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 / January 09,2021

A top Georgia election official says Rudy Giuliani intentionally ‘lied’ about election fraud by presenting a deceptively edited video as evidence

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A top Georgia election official says Rudy Giuliani intentionally ‘lied’ about election fraud by presenting a deceptively edited video as evidence

A top Georgia election official says Rudy Giuliani intentionally ‘lied’ about election fraud by presenting a deceptively edited video as evidenceGabriel Sterling, the Voting Systems Manager for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
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Patrick Swanson / January 09,2021

Trump’s Lawyers Surrender in Georgia Despite Giuliani’s ‘Conclusive Proof’ of Election Fraud – Reason.com

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Through the rally that preceded Wednesday’s lethal assault on the Capitol by enraged Trump supporters, Rudy Giuliani, the president’s private legal professional, said he was about to blow the lid off machine-facilitated election fraud in Georgia. That was not true. The subsequent day, President Donald Trump’s attorneys dropped 4 lawsuits alleging election irregularities and fraud in Georgia, claiming that they had reached settlement agreements with state officers, who supposedly had promised to research Trump’s outlandish charges. That was not true both.
These two lies verify that Giuliani by no means had any credible proof to again up his reckless allegations towards Dominion Voting Methods, which he claims helped Democrats rig election machines to modify “a whole lot of hundreds” of Trump votes to Biden votes. That extensively promoted conspiracy principle, which on Friday prompted Dominion to sue former Trump marketing campaign lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation, was on the coronary heart of the grievances underlying Wednesday’s violence. But Giuliani now has implicitly admitted it was all a hoax.

Patrick Swanson / January 01,2021

“He’s Covering Up Massive Fraud in Georgia, Why?” – Rudy Giuliani Fires Warning Shot at Dirty Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

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“He’s Covering Up Massive Fraud in Georgia, Why?” – Rudy Giuliani Fires Warning Shot at Dirty Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

“He’s Covering Up Massive Fraud in Georgia, Why?” – Rudy Giuliani Fires Warning Shot at Dirty Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
Source: Jim Hoft
Earlier this week Trump attorney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani testified before Georgia’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Elections and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urged the state lawmakers to take action.
President Trump was absolutely crushing Joe Biden in Georgia on election night when all of a sudden elections officials at the State Farm Arena stopped counting ballots.
The crooked Democrats in Georgia counted tens of thousands of ballots for Joe Biden while blocking GOP observers.
Rudy once again urged Georgia lawmakers to show they have courage and to hold a hearing to decertify the vote or be remembered as cowards who allowed false election results to be sent to Washington.
“This stops right now! No more of this stuff in America. This is the stuff they do in a third world country,” Rudy said.

Patrick Swanson / December 23,2020

MUST SEE: Shocking Images of Georgia Early Voting Centers

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This will be an election like another…said every single television pundit ever, during every election ever.
It is a trick of logic that allows these pundits to be so cavalier about this call. You see, the only election that matters at all is the next election, by default.  The previous elections have all been decided, and we don’t yet know the circumstances under which we’ll be voting in anything too far into the future.
Very literally, we can only care about the imminent and inevitable election ahead of us.
But, we must concede that this next election will be hard fought and angst-ridden, as enthusiasm and unease remain the most prevalent emotions we have toward it.
This has led to incredibly long lines and technical issues for early voting in the State of Georgia.

Early voting for the Nov. 3 election began Monday in Georgia, and thousands of voters lined sidewalks and streets throughout the state to have their voices heard in one of the most contentious elections the country has ever seen.
The computer failures that plagued the primary elections in June were again an issue in pockets of precincts. There were reports of polling locations with too few poll workers. High turnout on Columbus Day when many voters were off work contributed to the logjam, as did continued concerns among many voters about mail-in ballots.
Election officials in Fulton County were aware of an issue with the electronic pollbooks used to check voters in at State Farm Arena, where Atlanta’s NBA and WNBA teams play, county spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt-Dominguez told the Associated Press. Technicians were on site working to resolve it, she said.

