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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Thursday on Political Rewind, the Georgia House voted yesterday on a midyear budget differing significantly from the proposal submitted by Gov. Brian Kemp.

The altered budget, passed by a 126-to-46 vote, maintains funding for services that state representatives deemed too important to cut, including funds for food inspectors in the Department of Agriculture, accountability courts and mental health services.

What do we see happening next in this budget battle?


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, legislators in the Georgia House are set to vote on a mid-year budget rejecting many previously proposed cuts to health services, accountability courts and more.

What could this mean for the relationship between the governor and legislative leaders? 


John Amis / AP

Tuesday on Political Rewind, the legislature is back in session after a week-long break. They have been studying deep cuts Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed to the mid-year budget.

Republican House leaders want to restore funds for what they say are essential services, including state food safety inspectors.


Monday on Political Rewind, new figures reveal how much Georgia donors are contributing to Democratic presidential campaigns, and the numbers show former Mayor Pete Buttigieg out front with $800,000 and Joe Biden following close behind.

While in 5th place, Sen. Amy Klobuchar nonetheless gained a big boost in donations in the last quarter of 2019. Those final three months of the year saw her receive roughly triple the donations than in the previous three months.


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Friday on Political Rewind, what is the role of Georgia in election year politics? National attention turns to the Peach State in 2020.

Earlier this week, Lucy McBath announced her support for Bloomberg. The endorsements come as the former New York City mayor tries to recover from the leaked remarks he made in a 2015 speech defending the “stop and frisk” policing policy.


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Thursday on Political Rewind, Lucy McBath’s endorsement of Michael Bloomberg has come at a crucial time for the Democratic presidential candidate as controversial unfolds over past remarks.

The former mayor of New York City is under increased scrutiny after a leaked tape exposed Bloomberg talking in 2015 about minorities in harsh terms as he defended the controversial “stop and frisk” policing program.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, breaking down the results from the New Hampshire primary.  Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders has won a narrow victory over Pete Buttigieg, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar surged into a third place.

Our panel of experts will look at how the candidates spun the results and discuss the arguments each will likely make moving forward to Nevada and South Carolina.

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, it is a crowded field in the race for the Senate seat held now held by Gov. Brian Kemp appointee Sen. Kelly Loeffler. A feisty battle between Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins is sparking division between GOP leaders.

Our panel discussed the latest developments in that race.


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Monday on Political Rewind, formal meetings in the legislature were put on hold last week as agency heads and legislative leaders discussed Gov. Brian Kemp's proposed budget cuts. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ariel Hart discussed the impacts on Georgia health issues.

And, in other health news, the federal government is signaling it is likely to approve the governor's waiver designed to lower insurance premiums through government subsidies. The proposal would assist insurance companies in paying for medical bills for Georgians with insurance plans from the Affordable Care Act's exchanges. 


Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Friday on Political Rewind, President Donald Trump hinted that he is looking for a compromise to end the showdown between U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins. The two Georgia Republicans are running for the same U.S. Senate seat.

Trump did not make it clear he will step into the contest or how he thinks he could resolve the head-to-head battle.


John Amis / AP

Thursday on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp has offered a sharp rebuke to lawmakers who have called a halt to the legislative session to try and resolve an escalating budget fight. Without using his name, Kemp attacked Speaker David Ralston, who called for the seven-day suspension of the session.


J. Scott Applewhite / AP

On Wednesday's Political Rewind, we discuss the impending U.S. Senate vote on the impeachment of President Trump. Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are set to cast votes to acquit. It is likely they will join all their Republican colleagues in rejecting the two articles of impeachment.

The state’s congressional delegation, as expected, split along party lines in their response to the president’s State of the Union address.  Meanwhile, the event itself seemed, as one of our guests put it, a combination of a raucus session of Britain's Parliament and a Trump campaign rally.


Precinct captain Carl Voss of Des Moines displays the Iowa Democratic Party caucus reporting app on his phone outside of the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's our second live show of the day as we await the results of Monday night's Iowa caucuses.  At least some results are expected later in the day, but will we learn the winner?  A big question for all candidates: how much will the delay impact fundraising and their performance in New Hampshire?


