Bill Nigut

Host & Producer

Bill Nigut has been a program host and producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting since November 2013. He is host and executive producer of “Political Rewind,” a political roundtable show featuring some of Georgia’s best-informed insiders weighing in on the big state and national political stories.

Political Rewind airs each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. on GPB Radio. The program also streams live on GPBNews.org and on the GPB News Facebook page. In addition, you can find it on GPB TV on Fridays at 7 p.m. and on Sundays at 9 a.m.

Bill spent 20 years as the national and state political correspondent for WSB-TV in Atlanta. In that role, he covered five presidential campaigns, traveling to Iowa, New Hampshire and other key primary states in each presidential election cycle. Bill also covered the White House and Capitol Hill for WSB, commuting from his home in Atlanta when major news stories were breaking in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Chicago, where he developed his love of rough and tumble politics and the Chicago Bears and Da Bulls.

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On Friday's Political Rewind, the legislature has recessed at the end of the first week of the 2020 session. Members will spend next week in budget hearings. Agency heads will plead their cases for why they should not lose significant funding despite demands from Gov. Brian Kemp for big budget cuts.


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On Thursday's Political Rewind, we discussed Gov. Brian Kemp’s 2020 State of the State address to the General Assembly earlier.

The governor took the opportunity to lay out his legislative priorities during the speech before a joint session of the General Assembly.

Our panel will discuss the issues he highlighted and those he omitted. 


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, we tackled a range of issues that will be considered this year in the Georgia legislature, including sex trafficking and a state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

Some Georgia farmers interested in growing hemp will be paying close attention. They have been cautioned they cannot move forward with growing the potentially lucrative crop until the state finds funds for overseeing production.


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On Tuesday's Political Rewind, Georgians could soon be paying more for online purchases if a measure to hold companies accountable for collecting the taxes they owe on internet purchases continues to gain momentum under the Gold Dome.

Legislative leaders say enforcing collections could add $300 million or more to the state treasury at a time when budgets are tight.

Our panel also discussed possible tax cuts on the table in the new state legislative session.


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Georgia lawmakers gathered under the Gold Dome for the first day of the 2020 legislative session Monday.

House Speaker David Ralston said last week he expects this year's session will largely focus on balancing the state's $27.5 billion budget.

Lawmakers could also consider legislation allowing people to vote on a constitutional amendment in November on whether to legalize gambling among other measures.


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On Monday's Political Rewind, the General Assembly has begun its 2020 session. Major themes are likely to include significant budget cuts and the legalization of gambling.

In addition, legislators will be keeping the upcoming election in mind throughout the session's deliberations.


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Friday on Political Rewind, Georgia legislators are set to take up residence at the state Capitol once again next week. The 2020 session of the General Assembly gets under way on Monday.

Our panel discusses what you can expect from the legislature.


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On Thursday's Political Rewind, we take a deeper look at issues driving national headlines. How has the United States emerged from the showdown with Iran in the aftermath of the targeting of Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani?

Are we safer? Did the Trump administration have clear evidence of an imminent threat that made it necessary to target Soleimani?


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Today on Political Rewind, Iran and the stalemate over an impeachment trial dominate national news today. As always, we’ll look at those stories through a Georgia lens.

But first, state news. Two years ago, Democrat Carolyn Bordeaux came within 500 votes of beating GOP incumbent Congressman Rob Woodall in the 7th District race. Why are some top Democratic leaders now switching their allegiance from Bordeaux to a Democrat taking her first shot at the seat?


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U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler this week began her congressional tenure as Gov. Brian Kemp’s replacement for retired Sen. Johnny Isakson. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Washington correspondent, Tia Mitchell, joined us to talk about Loeffler’s first days on Capitol Hill.


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2020 has arrived, and it is not an exaggeration to say it will be one of the most consequential political years in decades. Kelly Loeffler is scheduled to be sworn in to her appointed seat in the U.S. Senate Monday afternoon and has already begun her campaign to be elected to the seat in November.

A second Senate seat is up for grabs in the fall, too.


On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson.  His new book, The British Are Coming, tells the story of the early years of the Revolutionary War, a war that took the lives of one in ten Americans.  It’s a stark portrait of the courage and the carnage of battle.

 

 Guest:

Rick Atkinson, Author, The British Are Coming

On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, it’s a look at the biggest political stories of 2019.  A new governor put his unique stamp on Georgia, an unexpected resignation put the state front and center in the race for Senate, and two Georgia members of Congress announced their departures. 

On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, we dive deep into the increasingly political act of redistricting. We look at how past elections have influenced voting districts in Georgia today and how districts have kept incumbents in power in the state. 


Bill Nigut with Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia)
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On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, we honor retiring U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, from his days as one of the lonely Republicans in the state legislature, to his bruising battle for governor against Zell Miller, to his efforts to maintain a bi-partisan approach to governing in the U.S. Senate. 

