Patrick Swanson / May 25,2021

Divorce Financing in Georgia

Divorce can be devastating. It’s heartbreaking when parents lose custody of their children. Spouses end up having to pay agonizing amounts of financial support.

If you want to protect your rights, not wrongfully lose custody, and not get raked over the coals financially, learn about divorce loans and other ways of divorce financing or find ways to avoid this unpleasant procedure. Free consultations are first come first serve. We always run out of slots. Make sure you get yours locked in now.

Patrick Swanson / May 25,2021

CBD Oil in Georgia - Updated Guideline

Is CBD legal in Georgia? The short answer is yes! Let’s talk about what’s up with CBD in beautiful Georgia!

Patrick Swanson / May 24,2020

A Month Into Reopening And Georgia Jobs Have Yet To Return

Category: 

Two out of five people in Georgia — 40.3 percent of its workforce — have filed for unemployment since the state reopened its economy on April 30, the first to do so. But people are still staying close to home, making it harder for jobs to come back, according to a report in Politico on Thursday (May 21).

Georgia had more filings by percentage of its workforce than any other state, Politico’s review of data indicated. New jobless claims for loans in Georgia have varied since the state reopened, going up 243,000 two weeks ago and dropping to 177,000 last week. The state had commented that the increases in claims were due to jobs lost in retail, social services and health care.

“It’s nothing significant enough to say, ‘Oh, there’s a huge surge,’ — but certainly nothing to signal there’s any return to economic stability or recovery happening right now,” Alex Camardelle, a senior policy analyst with the nonprofit Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, told Politico.

Aside from being the first state to re-open, Georgia was also one of the last states to close its economy and impose stay-home mandates.

More layoffs are coming down the pike in Georgia as the state makes plans to eliminate over 1,000 jobs — educators, counselors, social services, administrators, clerks —  in a move to cut state budgets by 14 percent, according to an AJC report on Sunday (May 24). Revenue decline brought about by the pandemic was cited as the reason.

Further, some state employees not laid off will see their paychecks slashed.

Among the departments laying off or furloughing employees are the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Patrick Swanson / January 27,2020

How Georgia’s Population Relates To The 2020 Census

Category: 

Georgia’s population of 10.6 million people makes it one of the largest states in the country. The state’s population grew by more than 100,000 from 2018 to 2019, according to the latest Census estimates. The state’s growing population relates to politics and the 2020 Census. However, more than 3% of the Georgia residents get payday loans at least once a year.

The Census counts every person living in the United States. The decennial count determines political representation and how federal money is distributed.

After the 2010 Census, Georgia’s population growth led to an increase of one congressional seat.

“An additional congressional seat means an additional vote in the electoral college, which is really important in helping to pick the President of the United States,” said Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University.

Gillespie also said having more members of Congress means more voices advocating for Georgia. 

“You want as many Georgians on as many committees as possible so that they are advocating for Georgia interests,” she said.

House committees that Georgia representatives serve on include Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Judiciary as well as Ways and Means. 

Georgia has 14 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In comparison, Florida has 27 and Alabama and South Carolina each have 7. California has the most seats, with 53.

Patrick Swanson / November 23,2022

Senator Ted Cruz Explains Why the Georgia Runoff Election Matters a Lot

Category: 
Senator Ted Cruz Explains Why the Georgia Runoff Election Matters a Lot

Senator Ted Cruz Explains Why the Georgia Runoff Election Matters a Lot

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been spending much of his time in Georgia lately in the hopes of helping fellow Republican Herschel Walker win the Senate runoff race against incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock (D). If Walker wins, he would ensure that the Senate stays at the current 50-50 power-sharing split between the two parties (with tie-breaking votes handed to Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris). If Warnock prevails, he will alter the power balance, favoring the Democrats 51-49.

As per Senator Cruz, there's plenty riding on this one vote, which is yet to be determined. In an interview with Fox News, he said, “If the Democrats win here, Joe Biden can quickly fill the federal courts with radicals, with radicals who would take away your liberties and mine, who would take away your rights to religious liberty, your rights to free speech, your Second Amendment rights. It also puts us incredibly close to [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer being able to end the filibuster.”

Patrick Swanson / November 19,2022

UNC suffers crushing loss to Georgia Tech

Category: 

CHAPEL HILL — For the second time in as many seasons, UNC entered a game with everything in front of them — rankings, awards, postseason positioning. And for the second straight time, it came crashing down.

The Tar Heels came into Saturday’s home game against Georgia Tech at No. 13 in the College Football Playoff rankings. Already ACC Coastal Division champions, UNC was set to play Clemson in two weeks with a chance to record a high-profile victory and move up. A berth in the four-team playoff was a long shot, but there were scenarios where it could happen.

Carolina was led by record-setting quarterback Drake Maye, who had emerged as a late-season Heisman Trophy candidate. Again, with an impressive showing in his last two regular season games, and a big night on the national stage against Clemson, Maye could have found himself in New York as one of the finalists for football’s biggest individual honor.

