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On this edition of Political Rewind, flyers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are starting to feel the painful impact of the federal government shutdown. As TSA workers call in sick, security lines are growing to intolerable lengths.


Gov. Brian Kemp's Full Inaugural Address

Jan 14, 2019
Brian Kemp waves after being sworn in as Georgia's governor during a ceremony at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
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Listen to the full speech delivered by Brian Kemp after being sworn in as Georgia's governor during a ceremony at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Atlanta.


Stacey Abrams on the campaign trail during the 2018 Midterm Election.
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Former Democratic Candidate for Governor Stacey Abrams is using her fundraising abilities to aid Democrats in the state and to ensure that she remains at the forefront of the state’s Democratic party

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On this edition of Political Rewind, House of Representatives Speaker David Ralston joins us just days before he gavels in the 2019 Session.

 

President Donald Trump salutes as he steps off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Washington. Trump is returning from a trip to Camp David.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, leaders at the state capitol are beginning to write the budget for the coming fiscal year. But how could signs of a possible economic downturn affect their spending plans? Our panel looks at the challenge.


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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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp is getting set for a pre-inaugural campaign-style swing across Georgia. Can we learn anything about how he may govern based on where he’s heading?


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A 4.4-magnitude earthquake hit Tennessee just after 4 a.m. Wednesday. Seismic tremors shook Georgians awake in the early hours and could be felt as far south as LaGrange, Georgia. 

Major earthquakes aren't impossible in the eastern United States, but they are rare. We turned to Georgia Southern University geology professor and chair Jim Reichard for a lesson on the science of earthquakes. We also spoke with civil engineer Glenn Rix, senior principal at Geosyntec Consultants, about how prepared the infrastructure of the Southeast is to withstand a significant earthquake. 


Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger during an election commisison meeting in Macon. On Wednesday, Raffensperger annonuced Georgia will hold its presidential primary on March 24, 2020.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp declares it’s time to set aside politics and govern for the good of all Georgians. Are Democrats ready to bury the hatchet after a brutal campaign?


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor-elect Brian Kemp gives his first major speech before members of the state legislature. Which Kemp are they hearing, the candidate who fired off incendiary political attacks or the more conciliatory version of late?

With 33,000 employees statewide, Delta is Georgia’s No. 1 private employer, directly responsible for $43.5 billion in economic impact a year.
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Location can be instrumental to the success of a business, and for companies looking to expand or make a big move choosing the right state to can have a large impact on their profitability. 


The Georgia General Assembly session begins on January 14, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's orientation week for members of the state legislature. Newly elected lawmakers and returning incumbents are in Athens learning the ropes to effectively serve during the 2019 session. 


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The Athens-Clarke County Commission voted earlier this week to place a temporary ban of up to 12 months on all dockless mobility devices.

Dockless devices are scooters or bikes that users can pick up, ride and drop off anywhere.


The Bitter Southerner

In New York in the 1980s, Chuck Reece had his first job in journalism covering the media industry for Adweek magazine. That meant he got the first look at network television pilots and magazine protoypes, and every time any of those had something to do with the South, he said he only saw a couple of stereotypes. 

"One looked like the party scene from the beginning of 'Gone with the Wind' except maybe with updated clothing, and the other one looked like ... 'The Beverly Hillbillies' to 'Duck Dynasty,' most recently," Reece said. "Those two stereotypes just didn't fit the South that I grew up in and knew."


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'Tis the season for giving and figuring out what to give people. May we suggest books? They're personal, easy to wrap and great stocking stuffers.

"On Second Thought" invited a group of Georgia independent bookstore owners to give through their recommendations for a spectrum of readers. 

Jessica Osborne from E Shaver in Savannah, Janet Geddis from Avid Bookshop in Athens and Charles Robinson from Eagle Eye Bookshop in Decatur all joined the conversation.


Courtesy City Pharmacy

Georgia's population grew by nearly 116,000 people in 2017. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that was the sixth biggest jump among all U.S. states. Many of those people moved to Georgia from out of state, but some additions to Georgia's 10 million total residents were born here, left and later returned.

Some even returned to their hometowns. Take Tedo Stone. He was born and raised in Covington, moved to Mississippi for college and then moved back to Georgia. But instead of going straight back to Covington, he spent some time making music in Atlanta and Athens. Now, the indie rocker-turned-restaurateur is coming up on the first year anniversary of City Pharmacy, the restaurant he and his wife opened up in Covington's old downtown pharmacy building. 


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Tuesday is again Election Day in Georgia with runoffs for secretary of state and a spot on the Public Service Commission. Voters will choose between Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensberger for Brian Kemp's replacement as secretary of state and between Republican Chuck Eaton, the incumbent, and Democrat Lindy Miller for the Public Service Commission's third district. 


US Congressman Doug Collins of Georgia.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia Congressman Doug Collins wins a role that positions him to be one President Trump’s chief defenders on Capitol Hill. Our panel looks at his ascension to ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee that is soon to be controlled by Democrats.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, a lawsuit filed in federal court calls for changes to Georgia laws that supporters of Stacey Abrams say suppressed the vote in the midterm election. 


The Atlanta Press Club Runoff Debates were held Nov. 2 for Public Service Commission District 3 and Secretary of State.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, early voting has begun in two key runoff races. Voters will pick a new Secretary of State, who will take charge of election machinery and processes that are the subject of raging controversy. They’ll also vote in a race that will help determine Georgia’s energy future. Our panel looks at the contests.


Migrants watch clashes with U.S. border agents, seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, customs officers clash with migrants at the U.S. Mexico Border. The incident sharpens the focus on President Donald Trump’s asylum policies. Our panel looks at the latest news on immigration at the border and in Washington.


Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) is arrested by capitol police during a protest over election ballot counts in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it’s been another tumultuous week in Georgia politics.


People hold signs as they protest the election in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, more court cases and the counting goes on as Georgian's wait for a clear winner in the governor's race.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, as the election certification deadline looms both campaigns continue feuding six days after the polls closed. Democrats say they still have a shot at winning the governor’s mansion and the 7th District Congressional seat.


Left Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party. Right, Brian Kemp speaks to supporters Wednesday.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp proclaims victory in the governor’s race, but Stacey Abrams is insisting missing ballots make his claim premature. Our panel weighs in on what to make of the dueling scenarios.


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Republican Brian Kemp was reluctant to declare victory after Democrat Stacey Abrams refused to concede.


Left, Former President Barack Obama campaigns for Stacey Abrams in Atlanta. Right, President Donald Trump campaigns for Brian Kemp in Macon.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a contentious battle for governor is ending with the most bitter recriminations yet. 


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The last days of the governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp have been rocked by allegations made by the secretary of state’s office that the state Democratic Party attempted to break into Georgia voter rolls. 


A Pittsburgh Police officer walks past the Tree of Life Synagogue and a memorial of flowers and stars in Pittsburgh in remembrance of those killed and injured when a shooter opened fire during services Saturday at the synagogue.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as Georgian’s join people across the country in mourning the deaths of 11 worshipers killed at Pittsburg’s Tree of Life Synagogue, we’ll examine the startling rise in hate crimes in the United States. We also look back on the day when an anti-Semitic bombing attack roiled Atlanta’s own Jewish community.


Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, national issues have started to play a larger role in Georgia election campaigns. As investigators continue to look into a series of mail bombs and a caravan from Central America continues its trek towards the border, candidates take a stance on these dividing national issues.


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On this Podcast Edition of Political Rewind, GPB Reporter Stephen Fowler breaks down all of the lawsuits, controversies and provides context surrounding allegations of voter suppression. 

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