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On this edition of Political Rewind, in the wake of Johnny Isakson’s surprise decision to retire, two U.S. Senate seats are now on the ballot in Georgia in 2020. As Republicans and Democrats engage in complex maneuvering to benefit in the aftermath of Isakson’s announcement, we’ll take a behind the scenes look at the races for each seat.

  • Schools Reopening After Hurricane
  • Air Testing Underway Around Cobb County Sterigenics Facility
  • Atlanta Dream Score Upset Victory

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This week, the rap community is mourning the loss of Cutty Cartel, who made up one-third of the Atlanta hip-hop group Jim Crow.


Cartel, born Ricardo Lewis, died at the age of 44 last Friday in Atlanta after suffering cardiac arrest. 




NPR correspondant Sam Sanders is bringing his show 'It's Been A Minute' To GPB's Saturday afternoon lineup. 

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Hurricane evacuees from Georgia’s coast are returning home now that the mandatory order has been lifted.


Meanwhile, the effects of the third evacuation in four years raised questions about how the next evacuation might go.


  • Mandatory Evacuation Order Lifted For Coastal Counties
  • Coastal Counties Prepare For Re-Entry
  • Another Former Atlanta Official Pleads Guilty In Corruption Probe

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The evacuation order for Georgia’s coast has been lifted. Evacuees can now return home. The state largely escaped damage from the storm.

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As Hurricane Dorian moves toward the Carolinas and away from the Georgia coast, it seems the state was spared the worst of the storm.

Emily Jones / GPB News

Some people who stayed in the Savannah area during Hurricane Dorian took shelter at the Savannah Civic Center Wednesday night. About 50 people were staying there as of 6 p.m.


On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp orders state agency heads to ignore requests by legislative leaders to attend fall budget hearings and send his mandated 4% cuts directly to him. Why is Kemp cutting legislators out of the process and what does it say about support under the “Gold Dome” for his dramatic cuts across the board? We’ll ask our panel for answers.


  • Coastal Roads And Bridges Closed As Hurricane Dorian Approaches
  • Pace Of Mandatory Evacuations Slower Than In Recent Hurricanes
  • Smyrna Raises Smoking Age to 21

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp discusses evacuations and emergency plans for Hurricane Dorian during a news conference Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Savannah, Ga.  Kemp ordered a mandatory evacuation affecting all of Georgia's six coastal counties.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Hurricane Dorian is disrupting life along Georgia's sea coast. Even as it appears the storm may skirt by the state, Gov. Brian Kemp is experiencing a major test in weather emergency. How is he responding? Saving lives comes first, but politics always follows. As we look into the storm response, our panel weighs in on how weather has played a key role in politics over the decades.

  • Evacuation Of Coastal Georgia Counties Underway
  • Inland Shelters, Campsites, Hospitals Receiving Evacuees
  • Airlines Scramble To Accommodate Passengers As Flights Are Cancelled

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  • Georgia Coast Ordered Evacuated Ahead Of Hurricane Dorian
  • Augusta Opens First Shelter For Evacuees
  • Cotton Farmers Concerned About Hurricane Impact On Crop

Emily Jones / GPB News

Schools along the Georgia coast have begun to announce closures as Hurricane Dorian approaches. The storm is expected to move north along the coast, and Georgia could begin experiencing tropical storm-force winds Tuesday.

In this Feb. 14, 2019, photo, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., leads a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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As Johnny Isakson prepares to step down from the U.S. Senate after four decades in public office, a panel of political leaders from both sides of the aisle join us to talk about the impact Isakson has had on Georgia and the nation, as well as on their own lives and careers.

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  • Georgia Prepares For Possible Hurricane Strike
  • Atlanta's Director Of Contract Compliance Resigns
  • The Dawgs Season Opens At Vanderbilt Tomorrow

Emily Jones / GPB News

The mayor of Tybee Island and the Army Corps of Engineers signed an agreement Thursday to pump more sand onto the Tybee beach.


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Thanks to $1 million in Special-purpose Local-option Sales Tax money, Augusta will commission three large-scale sculptures to be installed at three gateways into the city. The first will be installed by the beginning of next summer at the intersection of Riverwatch Parkway and Alexander Drive, which leads from I-20 to Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament. 

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  • Hurricane Dorian Preparation
  • Thousands Descend On Atlanta For Dragon Con
  • Metro Atlanta Population Hits 4.6 Million

National Hurricane Center

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency for 12 Georgia counties — Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce and Wayne — as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida’s coastline.

Savannah Pilots Association

The Environmental Protection Agency could give Savannah's harbor pilots more time to comply with stricter pollution controls. 


The pilot boats that go out to meet container ships coming into the Port of Savannah have to be relatively small, under 65 feet. Otherwise they would face speed restrictions designed to protect right whales.

U.S. Senator Johnny Iskason, who announced his intent to resign at the end of 2019, appearing on Political Rewind in February, 2018.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson stuns Georgia’s political community by announcing his retirement, citing his health challenges.  He will step down at the end of this year, ending a four-decade career in elective office. 

  • Isakson Stepping Down From U.S. Senate Seat
  • Emergency Response Team Sent To Sterigenics Facility
  • Atlanta United Adds Another Championship Trophy

National Hurricane Center

UPDATE Thursday, 5:00 p.m.: Gov. Kemp declared a state of emergency in a dozen coastal Georgia counties ahead as Hurricane Dorian approaches the Southeast.

The affected counties are Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, Pierce and Wayne.  Kemp says for now the major danger for southeast Georgia is the potential for flooding from Dorian which looks to become a massive but very slow moving storm. State laws preventing price gouging at the gas pump are also in effect.

UPDATE Thursday, 3:00 p.m: Gov. Brian Kemp reiterated that Dorian's path was still too uncertain to make big moves in emergency preparedness in Georgia. However, he did say that heavy rain and unusually high tides will make flooding in some parts of the state almost a certainty. Kemp advised preparing for flooding now.

UPDATE 6:18 p.m.: Governor Brian Kemp said in a briefing Wednesday evening that state officials are monitoring Hurricane Dorian closely and preparing for potential evacuations, although it was too soon to tell the exact track of the storm or predict its impact on Georgia.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
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Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson will be resigning at the end of 2019.

Former candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Sarah Riggs Amico, has formally announced her run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. David Perdue
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a new entry in the Democratic race for U.S. Senate. 

  • Amico Enters Senate Race
  • GA. Poultry Farmers To Benefit From USDA Tariff Relief Funding
  • Atlanta United Plays For U.S. Open Cup Championship Tonight

Chickens at a chicken house in Cumming, Ga., April 24, 2006.
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Today on Political Rewind, Georgia’s poultry producers may soon receive millions of dollars of government relief to compensate for their losses as a result of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. As that war continues, how is it affecting the president’s standing among Georgia farmers? Our panel weighs in.


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  • Judge Blocks Clean Water Act Rules
  • Rome Proposes Homeless Regulations
  • McIlroy Takes $15m Tour Championship FedEx Cup