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In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with Grady Hospital President and CEO John Haupert on the many crises that public health institutions across the country continue to face.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, at their state convention this weekend, Georgia Republicans made it clear they’ll tie their 2020 destinies to President Trump and to the conservative politics Trump has championed.


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Kishi Bashi made a name for himself with the shiny, fantastical indie pop of his first three albums. (The singer and multi-instrumentalist also made a pseudonym for himself: his stage name is a mashup of his first initial – K, for Kaoru – and last name, Ishibashi.) 

Ishibashi's newest record Omoiyari (available May 31) takes a more sober turn. From Japanese, "omoiyari" roughly translates as compassion or kindness shown toward others, which stirred in the Athens-based musician after President Trump's administration placed a travel ban on people from specific, predominantly Muslim countries.


On this edition of Political Rewind, we sit down with the state's new Lt. Gov., Geoff Duncan. Elected last November, he just completed his first session presiding over the state Senate.

 


Jim Beck, the commissioner of the Georgia Insurance Department, has been indicted in fraud case.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal grand jury has issued a 38-count indicitment against Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck. The former lobbyist is accused of commiting fraud. Lawyer's for Beck have said he does not plan to resign. We discuss how these proceedings move forward and what role the governor will play.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp makes good on a campaign promise. He has signed H.B. 481 into law. The measure all but outlaws abortion in Georgia.

 


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Michael Owens, past chairman of the Cobb County Democrats and cyber security expert, announced his bid for U.S. House of Representatives Monday morning. Owens will be challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. David Scott. 

In his announcement, Owens said, "The next member of Congress for Georgia's 13th must be a progressive leader that will advocate for bold policies that will better the lives every American." 

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When people in Georgia talk about gnats, those conversations typically happen below the "gnat line" just south of Macon. But, this year, the annoying insects are showing up well north of there.

Months of heavy rain have increased water levels in Georgia’s rivers. That means an increase in larvae and more black flies, one of the many insects commonly referred to as a gnat.

Carolyn Meadows at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting of members in Indianapolis. Meadows was elected president of the NRA during a board meeting Monday, April 29, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia Democrats ponder their next steps in the effort to unseat David Perdue now that Stacey Abrams announces she won’t make the race.


Demonstrators protest the Food and Drug Administration's policies related to pharmaceutical opioids at a rally in front of the Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the opioid crisis is a nationwide plague, killing or holding hostage to drug addiction countless Americans.


U.S. Rep. John Lewis will deliver the commencement address at Emory University's Oxford College.
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As spring comes to an end, graduation ceremonies quickly approach and commencement speakers are tasked with inspiring graduates as they enter the workforce. This year, Georgia’s colleges and universities will host notable speakers from across the nation, including Daymond John, Sally Yates, John Lewis, Andrew Young and Deborah Roberts.

Former Congressman John Barrow has annonuced a campaign for Georgia State Supreme Court.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia officials fear that a ruling by the Department of Justice could cost the state millions of dollars in lottery revenues and jeopardize funding for Hope Scholarships and pre-k programs.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp marks an early milestone in his tenure as the chief executive of the state, he’s been in office for 100 days. We take a look at what he’s accomplished so far and at controversies, he’s stirred up, too.


Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty Kemp greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump as they arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to attend the "Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit," Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Speaking at the National Rx Drug and Heroin Abuse Summit in Atlanta, President Donald Trump told attendees that his support for faith-based initiatives was critical for the effort to combat the opioid crisis. 


President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to speak at the "Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit," Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, President Trump is in Atlanta today, speaking at a national conference on drug abuse. Our panel looks at how the Trump Administration has dealt with opioid abuse, which the president has called a national crisis.

 

 


U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican who represents Georgia’s 1st Congressional District spoke at the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta.
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U.S. Congressman Earl "Buddy" Carter represents a large part of Georgia's coast. Some of the counties in his district are among the hardest hit in the state by the opioid crisis. Carter is also the only pharmacist currently serving in Congress. 


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Long before Aretha Franklin became known as "The Queen of Soul," she was singing gospel in her father's church. A new documentary called "Amazing Grace" highlights the recording of her 1972 Grammy-Award winning album of the same name over two nights at a church in south Los Angeles. That footage has never been released publicly — until now. 

Alan Elliott directed the film and spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about the delays in releasing the documentary. Producer Tirrell Whittley also joined the conversation. 


Brian Kemp and Nathan Deal during a campaign rally.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, we look at criminal justice in Georgia.


Mary Frances Early UGA Black African-American Graduate
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Mary Frances Early is a trailblazer. While Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes were the first African-Americans admitted to University of Georgia as undergrads in 1961, Early was the first to graduate. She earned a master's degree in music education.

Last week, UGA announced an initiative to name its College of Education after Early. Last year, when UGA was celebrating 100 years of education groundbreaking women, On Second Thought spoke with Early about her experiences as the first African-American student to graduate from the Georgia college. We hear that conversation.

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Today on Political Rewind our Town Hall at the University of Georgia in Athens.


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Geneticists at the University of Georgia have accomplished the first ever editing of the genes of a lizard with the gene editing tool CRISPR.  

 

The scientists weren’t shocked that the process worked, but they were surprised at the extent to which it was effective. That’s because the technique they were pursuing was a kind of work around for a peculiarity of reptile reproduction. 

 

 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, in 2017 Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to an Alabama U.S. Senate seat in more than two decades with the help of a massive turnout of African-American voters.

 


House Speaker David Ralston steps away form the podium after speaking on the House floor on Feb. 11, 2016.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, David Ralston continues to face fallout over the reports that he used his position as speaker of the Georgia house to delay trials for clients accused of serious crimes. Where is this backlash headed?


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On this edition of Political Rewind, a dramatic day under the Gold Dome produces action on a series of historic measures that are still in play as the session continues.


Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D- Md., the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform is seeking a trove of information from Georgia’s governor and secretary of state as it investigates reports of issues reported during the state’s 2018 elections.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the House Oversight Committee announced Wednesday a new investigation into allegations of voter suppression in Georgia during the 2018 midterm elections. The announcement came a few hours after federal prosecutors announced charges in the ongoing Atlanta City Hall corruption probe.

 


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On this edition of Political Rewind, conservative legislators are scrambling to save their latest version of a religious liberty bill that appears to be on life support this week. Our panel looks at the obstacles that continue to block passage of a measure that’s stirred controversy for the better part of the past decade.


Brian Kemp, center, walks with President Donald Trump, right, and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga) as Trump arrives for a rally in Macon.
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U.S. Sen. David Perdue told members of the Georgia House of Representatives that he expects a disaster relief package to help victims devastated by Hurricane Michael to be signed by the president this week.

President Donald Trump announced a deal to temporarily reopen the government, in the Rose Garden of the White House.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, after two bills failed to break the standoff between Republicans and Democrats, President Donald Trump announced a deal to temporarily reopen all the agencies of the federal government.


A Transportation Security Administration employee checks an air traveler's identification at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as legislators continue budget hearings at the state capitol, attention has shifted to spending priorities for the coming year.


Judge Named Georgia's First 'Twitter Laureate'

Jan 18, 2019
Court of Appeals of Georgia

The Georgia House of Representatives has named a local appeals court judge the state's first Twitter laureate.

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