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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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As heavy rain swept through Georgia over the weekend, parts of the state experienced severe weather. National Weather Service Meteorologist Pete Wolf says unusually warm temperatures, and humid air collided with a cold front to create a supercell tornado in Southeast Georgia, a type of storm usually seen in the Midwest.

 

“It was a rare scenario that set up for us that allowed that type of storm to develop," Wolf explained. "It developed very intense rotation and then as it moved into Camden County it created a tornado that approached Kings Bay Naval Base.”

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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.


Political Rewind: Kemp Lays Out His Agenda

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In a file photo, now Governor-elect Brian Kemp gives a thumbs-up to supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Athens, Ga.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor-elect Brian Kemp lays out the basics of his policy agenda.


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.


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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.


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. 


Oprah Winfrey (left) joins Stacey Abrams at a campaign rally in Decatur, while Vice President Mike Pence joins Brian Kemp at a rally in Savannah, November 1, 2018.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, more than ever before, the eyes of the nation are on Georgia as the race for governor draws to a close.  President Trump, former President Obama, Vice President Mike Pence and even Oprah are rushing in to urge voters to get to the polls. 


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Healthcare is top of mind for many voters in the midterm election. GPB's Emily Jones talked with Andy Miller of Georgia Health News about how it factors into the Georgia governor's race.


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.


Republican gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, center, speaks as Democrat Stacey Abrams, left, and Libertarian Ted Metz look on during a debate Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a recap from Tuesday night's gubernatorial debate. Did we learn anything new about the candidates? Did Libertarian candidate Ted Metz gain the exposure he wants to force a runoff? We’ll get analysis from our panel.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, as the candidates for Governor prepare for tonight's Atlanta Press Club debate, Stacey Abrams acknowledges her part in a protest that involved burning the Georgia state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem, while she was in college.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, voters will be asked to weigh in on five proposed amendments that will appear on this year’s ballot. We discuss the amendments, decipher what they mean and talk about the significance of each measure.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, the first week of early voting shows record-breaking turnout, but accusations of voter suppression rose just as much.


Richard Hunt Sculpture Augusta Art Artwork
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The downtown branch of the Atlanta Public Library and Augusta's Springfield Park are both home to Richard Hunt's sculptures. Hunt changed the look of public art since his start in the 1950s.

 

The Chicago-based artist's work will be on display at the Georgia Museum of Art beginning this Saturday. The exhibit is called "Richard Hunt: Synthesis." We spoke with Hunt and Shawnya Harris, the exhibit's curator.

 


Voter casts ballot in Sandy Springs, Ga.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, long lines of voters continue to crowd polling places during the first week of early voting across the state. Some are alleging voter suppression after African-American senior citizens on their way to vote early were asked by Jefferson County officials to get off the bus that was taking them to the polls.


Stacey Evans, Loretta Lepore, Bill Nigut, Michael Owens, Jim Galloway and Leo Smith at the Political Rewind Town Hall in Atlanta, GA.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, with election day now just three weeks from today, the Brian Kemp Campaign doubles down on their accusations that Stacey Abrams is encouraging undocumented residents to cast ballots. On the other side, the Abrams campaign steps up their claims that Kemp, who currently serves as Georgia's secretary of state, is engaged in an effort to suppress votes of likely Democratic voters.


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The Georgia gubernatorial candidates are campaigning on opposing views about the future of the education system. Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is in favor of funding wrap-around services by ending the state's private school scholarship program. Republican candidate Brian Kemp wants to expand the program.

 

We spoke to GPB reporter Grant Blankenship about these two visions for education, along with the choices parents have between private and public schools.

Voter casting his ballot in Sandy Springs, Ga.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, polls are open for Early Voting in Georgia and Election Day is just three weeks away. How will early voting shape the outcome of the races across the state?


Voter casting his ballot in Sandy Springs, Ga.
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Monday is the first day of early voting in Georgia, which runs through Nov. 2. If you signed up to vote early, what do you have to do? Where do you do it? And what is a "provisional ballot?"

 


Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams.
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Today on Political Rewind, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams discusses her campaign plans with less than a month ahead of the 2018 Election.


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We spoke by phone to people from McRae, Plains and Valdosta about how Hurricanes may be the new normal for South Georgia. 


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Central Georgia continues to clean up following Hurricane Michael. Damage was widespread and hit some communities harder than others. GPB’s Josephine Bennett reports.


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