October 30, 2020 5:50 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Friday, October 30th, 2020 Morning Reads for Friday, October 30th, 2020 By Theresa Garcia Robertson Politics 5 Comments Happy Last Day of Early Voting! We are just 3 days and 19 hours away from Election Day. Theresa here, filling in on this day before Halloween. Zeta’s impact in metro Atlanta: Death, damage, power outagesSee Georgia’s early voting turnout by precinct so farSurprise billing rating system set to start in GeorgiaGeorgia school closings for Friday, Oct. 30Georgia to help troubleshoot jobless claims after complaintsPolitical Rewind: Though overshadowed, State House races remain party priorityTrump to visit Georgia Sunday as Election Day loomsGeorgia Power CEO to retire in 2021, successor announcedCondiment maker to invest $103M in Georgia, adding 70 jobs2021 redistricting intensifies battle for Georgia House Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Theresa Garcia Robertson Wife. Mama. Foodie. Political Junkie. Southern Enthusiast. Taco Lover. 5 Comments xdog As if two major parties weren’t enough of a problem, Echelon Insights looks at a multi-party America by suggesting five new parties–Nationalist, Conservative, Acela, Labor, and Green. They read party descriptions (but not their names) to a group of potential voters and asked them which new party they would support, then analyzed membership by current party, political identification, age, race, education. A fun read. https://echeloninsights.com/in-the-news/october-omnibus-multiparty/ October 30, 2020 10:09 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Seems bizarre, but unemployment administration remains a mess (based upon some firsthand reports). The Department is just adding staff now? Also, there was clearly a culture, likely based upon fears of fraud, which was deny first, and let people slog through appeals. In one sample case, the claimant has been without benefits, and waiting for a hearing on appeal, for five months. And the initial denial? Based upon, tbh, what appears to be a cursory review with a lackluster understanding. It’s as if claims examiners are directed to deny first and save the arguments for later. Which is, frankly, how many insurance companies run, except the unemployment insurance is supposed to help people, not prolong suffering. I understand there is some fraud, as there always may be, but that’s why you have a robust and informed review/audit policy. That, otoh, seems robust, as in another case where the disbursements were quickly revoked. But, unfortunately again, that revocation appears to be based upon be a cursory review with a lackluster understanding. Deny first, let’s see if people can make it through the six-month slog through hearings. And during all those months? You may not get a peep of acknowledgement. It’s an awful limbo. October 30, 2020 10:52 AM Log in to Reply armanidog “I think that’s what caused the problems, besides the huge number of people applying, there were so many errors in the process. People were appealing when they didn’t need to appeal, but because the process was unclear, because of the new programs,” Dickerson said. The backlog on appeals, she says, is now so large that she can’t get answers from the people at the Department of Labor. For his part, state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler admits dealing with appeals is one of the biggest problem his agency is facing right now. Many appeals need staff with a legal background or years of experience to handle them, he said. “It’s a difficult job, it’s a highly skilled jobs we have here, and due to the fact that we’re dealing with very large volume right now, you’re seeing a lot more work on that. ” https://www.wabe.org/backlog-of-appeals-for-unemployment-benefits-collides-with-evictions-in-georgia/ October 30, 2020 1:48 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance A link on the Perdue debate withdrawal: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/final-georgia-senate-debate-canceled-after-perdue-drops-out/ar-BB1axTNl?ocid=msedgntp October 30, 2020 11:24 AM Log in to Reply armanidog I don’t think Perdue wanted another roasting by Ossoff. Perdue was well done by the end. October 30, 2020 1:58 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.