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President Donald Trump's trip Friday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention turned into a scattershot defense of his administration's handling of the growing coronavirus crisis.

Trump, wearing his “Keep America Great" campaign hat while discussing the global worry, falsely declared that a test for the virus was available for anyone who wanted.

He called the Democratic governor of a state impacted by the virus “a snake." And he suggested that those exposed to the virus on a cruise ship be left aboard so they wouldn't count in the nation's total.

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Today on Political Rewind, a busy week in national politics will impact how the candidates for president campaign in Georgia as the March 24 primary approaches.


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President Donald Trump said Friday while talking to reporters at the White House that he changed his plans to visit Atlanta because there were concerns someone at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Trump's visit to Atlanta is back on, now. He is expected to visit Nashville, Tennessee, and then head to Atlanta this afternoon.

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Monday on Political Rewind, Georgians have their first chance to choose a candidate in the presidential race starting today.

Early voting for the March 24 presidential primary has begun across the state. Registered voters can find their early polling locations through the Secretary of State's website.

The vote opens just as former Vice President Joe Biden – the consistent leader in polls in Georgia – sees a revival of his hopes for the nomination after a landslide victory in South Carolina.


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President Donald Trump says 22 people in the U.S. have been stricken by the new coronavirus and additional cases in the United States are “likely.” 

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U.S. Rep. Doug Collins joined Georgia Public Broadcasting's Bill Nigut last week to discuss the Gainesville native’s candidacy for Senate and his close relationship with President Donald Trump.

In an increasingly sour race against Gov. Brian Kemp-appointee Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Collins said he is running as a different kind of conservative who can appeal to a wider field of potential voters.

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Friday on Political Rewind, President Donald Trump hinted that he is looking for a compromise to end the showdown between U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins. The two Georgia Republicans are running for the same U.S. Senate seat.

Trump did not make it clear he will step into the contest or how he thinks he could resolve the head-to-head battle.


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On Wednesday's Political Rewind, we discuss the impending U.S. Senate vote on the impeachment of President Trump. Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are set to cast votes to acquit. It is likely they will join all their Republican colleagues in rejecting the two articles of impeachment.

The state’s congressional delegation, as expected, split along party lines in their response to the president’s State of the Union address.  Meanwhile, the event itself seemed, as one of our guests put it, a combination of a raucus session of Britain's Parliament and a Trump campaign rally.


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About 10,000 Georgians individually gave nearly $3 million to Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns from October to December last year, giving an updated look at support from across the state ahead of the March 24 presidential preference primary.

According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, more than half of that went to President Donald Trump, who raked in more than $1.6 million from 5,096 Georgians that donated directly to the campaign or to an authorized committee. About a third of the contributions came from Georgians who listed "retired" as their occupation. During 2019, Trump picked up more than $3 million from the state as he looks to win a second term this November.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, Congressman Doug Collins has now made it official. The Gainesville-native announced earlier today he is running for the Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

He downplayed expectations that a battle between him and Sen. Loeffler will create a deep rift in the Georgia Republican party. 


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Monday on Political Rewind, we took an in-depth look at sports betting from two of the leading advocates for a law enabling betting in Georgia; the CEOs of two of Atlanta's major sports organizations.

What are the opportunities and risks for Georgia associated with the legalization of some specific forms of sports betting?


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Friday on Political Rewind, Democratic impeachment managers will wrap up their opening arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump. The president’s defense team is expected to begin making their case Saturday.

And here in Georgia, a fight is brewing under the state Capitol’s gold dome over proposed cuts in the mental health services budget. Some Georgia officials argue that reduced funding will increase suicides and substance abuse problems. The governor’s office says their analysis calls those dire predictions wrong.


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On Thursday's Political Rewind, we waded into impeachment news to check on how Georgians may be reacting to the ongoing trial of President Donald Trump. Georgia’s attorney general added his name to a letter from the top prosecutors in 21 other states who are calling impeachment an unconstitutional partisan effort.

In news surrounding the presidential race, Sen. Bernie Sanders is showing gains in national polling and in key Democratic primary states. Our panel analyzed his surge.


