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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal says he’ll support the legislative push to buy voting machines that leave a paper trail, but critics say the proposed fix won’t assure Georgians that their votes have been tallied accurately.  Also, a federal court has blocked a measure just signed into law that would make Mississippi’s abortion restrictions the toughest in the nation, and now one candidate for Georgia governor says he wants to take those laws and make them even tougher here.  Plus, a number of Democrats running for Georgia GOP congressional seats are pledging to vote again

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Editor's Note: Savannah State police chief James Barnwell was placed on administrative leave with pay as of March 23, 2018. The university says it is conducting an internal investigation and declined to comment further on the matter. Attorney Abda Quillian now represents two female officers from the university force. She tells GPB News that the University System of Georgia is investigating two misconduct complaints they filed against Barnwell. He is at least the third person to lead Savannah State’s public safety department in the last five years.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, A new poll finds voters prefer Democrats over Republicans by a wide margin going into this year’s congressional races across the country.  Wasn’t the GOP tax bill supposed to give Republicans an edge?  We’ll look at how the tax cuts might play in Georgia.  Then, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams defends her vote to make substantial cuts to the HOPE Scholarship in front of an audience of skeptical young voters while her opponent, Stacey Evans, is drilled on her campaign ad invoking the image of Dr.

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“What a perfect day for a parade." That sentiment was echoed by locals and visitors alike lining the route for Savannah’s 2018 St. Patrick’s Day celebration on a sunny, spring Saturday.

This year two longstanding traditions were challenged. First, the U.S Army asked that women not kiss their soldiers while they marched, citing concerns that it makes them look less professional. Plenty of other cadets and officers bore telltale bright red lipstick marks on their cheeks as they marched.

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Savannah’s fountains are flowing green which means St. Patrick’s Day is here.  But this year there are a lot of changes. There's a new ban on the tradition of kissing soldiers and Vice President Mike Pence is visiting, so access in two squares will be restricted.  

 

Savannah Morning News executive editor Susan Catron says this bumps up against some longstanding Savannah traditions.

 

 

On this edition of Political Rewind, we're looking at the headlines coming out of the General Assembly. The House overwhelmingly approves a bipartisan resolution that asks Congress to pass a law allowing medical marijuana research.

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On this edition of “Two Way Street,” we’re talking to the “royal family of roots music,”  Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, about their new album, “Echo in the Valley.” This is their second collaboration, following the success of their self-titled debut, “Béla

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Security will be tighter at Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year because of a visit from Vice President Mike Pence.

 

Typically, Savannah families stake out spots along the parade route well in advance and settle in for the whole day - with tents, food, chairs, and plenty of drinks.

 

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Hundreds of students at Savannah Arts Academy participated in today’s National School Walkout. The event was to protest gun violence and remember the seventeen students shot and killed one month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

At first the Savannah-Chatham County School Board supported the student-organized events but later left each school to determine how to handle it on their own. Savannah Arts Academy’s principal, Gif Lockley, offered use of the school’s auditorium but students had other plans.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, free speech issues.  Students in Georgia and across the country walk out of classes to show support for passage of gun safety laws?  Will they have an impact on the legislature here or in the halls of Congress?  What about students who were denied permission to walk?  Then, Governor Deal reverses a state order denying gun protestors access to a free speech area at the State Capitol.  What led him to overrule the Georgia Building Authority decision?  Plus, Georgia’s Attorney General launches an investigation into an apparent effort by staffers for former

A month ago, 17 people died in a mass school shooting in Florida. To remember the victims, students nationwide are walking out of their classrooms Wednesday morning in solidarity. We talked with student Lauren Bengtson of Pope High School in Cobb County. Her father, Mike, also joined the conversation.  Then, we talked with Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center about whether schools can take action against students who participate in Wednesday’s walkout. 

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When we talk about Coastal Georgia’s salt marshes, it’s often in terms of how pretty they are, or all the birds and other species that live there. But how much are they worth? Oceanographer Bill Savidge, of the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, has tallied up the value of the “goods and services” the marshes provide - from commercial and recreational fishing to storm surge protection.

 

GPB’s Emily Jones asked Savidge why he decided to put the marshes in economic terms.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a charge of sexual harassment against the presumed frontrunner in the race for lieutenant government.  How will State Senator David Shafer fight off the accusation and will it change the dynamic of the race?  Also, during a raucous rally in Pennsylvania, President Trump takes credit for Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.  Does a bear hug from Trump strengthen her re-election campaign or make her more vulnerable?  Plus, Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson draws a former Atlanta Falcon as an opponent for his seat.

