Trends in the 7th Congressional District of Georgia

By: Jeffrey Albertson/Lawrenceville, GA **This writing will periodically be updated, as events in GA-07 occur. Hashtags: #GA07 & #AlbertsonWrites are an initial commencement of research. Initial Assessment When the dust settled on the Congressional race in Georgia’s 7th district, incumbent Republican Robert Woodall’s margin of victory was a mere 419 votes. First taking office in 2010,… Read More Trends in the 7th Congressional District of Georgia

Religious Freedom Bill Stalls in Judiciary Committee As Cross Over Day Ends

I previously wrote about the emergence of S.B. 221 from the Judiciary Committee about two weeks ago, after being introduced on February 27. This briefly stated review closes the book on Sen. Harbin’s (GA-16) proposal, but the reader should note the legislation remains active for one year and could be amended to existing legislation that… Read More Religious Freedom Bill Stalls in Judiciary Committee As Cross Over Day Ends

“Religious Liberty” Styled Bill Emerges in Georgia Senate

Photo Credit Back on March 16, 2016, the Georgia General Assembly sent H.B. 757, a religious liberty bill labeled the “Free Exercise Protection Act,” to then Governor Nathan Deal’s desk for signature. Twelve days later, the Republican governor vetoed the law citing the difficultly in legislating an issue “best left to the broad protections of the… Read More “Religious Liberty” Styled Bill Emerges in Georgia Senate

Hyde-Smith Holds Senate Seat by Narrowest Margin in a Decade

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic challenger Michel Espy in this week’s runoff election, becoming the first elected female Senator in the state’s history. Mr. Espy, a former Secretary of Agriculture during the Clinton Administration, hoped to lead a Democratic upset in Mississippi in the same fashion Doug Jones did in Alabama last year, but fell… Read More Hyde-Smith Holds Senate Seat by Narrowest Margin in a Decade

Election Results in Gwinnett County Offer Glimpse of Blue Wave

By Jeffrey Albertson/Nov. 12, 2018 While campaigns and pundits debate the merits of a Democratic Party “blue wave” in this week’s midterm elections, the initial election results from Gwinnett County offer a glimpse of a blue wave. Gwinnett County, located in the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta and home to nearly a million people, has long… Read More Election Results in Gwinnett County Offer Glimpse of Blue Wave

Payees Will Receive 2.8% Increase Next Year

Jeffrey Albertson/Oct. 28, 2018 67 million beneficiaries of the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs will receive a 2.8% cost of living increase in 2019, according to data released earlier this month from the Social Security Administration. The adjustments will commence in December for SSI benefit payments and January 2019 for retirement and… Read More Payees Will Receive 2.8% Increase Next Year

President Seeks Line Item-Veto; Against High Court Precedent

Even if Congress codifies the President’s authority to line-item veto appropriation bills, without specifically resolving the unconstitutional delegation of budget making authority inherently held by Congress, it would be fair to expect the Supreme Court to intervene, similarly as in Clinton, and strike down the law.… Read More President Seeks Line Item-Veto; Against High Court Precedent

General Assembly to convene 2018 session; Possible action on guns, monuments, and transportation

By: Jeffrey Albertson/7 Jan. 2018—Lawrenceville, GA Even though most of Georgia remains in the midst of a cold snap, some degree of temperature increase is expected considering the Georgia Assembly convenes tomorrow morning for its 2018-40 day legislative session. Before sine die last year, the notorious “religious liberty bill” made a reappearance, but given the… Read More General Assembly to convene 2018 session; Possible action on guns, monuments, and transportation

Jones Certified, Moore claims “No Regrets”

By: Jeffrey Albertson/30 Dec. 2017–Atlanta, GA– Carrying the moniker as the first Republican to lose a Senate election in Alabama since 1992—an attorney for former Chief Justice Roy Moore’s campaign filed a complaint in the Jefferson County Circuit Court late Wednesday night to obtain relief in the form of a “Temporary Restraining Order, a Preliminary… Read More Jones Certified, Moore claims “No Regrets”

