2020 Election

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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. 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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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.


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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?


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The Georgia Secretary of State’s office is joining a national coalition of media companies, nonprofits, governments and other groups to encourage people to participate in early voting before the Nov. 3, 2020, election.

The “Vote Early Day” is set for Saturday, Oct. 24, a time when most voters will still be able to request an absentee ballot or use in-person early voting options.

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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.


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Andrew Young, the civil rights-era leader, former mayor of Atlanta and President Jimmy Carter’s ambassador to the United Nations, endorsed Democratic candidate Joe Biden for president Thursday, March 5.

On Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Political Rewind with Bill Nigut, Young said Biden was a friend of his and someone who could bring the Democratic electorate together.

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It’s qualifying week at the Georgia State Capitol, which means hundreds of candidates will submit paperwork to run for all 236 state legislative seats, Georgia’s 14 U.S. House seats and both U.S. Senate seats.


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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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Sen. Kelly Loeffler is probably the least-known, highest profile politician in Georgia right now.

The financial services executive and Republican donor was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to fill the seat opened up by Sen. Johnny Isakson’s retirement at the end of 2019.

A political newcomer, she has quickly jumped into life in Washington and on the road stumping for votes in Georgia.

On Friday morning, Loefller called GPB News to discuss her transition, how she plans to convince Georgians to vote for her and why she wanted to run for elected office.

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A new proposal filed in the Georgia state Senate Friday aims to cut down on long lines at the polls.

SB 463 would require county elections officials to add more equipment, more poll workers or split up a precinct if voters in precincts with more than 2,000 registered voters wait longer than an hour to check in.

The bill would require wait times be measured during three different points of Election Day – morning, midday and in the evening before polls close.

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the Democratic National Committee announced it has added Georgia to a list of targeted battleground states the party will look to claim in this year’s elections.

Next door, South Carolina saw presidential primary debate in Charleston. It was a fierce, messy affair among Democratic candidates, who often spoke over one another as they jostled for position in the lead-up to Saturday’s crucial primary in that state.


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More than 7.2 million Georgians are eligible to cast their ballot in the state’s presidential preference primary next month, as state officials prepare for both a record turnout and the rollout of a new statewide voting system.

According to data from the secretary of state’s office, there are more than 6.9 million active voters in Georgia and about 369,000 inactive voters, with even more registrations filed by the Feb. 24 deadline being processed in the coming days.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, we looked into current legislative efforts in the General Assembly. Several bills in the state legislature this month focus on access to higher education for immigrants who have been granted a temporary reprieve from deportation — specifically those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. 

One of those bills is backed by Democrats lawmakers including House Minority Leader Robert Trammell, while another is supported by a small bipartisan group of legislators.


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U.S. Rep. Doug Collins joined Georgia Public Broadcasting's Bill Nigut last week to discuss the Gainesville native’s candidacy for Senate and his close relationship with President Donald Trump.

In an increasingly sour race against Gov. Brian Kemp-appointee Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Collins said he is running as a different kind of conservative who can appeal to a wider field of potential voters.

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Monday on Political Rewind, the Democratic race for president is now playing out on Georgia’s northeast border. Democrats in South Carolina go to the polls next Saturday in a state the former Vice President Joe Biden has long called his firewall.

But Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has momentum after a series of victories, is rapidly closing on Biden in recent polling.


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