Just hours before the start of another court hearing challenging a massive voter registration purge, the secretary of state’s office admits it took away the registrations of some 22,000 people by mistake. Our panel looked at the latest news in the ongoing battle over voter integrity.

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the Public Service Commission approved a rate hike request today from Georgia Power, but it was not as much money as the utility originally asked for. PSC Vice-chair Tim Echols takes us through their decision-making.

 


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Monday on Political Rewind, voting issues are in the news again. An investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution indicates the farther people have to travel to get to their polling place the less likely it is they will vote.

Our panelists look at the pattern and ask if politics are at play in closing numerous precinct locations around the state.

 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, the House Judiciary Committee has now voted for articles of impeachment against President Trump. We’ll look at how Georgia’s representatives on the committee figured into the long debate, and what to expect when the articles move to the House floor in the days ahead.

Plus, one of President’s closest allies on Capitol Hill gives a vote of confidence to FBI Director Chris Wray after Wray incurred the President’s Twitter wrath this week. Why did Sen. David Perdue make his stand with Wray?


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Today on Political Rewind, Kelly Loeffler’s success in business is an asset Gov. Brian Kemp trumpeted when he named her as Sen. Johnny Isakson’s successor. But do her far flung interests pose ethical questions as she assumes her position in the Senate? Our panel weighs in.

Some 55,000 Georgians face a loss of their food stamps as Sonny Perdue’s USDA sets in motion tougher work requirement rules for SNAP recipients. We’ll look at what’s behind the changes.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, our panel looks at what's in stake in the case after a federal judge ordered Gov. Brian Kemp to submit to two hours of questioning in a lawsuit alleging Georgia election processes have violated voter rights.

And the 6th District Congressional battle appears to be coming into sharper focus as yet another GOP contender signals she may abandon the race. Are we heading to a contest between the Republican who once held the seat and the Democrat who defeated her?


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Today on Political Rewind, the senior-most Republican in Georgia’s congressional delegation announces he will not seek re-election. Why has Rep. Tom Graves joined the GOP exodus from Congress? 


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On Wednesday's Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp officially announced that Kelly Loeffler is his pick to replace the retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson. An Atlanta business executive, Loeffler is new to the game of politics. 

What can we expect from Loeffler as a senator and as a senatorial candidate leading up to Georgia’s 2020 elections? And, now that the announcement has been made, how will conservative Republicans react to Kemp’s choice? How will Rep. Doug Collins, President Donald Trump’s choice for the Isakson seat, respond?


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Today on Political Rewind, we are live from the studios of WUGA in Athens. We will discuss the impending announcement from Gov. Brian Kemp about his decision regarding Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat. At the moment, Atlanta business executive Kelly Loeffler seems likely to be the pick, despite pressure from President Donald Trump to tap a fierce ally from Georgia, Rep. Doug Collins.

How will Georgia conservatives react to this perceived rebuke of the president? Will Collins, if he is not tapped for the seat, plan on contesting it in 2020?

We also hear Sen. Isakson's farewell address from the U.S. Senate floor.


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Today on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is locked in a battle with President Donald Trump over his choice to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson in the U.S. Senate. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kemp is set to name Atlanta business executive Kelly Loeffler to the seat. Critics claim Loeffler is not a true Trump conservative and want Rep. Doug Collins for the job.

How will this fierce battle play out in the week ahead? Our panel weighs in.

On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson.  His new book, The British Are Coming, tells the story of the early years of the Revolutionary War, a war that took the lives of one in ten Americans.  It’s a stark portrait of the courage and the carnage of battle.

 

 Guest:

Rick Atkinson, Author, The British Are Coming

Rep. Doug Collins R-Ga., speaks on a news conference during the House Republican members conference in Baltimore, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.
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Today on Political Rewind, As we await word on Gov. Brian Kemp’s appointment to fill Johnny Isakson’s seat in the U.S. Senate, President Trump advocates for Rep. Doug Collins. Will Kemp agree or will he go with his own choice?


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Today on Political Rewind, President Donald Trump jumps the gun and declares his choice for Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat, even before Gov. Brian Kemp announces his own preference. Will Kemp bend to the president’s will or make an independent decision? Our panel weighs in on the possible fallout from the president’s impulsive decision to back Congressman Doug Collins for the job. 

"I think the governor needs to consider that the president is looking for partisan loyalty," Spelman College's Marilyn Davis said.


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On this two-hour Special Edition of Political Rewind, we were live from Tyler Perry Studios on the day of the Democratic Presidential Debate with an all-star panel of guests discussing what to expect from the candidates in tonight's debate. 

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Ahead of Wednesday night's Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta, political figures are weighing in on the national focus of Georgia's politics.

The event will bring 10 candidates on stage to tout their proposals for how they would govern as the nation's chief executive.

In a familiar line of attack against Democratic primary candidates, Republican Sen. David Perdue anticipates the two-hour debate will display far left ideas that he believes do not align with the desires of Georgia voters. 


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