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Today on Political Rewind, with two recent appointments Gov. Brian Kemp looks to broaden and diversify Republican leadership in the state. 

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Gov. Brian Kemp took part in a bipartisan roundtable of governors, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, President Donald J. Trump and other administration officials Thursday.

Gov. Brian Kemp announces his first international trade mission to South Korea.
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Gov. Brian Kemp will be taking his first international trade mission to South Korea at the end of the month.

The trip will include visits to companies that currently have a presence in Georgia, in addition to courting potential new investors.

Gov. Brian Kemp announces John King will serve as the Georgia Insurance Commissioner during the suspension of Jim Beck who faces charges of federal fraud.
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Gov. Brian Kemp has named a new insurance commissioner to take over during the suspension of Jim Beck. John King will take over at the Georgia Department of Insurance while Beck faces an indictment on federal charges of fraud and money laundering.

Brian Kemp waves after being sworn in as Georgia's governor during a ceremony at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is working on building a new healthcare waiver system. The governor has hired a firm to draw up plans in hopes of expanding Medicaid and giving a financial boost to private insurance buyers. How broad will the expansion program be and will there be a role for outside input before plans are finalized? 


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The state of Georgia — and the country — is divided over so-called "heartbeat" bills and other new state laws restricting abortion. Many are confused about who could be prosecuted and what, exactly, constitutes a violation of the law.

On Second Thought leaves the flashpoints of politics behind and attempts to get some clarity on the legal questions raised by HB 481.


Seth Wenig / AP

After Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp postponed a trip to Hollywood amid fallout over the abortion ban he signed into law, his Democratic rival Stacey Abrams is planning to go instead.

It’s been three weeks since Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the toughest abortion laws in the country, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act that outlaws most abortions.

Since that time, there have been calls to boycott Georgia’s film industry, including a recent statement from Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos, who claimed that the streaming giant would fight to oppose the bill and rethink its relationship with the state if the bill becomes law. 

GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler spoke with Leah Fleming to recap the latest developments.


Netflix

Entertainment giant Netflix says it may "rethink" its investment in Georgia if a controversial abortion law survives legal challenges. 

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement the company will work with the American Civil Liberties Union to fight the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act in court.

Emma Nigut

On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal judge has blocked the Mississippi abortion bill that closely resembles Georgia’s new “fetal heartbeat” measure. It is the latest judicial action halting new state laws that severely restrict abortion. What would this mean for Georgia’s new law?

 


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Holding signs reading “Stop the bans,” "Our bodies, our choice" and “You, yes you: run for office!” several hundred people spilled out from the steps to the street outside the Gold Dome Tuesday afternoon.

They chanted, "Abortion is a human right, and we won't go without a fight," and "Hey hey, ho ho, abortion bans have got to go," while speakers from groups such as Sister Song and the American Civil Liberties of Georgia reminded the crowd abortion is still legal in Georgia and urged them to stay involved in their calls for expanded reproductive rights.


In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with Grady Hospital President and CEO John Haupert on the many crises that public health institutions across the country continue to face.


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Gov. Brian Kemp has appointed 15 people to five different state boards and commissions, including the Georgia Department of Economic Development Board of Directors, Board of Community Affairs, State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Student Finance Commission Board of Commissioners, and Georgia Composite Medical Board.

State Senator Jen Jordan (D-6) speaks at the State Capitol during a press conference speaking out against H.B. 481.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is calling on Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck to resign in light of a 38-count indictment charging him with fraud and other felonies. But as of today, Beck remains on the state payroll drawing a salary of well over $100,000.


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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.


Emily Haney / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.


John Bazemore / AP

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has delayed an annual trip to Los Angeles to promote Georgia's film industry as movie executives, producers and actors criticize the state's new abortion ban.

Jim Beck, the commissioner of the Georgia Insurance Department, has been indicted in fraud case.
Jim Beck for Georgia

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.

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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.

The dust has now settled on bills sent to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk from this year’s legislative session.

Kemp had 40 days from Sine Die to weigh in on more than bills and resolutions passed by the state House and Senate during the 40-day legislative session.

The governor vetoed 14 measures plus several line items in the record-setting $27.5 billion FY2020 budget, including mandatory recess for some elementary school students, a study committee to revisit the state’s border with Tennessee and North Carolina and some tightened school safety measures.

Bob Andres / AP

If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there.

Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Gov. Brian Kemp has signed the record-breaking $27.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1.

This year's budget includes a 2% pay raise for state employees and a $3,000 raise for teachers and other certified school employees, and fully funds the state's education formula for the second year in a row. Kemp has called the raise a "down payment" on his campaign promise of $5,000 for teachers.

John Bazemore / AP

Georgia's law enforcement will have to preserve rape kits for much longer than what was previously required under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

Bob Andres / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp makes good on a campaign promise. He has signed H.B. 481 into law. The measure all but outlaws abortion in Georgia.

 


Bob Andres / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Editor's note: This story was updated at 1:47 p.m. Tuesday to include information from HB 481 signing protests

Starting Jan. 1, Georgia will have one of the strictest abortion laws in the country, if it survives legal challenges from abortion rights advocates and civil rights groups.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 481, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act Tuesday morning.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp’s office has announced plans to sign H.B. 481 the controversial “Heartbeat Bill” on Tuesday. Our panel discusses what to expect following the event.


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Gov. Brian Kemp signed a series of education-focused bills Thursday at Wheeler High School in Marietta. 

One bill, SB 48, gives Georgia its first dyslexia mandate. Starting in 2024, all elementary schools in the state must screen kindergarten students for dyslexia, and students in first through third grade who have been identified as having dyslexic traits. 


Former Congressman John Barrow has annonuced a campaign for Georgia State Supreme Court.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia officials fear that a ruling by the Department of Justice could cost the state millions of dollars in lottery revenues and jeopardize funding for Hope Scholarships and pre-k programs.


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A California-based plastics company has chosen the Georgia coast to open a packaging and shipping facility that will be one of the largest exporters using the Port of Savannah, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday.

Plastic Express plans to export about 25,000 cargo containers through Savannah each year. That's enough to fill roughly four big ships.

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