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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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Georgia 2017 Legislative Session Preview

Jan 9, 2017

Today on “Political Rewind,” we preview the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly. As the lawmakers gavel in for the first of 40 days, we look at some new polling from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It suggests that the majority of Georgia voters oppose renewed efforts to pass religious liberty and campus carry bills, but their support for Medicaid expansion is strong, even among GOP respondents. Other topics include an update on the Trump transition, and the latest round in the culture wars as award-winning actress Meryl Streep turns an acceptance speech at the Golden Globes into a shot across the bow at the incoming U.S. President.   

Today on "Political Rewind," the 115th Congress convened in Washington, and tense feelings of unease loom over Capitol Hill for both Democrats and Republicans. House Republicans kicked off the year by holding a closed vote to gut the independent ethics office. After much confusion, chaos, and a tweet from Donald Trump criticizing the move, the decision has been reversed. We ask our political insiders in Washington, D.C. and locally what indications this vote, followed by its immediate chaos and reversal vote, mean to voters.

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Today on "Political Rewind," we review the biggest political events of 2016. The past 12 months saw a large field for the GOP primary producing the next president, two Democratic heavy-weights campaign across the country, and a general election that will be talked about for years to come. Our panel of political insiders tackle the most talked about issues ranging from religious conflicts both domestic and international to the biggest moments of the campaign season.

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Today on "Political Rewind," the national fight against gerrymandering has once again found its way into the Georgia Legislature. Two state senators argue that Georgia, one of the most Republican state legislatures in the country, allows Republicans to create unfair maps in their favor. State Sen. Elena Parent (D) and State Rep. Pat Gardner (D) are seeking to create a nonpartisan commission to redraw legislative and congressional districts in Georgia.  

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Today on "Political Rewind," Georgia Congressmen Tom Price, who has been nominated to be the Secretary of HHS, is the focus of a petition signed by 5,500 healthcare providers in response to the American Medical Association’s endorsement of Price. The Roswell physician, who was not expected to face a struggle during the confirmation process, may have more to worry about than the incoming administration anticipated.

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Today on "Political Rewind," in a few short weeks state lawmakers will convene under the gold dome for the 2017 legislative session. Topics are sure to include the ongoing debate over healthcare and a reprise of the religious liberty fight that characterized the 2016 session. What tactics will the minority party employ to push their legislative agenda?

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On today's “Political Rewind,” we talk to Michael Cowens, the Cobb County Democratic Paty's newest chair. After a discussion about Cobb County's potential color shift—are we seeing purple?— we delve into Democratic contenders to fill Tom Price's 6th district seat.

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On today’s edition of “Political Rewind,” AJC political reporter Greg Bluestein joins us from Athens, where legislators are holding a pre-session conference to discuss the big issues likely to play out in the upcoming session of the General Assembly. Will "campus carry" make a comeback after the governor’s veto last year? What about the controversial religious liberty measure which he also vetoed? And what about casino gambling – does it have a chance to pass in the upcoming session?

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On this edition of "Political Rewind," AJC political writer Jim Galloway and host Bill Nigut welcome Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston to the studio to get Ralston’s take on the upcoming session of the general assembly.

As a valued GPB listener, we want you to know about some upcoming changes to our program schedule.  Beginning in January 2017 listeners of GPB radio stations outside of Atlanta and Athens will regularly hear On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Here & Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, Nightcap with GPB’s Sarah Zaslaw, and Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio (see program descriptions below). GPB will also expand Political Rewind to three days a week.

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Today on "Political Rewind," Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price has been one of the biggest critics of the Affordable Care Act and has lead the charge to repeal and replace Obamacare. A physician turned politician, Price says he is open to compromise in his new role. If Price is confirmed, many are wondering what the fate will be for Medicaid and Medicare under the Trump administration. 

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We have an intriguing interview with best-selling author and historian Joseph Ellis, whose latest book “The Quartet” has just been released in paperback.

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Today on "Political Rewind," women were granted the right to vote nearly 100 years ago, but until recently there has not been a strong female presence in the political arena. Women aren't the only underrepresented groups in the government, racial and religious minorities have also struggled to gain traction. 

