As Georgia's November midterm elections steadily approach, GPB's Morning Edition is taking a look at the importance of the offices on the ballot and why Georgians should turn out to vote in these races.

Powered By The People is a weekly series where GPB-Atlanta host Leah Fleming speaks with political voices from around the state to give listeners a better idea about the offices that could impact their futures.

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The city of Atlanta unveiled a new affordable housing complex for seniors on Monday.

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.

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Stephanie McClure, a professor of sociology at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, had a simple plan.

She and other members of the Middle Georgia Progressive Women activist group would head out to a Baldwin County High School football game with a stack of voter registration forms and sign people up. But when a friend went to the office of the Baldwin County Registrar to pick up the forms, they hit a road block. The forms asked for proof of residency, such as a photo ID, to register.

  • Augusta Enacts Smoking Ban
  • Organization Calls For Transparency In Ambulance Provider Selection Process
  • Christian University In GA. Cuts Ties With Nike

National Hurricane Center

Hurricane season is in full swing with three named storms in the Atlantic. Hurricane Florence is currently churning toward the East Coast as a Category 4 storm.

Emily Jones / GPB News

It’s not hard to meet a gator in Georgia. Waterways in South Georgia are full of them. But there’s a lot we don’t know about these big reptiles. GPB’s Emily Jones went to the Okefenokee Swamp to meet the researchers and alligators hoping to change that.

GPB Morning Headlines For Monday Sept. 10, 2018

Sep 10, 2018

  • Senator Isaskon Calls For Gubernatorial Candidates To Focus On Georgia Veterans
  • UGA Bulldogs Topple South Carolina, GA Southern Defeates UMass In College Football
  • Georgia Power Customers Will Recieve Third $25 Bill Credit From Plant Vogtle Expansion

  • Tropical Storm Florence Could Cause Dangerous Waters Off Georgia's Coast 
  • Atlanta Could Draw Another Corporate Headquarters
  • Sea Turtles Nests Are On The Rise Over Three Decades 

Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.

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.

J. Cindy Hill

The number of nesting sea turtles along Georgia’s coast is down again this year following a record set in 2016. But that may not be something to worry about. 

This weekend, thousands of music fans will gather at Central Park in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward to attend ONE Musicfest.


Organizers say it’s the Southeast’s largest two-day, urban progressive music festival.


GPB Morning Headlines For Friday Sept. 7, 2018

Sep 7, 2018

  • No Death Penalty For Man Who Killed Two Peach County Deputies
  • KSU Cheerleader Brings Forth Lawsuit Stemming From 2017 Anthem Controversy
  • Georgia Dome Site Honored With Historical Marker

Ross Terrell / GPB News

The Georgia Historical Society named the Georgia Dome an iconic site. The designation comes about 10 months after 5,000 pounds of explosives reduced the stadium to rubble.

Now, a historical marker sits where the Dome sat for 25 years.

Maupin photo by Christopher Turner

On this episode of Two Way Street, we hear from two Southern writers from the Decatur Book Festival.

In front of an audience at the festival, new host Virginia Prescott interviews authors Rick Bragg and Armistead Maupin on the way their Southern heritage shapes their writing.

Beau Cabell / The Telegraph of Macon

A Peach County man who admitted to killing to sheriff’s deputies in 2016 was sentenced to prison for a term that could cover the remainder of his life, plus at least three more lifetimes.

  • Mayor Bottoms Cancels Agreement To House ICE Detainees At City Jail
  • Augusta Boarding House For Homeless And Indigent Ordered Closed
  • Former Atlanta Police Officer Re-Indicted On Felony Murder Charge

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces on Thursday the city will no longer accept ICE detainees at the jail.
Ross Terrell / GPB News

The City of Atlanta will no longer accept U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements detainees at the Atlanta City Detention Center.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed the executive order Thursday morning and called for the five ICE detainees in the city’s detention center to be moved elsewhere.

Savannah Children's Museum on Facebook

September brings plenty of fun to the Savannah area. Claire Sandow of the Tourism Leadership Council has some tips.

  • Voter Rights Coalition Begins "Save Our Democracy" Tour In Georgia
  • Sonny Perdue Addresses New Program To Assist Farmers In Wake Of Tarrifs
  • Atlanta Falcons Open NFL Season In Nationally Televised  Rematch Against Philly

  • President Donald Trump Says Sonny Perdue Led Him to Endorse Brian Kemp
  • Coalitions Launches "Save Our Democracy" Voter Education Tour
  • Pentago Releases Name of Fallen Fort Benning Soldier  

Public Domain

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched a new program to help farmers in the wake of a potential trade war with China.

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?

  • $50m To Georgia Farmers To Cover Tariff Losses
  • Record Number Of Children In Georgia Foster Care System
  • Project Chronicles South's LGBTQ History


The city of Atlanta has launched a new transparency tool as the federal bribery probe into City Hall spending grows wider.

Atlanta’s Open Checkbook shows how more than $2 billion was spent during fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says the website allows users to see more than 104,000 transactions, broken down by department, vendor and type of expense.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender histories of New York and San Francisco are well known. But what about the South?

  • Atlanta Mayor's Office Publishes Two Years of Public Spending
  • After Years of Debate, Augusta Seeks New Ambulance Service
  • 14 year-old Tennis Star Who Grew Up In Atlanta Wows At U.S. Open 

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.

Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia's new supreme court chief justice was sworn in Tuesday at the state capitol.