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David Ralston in 2016
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Georgia lawmakers have been in session for only 12 days, but they're taking another break to examine the budget.

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Friday on Political Rewind, Georgia legislators are set to take up residence at the state Capitol once again next week. The 2020 session of the General Assembly gets under way on Monday.

Our panel discusses what you can expect from the legislature.


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When U.S. Senator for Georgia Johnny Isakson announced last year that he would be stepping down, months passed before Governor Brian Kemp announced that Kelly Loeffler would be his temporary replacement.

She was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on Monday.


Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, speaking with the press ahead of the 2020 Georgia General Assembly.
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The top Republican in Georgia’s House of Representatives is anticipating a lengthy 2020 legislative session as state lawmakers grapple with tax and budgeting rules.

During his annual pre-session press conference House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, laid out his expectations and offered a preview of the upcoming General Assembly.

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On Thursday's Political Rewind, we take a deeper look at issues driving national headlines. How has the United States emerged from the showdown with Iran in the aftermath of the targeting of Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani?

Are we safer? Did the Trump administration have clear evidence of an imminent threat that made it necessary to target Soleimani?


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The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute published a new poll of registered Georgia voters on their feelings about the state budget.

According to the poll, 78.3% of Georgians oppose or strongly oppose budget cuts if they affect public safety, health care or education. 68.1% would oppose cuts that would lead to layoffs. 

State Rep. Philip Singleton's Office

The "Student Athlete Protection Act" was recently filed in the Georgia legislature by state Rep. Philip Singleton (R-Sharpsburg). His first filed bill, HR 747, would among other things give athletic organizations the authority to prevent transgender athletes from competing in sporting events that don't match the gender assigned at birth.


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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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2019 has been a consequential year across Georgia’s political landscape, from the inauguration of a new governor to fierce debates over voting and reproductive rights to national attention over the state’s potential to flip from Republican to Democrat.

GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler sat down with All Things Considered host Rickey Bevington to recap some of the biggest moments.


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2020 is shaping up to be a busy year for Georgia politics.

The economy is doing well, but the state government is making some significant budget cuts.


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Ten Democratic presidential candidates will take to the debate stage at Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta Wednesday night. The candidates will answer questions from a panel of four women journalists. 

While that may sound historic, it’s the third time in U.S. history where the moderators are all women, but it is the first time in this election cycle.


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From former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Cory Booker to former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Buttigieg, big name Democrats are making a major play for Georgia in 2020 – and those are just the candidates who stopped through the state this week. GPB Political Rewind producer Robert Jimison covered the four presidential hopefuls' campaign events. He stopped by On Second Thought to share how they pitched themselves to Georgia voters.


Sen. Johnny Isakson responded during an appearance on GPB’s Political Rewind to President Donald Trump's recent attack of the late Sen. John McCain.

Isakson called the president’s remarks “deplorable.”


Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during an interview at the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta.
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Just over a month after President Donald Trump shared his goal to eliminate HIV in the next decade, his health secretary is out touting details of how the administration hopes to end transmission and prevent new diagnoses by 2030. 


The state Senate has approved HB 316, an omnibus voting bill that would tweak state election code and would make Georgia the only state in the country to solely use ballot-marking devices to conduct elections.

Lawmakers debated for about three hours on the measure, which was passed 35-21 along party lines.

Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) carried the bill in the Senate. He said the $150 million price tag in the budget has been thoroughly vetted by lawmakers and the state.

The Georgia General Assembly session begins on January 14, 2019.
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By the end of crossover day, bills must be clear of one chamber or the other to remain in play for the rest of the legislative session. The state House and Senate passed a wave of legislation by the deadline, including a "heartbeat" abortion bill. GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler and Capitol correspondent for GPB TV's "Lawmakers," Donna Lowry, joined "On Second Thought" to discuss this week in Georgia politics.


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This post originally published at 8:52 a.m. Thursday, March 7. It has been updated.

The (Crossover) day has come. Thursday is legislative day 28 of 40, and is the make-or-break time for most bills angling to make their way to the governor during this session. 

It's widely considered to be the final day a bill must pass out of the House or the Senate to continue its way through the legislative process.

Senate Passes Isakson's Bill To Protect Historic Lands

Feb 13, 2019
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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation proposed by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) that would protect by federal law three historic Georgian landmarks.

Isakson’s bills were included in a public lands legislative package, S.47, which passed the Senate by a vote of 92-8.

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Just prior to taking office, Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp quietly settled a lawsuit that said he owed $500,000 for a loan he negotiated and guaranteed for a struggling agricultural company.