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 / April 15,2022

When Do You Need a Georgia Eminent Domain Attorney?

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Eminent domain is the ability of the government to seize private land for public use. While private citizens should get a fair settlement in return for the taken property, the outcome doesn’t always turn out as anticipated. 

If a Georgia government agency has recently invoked eminent domain on your property, a Georgia eminent domain attorney could work with you to obtain more favorable results. 
A Closer Look at Eminent Domain
The power of eminent domain is found in the US Constitution’s Fifth Amendment and Georgia Code Title 22. It allows both federal and state government agencies to permanently or temporarily take over your land as long as it is for the public’s benefit. This can happen if the property is obstructing government projects or civic structures. 
Some instances where the government can exercise eminent domain include:

Patrick Swanson / April 10,2022

Georgian Applauds Three-Year Degree Announcement

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Today’s announcement by Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop to allow colleges to offer three-year degrees is welcome news at Georgian College. The provincial government’s plans to expand career-focused degree programs at Ontario public colleges will provide new opportunities, choice and more academic programming options for postsecondary students.
“I applaud today’s announcement, our government listened to the sector and understands this decision will be better for students, employers and our economic vitality,” said Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College. “College three-year degrees will enhance graduates’ employment outcomes and earnings, as well as prepare a more diverse, robust and qualified labour force.”
Expanding the degree programs at colleges will fulfil the growing demand among employers for graduates with more highly specialized qualifications.
In anticipation of this announcement, Georgian has started to prepare new three-year degrees in hospitality and business. The development process includes working closely with industry to ensure a three-year degree credential is a good match for labour market needs. It also includes creating seamless pathways from existing diploma programs to degree programs. The new degrees could be available by 2024.
This new category of postsecondary credential will provide future students with more choice and flexibility in what and how they choose to study. New degree programs may be offered online only, as hybrid, or as GC Flex, where you attend class when and where it’s convenient for you, depending on the nature of the program.

Patrick Swanson / April 06,2022

Chinese Votive Sword found in Georgia suggests Pre-Columbian Chinese travel to North America

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Chinese Votive Sword found in Georgia suggests Pre-Columbian Chinese travel to North America

An avocational surface collector discovered a partially exposed Chinese votive sword behind roots on an eroded bank of a small stream in Georgia in July 2014. The 30-centimeter relic is probably a one-of-a-kind find in North America and adds to the increasing list of seemingly out-of-place Chinese artifacts indicating Chinese transit to North America during the Pre-Columbian period.
The magnificent sword has been identified as being made of Lizardite and has surface traits that indicate it is quite ancient. Future testing will hopefully establish the type of stone and pinpoint the , as Lizardite deposits exist in both the eastern and western hemispheres.
The answers to the when who, and how questions are still unknown. An effort to employ thermoluminescence testing protocols to identify when the soil at the extraction location was last exposed to sunlight was hindered since it was discovered that the soil had been disturbed.
There is still a tiny part of an unknown stranded substance clinging to the blade that may be acceptable for radiocarbon dating, as well as select sections of surface accretions that may yield useful information.
Chinese symbology

Patrick Swanson / April 06,2022

The National Bank of Georgia will regulate the country’s cryptocurrency sector

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The National Bank of Georgia is taking steps to regulate the cryptocurrency market in the South Caucasus country, its governor revealed in a recent interview. While companies in the industry expect a licensing regime, financial institutions have already been banned from providing cryptocurrency-related services.

Patrick Swanson / April 04,2022

Georgia Republicans Pass Bill to Allow Law Enforcement to Investigate Election Fraud Like the Massive Ballot Trafficking that Went on During the 2020 Election

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Georgia’s legislature passed a bill expanding the power of the Georgia Bureau of Investigtion (GBI) to investigate election fraud without being directed by the Secretary of State’s office.
Georgia’s 2020 election was littered with fraud and ballot stuffing. After several days of counting by liberal activists and hired hands Joe Biden pulled off a stunning upset in the state where he had absolutely zero support.
The new law will bypass shady Brad Raffensperger who lied about the situation in Georgia and allowed hundreds of ballot traffickers to operate in the state.
Reuters-MSN reported:
Georgia’s legislature approved a bill expanding law enforcement’s power to investigate election fraud over the objections of voting rights groups, adding to a wave of Republican-backed legislation passed after former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was rigged.
The legislation passed late Monday would give the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the state’s top investigative agency, the authority to initiate probes of election crimes. Under current law, the secretary of state’s office looks into allegations of irregularities and can ask the GBI for assistance as needed.
Trump has fiercely criticized Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both fellow Republicans, for their refusal to overturn the results of the 2020 election, in which President Joe Biden became the first Democrat in nearly 30 years to win the state.

Patrick Swanson / April 03,2022

Josh Hawley endorses Jeremy Hunt, who’s bidding to unseat a rural moderate Democrat in Georgia

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EXCLUSIVE – Jeremy Hunt, a 28-year-old Army veteran who is bidding to unseat Georgia’s longest serving member of Congress in this November’s midterm elections, on Monday landed a high-profile endorsement from Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri.

Hunt, the Republican son of a Black pastor who earlier this month announced his candidacy for the House of Representatives in Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District, is aiming to oust Democrat Sanford Bishop, a moderate Black Democrat who has served in Congress for three decades.

“I am proud to endorse and support Jeremy Hunt in his run for Congress. As a West Point graduate and former Army intelligence officer, Jeremy has spent his life serving America and fighting for what we believe in. I know he’ll do that in Congress,” Hawley said in a statement that was first reported by Fox News on Monday.

