Political Rewind

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The political game in Georgia is more dynamic than ever. From local elected officials to state and federal government, we're facing complicated issues. On "Political Rewind" we take the time four days a week to break down these issues, speaking directly to the decision makers in a respectful and civil manner. We not only get you caught up on what has happened in this fast-changing political world, we look ahead so that you will know what to expect. Tune in on GPB or watch via Facebook Live every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

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A new voting machine which prints a paper record sits on display at a polling site in Conyers, Ga.
David Goldman / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, Federal Judge Amy Totenberg denied a group’s request to require the state to switch to paper ballots. Georgia’s 27,000 electronic voting machines will remain in use for November’s election. But she said that Georgia's election officials have "buried their heads in the sand" on the issue of voting vulnerabilities.


Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, the Senate Judiciary Committee might have to delay their vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegations have surfaced.


Voter casting his ballot in Sandy Springs, Ga.
John Bazemore, File / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia’s voting infrastructure and security is the focus of a lawsuit being argued in federal court. With the election less than two months away, election officials say a last-minute change to paper ballots would cause chaos, while voter security advocates hope United States District Court Judge Amy Totenberg will require the state to replace the touchscreen machines with paper ballots.  


Political Rewind: The Divide Over Medicaid

Sep 11, 2018

On this edition of Political Rewind, Stacey Abrams unveils a proposal she says will provide health care to the neediest Georgians.  The Kemp campaign says Abrams’ plan to expand Medicaid is a non-starter, but they have yet to announce how they’ll address a problem voters say is high on their list of priorities.


From left: incumbent U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, candidate for lieutenant governor, Sarah Riggs Amico, candidate for governor Stacey Abrams.
(AP Photo/John Bazemore, GPB News/Stephen Fowler)

On this edition of Political Rewind, there are an unprecedented number of women running for office this year, and a majority of Americans are happy to see the increase.


Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
JOHN AMIS, FILE) / AP PHOTOS

On this edition of Political Rewind, a new poll shows the race between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams is a virtual tie. The numbers also show how Georgian’s feel about President Donald Trump’s job performance.


Vice President Mike Pence at a 2017 campaign fundraiser for Karen Handel. Pence will host a fundraiser for Brian Kemp in September.
David Goldman / AP Photo/File

On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp’s campaign will soon get another boost from the Trump Administration when Vice President Mike Pence visits Atlanta next week for a campaign rally. The White House endorsement made a big difference in the Republican primary, but will it have a similar impact for the general election?


Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week in hopes of becoming the next justice to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Chaos and pandemonium marked the start of Kavanaugh’s hearing as democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee moved to delay the hearings.


Beth Macy

On this edition of Political Rewind, for six years, Roanoke-based journalist Beth Macy watched the opioid crisis unfold in struggling Appalachian communities all around her. And so she began documenting the roles that a pharmaceutical industry hungry for profit, medical practitioners intent on easing pain and government agencies slow to recognize the crisis all played in allowing a devastating plague of addiction to grip the entire region.


Brian Kemp speaks during a campaign event outlining policy intiatives for veterans in Georgia.
Stephen Fowler / GPB News

On this edition of Political Rewind, with just over two months until voters decide this year’s election campaigns on both sides of the aisle are busy.


The American flag flies at half-staff above the White House in honor of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in Washington. McCain, 81, died Saturday at his ranch in Arizona after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

On this edition of Political Rewind, as the country mourns the loss of Sen. John McCain, a proposal by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to rename the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington to honor McCain is raising thorny questions with Georgians about the legacy of Richard Russell. 

Grant Blankenship / GPB News

On this edition of Political Rewind, a guilty plea in New York, a conviction in Virginia and a sentencing in Augusta. How will Georgia representatives and candidates for Governor react to the news? 


One day after the group Georgians for the Impeachment of Donald Trump paid to have a billboard put up along St. Augustine Road in Valdosta, the Impeach Trump sign was taken down, according to the group's Facebook page
(Thomas Hochschild/Facebook)

On this edition of Political Rewind, two political controversies have plagued South Georgia.

The anger over a proposal to close most of the polling places in Randolph County is making national headlines and sparking continued allegations of voter suppression. Meanwhile, in Valdosta, a billboard advertising an 'Impeach Trump’ website survives just 24 hours before community pressure forces it down.


A worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

On this edition of Political Rewind, we take a broad look at healthcare in Georgia. After multiple attempts, Congress has failed to shut down The Affordable Care Act, but President Donald Trump is eliminating a number of key provisions through executive orders. What’s the likely impact on Georgians of ending the individual mandate?