Breaking Silence, President Sides with Moore

By: Jeffrey Albertson/November 26, 2017 Before departing for Thanksgiving respite this week, President Donald Trump endorsed Alabama Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore, who has become the center of national attention over allegations of sexual misconduct with at least six different teenagers during his 30s. Answering a question from a pool of reporters, the President said… Read More Breaking Silence, President Sides with Moore

Social Security Payees to receive 2% Bump in 2018

Jeffrey Albertson/18 October 2017 According to data released by the Social Security Administration last Friday, the 66 million beneficiaries of the retirement, disability, and supplemental incomes programs will receive a 2% cost of living adjustment for 2018, an increase from last year’s negligible 0.3%. The adjustments will go into effect in January 2018 for retirement… Read More Social Security Payees to receive 2% Bump in 2018

Trump’s Twitter-Edict Rings Hollow

By: Jeffrey Albertson, Jr./Atlanta, Ga, July 30, 2017 Earlier this week, President Donald Trump took to his personal Twitter account to “announce” an update that the “United States Government twill not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” The reasoning provided was that the military must be “focused… Read More Trump’s Twitter-Edict Rings Hollow

Fiduciary Rule to Stay, For Now, According to Labor Secretary

By Jeffrey Albertson, Jr./Atlanta, GA. 26 May 2017 Back in February, President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on the Fiduciary Rule, directing the Department of Labor to delay implementation for 180 days to “examine” the impact on American’s access to retirement and financial advice. Almost a fortnight after the memorandum, then Nominee for Labor… Read More Fiduciary Rule to Stay, For Now, According to Labor Secretary

Partisan Hopes Rest in GA 6th District Special Election; Implications Nation-Wide

Atlanta, GA—April 18, 2017//By: Jeffrey Albertson The confirmation of Former Georgia Representative Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services created an unusually important vacancy in Georgia’s 6th District. For Republicans, the vacancy should be expected to continue as shoe-in victory, especially considering the district has been reliably conservative since at least 1979. Prior… Read More Partisan Hopes Rest in GA 6th District Special Election; Implications Nation-Wide

Gaffes and Contradictions Continue; WikiLeaks Labeled as a “Hostile Agent” by CIA Director

Atlanta, GA—April 14, 2017//By: Jeffrey Albertson Last October, when now President Donald Trump was inseparable from his teleprompter—even after sharply criticizing President Barack Obama for following a similar tactic—and found solace in inciting crowds with ad nauseam rants about “Crooked Hillary”, the failing “fake news” media, and a “rigged [delegate] system,” his affection for WikiLeaks… Read More Gaffes and Contradictions Continue; WikiLeaks Labeled as a “Hostile Agent” by CIA Director

“Contrite” Press Secretary Stymied by Nazi Gas Comments

Atlanta, GA—April 12, 2017 By: Jeffrey Albertson By the time White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sat down this morning with MSNBC host Greta Van Susteren for an interview at Newseum, an event evaluating the Trump Administration’s initial 100 days, he was well-steeped in the fallout from comments made at the prior day’s briefing. The episode… Read More “Contrite” Press Secretary Stymied by Nazi Gas Comments

“Best Interest” Provision Under Review; Fiduciary Rule in Question

“New Fiduciary Rule for Financial Advisers Puts Retirees First, Labor Secretary Says.” Source: Bloomberg April 6, 2016. Atlanta, GA–Feb. 4, 2017 By: Jeffrey Albertson, Yesterday, President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum on the Fiduciary Duty Rule, directing the Department of Labor to delay implementation for 180 days to “ examine” and “determine whether it… Read More “Best Interest” Provision Under Review; Fiduciary Rule in Question

For Second Time, Demonstrators Insist “Hunter Must Go”

Jan. 24, 2017—Lawrenceville, GA            By: Jeffrey Albertson   Tonight was the second Gwinnett County Commission meeting since Commissioner Tommy Hunter’s (R-D3) “racist pig” comments in response to Georgia Rep. John Lewis’ (D-GA) remark that that he believed Russia’s alleged hacking aimed at helping Trump in the 2016 race makes Trump… Read More For Second Time, Demonstrators Insist “Hunter Must Go”