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Patrick Swanson / September 30,2022

Greene Claims AOC ‘Not That Vibrant,’ Calls Herself a Southern Belle

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Agent Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican termed Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, “not that vivid” for the duration of her speech at former President Donald Trump’s Michigan rally on Saturday.

“Democrats all worship the climate just like AOC and rely on me, I function with her and she is not that vivid,” the congresswoman claimed, who also explained herself as a “Southern belle” as she discussed her family’s connection to Michigan.

“Michigan has a specific area in my coronary heart,” she said. “My father is from Trenton, Michigan. My grandfather labored at Excellent Lakes Metal…he was a member of the union there just like so a lot of others. So I could possibly be a Southern belle and a Georgia peach, but Michigan operates in my blood.”

Greene later on accused President Joe Biden of declaring Republicans “enemies of the state.”

“Underneath Democrats, People in america just like me and you encounter a future hiding and fleeing persecution by a tyrannical Office of Justice and FBI, led by a president who declared us all enemies of the condition,” the lawmaker said.

Biden took purpose at Trump and his supporters all through a speech in Philadelphia final month about the “battle for the soul of the country.” Through the fiery speech, he condemned what he sights as anti-Democratic posturing from the Republican Occasion. He blasted them for attacking the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, opposing abortion rights, and striving “to just take this nation backwards.” Numerous in the GOP condemned the speech, as Biden confronted accusations of becoming partisan and divisive.

Patrick Swanson / September 05,2022

The Cheerful Warrior From Northwest Georgia

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Right now someone in northwest Georgia is relaxing at home following a Labor Day weekend spent with friends and family and on the lake when the sun briefly burst through the clouds. Next month, this person intends to visit old pals in the Tennessee and North Carolina mountains. They will appreciate the local cuisine as well as the stunning fall colors along the journey. Of course, this person will be at home for Christmas and will spend most evenings and even a few Saturdays watching Hallmark network Christmas movies with a teenage grandkid who shares their love for them.

Patrick Swanson / September 04,2022

Kemp Doubles Down on Opposition to Medicaid Expansion as Another Georgia Hospital Closes

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Kemp Doubles Down on Opposition to Medicaid Expansion as Another Georgia Hospital Closes

Under Kemp, 6 Hospitals Have Closed and 70% of Georgians are Struggling With Health Care Costs
As another Georgia hospital closes, Gov. Brian Kemp is doubling down on his stubborn refusal to expand Medicaid — which prevents billions in federal funds from coming to our state to help support struggling hospitals and which blocks hundreds of thousands of Georgians from accessing affordable health care. Kemp remains opposed to Medicaid expansion, instead pushing a restrictive and narrow plan that would cover far fewer Georgians, cost more than actual Medicaid expansion during the first year, and lead to tens of thousands losing coverage.
A recent statement from the governor’s spokesperson stated he would continue to build on policies that “have grown access to quality healthcare while bringing down costs,” but under Kemp, 70% of Georgians report struggling with health care and our uninsured rate is the 2nd highest in the nation at 14.5%.
Kemp Doubles Down on Opposition to Medicaid Expansion as Another Georgia Hospital ClosesGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks in Atlanta on April 1.Alyssa Pointer / Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP
The governor’s opposition to Medicaid expansion is purely political — 38 states, including many under Republican governors, and Washington D.C., have expanded Medicaid. Earlier this year, Kemp campaigned with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Mike Pence, who both expanded Medicaid during their terms as governor.

Patrick Swanson / August 16,2022

FACT SHEET: How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Cut Energy Costs, Bring Jobs to Georgia

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President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law on Tuesday – legislation hailed as a “good deal for Georgians,” supported by a majority of the American people, and praised by former Treasury secretaries and more than 120 leading economists. All eight of Georgia’s congressional Republicans voted against the bill, including its provisions to lower energy and health care costs, allow Medicare to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs, and reduce the deficit all without raising taxes a single cent on any Georgian making less than $400,000 a year.

As a result, Georgians will see their utility bills cut, good-paying jobs brought to our state, domestic manufacturing bolstered, and more. Here’s how:
The Inflation Reduction Act’s energy wins for Georgia:
LOWER ENERGY COSTS: The Inflation Reduction Act will make it more affordable for Georgia families to purchase energy efficient appliances when they need to, make repairs around their homes, and save money on their utility bills each month, through: 

