Political Rewind

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The political game in Georgia is more dynamic than ever. From local elected officials to state and federal government, we're facing complicated issues. On "Political Rewind" we take the time to break down these issues, speaking directly to the decision makers in a respectful and civil manner. We not only get you caught up on what has happened in this fast-changing political world, we look ahead so that you will know what to expect. Tune in on GPB or watch via Facebook Live every Monday through Friday.

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, statewide elections in Wisconsin last night provide an interesting case study of elections under lockdown. How did the public health crisis surrounding COVID-19 impact elections there, and what can that tell us about Georgia’s upcoming elections just a month away? 

Our panel of political analysts looked at turnout numbers and the record number of issued absentee ballots in that state.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, we sat down with religious leaders to discuss tradition and community in a time of social distancing. How will services for upcoming religious holidays operate, and what kind of themes from the holy days are relevant to our current moment?

And, what are the challenges of organizing a faith community in a time of social distancing?


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Monday on Political Rewind, Fulton County Jail reported over a dozen COVID-19 cases in the span of a week, worrying public health officials and highlighting the risks faced by detention facilities across the state.

We were joined by Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson to discuss the unfolding situation and what steps his staff are taking to respond.


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Friday on Political Rewind, we were joined by senior researcher and professor of Emory University Dr. Carlos del Rio for an in-depth conversation on the unfolding stories surrounding coronavirus public health.

We discussed the use of masks by the public and the governor's recently announced shelter-in-place order.


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Thursday on Political Rewind, we are joined by the chief executive officer of Grady Health System John Haupert to discuss the response and preparedness for the coronavirus in Georgia.

Several models show a surge of virus patients in mid-April, do hospitals statewide have the resources to respond?


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Elected officials at the county and municipal levels are struggling to find ways to respond to an unfolding public health crisis. Where many other states have issued statewide lockdowns, Gov. Brian Kemp has made it clear he wants to allow local leaders to make decisions on this kind of policy for themselves.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the U.S. 2020 Census represents a huge undertaking with significant consequences for funding and democratic representation across the country.

And now, the Census faces additional challenges from an ongoing worldwide public health crisis. We discussed the latest on the census with our panel.


Monday on Political Rewind, we’re joined by Mayor Bo Dorough of Albany, to discuss the ongoing public health crisis from the perspective of his town in Dougherty county.

Over the weekend, reports showed Albany had the fourth-highest rate of infection per capita among cities in the world. Hospital officials there said Sunday they received 125 positive coronavirus test results in just 24 hours.


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State House  Speaker David Ralston joined our panel to discuss the latest news surrounding coronavirus in Georgia, including his recent request to postpone the May 19 primary elections in order to avoid potential disruption of voting Friday on Political Rewind.

We spoke about how the shutdown of many businesses and a steep decline in revenues could impact the state budget.


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Thursday on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is preparing for a 8 p.m. live televised town hall meeting on the coronavirus that will be carried by TV and radio stations across the state.

Among other things, the governor is expected to address an extension of his order closing Georgia schools and colleges. And, the surge of COVID-19 cases in Albany continues to test that community’s resources.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, in a move to encourage voting by mail in the May 19 primary, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Tuesday that all active registered voters in Georgia will receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, around 5% of Georgia voters opted to vote by mail In the 2016 and 2018 November elections.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp ordered bars and nightclubs to close and restricted gatherings of more than 10 people in his latest effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia. However, he rejected calls to shutter restaurants or to issue a shelter in place order for the state.

And, our panel discussed how the state’s budget and economy being shaped by this public health emergency. 


John Bazemore / AP

A look at the latest news on coronavirus in Georgia this Monday on Political Rewind.

We have entered a crucial time where immediate action is needed in order to halt the worst potential scenarios from COVID-19 crisis, top public health researchers say.


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Friday on Political Rewind, a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Georgia as COVID-19 spreads to hotspots outside metro Atlanta. News out of Albany in southwest Georgia is particularly worrying as cases grow there.

Are there enough health care resources in rural areas to keep people safe?


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Thursday on Political Rewind, we’re joined by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. We discussed his decision to postpone the presidential preference primary by two months, and whether he thinks concerns over coronavirus might mandate other changes.


Donna Lowry / GPB News

Wednesday on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a mid-year budget funding the state through June that includes $100 million earmarked for fighting the coronavirus.

An additional $5 million is to go to support for rural hospitals as they contend with the disease.


Donna Lowry / GPB News

We were joined by Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner, on Political Rewind Tuesday at the beginning of our show. We discussed Georgia's coronavirus response so far.

In one of his first acts since being granted new emergency powers by the General Assembly, Gov. Brian Kemp ordered all public schools in Georgia to shut down for the remainder of March. Before his order Monday, state universities had announced all instruction for the remainder of the current semester would be conducted online.


Donna Lowry / GPB News

Monday on Political Rewind, it is the beginning of a weird week for Georgia, the rest of the country and the rest of the world. People everywhere are trying to adapt to this new public health crisis caused by the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2.

Our show this week will be a bit different than usual. In order to best protect our guests and our staff, host Bill Nigut and our guests will be calling into the show.


Students on Georgia Tech's campus
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Friday on Political Rewind, COVID-19 continues to impact educational facilities, governance and large events.

Gov. Brian Kemp said school districts across the states are able to make their own decisions about closing in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and most metro area school districts announced closings effective Monday, March 16.


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On Thursday afternoon's Special Edition of Political Rewind, we spoke about the governor's response to coronavirus in Georgia. How is the state responding and what do state legislature think of the measures taken so far?

How will this impact the legislature on this busy crossover day? We'll have our Lawmaker's team live on the show. 


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Thursday morning on Political Rewind, President Trump’s 30-day travel ban is predicted to hit Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is the state’s largest employer.

And, Crossover Day sees legislation sent from its original chamber to the opposite side of the General Assembly. This an annual process that ranges in dates of March.


Matt Rourke / AP

Wednesday on Political Rewind, former Vice President Joe Biden took a commanding lead in the race to the White House after a string of victories last night in key primary states, including Michigan.

The Democratic front-runner has picked up a new wave of endorsements from Georgia elected officials including former Gov. Roy Barnes and ex-U.S. Rep. Buddy Darden. They join early endorsements for Biden from other prominent state Democrats Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop.

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, there are primary elections in six states today, including Michigan where Sen. Bernie Sander’s campaign has rallied to try to stop former Vice President Joe Biden’s momentum.

If Biden wins big there and sweeps most of the delegates in the other states, what impact will that have on the importance of Georgia’s March 24 primary?


Sakchai Lalit / AP

Monday on Political Rewind, Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta will soon take in more than 30 Georgians who have been quarantined on a cruise ship off the coast of California.

The passengers will be tested for the virus and kept in quarantine at Dobbins for at least 14 days.


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Today on Political Rewind, a busy week in national politics will impact how the candidates for president campaign in Georgia as the March 24 primary approaches.


Sam Bermas-Dawes / GPB News

Thursday on Political Rewind, we were joined by former mayor of Atlanta and long-time civil rights activist Andrew Young.

As a pastor in Georgia, Young became involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. He later served as a Georgia delegate to the House of Representatives, and then as ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter.


Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Wednesday on Political Rewind, Georgia political leaders who made early endorsements of former Vice President Joe Biden are celebrating this morning. Biden, who was declared all but dead after poor showings in early states, jumped into a front-runner position with stunning victories in Super Tuesday voting.

With votes still being counted in several states, Biden has overcome the gap in delegates that had separated him from Sen. Bernie Sanders.


Sakchai Lalit / AP

Tuesday on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp joined us at the beginning of our show to discuss the latest updates on the coronavirus in Georgia.

Afterward, the Democratic presidential primary stretches across the country today, as voters in 14 states participate in Super Tuesday.

On the eve of the voting, Joe Biden received a boost from three former opponents. Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke officially announced their endorsements of Biden Monday night.


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Monday on Political Rewind, Georgians have their first chance to choose a candidate in the presidential race starting today.

Early voting for the March 24 presidential primary has begun across the state. Registered voters can find their early polling locations through the Secretary of State's website.

The vote opens just as former Vice President Joe Biden – the consistent leader in polls in Georgia – sees a revival of his hopes for the nomination after a landslide victory in South Carolina.


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Friday on Political Rewind, our panel was live from the annual Georgia Bar, Media & Judiciary Conference at the State Bar of Georgia in downtown Atlanta. The conference brings together Georgia lawyers, judges and journalists for discussions centered on law and the courts.

Our panel discussed the intesifying political feud between Congressman Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins over Johnny Isakson’s former Senate seat. And DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, a member of today's panel, explained why he recently decided not to run for the position. 


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