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

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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

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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 28,2022

The Mind Behind California’s New Digital License Plates

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Edward Henderson and Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media

Starting Jan. 1, 2023, California joins Georgia, Colorado, Michigan, and Arizona as states that have approved digital license plates for use statewide, after completing a four-year pilot program that evaluated a replacement for metal plates.

Reviver, a tech company founded by Black entrepreneur Neville Boston, is the creator of the world’s first digital license plate. About 10,000 California drivers bought digital plates during the pilot program.

Based Granite Bay, 24 miles east of Sacramento, Reviver expects the number of digital plate users to increase exponentially as all 40 million vehicles registered with the state are now eligible to adopt the new high-tech tags.

Thanks to Assembly Bill (AB) 984 signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September, trips to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) – which many Californians would like to avoid because of the long lines and waits they expect — might become a thing of the past.

Assemblymember Lori Wilson (D-Suisun City), Chair of the California Black Legislative Caucus for the 2023-24 legislative session, sponsored the legislation.

“I am honored and humbled to see AB 984 signed into law,” said Wilson. “AB 984 strikes a necessary balance

between innovation and privacy while digitizing the only thing on our cars today that remain antiquated, license plates.”

The new digital plates will appear as wireless tablets about the same size as traditional plates on the front and back of vehicles. The digital plate will include a processing unit, wireless connectivity, and storage media all built into an electronic display.

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Senior AWS Cloud Architect

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AWS Cloud Architect/Engineer ($175-$195 + stock options)Senior AWS Cloud ArchitectLooking for a Senior Cloud Architect and evangelist to join our rapidly evolving Cloud Platforms team. In this unique leadership role, you will engineer the core and foundational cloud services across multiple clouds with reuse and manageability in mind. Help build reusable architectural patterns for developers to build and migrate applications to cloud. This individual will provide technical leadership in architecting, implementing, and operationalizing the firm’s hybrid cloud hosting zones. The focus will be on security, full-stack automation, monitoring, and developer experience. You will be developer advocate for Cloud capabilities to influence and work across diverse teams to design and implement easy to use hybrid cloud environments.

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Cashier – Team Member

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The Customer Service Associate provides excellent customer service and supports their manager in meeting store operational, sales and profitability objectives. The Customer Service Associate serves our customer’s needs by being well trained, friendly and responsive while following company procedures and policies.

Customer Service Associates help to serve our customer needs and requirements, resulting in satisfied, repeat customers. They help their managers maintain inventory, cash, and forms according to company requirements. They greet and thank our customers on each visit and service our customers in a fast and friendly manner. Additionally, Customer Service Associates make sure all shift tasks are completed and assist in maintaining the Enmarket cleanliness and customer service standards at their location.

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Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker court Brian Kemp voters in final week of Georgia Senate runoff

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Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker court Brian Kemp voters in final week of Georgia Senate runoff

Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker court Brian Kemp voters in final week of Georgia Senate runoff

 

With one week to go before Georgia’s Senate runoff, heavy hitters and big dollars from both national parties are pouring into the state for a race that will determine the balance of power in the Democratic-controlled Senate next year.

But the most sought-after stamp of approval belongs to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who was comfortably reelected to a second term this month after defying a Donald Trump-backed primary challenge earlier in the year.

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Why Do Black Voters Matter In Georgia? Black Voters Matters’ LaTosha Brown Explains Why

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Why Do Black Voters Matter In Georgia? Black Voters Matters’ LaTosha Brown Explains Why

 Why Do Black Voters Matter In Georgia? Black Voters Matters’ LaTosha Brown Explains Why

 

While the midterm elections in November are over, there is still a hotly contested race going on in Georgia. Democratic incumbent Ralphael Warnock and Republican Challenger and former NFL star Herschel Walker are headed to a run-off. What does that mean for the state of Georgia and the United States Senate? How can the Black vote move the needle?

Co-founder and executive director of the Black Voters Matter organization, Latosha Brown stopped by the GetUp! Church this morning. There are lots of issues around voting and democracy, specifically impacting communities of color and Brown gives us the information on why our vote matters so much.

ERICA: Let’s talk about the runoffs, the Senate race in Georgia, incumbent Democrat, Reverend Raphael, Warnock, and Republican Herschel Walker, can you explain why this race is so important in the state of Georgia and for the country?

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Computer Systems Engineer

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Sr. DevOps Engineer ($165,000 – $190,000 + Stock options)HelioHire is currently seeking an experienced Senior DevOps Engineer for our Amazon Web Services (AWS) Infrastructure team.We are open to this role being located anywhere in the USA.Who you are:• You are driven to automate all the things, building infrastructure, testing and pushing code• You embrace change and innovation, always seeking to push the boundaries• Likes to jump in and help where needed• Wants to continue learningWhat you will do:• Automation in Amazon Web Services (AWS) as we build and scale our digital products.• Lead the definition of system architecture and detailed solution designs that are scalable and extensible.• Collaborate with Product Owners, Application and Infrastructure Engineers and Architects from various teams on different permutations to find the best solution possible.• Experiment with new technologies and techniques.• Deliver amazing solutions that knock everyone’s socks off.What we are looking for:• Know that technology is not only about technology. Solutions are created by the congruence of people, processes, and tools.• A love for learning. Technology is continually evolving around us, and you want to keep up to date to ensure we are using the right tech at the right time.• A love for working in ambiguity—and making sense of it. You can take in a lot of disparate information and find common themes, recommend clear paths forward and iterate along the way. You do not form an opinion and sell it as if it is gospel; this is all about being flexible, agile, dependable, and responsive in the face of many moving parts.• Confidence, not ego.