On this edition of Political Rewind, a surprise at the State Capitol: a hate-crimes bill is suddenly re-introduced.  Can it pass the legislature and become law?  Also, qualifying for the 2018 Georgia elections ends and candidates across the ballot are now in place.  Our panel weighs in on the surprise, the trends and the races likely to be in the spotlight.  In news from the state legislature, a measure to fund voting machines that leave a paper trail moves forward while progress to expand the legal rights of victims of childhood sexual abuse may not.  And, it’s been quite a news day involv

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It's a weekend of music and theater in Savannah, with lots to choose from. Bill Dawers of hissing lawns and the Savannah Morning News and Joshua Peacock of Do Savannah have your guide.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, as qualifying continues for the 2018 Georgia elections, the 6th District Congressional Race draws a surprise Democratic candidate.  The race may now become a referendum on gun control.  At the State Capitol, time is running out for Cobb County leaders to decide whether they want to join a highly-touted regional transit funding plan.  Plus, the ACLU accuses a Georgia sheriff’s office of hosting a conference featuring a known anti-Muslim, a poll that shows one GOP candidate for governor gaining support, and why House Speaker Paul Ryan is coming to Atlanta.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, qualifying for every race on the Georgia ballot begins today, and for the first time in recent memory, newly energized Democrats are looking to challenge GOP supremacy in the state legislature and in statewide offices.  Plus, Secretary of State Brian Kemp is bowing to pressure to change what the ACLU calls misleading voter registration forms.  Will questions about the integrity of Georgia elections hamper Kemp in his race for governor? 

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All hour, we looked back at some of the best conversations by Celeste Headlee, who recently stepped down as host of ‘On Second Thought."

We started off the show with our chat with Henry Winkler, best known as “The Fonz” on TV’s Happy Days. Winkler came to Georgia last summer for the Decatur Book Festival. He’s the co-creator of a popular children’s book series that centers on Hank Zipzer, a young boy with learning difficulties.

Savannah's City Council is considering proposals that would alter how people live and travel in parts of Savannah. Susan Catron is executive editor of Savannah Morning News and SavannahNow.com. She says both proposals raise questions about a common issue familiar to anyone who drives in Savannah.

Click here to read more about the proposed changes to parking on the south side of Forsyth Park.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, in a matchup between Delta Airlines and the NRA, it’s no contest: GOP legislators pass a tax break that saves Georgian millions, but denies Delta a cut worth $40 million.  We’ll look at the long-range consequences of the battle.  Plus, thousands of gun safety advocates rallied at the State Capitol last month, but their voices were silenced by an official who made sure the microphones at the state facility were turned off.  Also, a Columbus state senator pushes a bill to force the city of Atlanta to shorten the hours of city polling places, leading critic

On this “Two Way Street,” we’re talking about what dogs think and feel with a neuroscientist who has spent years studying them—Dr. Gregory Berns. His book, “What It’s Like to Be a Dog,” details his years of research on canine cognition.  

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It's another busy weekend in Savannah, including several weekend-long festival. Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council and Heather Henley of Do Savannah have your guide.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, we are live from the Georgia State Capitol for Crossover Day.  Which crucial bills will die and which will live to see another day?  Among the measures hanging in the balance: a bill to keep guns out of the hands of Georgians with mental illness and a tax break for Delta Airlines that’s now caught up in the highly charged gun control debate. 

Panelists:

AJC Lead Political Writer Jim Galloway

AJC Political Reporter Greg Bluestein

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson

Republican Insider Jackie Cushman

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Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts pays tribute this weekend to the women of the Jim Henson Company. Fran Brill of Savannah was the first female puppeteer Henson hired for Sesame Street. We talked with her about her long career on one of the most recognizable streets in America.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Delta Airlines cuts ties with the NRA and now finds itself in a showdown with legislators who want to punish the Atlanta-based company by denying it a long-sought tax break.  Also at the State Capitol, an outspoken GOP legislator is under fire for telling the widow of a man killed by a distracted driver that the vote she cast on a bill was done purely out of spite.  Plus, new revelations about Russian interference in the 2016 election and how Georgians were targeted with thousands of manipulative tweets.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, we come to you from the headquarters of the State Bar of Georgia in downtown Atlanta in front of an audience of journalists, lawyers and judges from across the state.

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It's another busy weekend in Savannah. Shannon Lowery of Visit Savannah and Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag have your guide to fun in the Hostess City.

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. Bernstein, a legendary composer, educator, and humanitarian, was born in August 25, 1918. To celebrate this milestone, orchestras and theatres around the world are preforming his vast range of work.

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