Pensioners to receive 1.3% raise at year’s end

ATLANTA — Beneficiaries of two federal programs will receive a 1.3% cost of living adjustment, according to Social Security Administration (SSA) data released last month. The 8.05 million Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will see the increase in December, while the 69.7 million Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) beneficiaries will receive additional pay beginning… Read More Pensioners to receive 1.3% raise at year’s end

“Georgia is a state too great to hate;” Governor Signs Hate Crimes Law, Completing Legislative Cycle

With the stroke of a pen, Governor Brian Kemp removed Georgia from a discouraging list of states lacking a hate crime bill. For years now, Georgia has been one of only four states without a law to adequately punish against crimes targeting a person because of bias against a “race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender… Read More “Georgia is a state too great to hate;” Governor Signs Hate Crimes Law, Completing Legislative Cycle

Hate Crime Bill Continues To Turn As End of Session Looms

Last Thursday, after being inactive for over a year, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a long anticipated hearing on HB 426, which is the latest attempt to pass a hate crime bill. The committee was dually tasked with considering Rep. Chuck Efstration’s (R-Dacula) bill that passed the House last year, but also with Lt. Gov.… Read More Hate Crime Bill Continues To Turn As End of Session Looms

A Weekend Update on Georgia’s Hate Crime Bill

06/18/2020—Since last writing, the long awaited hate crimes bill finally had a hearing last Thursday. The hearing can be streamed here. The majority of the testimony supported passing HB 426, but one person voiced opposition citing “thought crimes.” The supporters included a collective of Interfaith, Jewish, Racial and Gender Equality organizations. Former Attorney General Sam… Read More A Weekend Update on Georgia’s Hate Crime Bill

Hate Crimes Bill Stalled For Now, But Tomorrow Promises Movement in Day 32

With legislative day 31 in the books, another day passed without movement on the Georgia General Assembly’s latest effort to pass a hate crime bill. Last year, HB 426 passed the House 96-64 and made its way to the Senate where to date, has been stuck in committee. Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee cancelled a… Read More Hate Crimes Bill Stalled For Now, But Tomorrow Promises Movement in Day 32

With Day 30 Completed, No Movement on a Hate Crimes Bill

Yesterday, the Georgia General Assembly reconvened to complete the remaining 11 days of this year’s legislative session, after a 3 month coronavirus delay. As “sine die” approaches, a budget resolution has to be passed.  Also of significant attention here and nationally, is HB 426, which is Georgia’s latest attempt to pass legislation increasing punishment for… Read More With Day 30 Completed, No Movement on a Hate Crimes Bill

Election Night in Georgia: Here are the contests I’m watching.

8:30 pm EST— Tonight, I’m watching several election results closely. They are: *U.S. Senate Democratic Primaries, since both of Georgia’s Senate seats are up for election. *Georgia 7th Congressional District seat, which was a contest that drew significant attention in the 2018 midterms. There is a crowded field of both Republicans and Democrats. –As results… Read More Election Night in Georgia: Here are the contests I’m watching.

The Importance of Unplugging During a Time of Increased Connectivity

Rocker Jerry Cantrell’s 2002 song “Solitude” has a line highly relevant to today’s climate: “Take the time to pull the weeds, choking feathers in your life.” In these “corona days” we find ourselves highly reliant on social media, Zoom, FaceTime, and countless other apps. Chances are that if you are engaged politically, you are reading… Read More The Importance of Unplugging During a Time of Increased Connectivity

On Super Tuesday III, Biden Outshines Sanders by Significant Margins

Before the votes were cast last Tuesday, former Vice President Joseph Biden led Vermont Senator Bernard Sanders in polls in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. After several weeks of disappointing results, the Sanders campaign is all but dead in the water as the march to the Democratic presidential nomination continues. As the complete results are available,… Read More On Super Tuesday III, Biden Outshines Sanders by Significant Margins

Biden Routs Sanders on Super Tuesday II, Clearing a Path to the Nomination; More States Vote Tomorrow

If the Sanders’ campaign hoped for a late comeback on Super Tuesday II, it fell short, especially in states where it found success in 2016. In the last cycle former Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernard Sanders (I-Vt) nearly split the vote in Michigan’s primary, but Sanders inched ahead with a slight 1.5% victory. While… Read More Biden Routs Sanders on Super Tuesday II, Clearing a Path to the Nomination; More States Vote Tomorrow

Biden’s White House Bid Defibrillated as Super Tuesday Starts

ATLANTA—Former Vice President Joesph Biden finally got his long awaited vindication last weekend in South Carolina. For months now, the survival of Biden’s presidential campaign has rested almost singularly on the turnout of African American voters in South Carolina.  In last Saturday’s contest, Biden carried roughly 48% of the Democratic primary’s voters. Roughly 56% of… Read More Biden’s White House Bid Defibrillated as Super Tuesday Starts

All Eyes are on Nevada as Caucus Begins

When voters and Democratic Party presidential candidates shuffle to the Nevada caucus tonight, the electorate will be demographically different than the previous contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. According to July 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the white populations of Iowa and New Hampshire are 90.7% & 93.2% respectively. Tonight’s caucus and next… Read More All Eyes are on Nevada as Caucus Begins

Georgia Assembly 2020 session opens, but controversy looms

This week starts the 2020 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Similar to sessions of the past few years, at least one bill has been filed meant to draw support from social conservatives.  In 2016, Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA) vetoed a religious liberty bill after significant pressure from corporate and film industry interests. Last year,… Read More Georgia Assembly 2020 session opens, but controversy looms

A Closer Look At Upcoming Congressional Retirements

Significant attention has recently focused on retirements from the House of Representatives and the Senate, prior to the upcoming presidential election in 2020.  The reasons are various: declining health, scandal, or perhaps as the unstated notion: fear of losing in a heated political theatre.  Nonetheless, the  116th Congress’ Casualty List seems to add another Congressional… Read More A Closer Look At Upcoming Congressional Retirements