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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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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?

The White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, as House Democrats move aggressively in their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, new polling shows voters support accelerating President’s Trump’s impeachment inquiry. What does Emory University’s Dr. Andra Gillespie have to take away from this and how is the impeachment investigation affecting Georgians right now? 


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp orders state agency heads to ignore requests by legislative leaders to attend fall budget hearings and send his mandated 4% cuts directly to him. Why is Kemp cutting legislators out of the process and what does it say about support under the “Gold Dome” for his dramatic cuts across the board? We’ll ask our panel for answers.

 


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.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a newly released poll offers clues about Georgian’s opinions on how Gov. Brian Kemp is performing in office, their feelings towards President Trump, and which Democratic presidential candidate is their current top choice. 


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On this edition of Political Rewind, it is unclear whether the citizenship question will be added to the 2020 census after the U.S. Supreme Court sent the issue back to lower courts. The partisan implications of the question have been hotly debated, but what could be the economic impact of the decision in Georgia? 


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.


Jim Beck, the commissioner of the Georgia Insurance Department, has been indicted in fraud case.
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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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On this edition of Political Rewind, it’s been some time since legislators have taken a serious look at further restrictions on abortion in Georgia. But now, a move to all but make the procedure illegal is up for consideration and Gov. Kemp has added his voice to the debate. Our panel looks at what might be the most explosive issue of the 2019 session.


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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This week in Georgia politics involved the ongoing discussion over House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) and calls for his resignation, Gov. Kemp's Medicaid waiver plan and possible state control of Atlanta's airport.

 

GPB reporter Stephen Fowler joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the Georgia legislature and Crossover Day, the last day bills have to pass out of one chamber or the other in order to be considered during the session.

 


A MARTA rapid transit train traveling through Atlanta, Georgia.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a crucial vote that will give us clues about the appetite for transit in metro Atlanta starts today. Will voters approve a measure to expand MARTA to Gwinnett County? We’ll talk with the county’s chairwoman Charlotte Nash, who is leading the effort to bring MARTA to Gwinnett.


House Speaker David Ralston steps away form the podium after speaking on the House floor on Feb. 11, 2016.
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Republican House Speaker David Ralston is forming a bipartisan group to look at changing a law he is accused of abusing.  

Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) announced he wants to examine the century-old law often referred to as 'legislative leave' that allows lawyers in the General Assembly to postpone cases while doing legislative duties. 

House Speaker David Ralston steps away form the podium after speaking on the House floor on Feb. 11, 2016.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as David Ralston faces calls for his resignation from GOP colleagues, Gov. Kemp and former Govs. Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal have voiced their support. We discuss the future for the state house speaker.


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A Republican in the state house has filed a resolution calling for House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) to step down after a recent news investigation into Ralston’s day job as a lawyer.


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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.


Attorney General of Georgia Chris Carr speaking with Political Rewind on Friday, February 15, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Republican Attorney General Chris Carr says it’s time to pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. at Stone Mountain, a state venue long known as a symbol of Confederate pride.

House Speaker David Ralston speaking with Political Rewind on January 9, 2019.
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ATLANTA (AP) — One of Georgia’s most powerful lawmakers is accused of using his office to delay court cases for criminal defendants he represented as an attorney.

Tyrone Brooks, a veteran civil rights activist, stands behind the tombstone of Mae Murray Dorsey who was killed in a 1946 lynching by a white mob in Monroe, Ga., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, was former Gov. Eugene Talmadge complicit in the unsolved lynchings in 1946? We’ll soon know more now that a federal judge has ordered the opening of grand jury proceedings of the case.


Gov. Brian Kemp speaks to Scott Slade on GPB's Lawmakers, Tuesday January 29, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Stacey Abrams is in the national spotlight after the announcement that she’ll give the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of The Union address. What impact will this high-reward, high-risk assignment have on her political future?


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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.

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

 

Political Rewind: The Final Hours

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a furious final weekend of campaigning in the GOP governor’s race.


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On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, we are at the Georgia State Capitol for Governor Nathan Deal’s final State of the State address.  What are his plans for restoring economic vitality to rural Georgia communities?  What about expanded transit in metro Atlanta?  How will he cap his progressive reforms in the criminal justice system?  And, what does he see as his legacy accomplishments?  Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston and others stop by to react to the speech.

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On this edition of "Political Rewind," as the 2018 Georgia legislative session approaches, we’re joined by Speaker of the House of Representatives David Ralston. What does he see as the most compelling issues legislators will face? What about a plan to deal with sexual harassment under the Gold Dome? Will the speaker once again look to tamp down efforts to pass a religious liberty bill? And, what about the calls for the legislature to relinquish control over the fate of Confederate markers in local communities?

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On this edition of Political Rewind, two prominent Georgians push back against President Trump: FBI Director Chris Wray defends the honor of his agency in response to Trump's Twitter attacks, and Congressman John Lewis says he won't attend the opening of a Mississippi civil rights museum if Donald Trump shows up. Plus, will Al Franken's resignation from the U.S. Senate put more pressure on Republicans to speak out against those in their own party accused of sexual harassment? Georgia's own Newt Gingrich says no way.

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The Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast gives legislative leaders the chance to lay out their priorities for the upcoming session.

This year, transportation took the spotlight. House Speaker David Ralston (R - Blue Ridge) announced plans for House leaders to back the creation of a commission to study how the state can better support its mass transit systems.

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On this edition of "Political Rewind," AJC political writer Jim Galloway and host Bill Nigut welcome Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston to the studio to get Ralston’s take on the upcoming session of the general assembly.

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Georgia Republicans are holding their state convention in Augusta this weekend, but Governor Deal and House Speaker David Ralston aren’t going to be there. Our panel of insiders look at why two of the state’s top GOP leaders will be no-shows.

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State House speaker David Ralston says there will be no changes to a bill allowing licensed gun owners to carry their weapons at public colleges.

Gov. Nathan Deal had concerns about guns showing up at faculty meetings and on-campus daycares. But Ralston says the General Assembly dealt with those issues when the bill was in committee.

In an interview with GPB's Lawmakers, he compared the process to a jury’s verdict in a trial

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