Politics

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp on stage during a primary election night party in Athens, Ga.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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As students across Georgia are making plans to head back into the classrooms, Democratic nominee for Governor Stacey Abrams released her own plan for Georgia’s education system.

At a press conference, the former Georgia House Minority Leader said fully funding the Quality Basic Education formula for schools is an important first step in serving Georgia’s students, but it’s not enough.

Georgia State Capitol
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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.
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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. 


Cindy Hill

Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams kicked off a statewide tour Thursday in Coastal Georgia. She started the tour at an ironworkers apprentice workshop in Pooler, where she announced a plan to create 22,000 apprenticeships in Georgia by 2022.

Abrams also announced initiatives to help small businesses, military veterans and young people who are entering the workforce.  She said she wants rural communities to attract new jobs throughout the state.


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The Macon-Bibb County Commission amended their just passed budget to restore funding to local libraries and other public services Tuesday night. 

The first budget that passed last week just under the wire of the new fiscal year had zeroed out library funding, money for public transit as well as for the local health department,  museums and other "external" services. A hue and cry ensued. 


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What makes a Millennial? A recent Pew Research Center study says it's anyone born from 1982-2000. But "Millennial" also means viewing climate change and conflict as the most critical issues, according to the most recent World Economic Forum Global Shapers Survey.


 

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You probably saw the photo. 

A woman with her right hand raised in a fist, her left on the autobiography of Malcolm X. That was Mariah Parker. 


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Primary election day is May 22 and all of the state's top elected officials are on the ballot. There will be a new governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state. Every U.S. House seat is up as well.  GPB’s Stephen Fowler has been following these races. He joined Rickey Bevington in the studio to talk about some of the challenges these offices will face, regardless of the election's outcome. 

Less than a week before the Republican gubernatorial primary, one topic reigned supreme in the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young debate: immigration, and how to stop unauthorized people from entering the country.

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Ian Garvey didn’t know very many Donald Trump supporters before he met Tim Huff. Huff had never met a transgender person. Two weeks before Trump became president, Garvey was randomly placed in Huff’s dorm room.

Garvey moved in January 2017. At the time, the election had a heavy effect on the campus’ political climate, sparking protests and heated discussions. Oglethorpe University President Larry Schall sent a campus-wide email that invited students to a conversation at the dining hall.

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Georgia Democrats are hoping 2018 is the year Gwinnett County finally turns blue.  Five Republican lawmakers are either retiring or running for other offices. Democrats are working hard to mobilize voters ahead of the May 22 primary and keep them energized into November.

Paul Sherman

A lot of people collect things, and in Paul Sherman’s family, that thing is campaign memorabilia. Paul’s new book is called “Look Away: Documenting Crude and Sexist Items From the Trump Campaign Trail.” It includes several pictures from rallies in Georgia. We recently caught up with three members of the Sherman family.

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For generations, Atlanta has been known unofficially as the black capital of America. In 1971, Ebony magazine called Atlanta the "black mecca of the South." We talked with Georgia State University professor Maurice Hobson, who challenges that notion in his new book.

Paul Sherman

A lot of people collect things, and in Paul Sherman’s family, that thing is campaign memorabilia. Paul’s new book is called “Look Away: Documenting Crude and Sexist Items From the Trump Campaign Trail.” It includes several pictures from rallies in Georgia. We recently caught up with three members of the Sherman family.

For most of us, our idea of politics is influenced by what we see on TV. Millions of Americans regularly watch shows like “The West Wing,” “Veep,” and “House of Cards." Georgia native Jay Carson worked as supervising producer and political consultant for Netflix’s “House of Cards.” We talk with him about how to write engaging political drama in 2017, and how much the fictional White House resembles the real one.

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According to a new study, more couples are feuding over politics — especially President Trump — with many of them breaking up and even heading to divorce court. We talk with study authors Nathan Richter and Lisa Kiefer. Also joining us is Dr. David Ryback. He’s a couples therapist in Atlanta and the author of several books about relationships.

 

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Thursday marks the end of the legislative session at the Georgia state capitol. GPB capitol reporter Lisa Rayam gives us a recap of which bills died, and which will proceed to the governor’s desk.

Jon Ossoff

As the race to fill Tom Price’s 6th District Congressional seat heats up, Democrats hope all that activity translates to votes in the special election next month. Jon Ossoff, 30, is encouraging Democrats with his “Make Trump Furious” campaign, and raising a considerable amount of grassroots support. We learned more about Ossoff’s campaign and the race ahead with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein and University of Georgia professor Audrey Haynes.

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In his speech to a joint session of congress on Tuesday night, President Trump outlined his priorities. The president has received widespread backlash since he took office in January. There have been rallies and protests, but Trump supporters, like Georgia Tea Party activist Debbie Dooley, also want their voices heard. Dooley is organizing “Spirit of America” rallies across the country. 

Commentary: The DNC Needs A Caucus For White Men

Mar 1, 2017

While some people may feel the Trump administration doesn’t do a good job representing their needs, former Georgia lawmaker LaDawn Jones says her Democratic Party can learn a thing or two from Donald Trump’s November win. She explains why the Democratic National Committee should create a caucus for white men.

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Democrat Brenda Lopez is poised to become the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly. An attorney and immigrant, she’s running unopposed in Tuesday’s election to represent House District 99, which includes the Norcross area of Gwinnett County. 

We talk with Lopez about her groundbreaking candidacy and her vision for the district and Georgia as a whole. 

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