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Today on "Political Rewind," President-elect Donald J. Trump's team has wasted no time in announcing the people they want to fill key roles in his administration. With meetings underway at Trump Tower and the Trump Golf Courses our panel goes through the list of potential future administrative members. What do these picks tell us about the tone and direction of the future Trump Administration?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the election of Donald Trump came as a surprise to many, including analysts, journalists, and television anchors alike. Collectively known as "the media," those on the left and right both got it wrong. Is there a difference between bad coverage and not getting it right? With the election behind us and a new president-elect preparing to take office, how will those in the business of producing political news move forward?

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President-elect Donald Trump and President Obama met for the first time face to face. How did the meeting go and how did the meeting aid in continuing the tradition of a peaceful transfer of power despite the fierce rivalry the two have had? We look back at other noteworthy executive transfers and compare them to what we expect over the coming months.

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Today on "Political Rewind," the race to the White House concluded early Wednesday morning with a President-Elect Donald Trump. The billionaire businessman defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against the predictions of many experts. Our panel discusses the question remaining, what kind of president will Trump be?

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Today on "Political Rewind," the closing arguments are being made as candidates and their surrogates wind down their last minute push toward the White House. We bring you the most up-to-date information from the trail and the latest reports filed from across the country and here in Georgia. 

Dissatisfied Georgia Voters Skip Top Of The Ticket

Nov 7, 2016
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As election season winds down, two Georgia voters say they will not be voting for president on November 8. Retired US Army Colonel Robert Roth from Columbus, Georgia is a veteran of three combat tours, registered Republican, and father of four. Emory student Arhum Qazi from Macon, Georgia is the son of Muslim immigrant parents. Both have said they do not have plans to vote for either Trump or Clinton but do plan to vote in down-ballot races. 

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Today on "Political Rewind," entering the final days of the presidential election candidates continue to ramp up their travel schedules and pull out all the stops. The past seven days have provided a steady flow of leaks following FBI director James Comey's letter to Congress indicating further interest in Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Our panel of political insiders and strategy experts analyze the effects this announcement has had on the campaign and how it has shifted strategies heading to Election Day.

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Today on "Political Rewind," we look at the challenges that await the next president and keeper of the nuclear codes. Tensions in the Middle East and Russia continue to rise as historical deals and relationships continue to deteriorate. Our panel discusses the current nuclear climate and the policy-making decisions that the next president faces.

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Today on a special edition of "Political Rewind," our panel of political insiders uncover the latest after a letter sent to Congress from Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey informed lawmakers that the bureau is once again looking into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. In the 3-paragraph letter Comey announced the FBI had recently obtained materials that could be related to the previous investigation into Clinton's handling of classified material. 




Today on "Political Rewind," we head to the campus of Georgia State University to hear from college voters. In an election where voter turnout can have serious implications, we try to uncover the source behind the uncommitted feelings of the millennial vote. How are students, many first time voters, planning to cast their ballot on November 8?

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Today on "Political Rewind" we discuss Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's public forum in East Point on Tuesday to answer questions about Amendment 1’s proposal to create the Opportunity School District. The governor continues to lead the charge on the statewide proposal that would allow an appointed state agency to intervene in failing schools.

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Today on "Political Rewind," our panel of political insiders reviews the numbers of the latest AJC poll. Trust remains a major issue for Clinton and fitness for the presidency is hurting Trump's polling numbers. 

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Today on "Political Rewind," Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp joins our panelists to discuss voting in Georgia and whether or not Hurricane Matthew affected registration in the counties hardest hit. Kemp's office is currently involved in a lawsuit with the ACLU of Georgia over extending the voter registration deadline after offices closed during the storm. Our panel discusses voter turnout, early voting, and polls as we enter the final few weeks of this year's elections season.

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Today on "Political Rewind," Democratic candidate for United States Senate Jim Barksdale sits down to discuss the latest in national and state politics. As the challenger to incumbent Johnny Isakson, Barksdale discusses his race strategy and campaign operations.

On this edition of “Political Rewind” we present our second voter forum. We selected seven Georgians who say they will definitely vote on November 8 and invited them to join us to discuss what is driving their choices for president and other races this year.

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Today on "Political Rewind," Hurricane Matthew reminds us of the importance of government coordination and the leadership roles of our elected leaders. Even in the middle of a hurricane, politics has maintained a presence as one campaign begins to run campaign ads on the weather channel.

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Today on "Political Rewind," our panel of political insiders discuss the recent happenings in state and national politics.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens is in the process of interviewing for a new job as Kennesaw State University president. In the past, Olens had expressed aspirations to become governor. Our guests offer their views on how the worlds of education and politics have collided in this unusual situation.