James May-June 2021 web - Flipbook - Page 48
result in a system that reduces the quality of healthcare
and reduces patient options. Finally, on the national
level the Democrats are cozying up to China, sending more manufacturing jobs to China and increasing
national spending and debt. We as Republicans want to
revitalize our supply chain by manufacturing our pharmaceutical drugs here in the United States, increase all
manufacturing jobs by bringing them back to America
and reducing our spending and cutting our ever-growing debt.
On the state level, we were projected to lose several
state House and Senate seats in 2020. Mainly because of
strong, fiscally responsible policies that have resulted in
Georgia being the number one state to do business for
eight straight years, and due to the leadership of House
Speaker David Ralston on the campaign trail and Senate
leaderships’ campaign efforts, voters chose Republican
lawmakers to maintain strong House and Senate majorities.
We will grow our numbers in 2022 as GOP candidates
continue to push conservative policies that will result
in smaller government, lower taxes, and less regulation.
Republicans of all stripes (as well as many “independents”)
know this will result in continued economic growth and
new jobs. When you contrast that with a state and national
Democratic Party pushing a liberal agenda that will result
M AY/JUNE 2021
in out-of-control illegal immigration, expensive big government healthcare, zero support for law and order and foolish
energy policies that could result in $5.00 a gallon gas prices
by 2022, it will result in Republican gains— especially in
Georgia. I already see signs of “buyer’s remorse” from moderate Georgians who voted for Joe Biden.
Former President Trump tapped into folks beyond
traditional Republicans— especially “independent” and
working-class voters of all ethnic backgrounds who had
never voted before. Georgia Republicans can retain and
expand that new voting bloc by continuing to present
attractive ideas that keep generating energy and passion
going into 2022.
We will be having quality general election candidates
next year. After the GOP primary, some of the candidates
will be incumbents, some will be familiar faces and others
will be newcomers. And I believe they will be conservative Republicans who can effectively take on Democrats
while standing for common-sense policies ranging from
defending free speech to maintaining law and order, along
with other “Georgia First” values.
State Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, was first elected in 2012 to
represent part of Fulton and Cherokee counties and was the longtime
chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.
ersonal injury litigation against businesses and professionals has all too often
been viewed by many companies as an
evil that has to be tolerated since it is not an
income-producing endeavor. The handling
and defense of claims are treated as an expensive
stepchild. The industry plays “lowest rate possible”
when seeking to retain lawyers to defend potentially
millions of dollars of exposure. Those counsel are paid
significantly less than corporate “deal” attorneys. Furthermore, many times the exposure is turned over to
insurance carriers with a “defend as cheaply as possible” and a settlement mentality.
The failure to throw resources at this problem is
setting the stage for increasing frequency and severity in claims, lawsuits, settlements and verdicts.
Be assured this lack of awareness of the importance
of the battle is recognized by the plaintiff bar. They
have started an all-out war to drive up the frequency
and amount of settlements and verdicts by throwing
money from their own coffers and third party funding
from venture capital to take advantage of the business world trying to cut costs. For plaintiff attorneys,
millions on millions of personal dollars are the pot of
gold at the end of the rainbow.
Georgia tort plaintiff attorneys continue the
tactic of weaponizing discovery. They seek to set up
nuanced and extreme requests through discovery to
paint the defense as uncooperative. The plan is to
attack the case by attacking the defense counsel, in
a way that causes a psychological effect of the defense over-producing discovery or just trying to “get
along.” It encourages less than aggressive advocacy
from the defense bar. The same tactic is applied to
the corporate representatives and sometimes to the
Indeed, all defense lawyers who defend companies and professionals find themselves at risk to these
bare-knuckle tactics. Their clients are the victims of
personal attacks, very rarely moderated by judges.
Complementing the plaintiff attorney tactics is
the ever-widening division of political views and the
plaintiff’s bar clothing themselves in “champions of
the people” campaigns and demonizing businesses
and their attorneys. Because certain plaintiff attorneys
and firms have become very wealthy, plaintiff personal
injury attorneys can pool resources and run propaganda campaigns. (For instance, check out the American
Association for Justice.) continued on page 50
MAY/ J UN E 2 0 2 1