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Friday on Political Rewind, national attention turned to Georgia this month as video of the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery went viral, drawing widespread anger.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has now requested state and federal investigation into the handling of the case. He joins us on today’s show to discuss the latest.

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Thursday on Political Rewind, a metric that gives fresh perspective on how to view Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen the state: the number of new people infected by each person infected by COVID-19. 

That number went down during shelter-in-place orders in Georgia.

How do the experts expect this rate to change now that restrictions have been partially lifted?


Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler says Congress needs to provide more funding to help small business owners stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic and says more robust testing is a precursor to reopening the economy in the coming weeks.

Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue were named to President Trump’s congressional task force that will advise him on how and when to ease social distancing restrictions.

Loeffler sat down for an interview via Skype Friday to discuss the task force, Georgia’s economy and more.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her husband will sell off millions of dollars of individual stocks and related stock options after a firestorm of criticism over trades made by third-party advisors amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

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Four Georgians who were stranded on the Coral Princess cruise ship off the coast of Florida are self-quarantining at home now after Sen. Kelly Loeffler sent her private jet to return them to Atlanta.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., sold as much as $1.7 million in stocks just before the market dropped in February amid fears about the coronavirus epidemic.

But Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler also bought and sold stocks during the same time they were receiving briefings on the coronavirus outbreak, leading to questions about whether they used inside information to guide their financial dealings, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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It’s qualifying week at the Georgia State Capitol, which means hundreds of candidates will submit paperwork to run for all 236 state legislative seats, Georgia’s 14 U.S. House seats and both U.S. Senate seats.

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler is probably the least-known, highest profile politician in Georgia right now.

The financial services executive and Republican donor was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to fill the seat opened up by Sen. Johnny Isakson’s retirement at the end of 2019.

A political newcomer, she has quickly jumped into life in Washington and on the road stumping for votes in Georgia.

On Friday morning, Loefller called GPB News to discuss her transition, how she plans to convince Georgians to vote for her and why she wanted to run for elected office.

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Friday on Political Rewind, our panel was live from the annual Georgia Bar, Media & Judiciary Conference at the State Bar of Georgia in downtown Atlanta. The conference brings together Georgia lawyers, judges and journalists for discussions centered on law and the courts.

Our panel discussed the intesifying political feud between Congressman Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins over Johnny Isakson’s former Senate seat. And DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, a member of today's panel, explained why he recently decided not to run for the position. 

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the Democratic National Committee announced it has added Georgia to a list of targeted battleground states the party will look to claim in this year’s elections.

Next door, South Carolina saw presidential primary debate in Charleston. It was a fierce, messy affair among Democratic candidates, who often spoke over one another as they jostled for position in the lead-up to Saturday’s crucial primary in that state.


Georgia’s secretary of state has set the qualifying period for the special U.S. Senate election featuring Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and GOP Rep. Doug Collins. Qualifying in the race will take place next week from March 2-6, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office announced Monday.

That’s the same window that candidates in other 2020 Georgia races must officially declare to get on the ballot. The move could limit the amount of opposition that Loeffler, who was sworn in Jan. 6, will face.

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Friday on Political Rewind, President Trump says he is considering naming Georgia Congressman Doug Collins permanent director of national intelligence. The move would end what is becoming a nasty campaign battle between Collins and Sen. Kelly Loeffler as they position themselves for the November special Senate election.

In an interview with Political Rewind just hours before the president’s comments, Collins signaled he would likely choose the Senate race over an administration position.

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Ed Tarver, the first African American U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia and former state lawmaker, has officially launched his campaign for U.S. Senate for the seat currently held by Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

In a campaign video, Tarver touted his work "for all Georgians without regard to racial, religious, or cultural differences" while also targeting disparities and inequalities in the criminal justice system.

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, it is a crowded field in the race for the Senate seat held now held by Gov. Brian Kemp appointee Sen. Kelly Loeffler. A feisty battle between Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins is sparking division between GOP leaders.

Our panel discussed the latest developments in that race.


