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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgians will get a chance to weigh in on Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care waivers. Kemp’s proposals would give more authority to the state for health insurance powers that are now held by the federal government. Where do Georgians stand on the state government’s role in health care coverage?

 


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The overwhelming majority of African American voters in Georgia — and the rest of the U.S. — are Democrats. About 93% of African Americans voted for Stacey Abrams in the last gubernatorial election, according to exit polls.

It's a powerful, dependable voting bloc on the left that has so far drowned out black conservatives, a slim minority of voters. The Pew Research Center says only about 8% of black voters identify as Republicans.


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The capsized cargo ship the Golden Ray is still trapped in St. Simon Sound. The process of removing the ship is so complex it could take months or even a year.


  • Some Counties Using New Voting System For Today's Elections
  • Investigation Shows Improper Payments To Former Campaign Workers Hired By City Of Atlanta
  • Lawsuits Pending Against Army Corps Of Engineers Concerning New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam

President Trump comes to Georgia this week. On Second Thought speaks to organizers and members of the black GOP about their efforts in recruiting other black voters. Kaaryn Walker from the Black Conservatives for Truth and Leo Smith from the Minority Engagement Specialist for the GOP join the show.


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Whether you live in the city of Atlanta, commute to work there or only pass through occasionally, getting around Atlanta can be a hassle. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms talked about redesigning how Atlanta moves people through its streets during our monthly Ask The Mayor show with GPB's All Things Considered Host, Rickey Bevington.


March Of Dimes

A new report shows the number of babies born early in Georgia is rising. The state already ranks near the bottom when it comes to maternal and infant healthcare.

The report from the March of Dimes gives Georgia an “F” with a preterm birth rate of 11.5%, meaning the state is close to having 12% of all babies born early and ranks 45th nationwide. Last year, Georgia’s rate was 11.4%. 


  • Kemp Unveils Medicaid Plan With Work Requirement
  • Public Service Commission Holds Public Hearing On Georgia Power Rate Hike
  • Tyler Perry Studios Confirmed As Site Of November Democratic Presidential Debate


Melissa Schmidt

Ava King is a newly divorced mother of a teenage son when she moves into her grandmother’s posh New Orleans home. Ava is the descendant of slaves, grandma Martha is about as WASP-y as they come, and their connected pasts are one of the plot twists in The Revisioners, a new novel by National Book Award finalist Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.

There is some magic in The Revisioners, but it’s less fantasy than testament to intergenerational bonds — in this case between Ava and her great-great-great grandmother, born enslaved on a Louisiana plantation.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton joined On Second Thought to unpack her vision for The Revisioners, and her aim to look deeper at the power passed down through generations of African American families.


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If you’ve ever been pulled over for driving three miles over the speed limit, you may have been subject to ‘taxation by citation’ — local governments enforcing rules and fees not for public safety, but to generate revenue.

A recent study from the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit libertarian public interest law firm, looked at taxation by citation in Georgia, highlighting the practice in Riverdale, Morrow and Clarkston.

Jennifer McDonald, a senior research analyst at the Institute for Justice, joined On Second Thought to discuss how these short-term boosts to city coffers can have long-term costs to citizen morale.


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Today on Political Rewind, President Donald Trump is rewarding Sen. David Perdue for his loyalty by making Perdue the first beneficiary of a new Trump-backed fundraising group.


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Gov. Brian Kemp released a plan Monday to expand Medicaid to the state's poorest able-bodied adults, on the condition that they work, volunteer, receive job training or attend school.

A case study of three metro Atlanta cities looked into the increase of tickets and fees to bolster municipal revenue - or what The Institute for Justice calls “taxation by citation.”  On Second Thought learns more from Senior Research Analyst Jennifer McDonald.


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The Public Service Commission on Monday began public hearings on a proposed rate hike by Georgia Power. If approved, it would raise monthly service fees by nearly 80%. 


  • Kemp Releases Medicaid Expansion Proposal
  • Local Elections In Georgia Tomorrow
  • Cromartie Execution Date Set

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The center of American politics will be in southwest Atlanta for a few days next month as Georgia plays host to the next primary debate for several Democratic presidential contenders. Tyler Perry Studios will be the site of the Nov. 20 debate, co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post.

