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Erick Erickson Bio
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Erick Erickson Bio

Erick Erickson Bio

Erick Erickson Bio

Erick Erickson practiced law for six years and oversaw a number of political campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels.  He was also an elected city councilman in Macon, Georgia.

In addition to hosting a show on WSB radio Erickson is a Fox News contributor after spending three years at CNN.  He has also appeared on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. According to Newsweek, “Erickson has grabbed his party’s power brokers by their elephant-stitched suspenders. Avid readers include Rush Limbaugh, former senator Fred Thompson and … John Boehner.”  

Erickson is known for a willingness to speak candidly about and challenge the Republican establishment as well as rally conservatives to push their agenda at both the federal and state level. He has used his position to help raise the profile of a number of conservative candidates across the country from Marco Rubio in Florida to Nikki Haley in South Carolina to Ted Cruz in Texas.

The London Telegraph named Erickson the sixty-fifth most influential conservative in America in 2010.  He is co-author of the book RedState Uprising.  Each weekday morning, Erickson writes his “Morning Briefing” email, widely considered a must read among conservative pundits and activists.  “The ability of [Erickson's Morning Briefing] to shape a message illustrates the power of the conservative network,” according to Washington Post.  The Hollywood Reporter describes Erickson as "the most influential conservative blogger on the Internet."

Erick Erickson earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, majoring in History and Political Science.  He earned his juris doctorate at Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law.

Wrap up your day with him on the air weeknights on News 95.5 and AM-750 WSB.