Andrew Harnik / AP

On this morning's edition of Political Rewind, Democratic candidates for president are campaigning in New Hampshire this morning even as they await the delayed results of the Iowa caucuses.

Confusion in reporting from precincts across the Hawk Eye state left the Democratic field without a clear front runner and without winnowing the field.

The turmoil in Iowa could potentially make Georgia’s late March primary even more important in picking a Democratic nominee.


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Monday on Political Rewind, new fundraising totals for Georgia candidates for the U.S. Senate show Republicans incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have wide financial advantages over all Democratic challengers. Loeffler is making good on her promise to open her own checkbook for her race. She has already put $5 million into her campaign account.

But in the two hotly contested metro Atlanta races for the House, it is Democrats who have built big cash advantages.


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On Friday's Political Rewind, House Speaker David Ralston has ended speculation that the legislature could pass a bill forcing primary elections for both Georgia U.S. Senate seats this year. The proposed measure appeared to be designed to offer GOP Senate candidate Doug Collins a leg up in his battle with Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

It could have put legislators on a collision course with Gov. Brian Kemp, who favors an election that puts candidates of both parties on a special election ballot in November.


David Goldman / AP

Thursday on Political Rewind, Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, announced he is a candidate for Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s U.S. Senate seat.

Georgia Democrats have urged Warnock to enter the race because they see him as a unifying candidate the party can rally around.


J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Wednesday on Political Rewind, Congressman Doug Collins has now made it official. The Gainesville-native announced earlier today he is running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

He downplayed expectations that a battle between him and Sen. Loeffler will create a deep rift in the Georgia Republican party. 


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Monday on Political Rewind, we took an in-depth look at sports betting from two of the leading advocates for a law enabling betting in Georgia; the CEOs of two of Atlanta's major sports organizations.

What are the opportunities and risks for Georgia associated with the legalization of some specific forms of sports betting?


Monday on Political Rewind, there is one less contender in the Democratic race for David Perdue’s seat in the U.S. Senate. Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry has announced he will quit that race and run instead for a seat on the DeKalb County commission.

Several key rural legislators are pushing back against Gov. Brian Kemp’s demands for deep cuts in the state budget. House Appropriations Chairman Terry England said he fears the cuts will hurt efforts to improve health care in rural areas of the state.

Kemp has told lawmakers his cuts are necessary to protect the state against an economic downturn.


Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Friday on Political Rewind, Democratic impeachment managers will wrap up their opening arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump. The president’s defense team is expected to begin making their case Saturday.

And here in Georgia, a fight is brewing under the state Capitol’s gold dome over proposed cuts in the mental health services budget. Some Georgia officials argue that reduced funding will increase suicides and substance abuse problems. The governor’s office says their analysis calls those dire predictions wrong.


John Amis / AP

On Thursday's Political Rewind, we waded into impeachment news to check on how Georgians may be reacting to the ongoing trial of President Donald Trump. Georgia’s attorney general added his name to a letter from the top prosecutors in 21 other states who are calling impeachment an unconstitutional partisan effort.

In news surrounding the presidential race, Sen. Bernie Sanders is showing gains in national polling and in key Democratic primary states. Our panel analyzed his surge.


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On Wednesday's Political Rewind, Georgias' Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler joined all of the GOP members of the Senate to vote down a series of Democratic amendments that would allow witnesses and documentary evidence into the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.


J. Scott Applewhite / AP

On Tuesday's Political Rewind, the impeachment trial of President Trump begins and Georgia congressional delegates play key roles.

New polling from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and CNN checks on Georgia and national opinions on a range of issues, including impeachment.


Atlanta History Center

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we bring you a special episode of Political Rewind.

Atlanta History Center curator Dr. Calinda Lee and Georgia State University professor of African American Studies Dr. Maurice Hobson joined our panel to discuss modern misconceptions of Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era. 

Much of our conversation revolved around a new exhibit at the The Atlanta History Center, "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow," which runs until June 30 and features local artifacts and history from the decades following the Civil War.


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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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