Monday on Political Rewind, formal meetings in the legislature were put on hold last week as agency heads and legislative leaders discussed Gov. Brian Kemp's proposed budget cuts. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ariel Hart discussed the impacts on Georgia health issues.

And, in other health news, the federal government is signaling it is likely to approve the governor's waiver designed to lower insurance premiums through government subsidies. The proposal would assist insurance companies in paying for medical bills for Georgians with insurance plans from the Affordable Care Act's exchanges. 

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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.

Precinct captain Carl Voss of Des Moines displays the Iowa Democratic Party caucus reporting app on his phone outside of the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's our second live show of the day as we await the results of Monday night's Iowa caucuses.  At least some results are expected later in the day, but will we learn the winner?  A big question for all candidates: how much will the delay impact fundraising and their performance in New Hampshire?

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Monday on Political Rewind, new fundraising totals for Georgia candidates for the U.S. Senate show Republicans incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have wide financial advantages over all Democratic challengers. Loeffler is making good on her promise to open her own checkbook for her race. She has already put $5 million into her campaign account.

But in the two hotly contested metro Atlanta races for the House, it is Democrats who have built big cash advantages.

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On Friday's Political Rewind, House Speaker David Ralston has ended speculation that the legislature could pass a bill forcing primary elections for both Georgia U.S. Senate seats this year. The proposed measure appeared to be designed to offer GOP Senate candidate Doug Collins a leg up in his battle with Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

It could have put legislators on a collision course with Gov. Brian Kemp, who favors an election that puts candidates of both parties on a special election ballot in November.

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wants to postpone any changes to a so-called "jungle primary" rule until after this November's special election, avoiding a May primary contest between appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Congressman Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) while making other changes the chief elections official desires.

In a statement, Raffensperger agreed with earlier comments House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) made about eliminating the election rule that sees all candidates, regardless of party, on the same ballot.

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Thursday on Political Rewind, Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, announced he is a candidate for Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s U.S. Senate seat.

Georgia Democrats have urged Warnock to enter the race because they see him as a unifying candidate the party can rally around.

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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. 

Rep. Doug Collins (R-9) joins Political Rewind to talk through the current issues on Capitol Hill and his work as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committe.

Georgia Congressman Doug Collins has officially launched his campaign for U.S. Senate, opening a rift in the Republican party that adds another layer of intrigue to an already contentious 2020 election cycle in Georgia.

Speaking on “Fox and Friends” from Atlanta, the Gainesville Republican said that it was time to take his message to a bigger stage.

“Well I think what we’ve done is proven what we can do in the House and take this message to the entire state of Georgia,” he said. “Georgia is a state that is a wonderful state that’s growing and has a lot of new ideas and new people coming in – they need to see the conservative values that actually believe in people.”

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A Georgia state House committee approved a bill that would require Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) to survive a May primary challenge from Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) before the November special election.

HB 757 passed out of the House Governmental Affairs committee Tuesday morning as news of Collins’ plans to enter the race swirled through the hallways of Gold Dome.

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Georgia Congressman Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) is taking steps to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), setting up a contentious campaign to earn Republican votes in a wide-open contest Democrats are hoping to flip.

Collins, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and a staunch ally of President Trump, has been informing supporters of his decision in recent days and has no official announcement date planned yet.

He spoke on the Georgia House floor Tuesday to honor the late Rules Chairman Jay Powell (R-Camilla) who died late last year. Afterward, he said nothing to reporters about his aspirations except more information would come soon.

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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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A bill intended to codify the secretary of state’s authority to set qualifying dates for special elections has turned into a proxy battle over Gov. Brian Kemp’s choice for U.S. Senate.

A substitute to HB 757 passed the elections subcommittee of the governmental affairs committee Monday afternoon on an 8-2 vote.

The original language of the bill, authored by House Judiciary Chairman Barry Fleming (R-Harlem), codified a longstanding policy that gave the state’s top election official the latitude to schedule the two-and-a-half day period that candidates for a special election must qualify to appear on the ballot.

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The Atlanta Hawks and Sen. Kelly Loeffler reacted Sunday night to the news of famed Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant’s death in a helicopter accident earlier in the day.

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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.