Robert Jimison

Political Rewind producer

Robert Jimison is a producer covering regional and national topics. He works on GPB's "Political Rewind."

A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Robert graduated with a political science degree from Georgia State University. Following graduation, he began working for CNN covering topics ranging from health and sports to politics and global issues.

Former first lady Michelle Obama makes a surprise visit to Spelman College in Atlanta on Saturday, May 11.
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Former first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Spelman College ahead of a book tour event in Atlanta for her autobiography, "Becoming."

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The House has passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases. Democrats controlling the chamber are trying to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico.

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Michael Owens, past chairman of the Cobb County Democrats and cyber security expert, announced his bid for U.S. House of Representatives Monday morning. Owens will be challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. David Scott. 

In his announcement, Owens said, "The next member of Congress for Georgia's 13th must be a progressive leader that will advocate for bold policies that will better the lives every American." 

Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty Kemp greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump as they arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to attend the "Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit," Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Speaking at the National Rx Drug and Heroin Abuse Summit in Atlanta, President Donald Trump told attendees that his support for faith-based initiatives was critical for the effort to combat the opioid crisis. 


U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican who represents Georgia’s 1st Congressional District spoke at the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta.
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U.S. Congressman Earl "Buddy" Carter represents a large part of Georgia's coast. Some of the counties in his district are among the hardest hit in the state by the opioid crisis. Carter is also the only pharmacist currently serving in Congress. 


Kemp Signs Multiple Sex Trafficking Bills

Apr 18, 2019
Gov. Brian Kemp poses with a red X on his hand to raise awareness for the "End It Movement" aimed at combating sex trafficking.
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Gov. Brian Kemp signed three bills into law this Thursday morning aimed at curbing human trafficking and safeguarding victims in the state.

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson during an appearance on Political Rewind.
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Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has announced she is taking the first steps toward running for the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican David Perdue in the 2020 U.S. Senate Race. 

Friday morning Tomlinson shared the news of her exploratory committee and said "together, we can take the roadmap to the Senate majority through Georgia and have a government that works for ALL Georgians and ALL Americans."

Tomlinson will be a panelist on Friday's "Political Rewind with Bill Nigut" at 2 p.m.

State officials say more than 100,000 service members from Georgia were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2012. Nationally, about 20 percent of veterans coming back from those conflicts have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injuries. Alchemy Sky Foundation is an Atlanta organization that helps people heal through music. It recently worked with a group of metro Atlanta veterans to create a song called "Adjust Fire." 


Sen. Johnny Isakson responded during an appearance on GPB’s Political Rewind to President Donald Trump's recent attack of the late Sen. John McCain.

Isakson called the president’s remarks “deplorable.”


Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during an interview at the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta.
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Just over a month after President Donald Trump shared his goal to eliminate HIV in the next decade, his health secretary is out touting details of how the administration hopes to end transmission and prevent new diagnoses by 2030. 


Atlanta United forwards Josef Martinez and Hector "Tito" Villabla try to get past Monterrey defenders during an Atlanta corner kick.
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Atlanta United may have pulled off a victory Wednesday night, but it was not enough to carry the team into the next round of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament. 

State Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, asks questions during a committe hearing at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.
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If passed, a law proposed this week in Georgia’s house of representatives would make the state the most restrictive when it comes to abortion regulations.

Republican lawmaker Ed Setzler filed HB 481 titled the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act” or the Life Act. The legislation would require “physicians performing abortions to determine the existence of a human heartbeat before performing an abortion.”

Brian Kemp, center, walks with President Donald Trump, right, and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga) as Trump arrives for a rally in Macon.
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U.S. Sen. David Perdue told members of the Georgia House of Representatives that he expects a disaster relief package to help victims devastated by Hurricane Michael to be signed by the president this week.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks at the Ankeny Area Democrats' Winter Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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This weekend, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) became the latest presidential hopeful to visit the state in an effort to claim endorsements from top Democrats.

