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The Georgia General Assembly session begins on January 14, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's orientation week for members of the state legislature. Newly elected lawmakers and returning incumbents are in Athens learning the ropes to effectively serve during the 2019 session. 


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Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and several Georgia-based productions are in the running. The list came as a "Boycott Georgia" hashtag is being used by some film industry insiders. Some are protesting the victory of Brian Kemp, while others say they're concerned about the religious freedom bill the governor-elect expressed support for on the campaign trail. Opponents say the proposed legislation would discriminate against the LGBTQ community. 

 

GPB's "The Credits" podcast host Kalena Boller spoke to "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about the controversial issue. 

 


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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. 


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.


Today "On Second Thought" explored Georgia's economic and political landscape. We checked in with "Political Rewind" host Bill Nigut to discuss Brian Kemp's plans as the new governor of Georgia.

We also heard from professors, journalists and policy makers about Georgia's Amazon HQ2 bid and why Atlanta ranks worst in the nation for income inequality.

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Georgia’s gubernatorial race, overshadowed by accusations of unfairness from both sides, is over.  On Nov. 17, officials certified the results and declared Republican Brian Kemp governor-elect. 

Democrat Stacey Abrams is not challenging that outcome, but, in a fiery speech, she slammed the electoral process that produced it.  “Political Rewind” host Bill Nigut stops by “On Second Thought” to offer analysis.

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Governor-elect Brian Kemp announced members and priorities of his transition team Monday.

About 40 businessmen and women, politicians, and religious leaders make up Kemp's "Georgians First" team.


Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate 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, after nearly two weeks of uncertainty, Georgia has a new Governor. We'll discuss how both candidates will move forward to help the state heal from a fractious election.


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.


People hold signs as they protest the election in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, more court cases and the counting goes on as Georgian's wait for a clear winner in the governor's race.

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More than a week after Election Day, the drama over Georgia's gubernatorial race is mounting. Police arrested demonstrators Tuesday at the state Capitol, insisting that every vote be counted before election certification. A federal judge has delayed the deadline for certifying results until Friday.

Notably, news organizations have not yet called the race, though at last count Kemp maintained a comfortable lead. Abrams would need about 17,000 votes to force a runoff. Some wins that were projected by the Associated Press on election night, such as the Florida governor's race, are now in the middle of a recount. 

That made us wonder: With such high stakes and razor-thin margins, why do networks and news organizations declare results before all votes are counted? 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal judge delays the certification of ballots until the end of the week. Our panel takes a look at what factors led to this decision and the impact if could have of the race for governor and tight congressional contests.


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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.


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Volunteers for Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams raced to make an important Friday deadline to ensure all votes in the gubernatorial race were counted.

Volunteers at phone banks across Georgia called the 21,000 voters who cast a provisional ballot to tell them they had until 5 p.m. to get to their local election board and clear up things like voter ID issues and get their vote counted.

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Republican Brian Kemp resigned as Georgia’s secretary of state Thursday.

Gov. Nathan Deal said he has accepted the resignation and will name Robyn Crittenden, commissioner of the Department of Human Services, as the interim secretary.

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Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp’s team declared victory in the tight race for governor during a conference call this afternoon. 

Austin Chambers is a strategist with the campaign. He says there aren’t enough remaining ballots to force a runoff.

“The takeaway is clear, this election is over, the votes have been counted and there’s a clear winner. Brian Kemp is the governor-elect in Georgia.”

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It’s been a long, hard-fought race for Georgia governor, and it’s not over yet.  Republican Brian Kemp has not declared victory, and Democrat Stacey Abrams has not yet conceded.

GPB’s Ross Terrell and Stephen Fowler stopped by “On Second Thought” to explain what’s next for this election. On Election Night, Ross was at Kemp’s watch party, and Stephen was with Abrams. 

On this edition of Political Rewind, our panel breaks down the available numbers from the latest election results.


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Republican candidate for Governor Brian Kemp addresses supporters but does not declare victory in front of a large crowd in Athens, GA.


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Republican Brian Kemp was reluctant to declare victory after Democrat Stacey Abrams refused to concede.


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Today on Political Rewind, Election Day is here. Join us for the latest updates from polling places across the state.


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. 


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President Donald Trump traveled to Georgia two days before the deadlocked in the polls race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams to be the state's next governor. 

The president chose an airport hangar in Macon left empty when Canadian company Bombardier closed up shop as the place to stump for Kemp. 

Thousands of people attended the rally. A far smaller number of them actually slept out by the hangar overnight to get a good seat. Among them was Lynn White. Like most at the rally, she said the event would have no bearing on how she was going to vote. 

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Somewhere on the road between a parking lot in Forsyth County and a sports bar in Woodstock, Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp is taking a moment to relax. Less than a week from Election Day, the current secretary of state called GPB reporter Stephen Fowler to talk about closing out his bid to hold Georgia’s top elected office. 

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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In the week leading up to Georgia’s midterm election, several high-profile visitors are in town campaigning for the two leading candidates for governor.

Thursday started with a visit from Vice President Mike Pence on behalf of Republican candidate Brian Kemp. Pence and Kemp started the day in North Georgia in Dalton before heading east to Grovetown and finishing the day in Savannah.

During his first stop, Pence attacked Kemp's opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, for saying a blue wave is coming to Georgia and it includes both documented and undocumented people.

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Over the last two months, gubernatorial candidates in Georgia have wrangled up a lot of support from out of state. 

Some of that support comes from celebrities, senators and even a former president.

Opray Winfrey campaigned for Democrat Stacey Abrams Thursday in Marietta and Decatur.

Former President Barack Obama will campaign with Abrams and other candidates on Friday. 

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The second and final gubernatorial debate between Democrat Stacey Abrams, Republican Brian Kemp and Libertarian Ted Metz scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday has been canceled. 

The debate, hosted by WSB-TV was set to air less than 48 hours before polls opened on Election Day. 

WSB announced the cancellation of the debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday because the candidates could not agree on a modified time and date after Kemp pulled out of the original time.

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