2020 Election

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Thursday on Political Rewind, as public health officials battle the ongoing public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we look back at previous efforts to contain outbreaks.

Join us for a conversation with former epidemiologist Bill Foege, where we discuss the central role the physician played in successfully tackling one of the most devastating viruses in history: smallpox.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, a discussion with On The Media host Brooke Gladstone and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's editor Kevin Riley about the responsibilities of journalism in today’s challenging environment.

How should journalists cover the hyperbolic statements, half-truths and bad-faith arguments that have become common place in our national discourse?


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, new data shows increasing rates of COVID-19 infection in Georgia and across the country. And new polling shows Americans are concerned about the leadership tasked with handling this public health crisis. 

How will public opinion continue to shift through the pandemic in the lead up to important federal and state elections in just a few month?

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Monday on Political Rewind, Confederate monuments across America have become a flash point during ongoing protests over police brutality and systemic racism.

Central to the issue is a disagreement about what monuments to the Confederacy represent: history or mythology?


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Today on Political Rewind, host Bill Nigut spoke with GPB News' Stephen Fowler, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tia Mitchell and Adam Van Brimmer of the Savannah Morning News.

The phrase ‘Sine Die’ will echo through the halls of the state Capitol soon as the legislature ends the 2020 session. It is the last chance for action on several pieces of legislation, including bills governing tax breaks and elections. 

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, rapid developments in legislation as state lawmakers work through the last week of the legislative session.

Among the stories from the state Capitol, Gov. Brian Kemp is proposing reduced budget cuts to education and hate crimes legislation is on the verge of becoming reality.

 

 


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the latest on Georgia hate-crimes legislation. After long discussions, could the state legislature finally enact law on this issue?

We took a look at the latest debate in the state Capitol with the ACLU's Andrea Young and our panel of political insiders.

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the latest news on an important week in Georgia politics. With state legislators back in action after a months-long hiatus, what kind of legislation will get attention at the Capitol?

With not much time left in the session, where is the legislature focused?


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the state legislature returned to session yesterday after a months-long pause because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With state legislators back in the Capitol, what kind of progress can be expected on a wide range of bills on the table, including legislation covering hate crime laws, the budget and police reform?


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Monday on Political Rewind, more pain last weekend as protests broke out across Georgia following the death of 27- year-old Rayshard Brooks at the hands of police. 

Our panel discussed the latest conversations surrounding police brutality and systemic racism as national attention returned to Atlanta in wake of the fatal police shooting.


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Friday on Political Rewind, the state legislature returns Monday to finish up the session. How is recent news likely to shift business down at the Capitol building?

And, the fallout from Tuesday's chaotic primary election continues with county and state officials pointing fingers at what they say was at issue.


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Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jon Ossoff said state and county election officials should resign after Tuesday’s election drew national outrage and reports of long lines, struggles with new voting machines and concerns over unprocessed and undelivered absentee ballots.

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All eyes were on Georgia’s election Tuesday, and not in the way officials hoped.  In parts of metro Atlanta, voters waited more than four hours in line as some polling places had issues with a new $104 million dollar voting system.  Now, both Democrats and Republicans want answers about what happened and what can be fixed before November.

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Thursday on Political Rewind, unemployment remains a serious issue across the country and the state of Georgia.

We discussed the uncertain future for workers with Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler.


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This Wednesday afternoon on Political Rewind, we're joined by House Speaker David Ralston to discuss Tuesday's chaotic primary in Georgia.

We also discussed the latest results from that election, and the status of hate crime legislation following new attention to the subject.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the primary election twice postponed is finally here.

Voters head to vote in-person at polling locations across the state for a range of county, state and federal offices.

We discussed the latest news with our panel of political insiders.


Georgia Primary Live Updates: Some Polls Stay Open Later; Finger-Pointing Over Problems Begins

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It’s finally Election Day in Georgia, where voters will make their choices in the presidential and general primaries. 

More than 1.3 million voters have cast their ballot already through a record-setting mail-in absentee effort and three weeks of early voting. 

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When Georgians head to the polls for in-person voting Tuesday, there will be likely be reports of longer lines, problems with voting machines and voter confusion – and none of that should come as a surprise.

For months, state and local elections officials have been tasked with planning and executing a combined presidential and general primary amidst a public health emergency, faced with fewer places to vote, an older population of poll workers and an unprecedented push to vote by mail.

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Friday on Political Rewind, a big day in Georgia political news. Early voting for the state’s June 9 primary ends today.

Officials predict long lines could lead to hours long waits at polling places next Tuesday.


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Thursday on Political Rewind, a conversation with a police chief who says police departments need a culture change that values human life.

Today, we were joined by LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the primary in Georgia is less than a week away. Where do we stand going into the June 9 election following widespread unrest over systemic racism?

Our panel of political insiders weighed in.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, demonstrations continue in Atlanta and across Georgia as protesters voiced opposition and anguish over the death of George Floyd and patterns of police violence against black communities.

We discussed the response from local officials and what comes next with our panel.


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Monday on Political Rewind, demonstrations across Georgia against police violence drew huge crowds this weekend. So, what’s next for our communities, our elected officials and our public policy?

We asked our panel of political insiders, elected leaders and journalists.


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Friday on Political Rewind, we discuss the latest news as national protests respond to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and, more recently, George Floyd.

And, developments in Gov. Brian Kemp's social distancing guidelines.


Wednesday on Political Rewind, we are joined by the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to discuss the unfolding primary in Georgia. How have social distancing guidelines and looming state budget cuts changed the way the officials are managing the elections? 


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, we’re back from a long Memorial Day weekend.

We discussed the latest on the public health guidance in response to COVID-19 and the ongoing race between Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins.


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Friday on Political Rewind, President Donald Trump is threatening to deny federal funds to the state of Michigan because of the promotion of absentee ballots in 2020’s elections.

The president, as well as many Republicans in the state of Georgia, say voting by mail is too vulnerable to fraud.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, critics said Gov. Brian Kemp took a big risk in beginning to open the state’s economy earlier than was safe. As the lessening of restrictions has begun, is his decision paying-off? Or could it simply be too early to tell?

We took a look at the impact of the governor’s decision with our panel of political insiders.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, politics does not stop in the midst of a nationwide pandemic response. Early voting started this week in the statewide June 9 primary.

Crowded races for Georgia’s congressional seats are drawing nationwide attention as Democrats and Republicans size up their chances in 2020’s elections.

We discussed the latest with our panel of Georgia political insiders.


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