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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal forges an agreement that will save health care choices for more than half a million Georgians.  Our panel will weigh in on this exercise in gubernatorial clout.  Then, news about the race to succeed Deal: Democrat Stacey Abrams wins two major endorsements in her bid to become Georgia’s next governor while Brian Kemp finds a way to turn a lost endorsement into a win with help from a prominent member of the same organization.  We’ll also look at newly released fundraising totals for candidates in races for congressional seats Democrats are ta

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Making news today on the coast:

  • Jekyll Island Authority studies the island's sustainability as it looks to grow
  • Savannah experiments with green bike lanes
  • Osprey hatching on Skidaway Island's Birdcam

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On this edition of Political Rewind, one day after James Comey unleashes a barrage of attack on President Trump’s character, the leader of an effort to impeach the president brings his campaign to Georgia.  Will billionaire Tom Steyer find support for his effort here?  Then, an ethics probe find no evidence to back the claims of a woman who accused David Shafer of sexual harassment, but will the accusation linger as Shafer campaigns to become Lieutenant Governor?  Plus, Governor Deal steps in to media a dispute that threatens the health care coverage of hundreds of thousands of Georgians.

The Savannah City Council this week heard arguments about rezoning that could change a current requirement that governs the type of windows allowed in the historic landmark district. Connect Savannah editor in chief, Jim Morekis, attended yesterday's meeting, which included heated debate on the subject. He says this decision is about more than just windows.

Here's more of our conversation, including what stories are coming up in the next issue of Connect Savannah.

On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, we take the show on the road to Macon and the campus of Mercer University to hear from voters and local political experts about the issues that matter to middle Georgians.  Do residents there feel their voices are heard up I-75 at the State Capitol and how will those feelings resonate come election day?  Also, Macon and Bibb County have a joint government that was intended to save money, but has it worked?  We discuss.

Panelists:

AJC Lead Political Writer Jim Galloway

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  • Public weighs in on Spaceport Camden
  • Savannah City Council delays decision on historic zoning change
  • Road resurfacing prompts lane closures on I-95 in Camden County  

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There's plenty to do in Savannah as the whether turns warmer. Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune has some tips.

Tanya's picks:

-With the Masters over, it's time for a local stop on the PGA Tour: RBC Heritage on Hilton Head. The competition begins Thursday and runs through the weekend. The full schedule is here; ticket information is here.

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  • City of Savannah closes 2017 with $10m surplus
  • Audit finds $1.2m went missing from Glynn County court office
  • RBC Heritage begins on Hilton Head  

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms calls for the resignations of almost everyone in city leadership.  Will the move help the city begin moving past a corruption scandal and help Bottoms separate herself from her predecessor?  National Guard troops amass on the US-Mexico border under orders of President Trump, who says he will not negotiate on a long-term DACA solution, while here in Georgia, the issue is top of mind for Republican candidates for office.   A leading immigration lawyer joins us to discuss what's happening.  Plus, Democrats seeking to oust

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  • Historic window dispute goes before city council
  • End Gun Violence program seeks a new director
  • Hilton Head restaurants struggle to find staff  

Camden County Board of Commissioners

  • Park Service seeks public input on Savannah Landmark district
  • Spaceport Camden neighbors raise concerns
  • Savannah State names interim police chief  

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On this edition of Political Rewind, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond is spearheading a challenging proposal to make Stone Mountain a symbol of diversity and inclusiveness.  Could it be a blueprint for dealing with Confederate memorials around the state?  Also, the latest financial disclosure reports show that Georgia gubernatorial candidates have raked in boatloads of cash, but a couple are far our front in the fundraising sweepstakes.  We’ll look at what the reports tell us about the state of the race.  Plus, in the aftermath of Sinclair Broadcasting’s controversial order demanding a mu

Georgia gas prices peaked  April 2 when drivers paid $2.58 at the pump, officials said.

While prices are down fractions of a penny from last week's average at $2.575 per gallon, motorists in the state are paying 16 cents more than in March and 30 cents more than this time last year, Georgia Public Affairs Director for AAA Garrett Townsend said Monday in a news release.

Regionally, prices are the highest they've been in four years and, during the first week of April, averaged 35 cents more than gas last April.