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

2022 Georgia Senate runoff: Georgia sets one-day early voting record

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    Georgia has broken its record for the most ballots cast in one day during early voting, with just one week until a pivotal runoff in the state’s U.S. Senate race between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker. 

    On Monday, over 239,160 Georgians cast their ballot, according to Interim Deputy Secretary of State Gabriel Sterling. This beats the previous record for early voting in one day of over 233,252 votes in 2018. Sterling tweeted Monday afternoon that they’ll “break a quarter million voters today.” 

    “We’re excited,” Sterling told CBS News. “It’s a testament to voters and poll workers and poll managers across the state to pull this off. It’s not easy to move a quarter of a million people.” 

     

    Over the holiday weekend, where some counties were able to conduct early voting after Georgia Democrats sued, over 180,000 votes were cast. That was about 2.6% of the total active voter base in Georgia. 

    According to data from Georgia’s Secretary of State office, 46% of that weekend’s voters were Black and 57% were female. 

    Early voter turnout for the runoff has been highest in several Democratic leaning counties around Atlanta such as Fulton, Gwinnett and DeKalb County. 

    In the Nov. 8 election, neither Warnock nor Walker surpassed the 50% mark needed to avoid a runoff election. Warnock won 49.4% of the vote and Walker got 48.5% of the vote. While Democrats have secured the majority in the Senate, a Warnock win would give the party more space to pass their agenda and put an end to current power sharing of committees. 

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Chuck Schumer-linked offshoot group pumps millions into Georgia Senate runoff

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Chuck Schumer-linked offshoot group pumps millions into Georgia Senate runoff

Chuck Schumer-linked offshoot group pumps millions into Georgia Senate runoff

An offshoot group linked to the Chuck Schumer-aligned Senate Majority PAC (SMP) is pumping millions into the Georgia Senate runoff to save Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Since Nov. 11, Georgia Honor has poured nearly $14 million into ad buys and media production backing Warnock and attacking his Republican challenger Herschel Walker over the likes of abortion, Federal Election Commission filings show. The super PAC is one of the top spenders for the Dec. 6 election. 

Beyond being marked as an affiliated committee and stated as such in some media reports, the SMP has links to Georgia Honor on several levels. SMP has provided Georgia Honor with all of the $28 million it has raised as of mid-October. At the same time, Rebecca Lambe acts as the treasurer of both groups, which also share an address, according to their respective records.

GEORGIA RUNOFF ELECTIONS DESIGNED TO ‘KEEP BLACK CANDIDATES OUT OF OFFICE,’ CLAIMS MSNBC

Chuck Schumer-linked offshoot group pumps millions into Georgia Senate runoff

Democratic Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock is attempting to hang onto his seat in the Dec. 6 runoff election. (Brandon Gillespie)

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Relax, a Little Stress Might Be Good for You

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If holiday demands get you frazzled, you can take heart from a new study: When it comes to stress, a little is good.

“The bad outcomes of stress are pretty clear and not new,” said Assaf Oshri, lead author of the study and an associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“But there’s less information about the effects of more limited stress,” Oshri said in a university news release. “Our findings show that low to moderate levels of perceived stress were associated with elevated working memory neural activation, resulting in better mental performance.”

Working memory is the short-term information you use everyday for things like remembering a phone number or recalling directions on how to get someplace.

For the study, the researchers analyzed MRI scans from the Human Connectome Project, a project sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Scans came from more than 1,000 people with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Those who reported having low or moderate stress levels had increased activity in the parts of the brain that involve working memory.

Meanwhile, those who reported high stress had a decline in those areas, the findings showed.

The research team assessed perceived stress levels through questions like these: “In the last month, how often have you been upset because of something that happened unexpectedly?” and “In the last month, how often have you found that you could not cope with all the things that you had to do?”

The investigators also asked participants if they felt they had a meaningful life, and about the availability of friend-based support.

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Herschel Walker’s Georgia ‘Home’ Is A Rental Property

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Herschel Walker’s most recent scandal (we know, it’s hard to keep track) is actually an old one. Going all the way back to his campaign announcement last year, it’s been reported that Walker actually didn’t live in Georgia, the state he wants to represent in the US Senate—at least not on a full-time basis.

He owns a house in suburban Dallas that he and his current wife occupied for years and where Walker receives a homestead tax exemption which is reserved for a person’s primary residence. His wife, Julie Blanchard, wasn’t registered to vote in Texas and didn’t vote in Georgia between 2008 and 2020, when she mailed in an absentee ballot…from Texas. That’s not necessarily illegal under Georgia law, which says pretty much that you have to vote where you live and that if you move away and intend to live elsewhere, your Georgia voter registration is no longer valid (a fact I know well since having moved from Atlanta to Pittsburgh five years ago).

But Walker has always had an ace-in-the-hole to use for plausible deniability: he still owns a house in Georgia. A campaign finance report from last year values ​​that house at between $20,000 and $500,000. As long as that house exists, Walker can rebut his critics—including those who want him investigated for living outside the state he hopes to represent—with the fact that plenty of people own houses in more than one state. It’d be easy for him to satisfy federal law by moving back to his Georgia abode before it took the oath of office, assuming he beats Sen. Raphael Warnock in their runoff next week.

Now, a new report pokes a hole in that idea with receipts that, until recently, Walker’s Georgia home was occupied by renters who paid Walker and his wife thousands.

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