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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.


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On this special edition of Political Rewind, we are talking about House Bill 481, known to many people as the “Heartbeat” Bill. A lot has been said about the bill during the 2019 Legislative Session leading up to the signing of the bill by Gov. Brian Kemp on May 7th.


On this edition of Political Rewind, we sit down with the state's new Lt. Gov., Geoff Duncan. Elected last November, he just completed his first session presiding over the state Senate.

 


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.

Rep. Lucy McBath speaks outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta, GA with House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Georgia veterans.
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Two veterans in Georgia died by suicide last month, one outside the entrance of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and another in the parking lot of the VA Hospital in Dublin. The two incidences punctuated the struggles that have plagued the Georgia facilities in recent years. 


Comedian Colin Jost of NBC's Saturday Night Live opens a segment with a joke referrencing Georgia's new anti-abortion law.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Hollywood is beginning to step up criticism of Georgia's new abortion law. Some movie and television producers are calling for a boycott of the state while others say they’ll still film here but will donate profits to fight the law. Will the state lose its position as the number one location for film and tv production or is it all just talk?

 


Former first lady Michelle Obama makes a surprise visit to Spelman College in Atlanta on Saturday, May 11.
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Former first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Spelman College ahead of a book tour event in Atlanta for her autobiography, "Becoming."

Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins accompanied by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler speaks as Attorney General William Barr does not appear before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Today on Political Rewind, Georgians are making national political news this week.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp makes good on a campaign promise. He has signed H.B. 481 into law. The measure all but outlaws abortion in Georgia.

 


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp’s office has announced plans to sign H.B. 481 the controversial “Heartbeat Bill” on Tuesday. Our panel discusses what to expect following the event.


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Michael Owens, past chairman of the Cobb County Democrats and cyber security expert, announced his bid for U.S. House of Representatives Monday morning. Owens will be challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. David Scott. 

In his announcement, Owens said, "The next member of Congress for Georgia's 13th must be a progressive leader that will advocate for bold policies that will better the lives every American." 

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  On this edition of Political Rewind, as Democrats on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee go to war with Attorney General William Barr, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins continues his role as one of President Trump’s fiercest defenders on Capitol Hill.

Carolyn Meadows at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting of members in Indianapolis. Meadows was elected president of the NRA during a board meeting Monday, April 29, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia Democrats ponder their next steps in the effort to unseat David Perdue now that Stacey Abrams announces she won’t make the race.


Demonstrators protest the Food and Drug Administration's policies related to pharmaceutical opioids at a rally in front of the Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the opioid crisis is a nationwide plague, killing or holding hostage to drug addiction countless Americans.


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.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp marks an early milestone in his tenure as the chief executive of the state, he’s been in office for 100 days. We take a look at what he’s accomplished so far and at controversies, he’s stirred up, too.


Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty Kemp greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump as they arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to attend the "Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit," Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Speaking at the National Rx Drug and Heroin Abuse Summit in Atlanta, President Donald Trump told attendees that his support for faith-based initiatives was critical for the effort to combat the opioid crisis. 


President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive to speak at the "Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit," Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, President Trump is in Atlanta today, speaking at a national conference on drug abuse. Our panel looks at how the Trump Administration has dealt with opioid abuse, which the president has called a national crisis.

 

 


U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican who represents Georgia’s 1st Congressional District spoke at the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta.
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U.S. Congressman Earl "Buddy" Carter represents a large part of Georgia's coast. Some of the counties in his district are among the hardest hit in the state by the opioid crisis. Carter is also the only pharmacist currently serving in Congress. 


Immigration activists rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, in Washington, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as candidates ramp up their campaigns for the 2020 Elections, our panel looks at two trends in fundraising in Georgia that are moving in opposite directions.

 

 


Former Home Depot Executive Lynne Homrich releases campaign ad announcing her run for Georgia's 7th Congressional District.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the investigation into corruption in former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration has taken a new turn. And it could rally support for a legislative effort for a state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.


Four pages of special counsel Robert Mueller report on the witness table in the House Intelligence Committee hearing room on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, April 18, 2019.
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Today on Political Rewind, local political leaders are reacting to the findings in the just-released Department of Justice Report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie acknowledges that the election of Barack Obama as the country’s first black president was an event of immense importance in American history.


Brian Kemp and Nathan Deal during a campaign rally.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, we look at criminal justice in Georgia.


A woman holds a sign that reads "Don't tax me bro! " during the Atlanta Tea Party tax protest Wednesday, April 15, 2009 in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, today marks the 10th anniversary of the Atlanta Tea Party, which became part of a national movement that would upend Republican politics.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, we talk with two women who write about issues of race, gender and social inequity.


Aerial view of the United States Capitol building.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the despair of Georgia farmers is deepening as Congress and the president holds Hurricane Michael relief funds hostage to a seemingly intractable political feud. what will break the logjam?


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Today on Political Rewind our Town Hall at the University of Georgia in Athens.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with longtime panelist George “Buddy” Darden.


Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson annonuced she has formed an exploratory committee to oppose Republican Sen. David Perdue in the 2020 U.S. Senate Race.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the former mayor of Columbus, Teresa Tomlinson, has become the first formal Democratic challenger to Sen. David Perdue for his Senate seat in 2020. We talk with Tomlinson about what lead her to her decision and what her plans are if Stacey Abrams decides to enter that same race.


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