Tuesday News: Come on, Georgia

DEMOCRAT JON OSSOFF LOOKING STRONG IN SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION: Voters in a suburban Atlanta congressional district will decide Tuesday whether Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff will win outright a special election for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, in a district the Republican Party has held since 1979. The closely watched contest has drawn national attention as the first political bellwether of the Trump era, after the district nearly split its vote between the Republican leader and Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election. It even drew the president’s personal attention Monday, when the White House occupant criticized Ossoff in a tweet. “The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressioal (sic) race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!” Trump said.

TRUMP'S SECOND PICK FOR ARMY SECRETARY IN HOT WATER FOR BIGOTRY: Gay rights advocates say Green has a history of supporting and sponsoring legislation that discriminates against LGBT people and their families. They note that Green said last year that “transgender is a disease” in a speech to the Chattanooga Tea Party and blasted then-President Barack Obama’s push to require public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. He has also sponsored legislation barring cities from taking “discriminatory action” against businesses that discriminate against LGBT people. Iraq War veteran Steve Dunwoody told McClatchy that Green’s nomination is part of a pattern of appointments “that are really a slap in the face to the very people they are supposed to be leading.”

FORMER CHARLOTTE MAYOR RELEASED FROM PRISON, APOLOGIZES FOR TAKING BRIBES: The former mayor of North Carolina's largest city is apologizing for what he calls his "mistake" after serving a bribery sentence in federal prison. Fifty-year-old former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested in 2014, just four months into his term, and later pleaded guilty to taking about $50,000 in bribes from federal undercover officers. He served half of his 44-month prison sentence and began two years of supervised release Jan. 25. Cannon told listeners to a weekend radio show he's not perfect and never will be. But Cannon says he will try to never repeat his mistake.

REPUBLICAN SNOWFLAKE CARL FORD GETS HIS FEELINGS HURT ON FACEBOOK: “I have been called every one of these names and many more in the past week,” he wrote. “I can take it, but I don’t have to leave the vile language and threats on my Facebook page. More than 3/4ths of the comments had to be deleted and yes many blocked. I will not listen to foul mouthed individuals or be threatened.” Ford has been taking heat online for co-sponsoring a bill that would defy a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and restore the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage. House Speaker Tim Moore has said the bill won’t get a hearing, but it made headlines across the country last week, and was the target of late-night comedians like Trevor Noah of The Daily Show.

KARMA WHEEL ROLLS OVER JEFF VARNER FOR OUTING TRANSGENDER OPPONENT: “Survivor” contestant Jeff Varner who outed fellow competitor Zeke Smith as transgender on Wednesday night’s episode of the CBS reality competition has been fired from his real estate job. The Greensboro News & Record (http://bit.ly/2p5NiVA) reports Varner was fired on Thursday from Allen Tate Realtors because he was “in the middle of a news story that we don’t want anything to do with.” Varner made accusations of “a deception” before revealing that Smith is transgender on the episode. Varner was immediately criticized by other players. He repeatedly apologized, but was voted out of the competition.