Stephen Fowler | GPB News

From the sound of the closing minutes of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s state convention, you’d almost forget that Republicans control the governor’s mansion, both chambers of the state legislature and all 12 statewide elected offices.

In fact, you’d almost forget there were Republicans at all. While some speeches did mention President Donald Trump or specific Republican opponents, many nominees took a subtler approach by touting specific issues they wanted to address –  or that the Republican party had not.

What's In A Name? | College Park

Aug 27, 2018
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In this "What's In A Name," we answer a question from a listener "Djam" who wrote on our website. 

Djam was curious about the origins of College Park's name.

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The U.S. District Court of North Georgia has issued a subpoena for all of former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's activity on his city issued purchasing card during his time in office.

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.

  • Grady Hospital Was On Terrorist Trainer's Target List
  • Augusta University Health Reports Dramatic Financial Turn Around
  • Allman Brothers Band Founder Suffers Stroke

  • Georgia Democrats Gather In Atlanta For Annual Meeting
  • D.C. Building Named After Georgia Segregationist Could Be Renamed After John McCain
  • Atlanta Dream Lose To Washington Mystics In First Game Of WNBA Semifinals

What's In A Name? | Toco Hill(s)

Aug 24, 2018
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Is it Toco Hills or Toco Hill? That question was submitted by listener Jim Morris about a community in Northeast Atlanta.  

Amir Farokhi

With tens of thousands of people moving into Atlanta in the last several years, expanding the city’s infrastructure and making it livable has been a longstanding priority.

Some changes are in the works: the city is spending $250 million in bonds to improve roads, bridges and traffic signals, and MARTA is seeking feedback on its own expansion.

Walkability and transit alternatives have been central to the work of Amir Farokhi, who was elected in January to represent parts of Midtown and Downtown Atlanta as the Atlanta City Council member for District 2.

He stopped by the GPB studios to talk about his vision for the city.

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?

  • Randolph County Precincts To Remain Open
  • 76K New Residents In Metro Atlanta
  • Martinez Goes For MLS Scoring Record Tonight


Gwinnett County health officials say a resident is recovering from West Nile Virus. It’s the third suspected case in the state this year. On the whole, mosquito-borne illnesses have been on the rise since 2004.


Roxanne Connelly is the Entomology and Ecology Team Lead with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. She tells GPB’s Emily Jones that, so far, this summer has been slow — but it’s too soon to tell how the year will add up.

Grant Blankenship / GPB News

After drawing the attention of the whole country, election officials in Randolph County decided Friday morning not to close polling places. The decision took about 45 seconds.


Bill Nigut’s guest on this edition of Two Way Street is Georgia-based musician Brandon Bush. He was an original member of Sugarland, one of the hottest acts in country music until they went their separate ways six years ago to the dismay of their millions of fans. 

  • Randolph County Set To Make Poll Closing Decision This Morning
  • Dekalb Residents Meet To Discuss Ongoing Water Bill Issue
  • GBI Working To Combat Youth Suicide In Georgia

Kevin 'Rashid' Johnson

Earlier this week, prisoners in Georgia and 16 other states went on strike to protest what they call modern day slavery within the prison system.

Back in the 1970s, another prison movement started in the month of August.

It became known as Black August, a time to acknowledge the political struggles of African American prisoners.

John Bennett / Savannah Bicycle Campaign

There's something for everyone in Savannah this weekend. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calender and Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune have some tips.

  • Judge Sentences NSA Leaker To 63 Months
  • Atlanta's Oglethorpe University Launches Innovative Tuition Plan
  • Renovations At Augusta National Golf Course Announced

Ross Terrell/ GPB News

Freedom Parkway runs east in Atlanta, coming off the interstate that goes through the heart of the city. The King Center, named for Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., is just a few blocks away.

Now, the parkway has a new name. This time in honor of another Civil Rights leader: Congressman John Lewis. On Wednesday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and other city council members renamed the street to “John Lewis Freedom Parkway.”

The Georgia woman who leaked classified National Security Agency documents to the media has been sentenced to 63 months behind bars. 

Prosecutors call it the longest federal sentence ever for that type of crime. 

  • Kemp Introduces Diverse Coalition, Pledges To Focus On Inclusion During Campaign
  • John Lewis Honored With Rename Of Freedom Parkway In Atlanta
  • Jimmy Carter Attends Rural Clinic Opening In Plains, Georgia

  • Kemp Announces Diversity Coalition
  • City Of Atlanta Unveils 'John Lewis Freedom Parkway'
  • Construction Costs Rising (Again) At Plant Vogtle

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Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp introduced a new coalition aimed at attracting diverse voters Wednesday.


What's In A Name? | Winder

Aug 22, 2018
A logo reading Winder, Georgia "City of Opportunity"
City of Winder

Winder, GA is a city with a long history

Until the 18th century, the Creek name for the Winder area was Snodon.

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.

  • Buford County School Superintendent On Tape Using Racial Slurs
  • 15-Year-Old Girl Rescued From Sex Traffickers In Marietta
  • Marietta High School Athletes Can Play During GHSA Appeal Process

Grant Blankenship / GPB News

A while back, Jimmy Carter needed a doctor.

Not just for himself, but for everyone in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. The town’s single doctor had folded up shop a while back. Luckily for Carter, he served on the board of Mercer University, which has a medical school.

Turns out, all Carter had to do to get another doctor was ask. The upshot is that his asking may lead to big things for rural healthcare around the state. 

What's In A Name? | Virginia Highland

Aug 21, 2018
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This “What’s In A Name?” submission comes from listener Mike Burns.

Mike wanted to know about the origins of Virginia Highland, a neighborhood east of Midtown.