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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:

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 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.

Patrick Swanson / March 20,2022

What Every Employee in Georgia Should Know

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What Every Employee in Georgia Should Know

If you are an employee in Georgia, you must know your rights. The laws in this state are designed to protect workers, and there are res available to help you understand your rights and what to do if they are violated. This blog post will discuss the most important things that every employee in Georgia should know. It will also cover wage and hour law, discrimination law, and family leave law. We hope that this information will be helpful to you.

State’s Tax System.
Georgia’s tax system is based on a “Pay As You Go” basis, taxes are deducted from your paycheck as you earn income. The tax deducted from your salary depends on your filing status and how much money you make. There are different taxes for different types of income, and it’s essential to know which taxes you need to pay. You can find more information about Georgia’s tax system on the state’s website.
The Workers’ Compensation System.
The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide benefits to employees who are injured or become ill due to their job. As per the workers’ compensation laws in Georgia, the benefits can include medical expenses, income replacement, and death benefits. However, there are certain groups of workers who are exempt from this law, including:

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