about an upgrading of its non-Power 5 opponents: attendance. Figures showing actual attendance at Sanford Stadium released by UGA show that lower-tier opponents tend to put fewer folks in the stands, sinking as low as 56,065 for Louisiana-Lafayette in 2016. In the 2018 season, the most recent for which real attendance (as opposed to paid attendance) figures have been released, Austin Peay brought only 78,050 to Sanford for the season-opener, and only 67,764 attended the UMass game. So, yeah, the seats may have been sold, but in an era when every game is televised, the fact that quite a few fans aren't bothering to show up for such games should send a message that such cupcakes aren't really what the UGA fan base wants to see. Like I said, overall, I'm very pleased with the aggressive scheduling Georgia has undertaken at the Power 5 level, but I'd like to see the rest of the nonconference schedule be less of a snoozefest. The post UGA's nonconference football schedule needs even more bold moves appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Lawrence Cager might not be 100 percent for the NFL combine this week, but fans who have followed his career know better than to count him out. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cager overcame a shoulder injury and bruised ribs to lead Georgia to a 24-17 win over Florida this season with 7 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown last season. pic.twitter.com/IsmaE5biyV Lawrence Cager (@lawrencecager3) October 28, 2019 'I was dead, I hadn't practiced or played in like 2 1/2 weeks, so you got to rise from the dead sometime,' Cager said after his historic performance. 'I wasn't going to miss this game for anything.' RELATED: Lawrence Cager performance at Florida one for the ages Cager did, however, miss the final three games of the season after suffering an ankle injury in a Nov. 27 practice and undergoing ankle surgery on Nov. 29. Cager's absences staggered the Georgia football team. Cager had three first down catches in the first half against South Carolina, but without him, the offense came apart and lost 20-17 overtime. The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm completed more than 70 percent of his passes with Cager on the field. But without him, the pass game struggled. Fromm completed less than 50 percent when the graduate transfer from Miami was sidelined. 'He was the one guy, and this isn't from Jake, (but) he looked like the guy that Jake was really comfortable with,' Former New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl scout Jim Nagy said. 'He was kind of the bailout guy. Jake knew where Lawrence was going to be, and they looked like they were on the same page,' said Nagy, who has studied film of UGA players in preparation an ESPN analyst role for the NFL combine. 'That wasn't always the case (with other receivers). Especially the guys out on the perimeter. It looked like they weren't on the same page quite a bit.' Cager, despite his success for Georgia this season he had 33 catches for 476 yards and 4 TDs in nine games projects as a later-round pick heading into the combine. 'Where he gets drafted will be interesting,' Nagy said. 'But big picture, where Cager is concerned at the next level, is going to be what he does on special teams. 'If you don't project to be a top three receiver on an NFL team next year, and you're a four or a five or a six, you're going to have to play in the kicking game.' Georgia football coach Kirby Smart harps on that all the time. The message seems to get lost on some. Smart is actually doing his players a favor by teaching them to play special teams and utilizing them on the units. Former Bulldogs receiver Jayson Stanley went undrafted last year and didn't make a catch all season. But Stanley's special teams ability landed him a spot on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad, and he's now rostered with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cager, however, didn't play special teams in his short time at Georgia. With the injuries he was battling he hurt his shoulder before the halfway mark of the season it was all he could do to play receiver. Nagy said that Cager impressed when he was on the field at Georgia. 'You heard from the people in Miami he was inconsistent catching the football, but he sure didn't look that way (at Georgia),' Nagy said. 'I was at the Notre Dame game, he made plays in that game, so yeah, the injury thing is real, he's going to have to work through that. And, Nagy said, Cager is going to have to convince teams is willing and able to play special teams. 'From a scout's perspective, that would be my reservation, never really seeing Lawrence do that,' Nagy said. 'Is he fast enough, is he aggressive enough, is he strong enough to be that guy to run down on kickoff or punt? 'I'm not saying he's not, but when you are talking about Day Three (NFL draft rounds 4-6) receivers, that's a huge part of the equation, not just what they do at receiver.' Nagy said very few college receivers transition quickly into one of the top three receiver spots on an NFL team, so they need to show value on special teams to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. 