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Ahead of Wednesday night's Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta, political figures are weighing in on the national focus of Georgia's politics.

The event will bring 10 candidates on stage to tout their proposals for how they would govern as the nation's chief executive.

In a familiar line of attack against Democratic primary candidates, Republican Sen. David Perdue anticipates the two-hour debate will display far left ideas that he believes do not align with the desires of Georgia voters. 


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Today on Political Rewind, we sit down for an exclusive interview with Georgia’s Speaker of the House David Ralston. Our conversation’s timing could not be better.

 

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Today on Political Rewind, the secretary of state has announced plans to strike more than 300,000 Georgians from the voter rolls. Similar to the 2018 election, voting rights groups are calling the move an attempt to surpress votes, while the secretary of state’s office says it is an effort to ensure honest elections. Our panel looks at the arguments on both sides.


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Today on Political Rewind, Democrats play to their strengths while choosing a site for the upcoming Georgia presidential debate. They selected a stage near Atlanta, foregoing a chance to expand their base in the metro suburbs.

But does the location matter at all? We ask our panel.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, we look at the latest fundraising total for candidates in key 2020 Georgia races. Democratic candidates for Sen. David Perdue’s Senate seat are trailing behind him by wide margins. Our panel weighs in on how the money gap may dictate the strength of Democrats who want to beat Perdue.


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Millions of dollars have poured in to Georgia congressional campaign coffers in the last three months, as candidates look to show their viability a year out from the 2020 election.

The campaign finance reports submitted Tuesday show Democrats outraising Republicans in two key U.S. House races while needing to play catch-up in a U.S. Senate race.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia Democrats praise national party leadership for choosing the state as the site for November's presidential debate. We will look at the strategies they might use to maximize their candidates’ impact in Georgia and how Republicans may respond.


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Today on Political Rewind, our panel weighs in on former President Jimmy Carter's comments on the current impeachment inquiry in an interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell. What did one of the Peach State's favorite sons have to say about President Donald Trump?


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff joins us live in studio as the latest guest in our series of conversations with David Perdue’s challengers. Will he be able to capitalize on the energy and campaign funds that animated his race for Congress two years ago or will the loss of the most expensive race in congressional history hold him back?

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In the past few days, both U.S. senators from Georgia have announced legislation aimed at curbing mass violence.

Outgoing Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson is splitting with some members of his party. His bill would give the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ongoing funding to research mass shootings.  That’s despite a provision to stop such funding passed by congress in the 1990s under the strong influence of the National Rifle Association.

Meanwhile, Sen. David Perdue is teaming up with his Democratic colleague, Doug Jones of Alabama on a bill called “The School Safety Clearinghouse Act” which would fund a federal information hub.


Jon Ossoff announces his candidacy for U.S. Sen. seat currently held by David Perdue
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp has moved to revitalize the task force assigned to maximize participation among all Georgians in the 2020 census. We ask his press secretary, can immigrant communities be reassured they have no reason to fear being counted?

 


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As you might already know, both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats will be on the ballot next November.

But questions about who Gov. Brian Kemp will pick to replace Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson on the ballot in 2020 (and, if successful, the governor’s reelection campaign in 2022) has created an unending cascade of speculation and game theory about who will mount campaigns for the elected offices.

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.

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. 


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Less than a year after losing the race to lead the Georgia State Senate, Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico has announced her campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Amico, who runs car-hauling business Jack Cooper Holdings, said in a campaign launch video that “these are times that test our faith,” and shared her vision to help “build a government as good as the people of Georgia” if elected.

“We need leaders who will renew our faith in America’s loftiest ideals,” she said.  


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A strong economy locally and nationally was the central focus of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's annual congressional luncheon in Macon.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao spoke of streamlined regulations, a focus on rural America and the combination of what she called "pro-growth policies and investments with American ingenuity and initiative" that has boosted the economy, while U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) touched on ways Georgia's economy could serve as a model across the country.

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Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue says he has concerns about “red flag” gun laws that would give judges authority to temporarily remove a person’s guns if they are considered dangerous to themselves or others.

Speaking to a group of reporters in his Atlanta office during a wide-ranging interview, he said he could not comment on any specifics until a bill has been drafted.

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., walks to the elevator for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, in New York. Casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations, President Donald Trump said Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, that Deferred Action for Chi
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Today on Political Rewind, the cash behind the campaigns. What do the fundraising numbers for candidates reveal about their support and how could the races in 2020 play out?

 


Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson during an appearance on Political Rewind.
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One day after Stacey Abrams made the announcement she would not seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate next year, former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson formally announced her campaign. 

Tomlinson most recently served two terms as mayor of Georgia's second-largest city and is a partner at Atlanta law firm Hall Booth Smith.

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After months of speculation, it’s official: Stacey Abrams is not running for U.S. Senate against David Perdue (R-GA) in 2020.

In an interview with GPB News Monday night, Abrams said that she is also not ruling out a White House run next year but will also not provide a timeline for any decision on that race. There are currently 20 candidates running for the Democratic nomination.


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.


Josephine Bennett

A shuttered Boeing facility in Macon is getting new life thanks to a unique partnership between local, state and federal government.

In 2016, Macon’s Boeing plant closed after being opened 35 years. Since then, the city has been looking for a new tenant.

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson during an appearance on Political Rewind.
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Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has announced she is taking the first steps toward running for the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican David Perdue in the 2020 U.S. Senate Race. 

Friday morning Tomlinson shared the news of her exploratory committee and said "together, we can take the roadmap to the Senate majority through Georgia and have a government that works for ALL Georgians and ALL Americans."

Tomlinson will be a panelist on Friday's "Political Rewind with Bill Nigut" at 2 p.m.

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Some Georgia farmers say they’re worried they’ll lose land that’s been in their families for generations after hurricanes and tariff hikes wiped out their crops and reserve cash.  Federal leaders promise to help, but farm loans are coming due, and disaster relief has yet to arrive.


Today's show featured conversations on disaster relief for Georgia communities, a new release from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a recap of bills moving through the state legislature.

Since Hurricane Michael, On Second Thought has heard from Georgia farmers whose crops were devastated by the storm. Their 2018 farm loans are coming due and yet the promised federal disaster funds they need to balance their books isn't here. Sen. David Perdue joined On Second Thought to provide an update on these funds.


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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U.S. Sen. David Perdue told members of the Georgia House of Representatives that he expects a disaster relief package to help victims devastated by Hurricane Michael to be signed by the president this week.

David Goldman / AP Photo

On this edition of Political Rewind, House Speaker David Ralston is pushing back against an AJC investigative report that alleges he used his position to delay criminal proceedings against a number of his clients. We’ll look at the latest developments in the story.


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Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is considering a potential run for Senate in 2020 against Republican incumbent David Perdue.

Abrams, who gave the Democratic response to the president's State of the Union address earlier this month, has continued to push for what she calls a "fair voting system" in Georgia.  


Gov. Brian Kemp speaks after being sworn in as Georgia's governor during a ceremony at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Kemp says he’ll ask the legislature to approve a plan for Medicaid waivers that will make health care more available to poor and middle-class Georgians.  How will the plan fare among lawmakers and Georgia voters?

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp says the state is prepared and hopes to avoid the catastrophe that has gripped North Georgia during past winter storms.


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