Patrick Swanson / December 18,2020

Georgia basketball gets physical with Cincinnati, tops Bearcats

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Georgia basketball gets physical with Cincinnati, tops Bearcats

ATHENS — Georgia basketball proved it could measure up to good competition on Saturday night, winning decisively over battle-tested Cincinnati in Stegeman Coliseum.
The Bulldogs ran their record to 6-0 with the 83-68 victory, sealing their best start to a season for a UGA team since the 1982-83 Final Four unit.
“We knew the competition, the strength and the length would be a test,” said Georgia coach Tom Crean, who’s in his third season leading the program. “We really rose to the level of the competition. It wasn’t just us matching their energy and toughness, we brought our own.”
Toumani Camara had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead a Bulldogs’ team that had four players score in double figures.
Sahvir Wheeler had 12 points and 7 assists, and Justin Kier had 18 points and was 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.
“We went really hard this week, just to show we can be physical as well,” Kier said. “This showed the maturity of our team.”
Camara went to the rim for a basketball at the 4:26 mark of the first half to spark a 15-0 run that left Georgia up 49-26 as the teams headed to intermission.
The Bearcats (2-4), who lost at No. 12 Tennessee by a 65-56 count, failed to get closer than 12 points in the second half.
“We just trust each other, the momentum is always up for grabs,” Camara said. “We had the momentum at the moment, and we just kept on going.
“I think we learned how good we can be playing together and staying focused on the task.”
Crean was certainly impressed with the 6-foot-8, 220-pound sophomore.
“For him to play that way against a physical team like Cincinnati said a lot,” said Crean, whose team won the battle of the board 39-38 despite being out-sized in the paint.

Patrick Swanson / December 17,2020

5-star Georgia QB signee Brock Vandagriff leads Prince Avenue Chrstian to state title game

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5-star Georgia QB signee Brock Vandagriff leads Prince Avenue Chrstian to state title game

NORCROSS — Brock Vandagriff let himself soak up the moment with a few minutes to go in Prince Avenue Christian’s runaway 50-3 win Friday night at Wesleyan.
“I can’t believe we are going to play for a state championship now,” Vandagriff said. “I’ve been dreaming about this my whole life man.”
He has. His Wolverines will. Behind three passing touchdowns and one score on the ground, the Bulldog signee led Prince Avenue (12-1) to the Georgia High School Association’s Class A private state championship game currently scheduled for Dec. 28.
“It is an amazing feeling,” Brock Vandagriff said. “I can’t even describe it honestly. Me and my Dad have dreamed about this forever. To be able to bring it to Prince is something special. I think this is the second time we have been to the state championship in the whole history of Prince Avenue.”
Vandagriff is the star quarterback. His father, Greg, is the head coach who was able to exorcise a few state semifinal demons with the victory.
5-star Georgia QB signee Brock Vandagriff leads Prince Avenue Chrstian to state title gameBrock Vandagriff was a happy Wolverine after Prince Avenue Christian’s 50-3 win in the Class A state semifinals on Saturday night. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Patrick Swanson / December 17,2020

Georgia Surpasses 1M Votes for Senate Runoffs in Less Than a Week of Early Voting

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Georgia Surpasses 1M Votes for Senate Runoffs in Less Than a Week of Early Voting

Georgia’s Senate runoff elections have already surpassed one million votes, less than a week into the state’s early voting period.

Early voting for the runoffs began on Monday. As of Friday approximately 1,123,095 early votes have been cast, according to data from GeorgiaVotes, a website that tracks early voting data.
Data from GeorgiaVotes also shows that at the same point in the general election, roughly 1,223,045 early votes have been cast—indicating a 100,950 vote difference when compared to the early voting numbers in the Senate runoffs.
Among the total number of early votes cast as of Friday, more than 481,000 have been mail-in ballots and over 641,000 were early votes, according to the website.
Using numbers provided by the Georgia secretary of state’s office, The Hill reported that roughly 168,000 votes had been cast on the first day of early voting for the Senate runoffs, which surpassed the 128,000 number of votes submitted on the first day of early voting for the general election.
According to the U.S. Elections Project, created by Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida, roughly 24,106 people who did not vote in the general election have already cast their ballot in the Senate runoffs, while 889,991 have voted in both.
Newsweek reached out to the Georgia secretary of state’s elections division for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
The number of early votes cast in Georgia’s Senate runoffs comes less than a month before the January 5 elections, consisting of two races that will decide which political party controls majority of the Senate next year.

