“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

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.

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

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

What’s up with Social Security’s Trust Funds?

The Social Security program pays monthly cash benefits to retired or disabled workers and their family members and to the family members of deceased workers. The Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program consists of two parts. Retired workers, their families, and survivors of deceased workers receive monthly benefits under Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI)… Read More What’s up with Social Security’s Trust Funds?

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

The Government Shutdown Continues On, For Naught

The website of the National Park Service displays a disclaimer about the limited service due to the government shutdown. Jeffrey Albertson/Jan. 02, 2019 Briefly Stated: The government shutdown is solely an ignorant escapade in the deeply steeped ignorance of legislative procedure. Because of the impasse, government employees’ salaries are tied up in a demand the… Read More The Government Shutdown Continues On, For Naught

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

“The City Too Busy to Hate:” Atlanta and the Politics of Progress

The story of Atlanta’s struggle with segregation was centered on neither the crusade of civil rights activists nor the reactionary resistance of segregationists. Instead, that struggle centered on the moderate coalition of white politicians, elite businessmen, and African American leaders who dictated the pace of racial change. However, the perception of “close cooperation” did not… Read More “The City Too Busy to Hate:” Atlanta and the Politics of Progress

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