GPB Radio’s popular weekly program "Political Rewind" is expanding to television beginning Sept. 9. Each week on Sundays at 9 a.m., viewers of GPB’s statewide television network will now be able to see host Bill Nigut and the show’s rotating group of panelists, which includes some the most informed political insiders in the Southeast.

From Left: President Bill Clinton, Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama
(AP Photo/Greg Gibson, John Bazemore, Carolyn Kaster)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been the city’s most lucrative asset. But will scandals and security issues further prompt the state legislatures attempt to take control of the world’s busiest airport?

A voter enters a polling site in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.
(AP PHOTO/DAVID GOLDMAN)

On this edition of Political Rewind, the Secretary of State’s office claims there will be chaos at Georgia voting locations if a federal judge orders the state to switch to paper ballots. We look at the arguments from both sides of the aisle concerning the security of Georgia’s voting machines ahead of the November 6 election.


Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp on stage during a primary election night party in Athens, Ga.
(AP Photo/John Amis)

On this edition of Political Rewind, the ballot in Georgia’s 2018 midterm election is divided along money lines. Multimillionaires and candidates of more modest financial means are running in high-profile races. After reviewing financial disclosure statements from several candidates, our panel discusses whether personal wealth will be a blessing or a curse in this year’s contest.


On Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, Former President Jimmy Carter, 93, announced he is backing Democrat Stacey Abrams in the race for Georgia governor, becoming the third U.S. president to weigh in.
(AP Photo/John Amis)

On this edition of Political Rewind, it comes as no surprise that former President Jimmy Carter has now endorsed Democrat Stacey Abrams for Governor.


President Donald Trump and Governor Nathan Deal during a meeting with state leaders about prison reform, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

On this edition of Political Rewind, both Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams have shared their vision for improving education in Georgia. We take a closer look at the policies each candidate has proposed. Plus, the panel discusses what voters should make of Abrams’ personal finances and we take a closer look at the latest campaign ads.


Political Rewind: Cracking Open a Russian Troll Farm

Aug 10, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks over towards U.S. President Donald Trump as Trump speaks during their joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

On this edition of "Political Rewind," we’ve heard a lot about Russian tampering with our elections but what visible evidence has been seen that it’s happening? We talk to a Clemson University researcher who says the proof is closer than you think, after discovering 3 million tweets created by a Russian troll farm.


Georgia State Capitol
GPB

On this edition of Political Rewind, a special election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District was “too close to call” on Tuesday night. Vying for a congressional seat that has been held by a Republican for three decades, Trump-backed Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor have put GOP congressional campaigns across the country on alert. 


President Trump shakes hands with Ohio 12th District Republican nominee Troy Balderson during a rally last weekend in Lewis Center, Ohio.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

On this edition of Political Rewind, the panel takes a look at a new attack ad against Stacey Abrams calling her a "Bloomberg-Soros Hate America Leftist." Meanwhile, Abrams uses an appearance on national television to attack Brian Kemp on his job performance as Georgia's Secretary of State. 


Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
(AP Photos/John Amis, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Stacey Abrams modifies her position on sandblasting the Confederate leaders carved on the face of Stone Mountain. Brian Kemp faces more criticism of how his office is dealing with election security issues.


Political Rewind: Russian Hacking Beyond Elections

Aug 3, 2018
Feb. 13, 2013 Georgia Power crewman goes through the process of restoring power to a neighborhood as he works on a line, in Riverdale, Ga.
(AP Photo/John Amis, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, emails obtained by a voter security group show that Georgia officials knew about “critical vulnerabilities” in the electronic voting system less than a month before the November election. While the threat of Russian interference in US elections remains a top concern, should Georgia and other states across the country also be concerned about other areas of vulnerability?


Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
(AP Photos/John Amis, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams are laying out the issues and the lines of attack they’ll take into the fall campaign for governor. 


(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal makes a surprise announcement that he will suspend a controversial jet fuel tax long sought by Delta Air Lines. 


Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
(AP Photos/John Amis, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, as the Georgia governor’s race gets under way in earnest, the clash between the ideologies of Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp becomes one of the most talked about political stories in the country. 

Political Rewind: America’s Partisan Divide

Jul 27, 2018
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

On this edition of Political Rewind, American politics is more polarized today that at any time on our history.  So says one of the country’s leading experts on voter trends, Emory University Political Science Professor Alan Abramowitz. 


Political Rewind: Blowout

Jul 25, 2018
(AP Photo/John Amis)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp rolls to an overwhelming victory in the GOP runoff election for governor, and he’s already begun a blistering line of attacks against his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams. 


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