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  • Great Britain lowered its security threat level from “critical” to “severe” on Saturday, Prime Minister Theresa May said. >> Read more trending news Earlier, police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday night during a concert in Manchester, said they had made two further arrests overnight as they closed in on other possible cell members, Reuters reported.  As a result, soldiers who have been assisting police would be withdrawn from Britain's streets at midnight on Monday. 'A significant amount of police activity has taken place over the last 24 hours and there are now 11 suspects in custody,' May said. May cautioned, however, that the lesser threat is still a dangerous one. 'The public should be clear about what this means. A threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely,” she said. “The country should remain vigilant.' The threat assessment has returned to the level it was at prior to the Manchester attack. In Manchester, events planned around the spring bank holiday will go ahead with additional security, including a significant number of armed officers, police said. British officers do not usually carry guns, CNN reported. Events include the Manchester Games, the Great Manchester Run, and a stadium show by bands including The Courteeners, all of which are likely to attract big crowds. This weekend also marks the start of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, CNN reported.    
  • A Cobb County mother was jailed after her 5-year-old son said she beat him with a belt and a broom, hit him in the head and stomped on his stomach. Nakeisha Lashay Logan of Mableton faces first-degree child cruelty, battery and family violence charges in connection with an alleged May 17 attack. The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile victim, said during a forensic interview that he tried to hide under the bed to avoid the “terrible” beating but Logan beat him with a broom and threw a box of toys at him, a magistrate court warrant states. RELATED: ‘I’m going to rape you’ man allegedly tells mother in front of kid Mom, friend jailed after child suffers broken bones, electrical burns Babysitter charged after 5-month-old breaks 4 bones After the box of toys hit the child in the shoulder, Logan grabbed his head and smashed it repeatedly on the floor, according to the warrant.  The warrant adds that Logan stomped on the child's stomach, making him feel nauseous.  The warrant doesn’t state who called police, but by the time an officer arrived the boy’s bleeding cheek had scabbed. His face was still red and swollen, Officer Sydney Tschappat wrote. Police took the boy to a nearby hospital and arrested Logan. She was being held in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 bond. In other news:
  • Police say a metro Atlanta couple locked the woman's 86-year-old mother in her room and used furniture to block the door closed. Katie Son and her husband are both charged with cruelty to an elderly person. Officers say 86-year-old Bong Le managed to escape out a front window. She was found a couple of blocks away, wrapped in a blanket and sitting under a tree. Investigators say she smelled like urine and feces. Her daughter and son-in-law, who are now out on bond, told Channel 2's Tony Thomas that they were just trying to protect her from herself. 'Did you lock your mom up?' Thomas asked. 'No. No sir,' Son replied. Gwinnett police say they found tables, chairs and other items stacked high against the door of the downstairs bedroom in the home. 'It looked quite unusual,' Cpl. Michele Pihera said. But Son said it was all to keep her mother safe. She said when she and her husband went to work each day at a Hall County nail salon, her mother couldn't be trusted alone in the house. 'They told our officers that the reason they had stacked up the furniture was to prevent the mother from going into the kitchen to access the stove or access any kitchen utensils,' Pihera said. TRENDING STORIES: Police search for teens accused of setting off fireworks inside grocery store Watch your step! Snakebites on the rise World falling in love with Georgia father's letter to Ariana Grande Deputies still have questions. 'It's very possible they were trying to prevent her from getting into the food or any kind of items to eat,' Pihera said. She says the state of the room was disturbing. 'They found human feces and what looked like human urine that looked like it had been smeared into the carpet or never even cleaned up,' she said. She said that, combined with the furniture, led to the arrests. 'You combine the lack of access to food and water and the living conditions and that's what led our detectives to take out warrants for their arrests,' Pihera said. Neighbors didn't want to talk about what happened, but said they recognized Le as the woman who didn't really have a memory and would get lost easily. She's now in the hospital. Her daughter and son-in-law have been ordered not to go near her.
  • Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch. Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland's 98 mph in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0. Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied. At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star's second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.
  • For the first time, Channel 2 Action News is hearing from the mother of the 5-year old girl, shot during a kid's birthday party in South Fulton County. Family members said the shooting happened on Buckhurst Drive last month. The children were playing in a bounce house when gunshots rang out. A 3-year-old boy was shot and survived, but mother Andreauna Douglas said her 5-year-old daughter is still in a hospital, paralyzed. For Douglas, the anger comes and goes, but the heartache is constant. 'It's senseless and it should've never happened,' she said. 'Her injury was at t-11, which controls from the below the belly button down to her feet,' Douglas said. 'It hit her spleen, her diaphragm and her lower back.' Fulton County police call it a revenge shooting. RELATED STORIES: 1st arrest made after 'revenge shooting' 'He's a little soldier': 3-year-old boy shot in bounce house recovering Shots fired at bounce house during kids party; 'That's a coward act' A short time after the shooting, a tip led US Marshals, along with special operations units, to Demetrius Gordon. They believe he was one of the shooters. 'You bring this type of violence around your home by the people you associate with,' Chief Gary Stiles said. 'That's the real tragedy here. The children are blameless, but they're always caught in the middle.' Monday, Channel 2's Audrey Washington called Fulton County police. Police tell Washington they believe the shooting was gang-related. The three other shooters are still on the loose. Now, Douglas is speaking out, begging for anyone who was there to come forward with information. 'And y'all ran, so y'all know who was involved,' Douglas said. Police believe the shooters were after the adult who was shot. If you'd like to help, the family has set up a GoFundMe.
  • A retired New York City firefighter who spent months digging through debris after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, then became a key voice in fighting for health care for first responders while wracked with late-stage cancer himself, has died, the fire department said. Raymond Pfeifer died Sunday after an eight-year fight with the disease, the department said. He was 59. Pfeifer was among those who lobbied fiercely for the renewal of the Zadroga Act, which provides health benefits to first responders who fell ill after the attacks in 2001. He and others, including comedian Jon Stewart, went to Congress to challenge lawmakers to extend health monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders in 2015. Congress ultimately did reauthorize the program. 'I was just a poster boy,' Pfeifer said when he was honored at New York City Hall in January 2016. But 'we got something done. ... It was hard-fought. We dealt with people that didn't really get it.' Stewart, meanwhile, said he had merely been Pfeifer's 'wingman' on their trips to Washington. Pfeifer served over 27 years in the Fire Department before retiring in 2014, according to a Daily News of New York profile of him the next year. 'It was exciting from day one up to the last day I worked, every single minute,' he told the newspaper. 'I was proud every day to put that uniform on.' 'It was a great way of living,' he said. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Sunday that Pfeifer was 'a true fighter,' from battling blazes to pressing for help for sickened 9/11 first responders.