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 21,2021

Mutiny at Justice Dept. halted Trump scheme to overturn Georgia

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s top leaders listened in stunned silence this month: One of their peers, they were told, had devised a plan with President Donald Trump to oust Jeffrey Rosen as acting attorney general and wield the department’s power to force Georgia state lawmakers to overturn its presidential election results.
The unassuming lawyer who worked on the plan, Jeffrey Clark, had been devising ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Trump was about to decide whether to fire Rosen and replace him with Clark.
The department officials, convened on a conference call, then asked one another: What will you do if Rosen is dismissed?
The answer was unanimous. They would resign.
Their informal pact ultimately helped persuade Trump to keep Rosen in place, calculating that a furor over mass resignations at the top of the Justice Department would eclipse any attention on his baseless accusations of voter fraud. Trump’s decision came only after Rosen and Clark made their competing cases to him in a bizarre White House meeting that two officials compared with an episode of Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” albeit one that could prompt a constitutional crisis.
The previously unknown chapter was the culmination of the president’s long-running effort to batter the Justice Department into advancing his personal agenda. He also pressed Rosen to appoint special counsels, including one who would look into Dominion Voting Systems, a maker of election equipment that Trump’s allies had falsely said was working with Venezuela to flip votes from Trump to Joe Biden.

Patrick Swanson / January 20,2021

Georgia congresswoman believes Parkland school massacre was ‘false flag planned shooting’

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Georgia congresswoman believes Parkland school massacre was ‘false flag planned shooting’

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Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene believes that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, was a “false flag” operation.

In newly surfaced Facebook posts from May 2018, the Georgia politician questioned why Scot Peterson, the disgraced cop who infamously stayed outside the school during the attack, was receiving $8,702 per month in a state pension.
Several people responded to the post to claim that the pension was a payoff. Greene expressed her agreement with the comments, including one which read: “It’s called a pay off to keep his mouth shut since it was a false flag planned shooting.”

Georgia congresswoman believes Parkland school massacre was ‘false flag planned shooting’

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The February 2018 massacre at the Florida high school claimed the lives of 17 students and staff. It sparked a widespread push for introducing new gun control laws. The shooting has also been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories, including claims that it never happened and that the students were crisis actors.
Greene’s controversial comments were met with a wave of condemnations, including from politicians, officials and families of the victims.

Patrick Swanson / January 18,2021

Democrats Win in Georgia, Will Take Senate Majority Under Biden Administration

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After two of the most expensive Senate races in United States history, Democrats will take control of the Senate after Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff both won their runoff Senate elections in Georgia in early January. With these wins and Joe Biden’s win in November, Democrats will control the Senate, House of Representatives, and Presidency for the first time in a decade.
Warnock and Ossoff made history with their election victories. Warnock is the first African-American to win a senate election in Georgia, while Ossoff becomes the first Jewish person to be elected a Georgia senator. This will be the first time two Democrats represent Georgia in the Senate since 2003. Republicans have held both seats since 2005.
When asked about what Ossoff’s win means going forward, Junior Aaron Kopp, who is also Jewish, said, “I think we’ve heard for a long time that the South is getting more progressive, and I think this may be an indication of that.”
Kopp also expressed concern for the Jewish people because of a Jewish person being elected, “That’s time and again why anti-semitism happens.”
These wins give the Democratic party two more seats in the Senate for a total of 50, while the Republican party holds 50 seats as well. Vice President Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, is able to break any 50-50 ties. This effectively gives Democrats the majority in the Senate. Combined with their control of the House of Representatives and soon-to-be control of the Presidency, Democrats will be able to pass legislation without Republican support much more easily. Democrats will have this control for at least the next two years. In the 2022 midterm elections, the entire House of Representatives and 34 Senate seats will be up for grabs.

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

New Song From Florida Georgia Line

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Not a bad start to a Monday!
Florida Georgia Line has released a new song called “New Truck.” It’s the third release from their upcoming album, Life Rolls On, due out on February 12th. Check out the lyric video!

Read more about FGL now!

Tyler Hubbard said, “With ‘New Truck’ we were like, ‘Man, this feels good. I just want to ride around in my truck, listen to this, and have a song to jam to.’ When any of our buddies get a new truck now, we can send it to them and say, ‘Yo, bump this in the truck!’”
Brian Kelley added, “It feels really different and fresh. It’s got a fun innocence about it too.”
Tyler and Brian co-wrote and co-produced “New Truck.”
Their latest single, “Long Live,” is a current Top 20 hit and climbing on the country charts. Watch the video now!

 

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)