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Erick Erickson

Atlanta’s Evening News & Erick Erickson

(Weekdays 4pm - 6pm) 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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After outcry about rising rents and real estate taxes forcing longtime Atlanta residents out of their westside neighborhoods, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order on Monday prohibiting new construction permits in the area around the new Westside Park. For years, city officials have promised a new multimillion-dollar park that would benefit one of the city’s more impoverished areas. But a loose coalition of community groups is arguing that the park is destroying the community it is supposed to help. Bottoms’ order followed an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report earlier this month about a lawsuit that revealed a small group of investors’ attempts to cash in on depressed real estate prices near the park. And it comes after multiple public meetings featuring uproar about how the infusion of cash into the city’s impoverished area has led to widespread displacement of longtime residents. Bottoms’ order on Monday suggests she is taking the concerns seriously. “A key pillar to the Administration’s comprehensive affordable housing plan is ensuring long-term residents are not priced out of the neighborhoods they have built,” Bottoms said in a statement. “We know that every permit triggers some form of change in these communities, and it is of the utmost importance that development is carried out in a deliberate, fair and thoughtful manner.” The city council will still have to approve the order, which Bottoms wants in place for at least the next 180 days. According to a statement, Bottoms wants to identify the area that the development of the Westide Park is impacting most and establish an “Equitable Development Framework.” She also wants to build a transportation plan and renew conversations between the parks department and the Beltine — a city affiliate agency that is building a 22-mile loop of trails and future transit. The Beltline, which will connect to the Westside Park, was originally billed as a project that would connect city neighborhoods — rich and poor. But instead, affordable housing advocates have long argued that as construction progresses, the increasing value of the land around the Beltline has turned the project into a dividing line between the haves and have nots. The Grove Park neighborhood sits just south of the park. Several top city officials attended a neighborhood association meeting there earlier this month and were blasted by residents. Many said they didn’t want the Westside Park because it seemed to be hurting their community, not improving it. They also complained that the city had given little thought about how the park would affect them and that they were seeing their neighbors forced from their homes at alarming rates because of rising rents and taxes. “Can you commit to not cutting a ribbon on this thing until we get the housing, transportation and economic development plans and implementations happening?” asked Justin Bleeker, executive director of Grove Park Renewal Inc., a community nonprofit focused on stabilizing housing costs for low-income residents. For 36 seconds, about half-dozen city officials stood in silence at the front of the church basement where the meeting was held, including the transportation and parks commissioners. The question went unanswered. Bottoms’ order didn’t delay the scheduled May 1 ribbon cutting on the $26 million first phase of the project, and her prohibition on new construction permits won’t affect those already issued. At the council’s Community Development and Human Services Committee meeting last week, Taylor Pruitt, a Grove Park resident, said the city needed to make critical choices at an important time. “Will Atlanta fall in line with other major cities and become a city that’s too expensive for the poor, a place for only the elite and the affluent?” he asked. “Will the culture of our city be whitewashed recreated into a new Atlanta?” Committee chairman Matt Westmoreland noted that home prices in Grove Park had risen more $100,000 since several council members, himself included, stood with shovels and broke ground on the Westside Park in fall 2018. “We need to own that and fix it,” Westmoreland said.
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  • Seven people were shot at a Houston flea market Sunday. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call around 7:41 p.m., KPRC reported. Investigators said no one was critically injured. Some injuries are believed to have been caused by ricochet of gunfire. A man is in custody, KPRC reported. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
  • NBA star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others will be remembered Monday at a memorial service at the Los Angeles Staples Center. Twenty thousand people are expected at the venue Monday afternoon to remember those killed last month when the helicopter they were riding in crashed into a hillside in Southern California. The service was scheduled Monday, 2-24-20, because the date is significant for Bryant’s family. For a time in his career, Bryant wore a No. 24 jersey. Gianna, who played basketball as well, wore a No. 2 jersey on her basketball team. Bryant’s wife and Gianna’s mother, Vanessa Bryant, said in an Instagram post that she and Kobe Bryant were together for 20 years. Tickets for seats in the Staples Center, which also incorporated the numbers 2 and 24, went for $224 for some tickets, $224 for two ticket packages in certain sections and $24.02 for other tickets. The proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. According to the organization’s website, the foundation 'exists to further Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s legacy through charitable endeavors in sports.” Here’s what you need to know if you want to watch the service:  What time: The service begins at 10 a.m. PT. That’s 1 p.m. ET. What channel: Several networks will be airing the service, among them CNN, E! News and BET. Will it be livestreamed: The memorial will be livestreamed on several sites. You can stream it through ETLive.com and CBS All Access, as well as the ET Live app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV. ESPN will be streaming it here. ABC News, NBCNews.com, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, Yahoo Sports and Facebook Watch will also livestream the event.
  • A family has to bury another loved one after a man was shot during a viewing at a funeral home in Arkansas. Forrest City police said the shooting happened outside a funeral home off South Washington Street on Friday afternoon. Officers said the shooter, Christopher Reed, and victim, Curtis Allen, were cousins and were arguing about a dispute from back in 2014. Allen’s sister said she was outside when the shooting happened. “Your own family would do something so horrific on one of the most horrific days of someone’s life,” said Rozette Allen. Rozette Allen said her family traveled from Illinois to pay respects to their father Friday afternoon. She said Reed and her brother had unresolved issues from the past. She said Reed went up to her brother to shake his hand outside the funeral home but Curtis Allen wanted to be left alone. “He started pulling out a gun from his bookbag, and I’m like, ‘He has a gun, he has a gun,’ and he started shooting,” said Rozette Allen. Benjamin Wynne works at Miles J. Kimble Mortuary and Cremation. He said he was inside when he heard gunshots. “When he went through, ran through the funeral home, I immediately called police,” said Wynne. Police said Reed shot Curtis Allen multiple times. Allen was taken to the hospital and died Sunday. Officers arrested Reed and charged him with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and other charges. Rozette Allen said she will miss her brother, whom she described as a loving father of four kids. “I love him keep watching over us, watch over all of us,” said Allen.
  • A man was arrested after he attempted to rob a dog walker, shot him in the leg and then stole the dog walker’s dog, Daytona Beach police said. Officers said they responded around 2:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving a call for help. Investigators said a man was walking his dog when Dwayne Foster approached him with a handgun and told the man to empty his pockets. The man refused and Foster fired several shots, with one striking the man in the leg, police said. The man was treated on the scene by paramedics and is in stable condition. Officers said they were able to track Foster down, along with the victim’s dog, as well as the gun. Charges are pending against Foster.
  • A 21-year-old woman from Pittsburgh fell around 80 feet from a cliff near Breakneck Bridge at McConnells Mill State Park on Sunday afternoon, fire officials confirmed. Dispatchers said the call came in around 3:23 p.m. Fire officials said the woman was flown to a hospital and has head and back injuries. The woman was with a group of Slippery Rock University students. No other information was immediately available.
  • A rider fell off a float Sunday during a Mardi Gras parade. The rider fell from the lower level of float 16B during the Thoth parade, WDSU reported. The rider was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Two people have died during parades this week. A man was struck and killed Saturday night when he was caught between two sections of a tandem float. Earlier in the week, Geraldine Carmouche, 58, died in a similar accident involving a tandem float. In response to the deaths, city officials have banned all tandem floats for the remainder of the Carnival season.