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Atlanta's Evening News & Erick Erickson

Weekdays 4pm - 6pm

Erick Erickson

Atlanta’s Evening News & Erick Erickson

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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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson appeared at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic church in Atlanta Sunday to thank his constituents as he prepares to retire amid health challenges, saying: “I love this city, love this place and love all of you.” The three-term Republican senator’s visit to the politically progressive Ebenezer Baptist Church was in keeping with his emphasis on bipartisanship as he leaves office. Ebenezer’s pastor, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, considered running as a Democrat for Isakson’s seat in 2016 and has been sharply critical of the Trump administration. Isakson called Warnock a great friend Sunday, noting he had appeared at Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations at Ebenezer. “I called Raphael and said, ‘Could I come?’ He said, ‘Well, you are leaving.’ I said, ‘No, I am not leaving. I am just retiring. There is a difference,’” said Isakson, 74, who used a walker to get to the church’s microphone. “I wanted to come and just say thank you for all the things you have done for me over the last 45 years,” he added. “I was born here in 1944 and have been here ever since. And I love this city, love this place and love all of you.” Isakson announced in August that he would step down because of his struggles with “mounting health challenges” that include Parkinson’s disease, recovery from a fall in July and surgery to remove a growth on his kidney. His decision sets up two simultaneous elections for the U.S. Senate in 2020 as Democrats scramble for gains in what has been a reliably conservative state. Last week, Gov. Brian Kemp, a fellow Republican, appointed financial executive Kelly Loeffler to Isakson’s seat, selecting the co-owner of Atlanta’s WNBA franchise over a GOP congressman endorsed by President Donald Trump. Loeffler will serve through next year. And the state will hold an election in November 2020 to fill the remainder of Isakson’s term, which ends in 2022. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, also a Republican, is facing three challengers in his bid for a second term. Metro Atlanta’s suburbs are home to two of the nation’s most competitive U.S. House races. And control of the Georgia House is in play. On Sunday, Warnock, introduced Isakson as a friend and “one of Georgia’s most beloved public servants.” The pastor highlighted how Isakson stays each year for the whole hours-long Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Ebenezer, eliciting knowing laughter and applause from the pews. Later, during a sermon focusing on John the Baptist’s foresight and selflessness, Warnock criticized the Trump administration’s $1.5 trillion tax cut from 2017, saying it benefits the richest corporations in the nation, and blasted its approval of a rule this month that will remove nearly 700,000 people from the federal food-stamp program by more strictly enforcing work requirements. The pastor — he declined through a spokeswoman to comment about whether he would run for Isakson’s seat — also alluded to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s plans this week to debate whether to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. “Somebody ought to tell the members of Congress this historic week that some things are bigger and more important than your party and the next election. And who is up. And who is down. And who is winning. And who is losing,” Warnock said, his voice rising in a preacher’s cadence. “This is about the soul of our democracy. This is about the Constitution.” Moments earlier, Isakson asked all veterans in the church to raise their hands. Pleading with the parishioners to support them, he noted many veterans struggle with joblessness and homelessness. “They are all volunteers. Think about that,” said Isakson, a Georgia Air National Guard veteran and the chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “The greatness of this country is in large measure because we can depend on them at any point, any time and any place, no matter what somebody does.” Isakson also condemned the fatal shootings of three U.S. sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola Friday, vowing to fight gun violence for the rest of his life. Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, a student at Naval Aviation Schools Command, was among those killed, the U.S. Navy confirmed Saturday. Isakson concluded at Ebenezer with a patriotic message. “This is the greatest country on the face of this earth. You don’t find anybody trying to break out of the United States of America. They are all trying to break in,” he joked. “I have been very lucky to be a United States senator, but I have been luckier to be a human being born in the United States of America and be a citizen of this country.”
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  • The remains of six victims of a deadly volcano eruption in New Zealand have been recovered. Sixteen people were killed on White Island when a volcano there unexpectedly erupted Monday, The Associated Press reported. Eight military specialists recovered six of the eight victims believed to be on the island, and the bodies will be taken to Auckland for identification, CNN reported. Due to toxic gases still being released from the volcano, the team had to wear protective suits and breathing gear to be on the island, the AP reported. The search had to end as air supplies ran low, the New York Times reported. An additional recovery mission is planned to find a tour guide and boat captain who had taken tourists to the island. At least one of them is expected to be in the water, but the other person’s location is unknown, the AP reported. Forty-seven tourists, many from a Royal Caribbean cruise, and guides were on the island when the volcano exploded. Many of the people who survived were burned. Fifteen tourists not from Australia are in burn units across the country with 11 listed as very critical. Thirteen Australians who were part of the tour have all returned to their home country, the AP reported. Skin banks are sending tissues to hospitals to help treat the burns, as medical teams from Australia, Britain and the U.S. travel to New Zealand to help treat patients, the AP reported.