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On Fridays we often sit down with Savannah Morning News executive editor, Susan Catron, to discuss the biggest stories from the week.  This week Savannah's National Landmark status is on the minds of many, even as the renovated Kehoe Ironworks Building and new Trustees Garden Amphitheater prepares for its first big event. We talked about preservation in Savannah, but first we discussed last Friday's wreck on U.S. 80 which stopped traffic for more than four hours. It has renewed concerns about the only road on and off of Tybee Island. 

Today on "Political Rewind," we discuss Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's promise to farmers that they won't bare the brunt of a potential trade war with China. This, even as the President bares down on his threat to expand tariffs on Chinese goods. 

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  • Family says police shooting victim was unarmed
  • Tybee mayor delivers State of the City
  • Endangered turtle rescued on Hilton Head  

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The start of April brings plenty to do in the Hostess City. Bevin Valentine Jalbert of Paprika Southern and Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar have some tips.

Marianne's picks:

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  • Savannah State police chief on leave amid sexual misconduct allegations
  • New rules approved for construction in two Savannah neighborhoods
  • Federal regulators consider summer flounder changes  

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  • Chatham County sues opioid makers
  • Suspect in U.S. 80 wreck arrested
  • State regulators suggest changes after osprey nest disruption  

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  • Corps of Engineers finishes construction on new reservoir
  • Right whale calving season ends
  • Beaufort County Sheriff's Office creates school threat app  

On this edition of Political Rewind, the 2018 session of the Georgia General Assembly was gaveled to a close late last night.  What did lawmakers do about measures to crack down on distracted driving, to expand transit across metro Atlanta, or to boost the chances for economic growth in rural Georgia?  We’ll look at these and other accomplishments under the “Gold Dome” this year.  Then, with the session now finished, the sprint to the May primary elections is now under way.  We’ll look at where the top races stand right now.  Plus, the City of Atlanta has been paralyzed by one of the bigges

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  • City Council approves zoning change for Starland Village
  • Discounts offered on Savannah's fire fee
  • Savannah Law School says current students can complete degrees  

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On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, we are live at the State Capitol as legislators work furiously to finish their business before the 2018 session comes to an end.  We look at the fate of key legislation: what’s happening with bills on distracted riving, protecting religious groups that don’t want to adopt children to gays and lesbians, giving additional help to victims of childhood sexual abuse and cracking down on undocumented immigrants?  Plus, we’ll explain the sneaky tactics that come into play on this last day as legislators try to work their will on measures they want to pa

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There's plenty to do around Savannah this weekend. Anna Chandler of Connect Savannah and Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council have your guide.

Claire's picks:

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  • Savannah City Council to vote on new Starland development
  • Brunswick officials defend conference center plan
  • Judge dismisses St. Simons short-term rental case

On this edition of Political Rewind, legislators have just one day left in the 2018 session and a number of key bills remain unresolved.  We’ll look at where the measures that have attracted public interest stand and at some of the sleepers that could have an impact on our lives.  Then, for the first time since he became governor, Nathan Deal says the state coffers have enough cash to fully fund schools across the state and his budget includes the money to do it.

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Savannah State University’s Chief of Police James Barnwell remains on paid leave following allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.

Abda Quillian is an attorney in Savannah. She alleges multiple incidents took place over the last two years. Quillian says she filed complaints on behalf of two women currently serving as campus police officers. One was addressed to the University System of Georgia’s Board of regents, and another went to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination.

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  • Savannah State University police chief on administrative leave
  • Rogue Water Tap House sued over St. Patrick's Day collapse
  • Bulloch County weighs police officers in schools
  • Port of Savannah breaks ground on new rail terminal 

On Second Thought For Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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A teenager in Thomasville, Georgia is facing charges for allegedly stealing a gun from a car earlier in March. We've seen this problem across the state. In 2016 The Trace, an investigative news website, examined firearm theft in Atlanta and Savannah. finding Atlanta led many cities with its rate of guns stolen from automobiles. We spoke with Brian Freskos, a reporter who covers gun trafficking for The Trace. 

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Three former presidents were among the guests Tuesday at a memorial service for former Georgia Governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller.  GPB carried the service live with commentary from GPB’s Bill Nigut, AJC Lead Political Writer Jim Galloway and former WSB-TV anchor John Pruitt.

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