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U.S. Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) spoke against a slew of abortion restrictions passed in states across the country Thursday at the Georgia state Capitol.

“Right now, entirely too much of the conversation about what women can do with our own bodies is being driven by a group of right-wing male politicians,” Gillibrand said, flanked by female state lawmakers, health providers and abortion rights supporters. “It’s time for that conversation to be led by the actual experts: women and doctors.”

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On this special edition of Political Rewind, we are talking about House Bill 481, known to many people as the “Heartbeat” Bill. A lot has been said about the bill during the 2019 Legislative Session leading up to the signing of the bill by Gov. Brian Kemp on May 7th.


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Host Kalena Boller talks with Chad Darnell, who is a casting director, writer, and actor in Georgia. Chad has spent the last few years in Savannah growing that city's film industry.

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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.


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  • Sen. Gillibrand In Georgia To Refute New Abortion Law
  • Atlanta United Wins 5th Straight Game

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More than 300 people in Georgia have been affected by hepatitis A and one person has died between June 2018 and May 3, state health officials said Tuesday.

The report comes the same week as officials in South Carolina report an outbreak of hepatitis A in Aiken County. That's 30 miles from Augusta, where the Georgia Department of Public Health reported the second highest number of cases. Rome had the highest number with 137 cases of hepatitis A.

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As former President Jimmy Carter continued healing Wednesday night from hip surgery, his wife, Rosalynn, felt faint and was admitted for observation, according to the Carter Center.

Both Carters walked out together Thursday morning.

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People across the state should expect above average temperatures and wetter than normal conditions this summer. However, that's not the case right now.


  • Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand Will Denounce Heartbeat Bill In Georgia
  • Weather Conditions Could Make Things Difficult For Georgia's Crops
  • Macon Could Be Next Georgia City To Decriminalize Marijuana


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Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday asked for Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck to resign. Beck pleaded not guilty to 38 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.


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Tens of millions of readers got their first glimpse inside of a courtroom from To Kill a Mockingbird. Now, Harper Lee's 1960 novel remains a staple on middle school reading lists, and the film adaptation has captivated countless social justice warriors, law students, parents and pet owners.


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Macon-Bibb County held a town hall meeting Tuesday to air opinions on a measure that could make Macon the next Georgia community to punish some marijuana possession with a fine instead of a criminal charge.

There was little opposition during an hour of public comment to the proposed measure which would punish possession of up to an ounce of marijuana (about 40 joints) with a $75 fine.


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.

 


  • GA Insurance Commissioner Beck Turns Himself In To Federal Authorities
  • Atlanta's Public Trust Commission Begins Its Work
  • Woodstock Teens Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For School Attack Plot

  • Public Trust Task Force Meets In Atlanta For The First Time
  • Governor Kemp Cancels Trip To L.A. In Face Of Abortion Bill Backlash
  • Atlanta Hawks Will Have #8 and #10 Picks In The First Round Of The NBA Draft


  • Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck Federally Indicted
  • Field At UGA's Sanford Stadium To Be Named After Vince Dooley
  • Pooler To Get Two New Voting Precincts 


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.

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck was indicted by a grand jury on 38 counts. As a candidate, Beck ran on anti-corruption.
JIM BECK FOR GEORGIA

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck, a republican, has been federally indicted on 38 charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.

  • Atlanta Government Ethics Task Force Meets For First Time Today
  • Congress Members Visit Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • King Center Reconsiders Tearing Down Maynard Jackson Jr. Childhood Home

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Hollywood's Golden Age and the rise of fascism in Europe were happening at the same time, a world apart. Those worlds collided when Hollywood decided to tackle fascism in film.

 

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. opened the exhibit Americans and the Holocaust last year. Now, a traveling event focuses on how depictions of the Nazi agenda influenced American audiences, and why we fought. The event, called What Were We Watching? Americans Response to Nazism Through Cinema, Radio and Media, takes place Tuesday night at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

 

 


 

A number of curious laws are still on the books in Georgia. We cribbed a few from idiotlaws.com, if that tells you anything. But as obscure – and seemingly silly – as they are, the law is the law. Georgia State University law professor Tanya Washington joined us with an explanation of how laws get made, and how hard they are to change.


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Stock photos are often the butt of jokes for being unrealistic, generic, overused and, now, perpetuating stereotypes. A new campaign from Getty Images, Dove Beauty and GirlGaze is working to change that.

Together, they've launched #ShowUs, the largest stock photo collection created by women. Their goal? To subvert beauty stereotypes.


  • Former President Jimmy Carter Has Successful Surgery After Breaking Hip
  • Governor Kemp Dissolves Controversial Immigration Board
  • Atlanta Hawks Have 5th Best Odds To Land #1 Overall Pick In Tonight's Draft Lottery

Rep. Lucy McBath speaks outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta, GA with House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Georgia veterans.
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Two veterans in Georgia committed suicide last month, one outside the entrance of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and another in the parking lot of the VA Hospital in Dublin. The two incidences punctuated the struggles that have plagued the Georgia facilities in recent years. 


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Holding ceremonies everywhere from Cairo to Camilla to his ceremonial office in the Capitol, Gov. Brian Kemp signed more than 300 bills from the 2019 legislative session in the last three months.

  • Former President Jimmy Carter Recovering After Surgery For Broken Hip
  • DeKalb School District Continues To Stave Off Annexation
  • Savannah Police Officer Remembered After Being Killed In Line Of Duty


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Whether you go yellow or white, sweet or savory, grits are a Southern food staple now popping up on menus all over the country.

Food writer Erin Byers Murray goes deep in Grits: A Cultural and Culinary Journey Through the South, talking with growers, millers and chefs to understand the origins and evolution of grits. Along the way, she examines how race, gender and politics simmer in the significance of grits.


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Now that Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a bill allowing for the cultivation of medical marijuana, those hoping to secure one of the six state-issued private growing permits are jockeying for position, including the city of Augusta.


John Bazemore / AP

While leaving to go turkey hunting Monday morning, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter fell at his home in Plains, the Carter Center said in a news release. He is recovering comfortably from surgery to repair a broken hip at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus. 


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