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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Wants to Slash Public Defender Funding By $3 Million

Jay Willis Jan 22, 2020

Advocates warn that the cuts could push an already overburdened system to the breaking point.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has unveiled his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which will begin on July 1, 2020. In it, he asks lawmakers to slash the funds available to state public defenders by more than $3 million—and to increase the funds available to prosecutors by about the same amount.

More than $2 million of the anticipated savings would come from freezing positions that have been vacant since January 2019—in other words, from ensuring that there are no incoming public defenders to provide current public defenders with some measure of relief.


Opinion: In an era of declining violence, Brian Kemp declares a gang crisis

Jan 17, 2020
By Jim Galloway
News and analysis from the AJC's political team

Gov. Brian Kemp has begun the 2020 session of the Legislature by cutting against the grain on two important issues.

You could also say he is sailing against the wind, but our governor made his bones as a contractor and prefers metaphors built with 2x4s.

Georgia’s unemployment rate hit 3.3% late last year, the lowest since the federal government started keeping records in 1976. Job growth is strong. “Job creators have Georgia on their minds,” Kemp bragged only last month.


This is sad and infuriating.

Adults need to understand this.  Kids can be very cruel.


Mckenzie Adams’ suicide caused by school’s failure to stop racist, sexist bullying, lawsuit claims
Updated Jan 21, 2020; Posted Jan 16, 2020

By Jonece Starr Dunigan

Multiple Demopolis City Schools officials failed to protect a black Alabama 9-year-old girl from racially and gender-based bullying which led to her death by suicide, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the school system by the girl’s family on Thursday morning.

Mckenzie Adams died by suicide in Linden in December 2018. She was a fourth-grader at U.S. Jones Elementary School who had dreams of being a scientist.



This may have been posted before, but it is worth another look.  BTW she is excellent-very excellent.

Exclusive: Seattle-Area Voters To Vote By Smartphone In 1st For U.S. Elections
January 22, 20205:02 AM ET

A district encompassing Greater Seattle is set to become the first in which every voter can cast a ballot using a smartphone — a historic moment for American democracy.

The King Conservation District, a state environmental agency that encompasses Seattle and more than 30 other cities, is scheduled to detail the plan at a news conference on Wednesday. About 1.2 million eligible voters could take part.

NPR is first to report the story.

The new technology will be used for a board of supervisors election, and ballots will be accepted from Wednesday through election day on Feb. 11.


That was nice and congratulations to the student.  It is not often I have nice things to say on something coming out of Forsyth County, Georgia.

Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima bombs were dropped in every second

By Ivana Kottasová, CNN

Updated 2:38 PM ET, Mon January 13, 2020

(CNN) - The world's oceans are now heating at the same rate as if five Hiroshima atomic bombs were dropped into the water every second, scientists have said.

A new study released on Monday showed that 2019 was yet another year of record-setting ocean warming, with water temperatures reaching the highest temperature ever recorded.


World's 2,153 billionaires hold more wealth than poorest 4.6 billion combined: research
By Morgan Chalfant - 01/20/20 08:13 AM EST

The world’s 2,153 billionaires control more wealth than the poorest 4.6 billion people combined who comprise 60 percent of the globe’s population, according to a new report from Oxfam.

The report also says that the 22 richest men in the world have more wealth than all of the women in Africa. Women and girls perform 12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work daily, which Oxfam says adds $10.8 trillion annually to the global economy.


Politics / Black Turnout Could Make or Break Democrats in 2020
« on: January 21, 2020, 02:45:40 PM »
The last democratic presidential candidate to win the White House was Lyndon Johnson.  I hope that the DNC realizes this.



Nov. 15, 2019
Black Turnout Could Make or Break Democrats in 2020
By Ed Kilgore

Among the many factors that contributed to Hillary Clinton’s shocking defeat in 2016, one pretty much everyone agrees upon (though not necessarily about its relative significance) is a falloff in African-American turnout relative to 2012. The numbers are clear, as Politico reported in 2017:

The Census’ Current Population Survey, released Wednesday, shows 65 percent of white citizens cast ballots in last year’s presidential election, up from 64 percent four years earlier.