ARMY VETERAN JEREMY HUNT LAUNCHES 2022 CONGRESSIONAL BID IN GEORGIA

 “Jeremy is part of a new generation of conservative leaders; bold, fearless, and principled — exactly what’s needed to defeat a Democrat who has been in Congress for thirty years. This fall, Jeremy Hunt will be part of the Red Wave that will sweep conservatives back into the majority and put a stop to Joe Biden’s ruinous agenda,” Hawley predicted.

Josh Hawley endorses Jeremy Hunt, who’s bidding to unseat a rural moderate Democrat in Georgia>>

Patrick Swanson / March 31,2022

Georgia Gov. Kemp set to sign gun law allowing people to carry without a license

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp plans to sign a bill into law to end the requirement to obtain a permit to carry a handgun in public

Republican lawmakers from both chambers have approved the Constitutional Carry Act, with the Senate giving it final passage Friday by a vote of 34-22.  After the vote, Kemp tweeted he looked forward to signing the legislation that he pledged his support for during his gubernatorial campaign in 2018.

Supporters of the measure say Senate Bill 319 reinforces the constitutional right to keep and bear arms and to protect family and property.

Critics charge that it removes another level of background checks that annually catches thousands of people who should not own firearms.

The National Rifle Association applauded lawmakers for passing what it hails as a landmark law as Georgia becomes the 25th state to allow permit-less carry. Georgians would no longer be required to go through the local probate court for a license to carry.

“Today, every state, and the District of Columbia, provides for the carrying of a firearm for self-defense outside the home in some form, and half the nation recognizes the Second Amendment protects law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense as an inherent and inalienable right,” Wayne LaPierre, CEO and executive vice president of the NRA, said in a statement.

“NRA members have led this extraordinary brick-by-brick effort in building and expanding America’s self-defense laws and we are not done!” he added.

Atlanta Democratic Sen. Elena Parent criticized her Republican colleagues for supporting a bill that they argued would protect people from becoming crime victims, but instead simply made it easier for guns to get into the hands of the wrong people.

Patrick Swanson / March 26,2022

MAX Academy Workshop on Trauma-Informed Care to Feature Expertise From Georgia State University

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From Georgia State University:

BACKGROUND
Individuals who work in the helping professions are susceptible to being negatively impacted by the trauma of the people they are trying to help. In addition, COVID-19 is a specific traumatic stressor. Increased demand for services, customers’ possible trauma histories, and the impact of the pandemic can take an emotional toll on workforce development professionals and place them at additional risk for work-related stress.  
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
In this workshop, participants will learn about the impact of trauma on helping professionals, both personally and professionally. Participants will explore ways to manage reactions to trauma exposure and engage in a self-assessment of their self-care practices. Specific strategies for managing the effects of trauma exposure will be shared and practiced, and participants will develop individual self-care/wellness strategies they can implement after the training.  
We look forward to you joining us for this next MAX Academy on Tuesday, March 29th, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM!
Click here for a flyer.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:​

Patrick Swanson / March 24,2022

Republicans challenge updated voting technologies, starting with Georgia one year ago

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Voting is considered a cornerstone of any democracy. In the United States, the Constitution places the “times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives” in the hands of the states.
In other words, voting technology decisions are in the hands of states. This very decentralized election administration system means that no state runs its elections exactly like another state.
Georgia made national headlines last year (on 25 March 2021) when Governor Brian Kemp (R) “signed into law a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run.”

The Georgia law requires a photo ID in order to vote absentee by mail, after more than 1.3 million Georgia voters used that option during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also cuts the time people have to request an absentee ballot and limits where ballot drop boxes can be placed and when they can be accessed…
The law replaces the elected secretary of state as the chair of the state election board with a new appointee of the legislature after Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rebuffed Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results. It also allows the board to remove and replace county election officials deemed to be underperforming.

Rolling Stone compared the November 2021 election with that of November 2020:

Patrick Swanson / March 24,2022

SVE NEWS & ABC News Sharing Series — Trump returns to Georgia confronting test of his grip on GOP

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Donald Trump wants to use November’s midterm elections to solidify his continued dominance of the national Republican Party

ATLANTA — In Donald Trump‘s push to fundamentally reshape the Republican Party, few places are a higher priority than Georgia.

The former president has issued highly-coveted endorsements in races ranging from governor to state insurance commissioner. His backing of football legend Herschel Walker essentially cleared a path to the party’s nomination for a critical U.S. Senate seat.

Trump has taken a particularly active role in shaping the governor’s race, recruiting former Sen. David Perdue to challenge incumbent Brian Kemp as retribution for his not going along with lies about the 2020 election being stolen. And in an effort to clear a path for Perdue, Trump pressed another Republican in the race — Vernon Jones — to run for Congress instead.

Trump returns to Georgia on Saturday night for a rally with Walker, Perdue, Jones and other Republicans he’s backed ahead of the state’s May 24 primary. The campaign is emerging as an early, critical test of whether the former president can live up to his professed role as a kingmaker in the GOP.

“I think it could be the start of, I don’t want to use the word downfall, but it could be the start of his influence waning,” said Eric Tanenblatt, former chief of staff to ex-Georgia Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue and a former fundraiser for David Perdue who is backing Kemp in the primary.

There are warning signs for Trump. While Walker is marching to the primary with minimal opposition, other races are more complicated. Jones, for instance, is now competing in a crowded congressional primary in which no one may clear the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff.