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 four days a week 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, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Today on Political Rewind, it is debate week in Georgia. Democratic candidates for president and other party leaders are already arriving in Atlanta to promote their key issues and energize voters for the 2020 election cycle. We will look at how the days leading up to the debate are unfolding.

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The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moved into a new phase last week as the House Intelligence Committee held its first open hearings.

As the witnesses were sworn-in that morning, the president’s supporters in Georgia’s Congressional delegation had already begun to voice their opposition to the inquiry.

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Today on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp sets Monday as the deadline to apply for Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat. More than 500 people have offered themselves for the job, including some prominent GOP leaders and well-known Georgians. We ask our panel if they expect more big names to come forward in the final days of the process.


A new poll of registered voters in Georgia suggests President Donald Trump has challenges ahead as he works to win the state in 2020. The results give us a snapshot of which Democratic candidates might be most successful in beating the president in Georgia. Our panel looks at the data.


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) drops back to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, if you are wagering that sports betting may soon be legal in Georgia, your odds of being correct have just gotten better.

The Atlanta Hawks, the Braves, Atlanta United and the Falcons have joined forces to push the legislature to make it legal. Our panel weighs in on how the battle is likely to unfold in the upcoming session.

 


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As the country honors its military veterans today, we’ll look at the problems that continue to plague the veterans’ hospital here in Atlanta and at the efforts of Sen. Johnny Isakson to turn around a dysfunctional health care delivery system for veterans across the country.


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Today on Political Rewind, Democratic Party of Georgia Chair, state Sen. Nikema Williams, joins our panel to discuss how Democrats plan to use Atlanta’s presidential debate in their efforts to turn the Peach State purple.


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Today on Political Rewind, we sit down for an exclusive interview with Georgia’s Speaker of the House David Ralston. Our conversation’s timing could not be better.

 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgians will get a chance to weigh in on Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care waivers. Kemp’s proposals would give more authority to the state for health insurance powers that are now held by the federal government. Where do Georgians stand on the state government’s role in health care coverage?

 


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Today on Political Rewind, President Donald Trump is rewarding Sen. David Perdue for his loyalty by making Perdue the first beneficiary of a new Trump-backed fundraising group.


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Today on Political Rewind, the deep partisan divide among Georgia congressmen is apparent as the U.S. House votes to launch a formal impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump. How will the weeks ahead play into 2020 elections here and across the nation?


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Today on Political Rewind, the secretary of state has announced plans to strike more than 300,000 Georgians from the voter rolls. Similar to the 2018 election, voting rights groups are calling the move an attempt to surpress votes, while the secretary of state’s office says it is an effort to ensure honest elections. Our panel looks at the arguments on both sides.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Democratic presidential candidates are dueling over a variety of proposals for improving delivery. We’ve heard them tout their various plans for Medicare for All or a public option to Obamacare, all while promoting “universal health care.”

What do these terms really mean and how would they be paid for? Our panel explores the health care debate’s terms and explains the proposals.

 


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Today on Political Rewind, Democrats play to their strengths while choosing a site for the upcoming Georgia presidential debate. They selected a stage near Atlanta, foregoing a chance to expand their base in the metro suburbs.

But does the location matter at all? We ask our panel.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, a giant of Georgia politics passed away yesterday. Leroy Johnson was Georgia’s first black state senator since Reconstruction and in 1963 he took the lead in desegregating facilities at the state Capitol. Our panel looks at his legacy.


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Today on Political Rewind, Georgia Democrats rally around their chances to win key races in 2020 at their annual dinner. In attendance: both declared and potential candidates for the two U.S. Senate seats on the ballot in Georgia.


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Today on Political Rewind, as Democrats set their sights on Georgia’s November presidential debate, new polling reveals a race in flux. In Iowa, nearly 1 in 3 of the state’s Democrats say they have no idea who they will support even as Pete Buttigieg gains ground against front-runners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.


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Today on Political Rewind, a Georgia law allowing companies to grow and sell medical marijuana has been in effect for six months. However, implementation has stalled because state leaders have failed to appoint a board tasked with awarding marijuana growing and selling contracts. Our panel will discuss the slowdown.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, state agencies risk cuts to personnel following Gov. Brian Kemp's order for 4% budget cuts now and 6% next fiscal year. The governor's press secretary, Cody Hall, is on our panel and we discuss those cuts.

 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, we look at the latest fundraising total for candidates in key 2020 Georgia races. Democratic candidates for Sen. David Perdue’s Senate seat are trailing behind him by wide margins. Our panel weighs in on how the money gap may dictate the strength of Democrats who want to beat Perdue.


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Today on Political Rewind, Republicans have called the impeachment investigation of President Trump a Democratic witch hunt. Two decades ago, Democrats attacked the impeachment of President Clinton with similar fury.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, a battle brews in Pickens County after the school superintendent issues a rule allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice, leaving some parents up in arms. Our panel weighs in on the controversy in north Georgia.

“Attitudes are changing, they are in flux," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway said. "And this is something that the wall may hold for a number of years, but eventually I think there’s going to be a breach.” 


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia Democrats praise national party leadership for choosing the state as the site for November's presidential debate. We will look at the strategies they might use to maximize their candidates’ impact in Georgia and how Republicans may respond.


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A couple days after Hurricane Michael struck, Georgia farmer Phillip Buckhalter went out to survey what remained of a neighbor’s cotton field in Early County near Jakin.

The morning before the major hurricane, Phillip and his son had helped picked as much cotton as they could for their neighbor in order to save as much of the crop as possible. As Buckhalter approached the fields in southwest Georgia, he saw the damage to the crop was severe.

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On this special edition of Political Rewind, how are farmers coping in the year since Hurricane Michael?


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Today on Political Rewind, our panel weighs in on former President Jimmy Carter's comments on the current impeachment inquiry in an interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell. What did one of the Peach State's favorite sons have to say about President Donald Trump?


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi visits Atlanta and tells reporters Georgia will not be neglected by national Democrats in 2020 races. She also defends her decision to launch the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump after months of hesitation.

The AJC’s Jim Galloway and GBP’s Robert Jimison were among the few journalists who had the opportunity to speak with her. 


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Today on Political Rewind, several intriguing candidates for Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat have emerged, including a prominent GOP figure's daughter and the son of a former Democratic candidate for vice president. Our panel looks at the latest developments in the Peach State's two U.S. Senate races.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff joins us live in studio as the latest guest in our series of conversations with David Perdue’s challengers. Will he be able to capitalize on the energy and campaign funds that animated his race for Congress two years ago or will the loss of the most expensive race in congressional history hold him back?

The White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, as House Democrats move aggressively in their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
J. Scott Applewhite

On this edition of Political Rewind, new polling shows voters support accelerating President’s Trump’s impeachment inquiry. What does Emory University’s Dr. Andra Gillespie have to take away from this and how is the impeachment investigation affecting Georgians right now? 


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