Klobuchar met privately with former President Jimmy Carter at his home in Plains on Friday. Following their lunch, she shared an image with the former president and first lady. "Got some good advice and helpful to hear about their grassroots presidential campaign (when no one thought they could win but they did!)"

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The Super Soaker toy gun was on the top of nearly every kid's wish list in the '90s, and it made summer heat a literal blast. The game-changing toy has racked up more than $1-billion in sales. It was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2015. 

The man who invented the Super Soaker is Lonnie Johnson. While the toy water gun may be Johnson's most widely known invention among consumers, he has made contributions to the world of nuclear and mechanical engineering far beyond pump action toy. 


Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at an organizing event Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Lawrenceville, GA.
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With more than 600 days until the 2020 presidential elections, and still no date set for Georgian’s to vote in the presidential primary, the state has already seen its first campaign stop.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) held a rally in Gwinnett County Saturday laying out her plan in front of roughly 1,100 supporters.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Capitol Hill.
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Most politicians hope to avoid satirical publications and media attention that is meant to poke fun at them, but Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has taken a different approach.

The Trump Cabinet Member was featured in an article from "The Onion" that mocks Perdue and the government shutdown.

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Former Democratic nominee for governor Stacey Abrams will deliver remarks on behalf of Democrats following President Donald J. Trump's State of the Union address on Feb. 5.

Senate minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, and a representative from Abrams' camp confirmed with GPB News.

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Atlanta business leaders gathered at the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday morning ahead of Super Bowl LIII. 


sesame street big bird filming behind the scenes
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Since the 1960s, the crew at "Sesame Street" has helped generations of kids learn their numbers and ABC's. They also have explored tougher topics, introducing children to realities that may be hard to understand or discuss.

Writers and creators on "Sesame Street" have worked over the past few years to weave in stories of parental incarceration, autism and food insecurity. This year, the show debuted a story about homelessness through the character of Lily.

 


Left: Jackie Speier in Feb. 1979 after she survived being shot 5 times and left for dead on the tarmac in Guyana. Right: Jackie Speier smiles after voting in a special election in 2008.
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Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative from California (D-14), was 28 years old when she accompanied her boss, California Congressman Leo Ryan, on a fact-finding mission to Guyana. 


With 33,000 employees statewide, Delta is Georgia’s No. 1 private employer, directly responsible for $43.5 billion in economic impact a year.
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Location can be instrumental to the success of a business, and for companies looking to expand or make a big move choosing the right state to can have a large impact on their profitability. 


Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp gives a thumbs-up to supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Athens, Ga.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, after nearly two weeks of uncertainty, Georgia has a new Governor. We'll discuss how both candidates will move forward to help the state heal from a fractious election.


Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) is arrested by capitol police during a protest over election ballot counts in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it’s been another tumultuous week in Georgia politics.


People hold signs as they protest the election in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, more court cases and the counting goes on as Georgian's wait for a clear winner in the governor's race.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal judge delays the certification of ballots until the end of the week. Our panel takes a look at what factors led to this decision and the impact if could have of the race for governor and tight congressional contests.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, as the election certification deadline looms both campaigns continue feuding six days after the polls closed. Democrats say they still have a shot at winning the governor’s mansion and the 7th District Congressional seat.


Left Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party. Right, Brian Kemp speaks to supporters Wednesday.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp proclaims victory in the governor’s race, but Stacey Abrams is insisting missing ballots make his claim premature. Our panel weighs in on what to make of the dueling scenarios.


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UPDATED Nov. 8: A runoff for secretary of state has been called for Dec. 4.

ORIGINAL STORY: In the race to replace Brian Kemp as secretary of state, no candidate received enough votes to declare victory. As final votes continue to be counted, Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow appear to be headed for a runoff. 

With 99 percent of precincts reporting results Raffensperger, a state representative, leads Barrow by just over 28,000 votes. The lead is not enough, however, to put Raffensperger over the top.

On this edition of Political Rewind, our panel breaks down the available numbers from the latest election results.


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