Patrick Swanson / August 16,2022

Battery Recycling Now Part of Georgia’s EV Future

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This week’s Courier Herald column:
You’ve likely seen the meme shared on Facebook.  It purports to be an electric car graveyard in France.  There are variations on the text surrounding the photo, but the conclusion suggested is generally the same:  EV’s are bad because the expensive batteries soon go bad and the cars are junked, creating new and excessive industrial waste.
There’s a few problems with this meme, the first of which is that the cars aren’t in France, but are Chinese EV’s a half world away.  Whatever.  I’ve literally been told in Facebook arguments that facts don’t matter when there’s a point to be made.
So let’s tackle the central point.  Modern electric vehicles are built to last at least as long as cars powered by internal combustion engines, and are likely even more recyclable. 
Before getting into those facts, let’s address the general premise and approach of those who have decided to oppose adoption of EV’s.  Some of the resistance is understandable.  Parts of the “Green New Deal” are unrealistic and overreaching.  Parts are workable.  The devil, as usual lies in the details.
People that wish to argue against a broad agenda they oppose by choosing poor arguments and strategy, then compounding their resistance with “facts” that lack merit or truth, are playing directly into the hands of their opponents. 
In the case of electric vehicles, we would do better to separate the technology – which is now proven and quite workable for many of our transportation needs – and the various policy proposals being debated and implemented to promote adoption.   The ability to recycle batteries in EV’s is very much a feature of this technology, not a bug.

Patrick Swanson / August 07,2022

ICYMI: Kemp Called for Boycotts Against Georgia Businesses to Further His Political Agenda

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“Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has been falsely accusing Stacey Abrams of supporting boycotts against Georgia. His record on the matter isn’t so great.”
As Gov. Brian Kemp continues to face mounting scrutiny after Music Midtown canceled their event due to his extreme gun agenda, a new report from the Daily Beast revealed Kemp has “personally called on Georgians to boycott companies when it suited his political agenda.”
The news comes while Kemp is launching false attacks accusing Stacey Abrams of supporting boycotts, even though Abrams repeatedly discouraged boycotts and urged businesses to “stay and fight” in Georgia. In reality, Kemp has repeatedly encouraged boycotts against Georgia businesses and advocated for legislative action against companies that speak out against his extreme agenda.
“Brian Kemp talks out of both sides of his mouth. While lying about Stacey’s record, he’s called for boycotts against businesses, including major companies based in Georgia, to further his own political agenda. From his dangerous gun agenda which drove out Music Midtown, to his extreme ban on abortion, Kemp’s policies are a threat to Georgians’ jobs and our economy,” stated Max Flugrath, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia.
In 2018, Kemp called on state lawmakers to impose financial penalties on Georgia-based Delta Airlines because it ended its relationship with the NRA. Kemp also encouraged Georgians to boycott companies – “from Wal-Mart to Citibank” – that spoke out against the gun industry after the Parkland school shooting in Florida.

Patrick Swanson / August 04,2022

One of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers fears being slain in a Georgia state prison, court document says

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By Paradise Afshar and Susannah Cullinane, CNN

Patrick Swanson / July 13,2022

Lindsey Graham Give WILD Response to Georgia Subpoena

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In the Peach State, and investigation is ongoing that threatens to throw a whole heap of legal trouble the direction of former President Donald Trump, especially now that subpoenas have begun to fly.
The probe centers around communications between then-President Trump and state election officials in Georgia, who’ve suggested that these conversations were somehow improper. Of those subpoenaed, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina may have the most unique retort yet.

Lawyers for Sen. Lindsey Graham are arguing that the South Carolina Republican cannot be forced to testify before a Fulton County grand jury about alleged election interference, claiming he has “absolute immunity” under the US Constitution for phone calls he placed to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been investigating efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to pressure officials in Georgia to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.
Graham, one of the former president’s most loyal allies, was ordered earlier this month to appear before a grand jury. Others subpoenaed include Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former personal attorney.

So, how exactly does this defense work?

Patrick Swanson / June 21,2022

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin Ground Breaking

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Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin Ground Breaking

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga.- Northeast Georgia Health System broke ground on the new Lumpkin County Medical Center on 400 on Jun. 22 at 10:00 a.m.
In attendance were the Board Chair, for NGHS Spence Price, President & CEO for NGHS Carol Burrell, Interim President for NGMC Sonja McLendon, and numerous local officials from Dahlonega and Lumpkin County. There were also elected officials from Dawson and White Counties present for the ceremony.
Senator Steve Gooch and House Repenstative Will Wade came to support the groundbreaking. Lumpkin County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Chris Dockery along with Gooch, Price, Burrell, and McLendon each delivered remarks for the ceremony.
Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin Ground BreakingThe Proposed Floor Plan
The new medical center will offer emergency services including 10 treatment rooms, four dedicated observation rooms, positive to negative pressure capability, separate emergency entrance and exit, and CT and X-ray capability. IT will offer surgical services that include three operating rooms, and one procedural suite, and will serve orthopedics, sports medicine, and general surgery.

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:

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