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Patrick Swanson / January 23,2023

Any Day Now: Georgia DA Fani Willis Could Indict Trump Soon Over ‘The Big Lie’

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Any Day Now: Georgia DA Fani Willis Could Indict Trump Soon Over ‘The Big Lie’

 Any Day Now: Georgia DA Fani Willis Could Indict Trump Soon Over ‘The Big Lie’

Fani Willis, the District Attorney of Fulton County, Georgia inside her office chambers in the Fulton County Justice Center Tower in Atlanta, Georgia on September 20, 2022. | Source: The Washington Post / Getty

Exactly one year ago, we reported that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis submitted a request for a special grand jury to be impaneled to decide if former President Donald Trump and his band of Trump-humpers are guilty of interfering in the Georgia 2020 election after the majority of Georgia voters decided Trump shall not get his rust-orange butt-shavings all over the Oval Office furniture for another four years.

From our previous report:

Her request was approved by most of the judges on the Fulton County Superior Court. The scope of Willis’ inquiry includes the call Trump made to the secretary of state after losing Georgia in the 2020 election and a November 2020 call Sen. Lindsey Graham made to Raffensperger to put pressure on him. Willis’ inquiry would also look at former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s false claims in efforts to overturn the election. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also noted that the investigation is digging into an Atlanta-based U.S. Attorney’s “abrupt resignation.” 

Patrick Swanson / January 21,2023

Analysis: How the 2022 midterms cemented Georgia's rise in politics – GPB News

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LISTEN: GPB's All Things Considered host Peter Biello speaks with political reporter Stephen Fowler about the results of Georgia's 2022 midterm elections and how they will impact politics in 2023 and beyond.
Governor Brian Kemp and Senator Raphael Warnock
In case you’ve missed the last few years of news, Georgia is now a premier political battleground state with elections that have drastically influenced the trajectory of American politics — including the most recent 2022 midterms.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp beat Democratic rival Stacey Abrams in the governor’s race by more than seven percentage points, harnessing the state’s strong economic footing and his early rollback of COVID restrictions into a powerful campaign message that convinced both hardcore conservatives and moderate swing voters to reward his incumbency over Abrams’ ambitious visions for a more progressive Georgia.
Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock survived his fifth election in two years to earn a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate in an abbreviated runoff against Trump-backed Herschel Walker, a former athletic standout who was marred in constant scandal and struggled to articulate what policies he would seek in Washington.
After Warnock and fellow Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff provided the crucial majority-making votes in 2021 runoffs, Warnock’s victory ensured outright Democratic control of the chamber with 51 seats, even as Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona shifted her party affiliation to be an independent who will still likely vote with Democrats.

Patrick Swanson / January 08,2023

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for January 10, 2023

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  • Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections
  • Talmadge fired elected officials who resisted his authority. Others were thrown out of their offices. Literally.

    After Julian Bond’s election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965, the chamber voted against seating him ostensibly because he had publicly state his opposition to the war in Vietnam. On January 10, 1967, after the United States Supreme Court held the legislature had denied Bond his right to free speech, he was seated as a member of the State House.

    Eight years ago, on January 10, 2014, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution released a poll of the Georgia Governor’s race that showed Nathan Deal with 47 percent to 38 percent for Jason Carter. The nine-point Deal advantage was as close as the AJC polling firm would come all year to correctly predicting the point spread in the General Election.

    Governor Nathan Deal was sworn-in as the 82d Governor of Georgia on January 10, 2011 while snow shut down the planned public Inaugural.

    Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

    Some sportsball stuff happened yesterday.

    Senate Resolution 6, introduced yesterday and passed by both chambers, sets out the legislative schedule through Day 40 of the General Assembly. I believe this is a first.

    Session this week will be held Wednesday (LD2), Thursday (LD3), and Friday (LD4).

    Next week will be devoted to budget hearings, so no Legislative Days.

Patrick Swanson / January 07,2023

Georgia special grand jury ends probe of Trump, 2020 election

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Atlanta, January 9, 2023 — The special grand jury in Atlanta that has been investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and his allies committed any crimes while trying to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia has finished its work, bringing the case closer to possible criminal charges against Trump and others.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who was overseeing the panel, issued a two-page order Monday dissolving the special grand jury, saying it had completed its work and submitted a final report. The lengthy investigation has been one of several around the country that threaten legal peril for Trump as he mounts a third bid for the White House.

The decision whether to seek an indictment from a regular grand jury will be up to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Willis spokesperson Jeff DiSantis said the office had no comment on the completion of the panel’s work.

McBurney wrote in his order that the special grand jury recommended that its report be made public. He scheduled a hearing for Jan. 24 to determine whether all or part of the report should be released and said the district attorney’s office and news outlets would be given an opportunity to make arguments at that hearing.

Since June, the special grand jury has heard testimony from dozens of witnesses, including numerous close Trump associates such as the former New York mayor and Trump attorney, Rudy Giuliani, andSen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Assorted high-ranking Georgia officials have also testified, among them Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

Patrick Swanson / January 03,2023

Democrats Face Obstacles in Plan to Reorder Presidential Main Calendar

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Democratic efforts to overtake which states maintain the primary presidential primaries entered a brand new and unsure section this week, with hurdles to President Biden’s most well-liked order coming into focus at the same time as a number of states signaled their talents to host early contests, a key step in radically reshaping the calendar.