'Big picture, that's what Lawrence is going to be facing, that's what teams are battling with now,' Nagy said. 'If we take him in the fifth or the sixth round, is he going to be active on game day for us?' First things first, Cager needs to get himself active and healthy enough to work out for the NFL teams. If not at the combine, perhaps by the Georgia Pro Day, which is projected to be March 18. Cager has been mum, but earlier the year he put a short video out of himself running on a treadmill. Cager was one of 10 Georgia players invited to the NFL combine. The quarterbacks and receivers work out on Thursday night (TV: NFL Network, 4 p.m.). DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post Georgia's Lawrence Cager has questions to answer at NFL combine appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia basketball senior Tyree Crump hit a last-second 3-point shot from the top of the key to lift the Bulldogs to an 80-78 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Georgia was down five points with less than 18 seconds left before it pulled off the improbable victory. 'it was dead-eye perfect,' UGA coach Tom Crean said. 'There was no short-arm, he snapped his wrist, it was picture-percent, and it was huge.' Commodores' guard Scottie Pippen Jr. missed two free throws with 5.1 seconds left, and Jordan Harris tipped out the second miss to Crump, who raced down court and launched the game-winner. Crump for the WIN https://t.co/8wNHw3rig4 Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) February 23, 2020 It's the first time Georgia (14-13, 4-10 SEC) has won back-to-back SEC games this season. It gives the Bulldogs a sweep over Volunteer State teams, as they beat Memphis, Tennessee and now Vanderbilt (9-18, 1-13). Georgia had beat No. 13 Auburn, 65-55, on Wednesday, to get much-needed confidence and momentum. 'It's perseverance, throughout the year,' Harris, who scored a season-high 17 points, said on the Georgia Sports Radio Network. 'We're living in the now.' The Bulldogs led for just 57 seconds of the 40-minute contest in Nashville, but they were ahead when it mattered most in the end. Anthony Edwards led UGA with 19 points, and point guard Sahvir Wheeler had 11 points and 5 assists. Georgia trailed by 11 points in the second half when a Toumani Camara dunk triggered a 12-0 run. Edwards capped the run with a drive that gave the Bulldogs a 52-51 lead with 11:56 left. It proved to be Edwards' final points in the game. The Commodores answered UGA's big run with an 8-0 burst of their own, however, and the lead was back up to 59-52 with 10:23 left. Vanderbilt appeared to be in control when Saben Lee, who scored a career-high 34 points, went to the free-throw line and hit two free throws to make it 78-73 with 22 seconds left. Wheeler raced downcourt and scored on a layup with 17.7 seconds left to narrow the gap to 78-75. Then it was Lee going back to the free-throw line with 11.3 seconds left. This time, he missed the front end of the one-and-one. Vanderbilt's Braelee Albert rebounded the miss, but he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds. Down three, Wheeler drove to the basket again, drawing a foul with 6 seconds left. Wheeler hit both free throws to make it a 78-77 game. Edwards fouled Pippen Jr. on the ensuing inbounds, fouling out of the game and setting up the final sequence. Vanderbilt held a 40-32 lead at the half after leading by as many as 11 points early. Edwards hit a 3-pointer at the 11:17 mark to cut into that 11-point margin and trigger a 10-0 run that left the Commodores up 20-19. Moments later, a Wheeler drive tied the game at 25-25. The Commodores answered with a 7-1 run, and took the 8-point lead into the half when Drew Weikert stole a back-court pass with two seconds left and laid it in. Georgia returns to action at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at South Carolina. Anthony Edwards dunk The world reacts to the Anthony Edwards' poster pic.twitter.com/8Bkyt6w6YG SEC Network (@SECNetwork) February 23, 2020 DawgNation Georgia basketball Tom Crean: We're building a program' after big home win Bulldogs score resounding win over No. 13 Auburn Georgia basketball drops close one at Texas A&M, Anthony Edwards ill Georgia suffers deflating defeat at Florida UGA snaps four-game losing streak with Texas A&M win Perplexing loss for Georgia basketball at Missouri Column: Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post WATCH: Georgia basketball pulls off amazing last-second win at Vanderbilt appeared first on DawgNation.