But the turnout rate among African-American citizens tumbled sharply, the survey shows. Only 59 percent of black citizens voted in 2016, down from 66 percent in 2012 and 65 percent in 2008.
Those national numbers may underestimate the size and impact of lower black turnout in individual battleground states, as Osita Nwanevu observed:

Crucially, the drop in black turnout was even sharper in states where the margin of victory was less than 10 points than it was nationally — in those battleground states, black turnout dropped 5.3 points. In two critical states that swung to Trump — Michigan and Wisconsin — black turnout dropped by just more than 12 points. Declines were less dramatic but significant in other swing states Trump carried: Ohio (down 7.5 points), Florida (4.2), and Pennsylvania (2.1). White turnout declined modestly in each of those swing states but Florida and Pennsylvania, where it increased by 3.5 points and 5.2 points respectively. Clinton lost each of those swing states but Ohio by a margin of less than 2 points.


« on: January 21, 2020, 01:50:31 PM »
EJ Bradford was killed by police for being a black, male gun owner. That could've been me.
I spent hours becoming so proficient that the National Rifle Association awarded me instructor status. Here's why I don't carry a gun in public.

Dec. 3, 2018, 3:53 PM EST
By RJ Young, author of "Let It Bang: A Young Black Man's Reluctant Odyssey Into Guns"


An open carry law didn't stop police from killing Keith Lamont Scott
By German Lopez  Updated Sep 21, 2016, 11:35am EDT


Here's What Happens When a Black Man Open Carries Gun
A disturbing video contrasts police treatment of a white man and a black man carrying the same type of weapon in public.

Brandy Zadrozny
Updated Apr. 14, 2017 10:47AM ET / Published May. 29, 2015 2:10PM ET

« on: January 21, 2020, 01:39:17 PM »

Why?  It's not a gun rally.  People from a plethora of causes are scheduled to be there.

FOX News says it was a Second Amendment Rally

Virginia's Capitol flooded with gun rights activists for Second Amendment rally

If you had read the article you have read, "Monday's rally was part of Lobby Day, an annual event in Virginia where advocates of a variety of causes descend on Richmond's Capitol Square to plead their cases to legislators."

I read the article. FOX News still referred to it as a Second Amendment Rally.  :shrug:

The Washington Examiner also called it a Second Amendment Rally

Virginia Second Amendment rally proves the media hate gun owners

Reporters and editors at the largest news outlets overwhelmingly dislike and distrust the people demonstrating against Virginia's proposed gun restrictions. This is clear as day, and every journalist, center-left media critic, and media defender would do well to admit as much.

The media elite hate guns, favor gun control, and bear disdain or at least distrust for those who are passionate about gun rights.

Reporters' coverage of and reaction to Monday's Second Amendment demonstration makes that abundantly clear.

For starters, NBC News reporter Ben Collins, again, he's a reporter, not an opinion writer, flatly and falsely called the demonstration a "white nationalist rally" in a tweet calling on everyone covering it to "verify information" before tweeting it out. Collins has deleted the smear-tweet, but you have to consider the nature of the error.

While deeply thinking about accuracy in tweets, a news reporter falsely called a gun rights rally a "white nationalist rally."

You didn't go to Foxnews nor The Washington Examiner.  You googled 'virginia gun rally' and scrolled until you saw Fox News and The Washington Examiner.  Then you posted the link without reading the article. 

The headline is to get you to read the article.  You should have read the article.  The fact is yesterday was not a gun rally.  it was Lobby Day.

Do not forget about Philando Castile


It is not off topic.  It is very much on topic.


I wonder if she went after Martin O'Malley.

I am really tired of Hillary Clinton despite my loathing of the present administration.

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