Instead, the Heels were outplayed and upset by the Yellow Jackets, who entered the game 3-6, losers of three of their last four and on their second coach of the year. The 21-17 loss was crushing to UNC’s late season hopes.

It was eerily reminiscent of last season’s opener. The ranking was higher — a national top 10 — and the Heisman hopeful was different — then junior quarterback Sam Howell, who Maye replaced after Howell left for the NFL. It was a different venue, warmer weather and another Tech, but the result was the same, a season-torpedoing upset loss — 17-10 at the hands of the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Patrick Swanson / November 19,2022

How to Give Biden, Congress, and the Media a Piece of Your Mind

Category: 

The 2022 mid-term election is over, except for the Georgia runoff election on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

You may find yourself motivated to send thoughts, complaints, or praise to the winners or losers.

How can you write to the White House, Congress, the Media, and Regional Politicians? That’s our subject.

We offer resources taken directly from official sources, including The White House.

How you can write to The White House

[Source: WhiteHouse.gov]

Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your correspondence gets to the White House as quickly as possible.

  •  If possible, email us! This is the fastest way to reach the White House.
  • If you write a letter, please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11-inch sheet of paper.
  • If you hand-write your letter, please write as neatly as possible with an ink pen.
  • Include your return address on your letter as well as on your envelope. If you have an email address, please share it with us too.
  • And finally, please be sure to write on the outside of your mailing envelope the complete address for the White House to make sure your letter gets to us as quickly and directly as possible:

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20500

Write or Call the White House | The White House

 

How to Write to the Media…

[Source: wikiHow.com] Co-authored by Eric McClure

Patrick Swanson / November 17,2022

Lindsey Graham Campaigns for Walker in Georgia Senate Runoff Against Warnock

Category: 
Lindsey Graham Campaigns for Walker in Georgia Senate Runoff Against Warnock

Lindsey Graham Campaigns for Walker in Georgia Senate Runoff Against Warnock

 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lent his support to Herschel Walker on Thursday as Walker’s runoff election against Raphael Warnock looms on Dec. 6.

“What we need to understand is that if we win this seat, it changes the course of the country. It changes the Republican Party forever because Herschel Walker is a transformational figure in American politics,” Graham told a gathering of almost 400 people in Gainesville, on scenic Lake Lanier in north Georgia.

He got the crowd going for Walker on a cold night outdoors in front of the Carroll Daniel Construction building in downtown Gainesville. Graham was to have been joined by fellow Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and John Kennedy (R-La.), but they had to return to Washington for a vote, said a member of Walker’s staff.

Walker’s campaign has been gathering support from other Republicans in a race that will determine whether Democrats control the Senate or have to share power with the Republicans. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who won a decisive victory over Stacey Abrams last week in another closely watched race, is putting his campaign machinery to work for Walker.

“Want to feel warmer?” Graham asked the crowd, bundled up against temperatures that dropped into the 20s overnight. “We fired Nancy Pelosi today.”

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

Amid Financial Chaos, Stacey Abrams’s Nonprofit Flouts Federal Law

Category: 
Amid Financial Chaos, Stacey Abrams’s Nonprofit Flouts Federal Law

Amid Financial Chaos, Stacey Abrams’s Nonprofit Flouts Federal Law

Amid Financial Chaos, Stacey Abrams’s Nonprofit Flouts Federal Law

ATLANTA — It’s been a rough few months for the New Georgia Project.

The nonprofit founded by Stacey Abrams and once helmed by Sen. Raphael Warnock (D., Ga.) dismissed most of its leadership over the summer. A former executive told the Washington Free Beacon that the group’s top accountant was fired after saying he couldn’t do his job without violating the law. Now the group missed a crucial IRS filing deadline, an error that puts it on the wrong side of federal law.

Such chaos is now commonplace at the New Georgia Project, which Abrams founded in 2013 to register non-white voters in the Peach State. The group, and its affiliate New Georgia Project Action Fund, appear to have fallen into dire financial straits since the June dismissal of chief financial officer Randall Frazier. Although the groups raised a combined $37 million in 2020, their human resource director claimed in an October video call terminating three top employees that the New Georgia Project could no longer afford to pay their salaries.

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

MSNBC panel predicts McCarthy won’t ‘survive’ as speaker

Category: 
MSNBC panel predicts McCarthy won’t ‘survive’ as speaker

MSNBC panel predicts McCarthy won’t ‘survive’ as speaker

MSNBC panel predicts McCarthy won’t ‘survive’ as speaker

MSNBC panel predicts McCarthy won’t ‘survive’ as speaker

 

A panel on MSNBC predicted Thursday that Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California would not “survive” as speaker because he was “making concessions” to a “chaos caucus.”

“They’re making concessions to their chaos caucus,” MSNBC host Alicia Menendez told “Deadline: White House” host Nicolle Wallace, referring to Republican Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who won re-election with 69.5% of the vote Nov. 8 as Republicans took control of the House of Representatives after midterm elections where they failed to meet expectations of a “red wave.”

McCarthy fended off a challenge to win the nomination to be speaker of the House from Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, winning 188-31. But McCarthy will still need to secure the support of 218 members in January in order to obtain the speakership.