But in Georgia, Democrats face logistical issues in transferring up their major. And New Hampshire, the longtime leadoff major state, has formally indicated that it can not comply with the early-state lineup endorsed by a D.N.C. panel, underneath which the state would maintain the second major contest alongside Nevada.

That panel backed a sweeping set of adjustments final month to how the get together picks its presidential nominee, in line with Mr. Biden’s imaginative and prescient of placing extra racially various states at first of the method.

Democratic nominating contests have for years begun with the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire major. Under the brand new proposal, the 2024 Democratic presidential major calendar would start in South Carolina on Feb. 3, adopted by New Hampshire and Nevada on Feb. 6, Georgia on Feb. 13 after which Michigan on Feb. 27.

 

Those states — a number of of which performed important roles in Mr. Biden’s 2020 major victory — had till Thursday to exhibit progress towards with the ability to host contests on the chosen dates. According to a letter from the co-chairs of the D.N.C.’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, Nevada, South Carolina and Michigan have met the committee’s necessities for holding early primaries.

Patrick Swanson / January 01,2023

George Santos’s Deceptive Campaign

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The 2022 midterm elections were full of both surprisingly close elections and landslide victories. Races such as the Georgia and Pennsylvania US Senate elections dominated the news cycle. As the dust settled, it became clear that Republicans had regained a very narrow majority in the House of Representatives, but failed to flip the Senate, which will remain under Democratic control. One election that slipped under the radar was that of George Santos in New York’s 3rd Congressional district on Long Island. Santos’s race made some headlines for being the first in history with two openly-gay candidates running against each other. However, his election, and he himself, were largely overlooked by the media and the public eye, until now.

In recent weeks, numerous reports have emerged regarding false statements made by Santos during his campaign. Ranging from “embellishing” personal educational and employment details to serious financial investigations, the current concern regarding Santos has dominated what has been an otherwise bland political news cycle.

Patrick Swanson / December 24,2022

Georgia Jury Selection: What Is It

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  • Jury selection in Georgia requires adherence to this constitutional principle.
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  • Jury selection Georgia and constitution of the Tribunal
  • In short, Georgia Jury Selection
  • Georgia Jury Selection is a multi-step process that involves getting people from the community to come to court and then interviewing potential jurors and choosing a trial panel.

    Initial Jury Selection in Georgia 

    Before choosing a jury for trial, you must gather a group of potential jurors. When we think about the selection of potential jurors, the first thing that comes to mind is that envelope in the mail that says Jury Duty in bold red. That is the beginning of the jury selection process.

    The process is a random sample of people in Georgia or your current city/county. When you hear “the constitution guarantees a fair cross-section of the population,” they are referring to the requirement that the selective pool of potential jurors come from a fair and representative group.

    Jury selection in Georgia requires adherence to this constitutional principle.

    Next, choose the selection. The next part of Georgia Jury Selection is choosing which jurors will appear for a case. Once people arrive at the courthouse, they are brought into the courtroom, and jury selection begins.

Patrick Swanson / December 17,2022

All You Need to Know About the Georgia Runoff Election

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On Tuesday Nov. 8, the United States held its 2022 Midterm Election, deciding key House, Senate and gubernatorial seats. But after all the votes were counted, the state of Georgia had a problem. None of the candidates for the Senate had reached a majority.

The state’s incumbent senator, Raphael Warnock (D), received the most votes, with 49.4 percent of voters in Georgia giving him their support. His main opponent, Herschel Walker (R), received 48.5 percent of the votes. The remaining 2.1 percent went to Chase Oliver, a member of the Libertarian party. As no candidate received a majority (over 50 percent) of the vote, no winner could be determined. But Georgia still needed to elect a senator. The solution: a runoff election, to be held on Dec. 6, 2022. 

Runoff elections happen in situations like this, where no winner can be called. The two candidates who receive the most votes, in this case Warnock and Walker, move on to the runoff. With only two candidates, someone will win the majority and a winner will be determined.

With any election, knowing your candidates is vital. The rapidity of this election’s turnaround from midterm to runoff produced a massive advertising campaign in Georgia that attempted to garner the support of voters who did not have a background on both candidates. 

Patrick Swanson / December 16,2022

‘Election marshals’ and runoff rules: States eye a new round of voting changes a

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‘Election marshals’ and runoff rules: States eye a new round of voting changes a
  • Texas-size changes
  • ‘Election marshals’ and runoff rules: States eye a new round of voting changes a

     

    Texas will consider adding a new election police force. Ohio has moved forward on photo ID requirements for voting. And Georgia could overhaul its controversial general-election runoff system.

    Two years after the 2020 election and the pandemic put a spotlight on how elections are run, legislators around the country are signaling they aren’t finished yet with big changes to election administration and could implement new rules ahead of the 2024 presidential contest.

    “Since the 2020 election, we’ve just seen this onslaught of new election laws coming through the states,” said Liz Avore, a senior policy adviser with the Voting Rights Lab, a group working to expand ballot access that is tracking the election bills. “It’s time to brace for another prolific year for election-related legislation.”

    The renewed activity comes as the nation’s highest court weighs whether the US Constitution grants state legislators powers to set the ground rules for federal elections without oversight by state courts. An expansive ruling by the US Supreme Court would give state legislatures largely unchecked authority over election procedures, including the drawing of congressional maps.

    Texas-size changes

    Some of the efforts have already begun.

Patrick Swanson / December 12,2022

What Warnock’s runoff win means for his future and Georgia as a battleground state

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What Warnock’s runoff win means for his future and Georgia as a battleground state

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