  • A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 24 years in prison in the death of his 13-day-old son. Michael Herkal, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, nearly 16 months to the day after Apple Valley police responded to an Aug. 12, 2018, medical call for an infant not breathing, WCCO reported. The child died two days later, after doctors determined he had suffered a skull fracture and bleeding in his brain. Herkal was charged initially with felony assault and malicious punishment of a child, but three additional charges of murder were filed after authorities received the autopsy report, KARE11 reported. According to WCCO, Herkal initially told authorities his toddler pulled the newborn off the couch twice but later claimed the baby slipped from his hands and fell onto a coffee table during a diaper change. During his plea hearing, however, Herkal admitted he also shook the infant violently and slapped him, the TV station reported.
  • Major League Baseball announced substantial changes Thursday to its drug use and testing policy, multiple news outlets reported. In addition to removing marijuana from its “drugs of abuse” category – making it the first major US sports league to do so – the organization announced mandatory testing for the presence of opioids, cocaine, synthetic THC, LSD and fentanyl, ABC News reported. Per the policy revisions, players will still be tested for “natural cannabinoids” such as THC, CBD, and marijuana, but punishment for violations will now be treated similarly to those of the alcohol and violence policies, ABC News reported. 'Going forward, marijuana-related conduct will be treated the same as alcohol-related conduct under the Parties’ Joint Treatment Program for Alcohol-Related and Off-Field Violent Conduct, which provides mandatory evaluation, voluntary treatment and the possibility of discipline by a Player’s Club or the Commissioner’s Office in response to certain conduct involving Natural Cannabinoids,” the league, in association with its players union, stated. According to NPR, the policy changes will take effect during 2020 spring training.  “The opioid epidemic in our country is an issue of significant concern to Major League Baseball,” MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem said in a prepared statement, adding, “It is our hope that this agreement - which is based on principles of prevention, treatment, awareness and education - will help protect the health and safety of our Players.” Read more here and here.
  • Seeking emergency mental health assistance could soon be as simple as dialing 988, federal regulators announced Thursday. The Federal Communications Commission formally began the process Thursday to designate 988 as a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. “The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthrough in terms of reaching people in a crisis,” Dwight Holton, CEO of suicide prevention nonprofit Lines for Life, told USA Today. “No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency. No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency.' According to The Wall Street Journal, the new hotline is intended to simplify access to services available currently by dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the existing National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Once operational, dialing 988 would connect callers to the existing hotline and then route them to nearby crisis centers equipped to provide assistance. “We believe this historical and critical effort will turn the tide on reducing suicides and promote mental wellness in the United States,” said a statement from Kimberly Williams, chief executive of Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit that administers the lifeline, The Journal reported. Read more here and here.
  • An emergency landing by a single-engine plane snarled traffic Thursday night on Interstate 5 in San Diego, multiple news outlets reported. Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, told KNSD the Cessna 182 made a hard landing on the southbound lanes around 7:15 p.m. Within 30 minutes authorities had re-opened two southbound lanes, KFMB reported. Carlsbad Fire Division Chief Mike Lopez told KNSD a man and a woman were on board traveling from the San Gabriel Airport in Los Angeles to McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. According to KFMB, no injuries were reported, and the plane did not strike any motorists. “They did a pretty good job landing this thing,” Lopez told KNSD, adding, “The skill of that pilot, he did a stellar job.”
  • A Fort Gibson man recently showed off his blacksmith skills by taking first place in a competition television show. Nic Overton, 23, earned the top spot on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire,” which is centered around blacksmith work. Along with bragging rights, Overton won a $10,000 prize. Overton told KOKI he’s been fascinated with blacksmithing since he was a child and crafted his first knife out of a railroad spike. He managed to turn his hobby into a career. He owns his own business called Nix Knives.