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On Wednesday's Political Rewind, Georgias' Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler joined all of the GOP members of the Senate to vote down a series of Democratic amendments that would allow witnesses and documentary evidence into the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.


J. Scott Applewhite / AP

On Tuesday's Political Rewind, the impeachment trial of President Trump begins and Georgia congressional delegates play key roles.

New polling from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and CNN checks on Georgia and national opinions on a range of issues, including impeachment.


Jacquelyn Martin / AP

U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler this week began her congressional tenure as Gov. Brian Kemp’s replacement for retired Sen. Johnny Isakson. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Washington correspondent, Tia Mitchell, joined us to talk about Loeffler’s first days on Capitol Hill.


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The Trump administration has taken steps to allow some prescription drugs to be imported from Canada. While the proposal is far from final, the hope is to provide lower costs for families struggling to pay for expensive medications.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, the House Judiciary Committee has now voted for articles of impeachment against President Trump. We’ll look at how Georgia’s representatives on the committee figured into the long debate, and what to expect when the articles move to the House floor in the days ahead.

Plus, one of President’s closest allies on Capitol Hill gives a vote of confidence to FBI Director Chris Wray after Wray incurred the President’s Twitter wrath this week. Why did Sen. David Perdue make his stand with Wray?


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Today on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is locked in a battle with President Donald Trump over his choice to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson in the U.S. Senate. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kemp is set to name Atlanta business executive Kelly Loeffler to the seat. Critics claim Loeffler is not a true Trump conservative and want Rep. Doug Collins for the job.

How will this fierce battle play out in the week ahead? Our panel weighs in.

Rep. Doug Collins R-Ga., speaks on a news conference during the House Republican members conference in Baltimore, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.
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Today on Political Rewind, As we await word on Gov. Brian Kemp’s appointment to fill Johnny Isakson’s seat in the U.S. Senate, President Trump advocates for Rep. Doug Collins. Will Kemp agree or will he go with his own choice?


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Today on Political Rewind, President Donald Trump jumps the gun and declares his choice for Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat, even before Gov. Brian Kemp announces his own preference. Will Kemp bend to the president’s will or make an independent decision? Our panel weighs in on the possible fallout from the president’s impulsive decision to back Congressman Doug Collins for the job. 

"I think the governor needs to consider that the president is looking for partisan loyalty," Spelman College's Marilyn Davis said.


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Today on Political Rewind, it is debate week in Georgia. Democratic candidates for president and other party leaders are already arriving in Atlanta to promote their key issues and energize voters for the 2020 election cycle. We will look at how the days leading up to the debate are unfolding.

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The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moved into a new phase last week as the House Intelligence Committee held its first open hearings.

As the witnesses were sworn-in that morning, the president’s supporters in Georgia’s Congressional delegation had already begun to voice their opposition to the inquiry.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

A new poll of registered voters in Georgia suggests President Donald Trump has challenges ahead as he works to win the state in 2020. The results give us a snapshot of which Democratic candidates might be most successful in beating the president in Georgia. Our panel looks at the data.


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As the country honors its military veterans today, we’ll look at the problems that continue to plague the veterans’ hospital here in Atlanta and at the efforts of Sen. Johnny Isakson to turn around a dysfunctional health care delivery system for veterans across the country.


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Today on Political Rewind, Democratic Party of Georgia Chair, state Sen. Nikema Williams, joins our panel to discuss how Democrats plan to use Atlanta’s presidential debate in their efforts to turn the Peach State purple.


Danny Karnik / AP

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be in Atlanta Friday and those who live, work and play in the city can expect extra traffic snarls from Marietta to Buckhead. Trump is expected to land at Dobbins Air Reserve Base sometime late in the morning and head via motorcade toward Buckhead.

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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, Georgians will get a chance to weigh in on Gov. Brian Kemp’s health care waivers. Kemp’s proposals would give more authority to the state for health insurance powers that are now held by the federal government. Where do Georgians stand on the state government’s role in health care coverage?

 


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