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

EMT Driving Ambulance Killed in Head-on Crash in GA

Category: 

 

An emergency medical technician responding to a call died after being struck head-on by a car Thursday morning in Forsyth County, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Shortly before 7 a.m., the Central EMS ambulance was traveling east on Ga. 20 in the center lane, according to investigators. The ambulance, which had its emergency equipment including lights and siren activated, was in the turn lane to avoid other vehicles, the GSP said.

A tractor-trailer pulling a tanker trailer yielded to the ambulance and came to a complete stop. But the driver of a green Ford Mustang had been following the tractor-trailer too closely, and the driver swerved into the turn lane to avoid a crash, the GSP said.

Instead, the Mustang struck the ambulance head-on, investigators said. A black Dodge Ram pickup truck that was behind the Mustang was also hit, according to the GSP.

The driver of the ambulance, Gina Ayres of Cumming, and the Mustang’s driver, 48-year-old Blanco Fermin Rodolfo, also of Cumming, were both taken to Wellstar North Fulton Hospital in critical condition, the GSP said.

Ayres later died from her injuries. She was 57.

“Gina was a beloved member of the Central EMS family, and we are devastated by her loss,” the company said in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers are with Gina’s family and colleagues throughout this difficult time.”

Charges are pending against Rodolfo as the investigation continues, a GSP spokeswoman said.

The ambulance had no patients on board at the time of the crash and a passenger was not injured, investigators said.

The pickup truck driver was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries, the GSP said.

The deadly crash closed the road for about two hours.

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

Schools struggle to staff up for youth mental health crisis

Category: 
Schools struggle to staff up for youth mental health crisis

Schools struggle to staff up for youth mental health crisis

Mira Ugwuadu felt anxious and depressed when she returned to her high school in Cobb County, Georgia, last fall after months of remote learning, so she sought help. But her school counselor kept rescheduling their meetings because she had so many students to see.

“I felt helpless and alone,” the 12th grader later said.

Despite an influx of COVID-19 relief money, school districts across the country have struggled to staff up to address students’ mental health needs that have only grown since the pandemic hit.

Among 18 of the country’s largest school districts, 12 started this school year with fewer counselors or psychologists than they had in fall 2019, according to an analysis by Chalkbeat. As a result, many school mental health professionals have caseloads that far exceed recommended limits, according to experts and advocates, and students must wait for urgently needed help.

Some of the extra need for support has been absorbed by social workers — their ranks have grown by nearly 50% since before the pandemic, federal data shows — but they have different clinical training from other mental health professionals and many other duties, including helping families. Districts included in the analysis, which serve a combined 3 million students, started the year with nearly 1,000 unfilled mental health positions.

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

Judge says Georgia law allows Saturday voting for Senate runoff

Category: 
  • 2022 Midterm Elections
  • Judge says Georgia law allows Saturday voting for Senate runoff

     

    A judge on Friday said Georgia law allows counties to offer early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is the only possibility for Saturday voting before next month’s Senate runoff election between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker.

    Warnock’s campaign, along with the Democratic Party of Georgia and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, filed a lawsuit this week arguing that early voting should be allowed that day. They were challenging guidance by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that said it would be illegal to hold early voting on Saturday, Nov. 26, the day after a state holiday.

    Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas Cox on Friday issued an order saying Georgia law “does not specifically prohibit counties from conducting advanced voting on Saturday, November 26, 2022, for a runoff election.” He also prohibited the state from interfering in efforts to hold early voting that day or preventing any votes cast that day from being counted.

     

    “We disagree with the Court’s order and look forward to a prompt appeal,” Raffensperger’s office said in an emailed statement.

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

Mike Huckabee hits campaign trail with Herschel Walker, addresses Trump factor in Georgia Senate runoff

Category: 

Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took a moment, while stumping for U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker in Georgia this week, to address how Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential announcement might affect the race leading up to the Dec. 6 runoff against incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Speaking with reporters following a Wednesday rally with Walker in McDonough, Georgia, Huckabee expressed hope that Trump’s announcement would have a positive impact on the Georgia Senate race and said that the former president’s speech was “an extraordinary re-emergence of the Donald Trump America fell in love with in 2016.”

Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination in a Tuesday speech at his Mar-a-Lago home in West Palm Beach, Florida, despite pleas from a number of Republicans to wait until after the runoff between Walker and Warnock.

“I sure hope it has a wonderful effect,” Huckabee said when asked about Trump’s announcement before shifting to praising Walker as a “gifted communicator.”

RAPHAEL WARNOCK RAILS AGAINST HERSCHEL WALKER IN STATEWIDE TOUR KICKOFF: ‘YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO KNOW STUFF’

 

Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee campaigns with Republican Georgia Senate nominee Herschel Walker on November 16, 2022, in McDonough, Georgia.
(Team Herschel, Inc.)

“I just hope that the people of Georgia give America a wonderful gift. If the [Georgia Bulldogs] can take number one in football, I’m okay with that. But please send us Herschel Walker to the U.S. Senate,” the professed Arkansas Razorbacks fan added.