  • The 2020 NFL Combine has yet to get underway, the players reporting on Sunday for an event that runs through March 2. But already, ESPN has a pay site article up on which players could stand out at the 2021 NFL combine, and Georgia has a couple of them. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is widely considered the odds-on favorite to be the top pick in 2021 draft. That would be good news for Georgia, which opens the 2021 season against Clemson. RELATED: Georgia football schedule 2021 adds Clemson Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields, now at Ohio State, is also in the discussion as a potential early entry who could star at the 2021 NFL Combine. But the Bulldogs have a quarterback expected to be 'on the radar' and in the mix at the 2021 NFL Combine, too, according to ESPN writer Adam Rittenberg. Jamie Newman, a graduate transfer expected to get plugged into Kirby Smart's made-over offense, has the size (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) and arm strength to draw attention. RELATED: Georgia's Jamie Newman and George Pickens SEC's highest-rated QB-WR duo, per PFF ESPN recognized Georgia safety Richard LeCounte among its 'defenders to watch,' as well. ESPN didn't mention him, but senior defensive lineman Malik Herring should be on the list. Herring, 6-3, 280, was rated by PFF as the top returning defensive lineman in the SEC. RELATED: Malik Herring spearheads dominant Georgia football front DawgNation underclassmen to watch Georgia has a pair of potential top picks at cornerback in juniors Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell that didn't make the list. Stokes has the fourth-best grade according to Pro Football Focus (PFF) in single coverage over the past two seasons. Campbell is a former 5-star recruit who started as a true freshman but was slowed by a foot injury last season. RELATED: Georgia players discuss fastest man' on Bulldogs team Campbell has the size (6-2, 185) and speed (former 100- and 200-meter champion in Florida) that NFL teams like at the position, and has shown great ability. Georgia junior offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer could elect to turn pro after next season with a big enough campaign, as could junior nosetackle Jordan Davis. UGA senior 2021 combine candidates Monty Rice (linebacker) Jermaine Johnson (linebacker) Julian Rochester (defensive line) Devonte Wyatt (defensive line) DJ Daniel (cornerback) Mark Webb (defensive back) Ben Cleveland (offensive line) Justin Shaffer (offensive line) Demetris Robertson (receiver) DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Georgia football LB Tae Crowder snubbed, but arrow pointing up Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post Georgia football returning stars among 2021 NFL combine prospects appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Ten Georgia football players will be headed to Indianapolis for the NFL combine in the next week. Linebacker Tae Crowder is not one of them. The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine But Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy, who has four Super Bowl rings from his stints in Green Bay, New England, said he believes Crowder can still make an NFL roster. 'Getting the invite to Indy isn't the end all be all, whatsoever,' Nagy said during the DawgNation Ingles On The Beat Show. 'He'll have his pro day and the rest of the process to work it out.' Crowder was a key to the nation's best defense last season from his inside linebacker position. The Bulldogs finished last season ranked No. 1 in scoring defense and rushing defense and No. 3 in total defense and No 8 in pass efficiency defense. 'I'll say this about Tae Crowder, to me, the arrow is pointing up with him,' Nagy said. 'When you're in scouting, you talk about guys that are ascending players, and I think Tae is doing that.' Crowder, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, was a late bloomer of sorts. A noted running back and receiver prospect in high school, Crowder converted to the linebacker position under Coach Kirby Smart. Crowder finished second on the team with 62 tackles last season, and many believe his best football is ahead of him. 'I think he's playing his best football this year, no doubt,' Nagy said. 'He's long, he can run, he can play in space. I think he's going to make somebody's team on special teams.' Nagy pointed out that Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick made the Los Angeles Rams 53-man roster last season without an invite to the NFL combine. 'Tae Crowder to me is a better prospect than Natrez, and to Natrez's credit he signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent and made their 53, so that's awesome for him,' Nagy said. 'But if you're just grading players, Tae is a better prospect in my mind than Natrez was, so it surprised me (Crowder) wasn't in another all-star game, that was a little surprising, and then the combine snub. 'I hope he uses that as some fuel moving forward. I was part of a lot of teams that drafted guys with no all-star game, no combine, and that played for a long time.' DawgNation Georgia in NFL Draft Why Jake Fromm is not for everybody, per NFL Network analyst D'Andre Swift draft stock makes Georgia football RBU' again Jake Fromm evaluation, comparison, per former Super Bowl scout The 10 Georgia football players invited to 2020 NFL Combine ESPN labels Georgia a 'loser' in NFL early entry process NFL draft projections: Jake Fromm staying down South? Mel Kiper Jr.'s mock: Andrew Thomas and D'Andre Swift future teammates The post Georgia LB Tae Crowder snubbed by NFL combine, but arrow is pointing up' appeared first on DawgNation.