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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.


(L-R) Rep. David Clark (R-Buford), Hailie Massey, Laurie Wilson, Rep. Jeff Jones (R-Brunswick)
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In 2012, Hailie Massey was raped in her home by a 33-year-old traveling evangelist while her parents slept.  She was 14 years old. 

Even though her attacker was arrested and charged in 2013, his trial was continuously delayed because of the legislative commitments of his attorney, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston. Under Georgia’s “legislative leave” law at the time, state legislators could request a delay in court proceedings if their own legislative duties meant they had a scheduling conflict.  

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Thursday on Political Rewind, the Georgia House voted yesterday on a midyear budget differing significantly from the proposal submitted by Gov. Brian Kemp.

The altered budget, passed by a 126-to-46 vote, maintains funding for services that state representatives deemed too important to cut, including funds for food inspectors in the Department of Agriculture, accountability courts and mental health services.

What do we see happening next in this budget battle?


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The Georgia House of Representatives passed an updated budget for the rest of this fiscal year that rejects many reductions Gov. Brian Kemp proposed as part of an overall plan to cut back on government spending.

HB 792, which covers the budget through June 30, passed 126 to 46 and now heads to the state Senate, which will craft its own version.

GPB Lawmakers Host Donna Lowry interviews (L to R) Dr. Patrice Harris, Dr. Sally Goza and Dr. Jacqueline Fincher
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Three of the country’s leading medical organizations are run by Georgian women who say they hope to focus efforts — at national levels — around improving healthcare in rural communities, which is a leading healthcare concern in Georgia.

President of the American College of Physicians Dr. Jacqueline Fincher, President American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Sally Goza and President American Medical Association Dr. Patrice Harris spoke to GPB Lawmakers’ Host Donna Lowry, breaking down how the impact the lack of access to healthcare can affect communities.

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, legislators in the Georgia House are set to vote on a mid-year budget rejecting many previously proposed cuts to health services, accountability courts and more.

What could this mean for the relationship between the governor and legislative leaders? 


House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England (R-Auburn)
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A key House committee voted Tuesday to reject many of the steep cuts Gov. Brian Kemp had requested for the current budget year, capping off a hectic stretch of adjournment, committee hearings and line-by-line budget negotiations.

The House Appropriations Committee gaveled in at 7 a.m. to begin considering Kemp’s recommended changes to the current state budget, which the governor asked to be cut by roughly $200 million. Committee members voted unanimously to add back full, or at least partial funding, for many of their key priorities including money for rural health, behavioral health and criminal justice reform. 

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the legislature is back in session after a week-long break. They have been studying deep cuts Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed to the mid-year budget.

Republican House leaders want to restore funds for what they say are essential services, including state food safety inspectors.


Monday on Political Rewind, new figures reveal how much Georgia donors are contributing to Democratic presidential campaigns, and the numbers show former Mayor Pete Buttigieg out front with $800,000 and Joe Biden following close behind.

While in 5th place, Sen. Amy Klobuchar nonetheless gained a big boost in donations in the last quarter of 2019. Those final three months of the year saw her receive roughly triple the donations than in the previous three months.


Gov. Brian Kemp
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Members of the Georgia House of Representatives are rejecting some midyear budget cuts proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp.

They say the Republican governor wanted to cut too deeply on some items.

Kemp is proposing more than $200 million in midyear reductions in state spending, citing a shortfall in state revenues. House subcommittees on Thursday recommended putting back more than $2.8 million of Kemp's proposed reductions. 

The full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on amendments to the current spending plan.

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Friday on Political Rewind, what is the role of Georgia in election year politics? National attention turns to the Peach State in 2020.

Earlier this week, Lucy McBath announced her support for Bloomberg. The endorsements come as the former New York City mayor tries to recover from the leaked remarks he made in a 2015 speech defending the “stop and frisk” policing policy.


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Gov. Brian Kemp says he foresees a “great budget” when the second round of budget discussions end this week.

Just 12 days into the 2020 session under the Gold Dome, lawmakers decided to take a second break — after having discussed at length already in January concerns they had with the governor’s proposed 4% cuts to the budget this year and 6% cuts next year.

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Thursday on Political Rewind, Lucy McBath’s endorsement of Michael Bloomberg has come at a crucial time for the Democratic presidential candidate as controversial unfolds over past remarks.

The former mayor of New York City is under increased scrutiny after a leaked tape exposed Bloomberg talking in 2015 about minorities in harsh terms as he defended the controversial “stop and frisk” policing program.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, breaking down the results from the New Hampshire primary.  Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders has won a narrow victory over Pete Buttigieg, while Sen. Amy Klobuchar surged into a third place.

Our panel of experts will look at how the candidates spun the results and discuss the arguments each will likely make moving forward to Nevada and South Carolina.

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Thursday on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp has offered a sharp rebuke to lawmakers who have called a halt to the legislative session to try and resolve an escalating budget fight. Without using his name, Kemp attacked Speaker David Ralston, who called for the seven-day suspension of the session.


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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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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On this morning's edition of Political Rewind, Democratic candidates for president are campaigning in New Hampshire this morning even as they await the delayed results of the Iowa caucuses.

Confusion in reporting from precincts across the Hawk Eye state left the Democratic field without a clear front runner and without winnowing the field.

The turmoil in Iowa could potentially make Georgia’s late March primary even more important in picking a Democratic nominee.


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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.

Four of the major league professional sports teams based in Atlanta are teaming up to push for legalization of some forms of sports betting in Georgia.

The Georgia Professional Sports Alliance, a conglomerate of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta United voiced support for mobile and online wagering in a letter published just before the start of the new legislative session in the Georgia General Assembly.

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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.
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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.”

Kelly Loeffler

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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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.

Monday on Political Rewind, there is one less contender in the Democratic race for David Perdue’s seat in the U.S. Senate. Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry has announced he will quit that race and run instead for a seat on the DeKalb County commission.

Several key rural legislators are pushing back against Gov. Brian Kemp’s demands for deep cuts in the state budget. House Appropriations Chairman Terry England said he fears the cuts will hurt efforts to improve health care in rural areas of the state.

Kemp has told lawmakers his cuts are necessary to protect the state against an economic downturn.


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