Patrick Swanson / December 09,2020

Georgia Tragedy Bears the Mystery of Political Collateral Damage

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Georgia Tragedy Bears the Mystery of Political Collateral Damage

The untimely death and heartbreaking tragedy of the charismatic 20-year-old man with his future ahead of him, Harrison Deal, was a field staffer to Georgia republican politicians, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Harrison Deal was also the boyfriend and best friend of Governor Kemp’s daughter Lucy.
On Friday, December 4, 2020, just outside of Savannah Georgia, at about 10:00 am, the Pooler Police were on a three-car scene of a major accident that took place at 16 eastbound and Pooler Parkway. Neighboring community members reported hearing a large explosive boom and fire filled the air, sealing the fate of this young Georgia political staffer.
The other three individuals caught up in the three-car tragedy were treated on the scene and released unscathed. There was a great deal of chatter on the scene, as witnesses were questioning the tragedy with comments like these:
“It’s more like a car bomb than a normal highway accident.”
“It’s been said that those car explosions in the movies are just for effect because cars that get into even bad wrecks don’t actually blow up like this. Interesting.”
“That’s no freaking crash, that car was blown by a bomb or hit by a missile.”
“Exactly, modern cars don’t burst into flames even at crazy high-speed impacts. Something was either catastrophically wrong with that car or someone planted C4.”
“I worked as a volunteer firefighter in my youth and flaming car wrecks are very rare in modern cars made after the 1980s.”
That’s a car bomb. not an accident.”
Actual footage from the scene was captured and can be seen here: Gov Kemp’s Daughter’s Boyfriend Harrison Deal Dies in Car Accident Under Suspicious Circumstances.

Patrick Swanson / December 04,2020

Trump assails vote integrity while urging turnout in Georgia

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President Donald Trump pressed his grievances over losing the presidential election Saturday, using a rally to spread baseless allegations of misconduct in last month’s voting in Georgia and beyond even as he pushed supporters to turn out for a pair of Republican Senate candidates in a runoff election in January.

Patrick Swanson / November 27,2020

Georgia Secretary of State Says Trump Should Give Up and ‘Leave Quietly’

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stated that President Donald Trump should give up and “leave quietly” from the White House. The secretary of state made these comments in an interview with Atlanta Journal-Constitution published Saturday.
“When you lose an election, you should leave quietly. It’s the will of the people that has been expressed,” stated Raffensperger.
Unlike Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, the secretary of state has been vocal against his critics on social media and through the mainstream media. Earlier this week, Raffensperger published an op-ed with USA Today complaining that he and his family “are now being thrown under the bus” by Trump.
“In the days that followed, a losing presidential campaign refused to accept the facts, following a playbook written by a failed gubernatorial candidate [Stacey Abrams] two years before. A failed senate candidate [Doug Collins] with nothing to do tried to undermine the integrity of Georgia’s elections,” the op-ed says. “A self-described ‘attorney for the damned’ [Lin Wood] took up the cause. An onslaught of fake news and unrepentant disinformation threatened to tear the fabric of our country apart. People on both sides of the aisle generated controversies out of nowhere to stir up trouble.”
Since the initial audit, Trump and other Republicans have called for a review of the absentee ballot signatures. However, Raffensperger hasn’t allowed for one. In response, the president dubbed Raffensperger a “RINO,” or “Republican In Name Only” – a term reserved for individuals accused of holding values and objectives contrary to the standard Republican ideals.