An all-female panel of moderators (MSNBC anchors Rachel Maddow and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, and Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker) will grill around nine presidential hopefuls from 9 to 11 p.m. that night.

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This week, Georgia's Public Service Commission will begin a new round of hearings in Atlanta on a proposed rate hike for Georgia Power customers.

 

The average user would pay an extra $200 dollars annually under the potential rate increase.

 


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A federal judge has reinstated a fishing ban in New England that aims to protect North Atlantic Right Whales.


CNN

The Mayo Clinic classifies dyslexia as a learning disorder that causes difficulty in reading and processing language.

Politicians and policy-makers are responding to estimates that one in five people may be born dyslexic. Under a 2018 state law, Georgia kindergartners will be screened.

But not everyone who lives with dyslexia thinks it's all negative. 


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Wild fires spreading across California, vaping deaths, punches and counterpunches in the impeachment inquiry — the problems of the world can feel inescapable with each ping of a news alert.

Daryn Kagan knows that all too well. As a local reporter and later anchor for CNN, she's covered the good, the bad, and the ugly. 


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Today on Political Rewind, the deep partisan divide among Georgia congressmen is apparent as the U.S. House votes to launch a formal impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump. How will the weeks ahead play into 2020 elections here and across the nation?


  • Kemp Details New Healthcare Plan
  • Update On Golden Ray Salvage Efforts
  • Hawks Drop third Straight Game

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You'll find it at the steps of the Capitol, hung from front porches, draped over the caskets of fallen soldiers, and splashed across bathing suits and ball caps: the American flag. It's a symbol of patriotism, unity and power — and a central component of artist Bernie Taupin's work.

Does the name sound familiar? Well, you might include some of his other work, which includes songs like "Tiny Dancer," "Candle in the Wind," and "Rocket Man."


Gwinnett County Government

Gov. Brian Kemp named Angela Duncan to the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit, which appears to mark his first appointment of an openly LGBTQ person to the bench.

Duncan says in her bio that she "resides in Lawrenceville with her wife and children." 

Kemp also appointed Sharrell Lewis to the Bibb County State Court, Kimberly Anderson to the DeKalb County State Court and Kimberly Alexander to the DeKalb County State Court.

Emily Frobos

Sub Pop Records in Seattle has churned out a number of hit-makers. There's The Shins, Sonic Youth, Sound Garden and more. (Who could forget Nirvana?)

And the record label keeps the acts coming. One of the newest additions to their roster: Atlanta locals, Omni.


Daryn Kagan covered everything from wars to the red carpet at CNN. Now, she chases down positive news stories. She joined On Second Thought to unpack some uplifting news stories to head into the weekend.


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The victims of Wednesday's plane crash in suburban Atlanta have been identified as two North Carolina men.

DeKalb County officials on Thursday said 59-year-old Leslie Csanyi and 60-year-old Scott Robert Lowrie both lived in Salisbury, North Carolina, the plane's intended destination.

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UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Robert Olsen was sentenced Friday to 20 years with 12 to serve in prison.

ORIGINAL STORY: A former Georgia police officer faces up to 35 years in prison when he's sentenced Friday for the fatal shooting of an unarmed, naked man.

Robert "Chip" Olsen was responding to a call of a naked man behaving erratically outside an Atlanta-area apartment complex in March 2015 when he fatally shot 26-year-old Anthony Hill, an Air Force veteran diagnosed with bipolar disorder and PTSD. Olsen is white and Hill was black.

St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center

Crews on the Georgia coast this week placed rocks along the hull of the Golden Ray, the capsized container ship in the St. Simons sound. It’s an effort to keep the ship stable.


BreeAnne Clowdus

For a short time, Edgar Allan Poe is haunting the halls of a fabled Atlanta home. 'The Edgar Allan Poe Experience’ at the Wren’s Nest is an immersive theatrical production evoking the final days of Poe’s life, when he’s said to have wandered the streets in a haggard state, crying out the name of a man no one could ever identify.

The ‘choose-your-own-adventure’-style production taps into scenarios inspired by Poe classics like The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Mask Of The Red Death.


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