Brian Kemp

Georgia Chamber

Just prior to taking office, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp quietly settled a lawsuit that said he owed $500,000 for a loan he negotiated and guaranteed for a struggling agricultural company.

A Transportation Security Administration employee checks an air traveler's identification at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as legislators continue budget hearings at the state capitol, attention has shifted to spending priorities for the coming year.

On this edition of Political Rewind, the race for 2020 is well underway and Georgia is already a player.


Atlanta business leaders gathered at the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday morning ahead of Super Bowl LIII. 

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The 2019 Session Joint Budget Hearings began at 10 a.m.

Lawmakers from the state house and state senate will hear from department heads and Gov. Brian Kemp about the proposed amended fiscal year 2019 budget and the fiscal year 2020 budget. 

It may not be the flashiest week at the state capitol, but it's one of the most important. 

Lawmakers will meet this week to go over the state's budget for the next fiscal year. 


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Today on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp begins laying out his agenda for his first session of the General Assembly. Flexibility for using medicaid dollars, teacher raises and school safety are among his top priorities. We’ll look at the details of his plan as well as how democrats are responding. 

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Former Democratic nominee for governor Stacey Abrams is launching a statewide "Thank You" tour for her supporters. 

According to a press release, Abrams and her team will "take the time to thank volunteers and supporters who invested their time in her historic 2018 campaign."

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Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposed budget for 2020 includes a $3,000 raise for certified Georgia teachers and a 2 percent merit raise for state employees. He made the announcement during his State of the State speech to legislators Thursday.

On this edition of Political Rewind, women members of the state senate raise their voices in frustration over committee assignments, and both Democrats and Republicans back a long-time committee chair who was ousted from her seat.

Georgia Chamber

At the Georgia Chamber’s Eggs and Issues Breakfast Wednesday morning, state leaders signaled the upcoming legislative session would focus on economic issues like transit, education and developing rural Georgia.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said his first state budget would include a “historic and well-deserved pay raise” for teachers, following through on a campaign promise to boost the competitiveness of salaries for educators.

On this edition of Political Rewind, flyers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are starting to feel the painful impact of the federal government shutdown. As TSA workers call in sick, security lines are growing to intolerable lengths.

First Act As Governor: Kemp Signs New Executive Orders

Jan 15, 2019
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, front left, reviews National Guard troops outside the state Capitol after being sworn-in on Inauguration Day, Monday, Jan. 14.
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Just hours after being sworn into office, Gov. Brian Kemp signed three executive orders into law. The first he signed forms an 18 member commission to oversee policies that may impact small businesses.

The second and third orders create new rules for employees in the Executive Branch and implements a code of ethics for state employees and provides details for sexual harassment training.

Here is what you need to know about the first orders given by Gov. Kemp:

Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
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Kevin Liles, a photographer in Atlanta, is suing Brian Kemp’s campaign and the Georgia Republican Party for their use of images Liles took of Stacey Abrams. 

The suit, filed in the United States District Court in Atlanta on Jan. 8, claims that a photo of Kemp’s Democratic opponent, which was published in the New York Times and is posted on his personal website, was used in an advertisement without his permission.

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At the Cathedral of St. Philip on Peachtree Road, soon-to-be governor Brian Kemp and his family attended a private prayer service Monday morning. Later that day, he would become the state's top official and make a promise to fight for all Georgians – “not just the ones that voted for [him.]”

But in the cavernous cathedral, Kemp was just another parishioner receiving words of encouragement.

Gov. Brian Kemp's Full Inaugural Address

Jan 14, 2019
Brian Kemp waves after being sworn in as Georgia's governor during a ceremony at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
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Listen to the full speech delivered by Brian Kemp after being sworn in as Georgia's governor during a ceremony at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Atlanta.

Gov. Brian Kemp delivers remarks following his swearing in during the inaugrual ceremonies at Georgia Tech's McCamish Paviliion in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp takes the oath of office and is sworn in as Georgia's 83rd Governor.

Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp gives a thumbs-up to supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Athens, Ga.
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Monday is a pivotal day in Georgia politics. Brian Kemp is being sworn in as the state’s 83rd governor while Geoff Duncan becomes lieutenant governor and Brad Raffensperger takes on the role of secretary of state.  It’s also the first day of the legislative session. The Georgia General Assembly now has 40 days to pass new legislation and shape the future of the state.

GPB Politics Reporter Stephen Fowler and “Political Rewind” host Bill Nigut stopped by “On Second Thought” to explore both of these topics.

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Today's show previews a new year in Georgia politics and the start of the 2019 legislative session. We also revisit Gov. Nathan Deal's legacy over his eight years in office.

GPB reporter Stephen Fowler and "Political Rewind" host Bill Nigut joined "On Second Thought" to discuss Brian Kemp's inauguration as he becomes the 83rd governor of Georgia. They also highlighted new legislation the Georgia General Assembly could pass in the next few months.

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Monday will be a very busy day in Georgia politics.

The state legislature will officially begin the 2019 session, which will include tackling the issues of new voting machines, oversight at Atlanta's aiport and medical marijuana.

The official portrait of Gov. Nathan Deal and Mrs. Sandra Deal was unveiled at State Capitol on January 3, 2019.
Office of the Governor

On this edition of Political Rewind, in just two days, Nathan Deal turns over the keys to the office of governor to his successor, Brian Kemp. Our panel will look at the legacy of the outgoing governor and look ahead at what to expect in the Kemp Administration.



On this edition of Political Rewind, House of Representatives Speaker David Ralston joins us just days before he gavels in the 2019 Session.


Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp gives a thumbs-up to supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Athens, Ga.
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Gov.-elect Brian Kemp is spending the final days before his inauguration traveling the state.

The “Georgians First" celebration tour will visit all corners of the state, including places in rural Georgia, such as Chula and Blakely.

President Donald Trump salutes as he steps off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Washington. Trump is returning from a trip to Camp David.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, leaders at the state capitol are beginning to write the budget for the coming fiscal year. But how could signs of a possible economic downturn affect their spending plans? Our panel looks at the challenge.

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A week before inauguration, Gov.-elect Brian Kemp has named 14 people who will serve on his senior leadership team. 

Brian Kemp, center, walks with President Donald Trump, right, and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga) as Trump arrives for a rally in Macon.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp is getting set for a pre-inaugural campaign-style swing across Georgia. Can we learn anything about how he may govern based on where he’s heading?

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger during an election commisison meeting in Macon. On Wednesday, Raffensperger annonuced Georgia will hold its presidential primary on March 24, 2020.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp declares it’s time to set aside politics and govern for the good of all Georgians. Are Democrats ready to bury the hatchet after a brutal campaign?

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Republican Governor-elect Brian Kemp delivered his first major speech to legislators today in Athens.

Kemp said his legislative priorities mirror those he made on the campaign trail, including increased teacher pay and addressing healthcare in rural Georgia.

“The rising tide in Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah has not lifted our rural communities," Kemp said. "Some continue to struggle in some areas it feels like they're still in the Great Recession.”

Kemp will have support on those issues in the legislature.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor-elect Brian Kemp gives his first major speech before members of the state legislature. Which Kemp are they hearing, the candidate who fired off incendiary political attacks or the more conciliatory version of late?