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Beau Cabell / The Telegraph of Macon

A Peach County man who admitted to killing to sheriff’s deputies in 2016 was sentenced to prison for a term that could cover the remainder of his life, plus at least three more lifetimes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender histories of New York and San Francisco are well known. But what about the South?


Beth Macy

On this edition of Political Rewind, for six years, Roanoke-based journalist Beth Macy watched the opioid crisis unfold in struggling Appalachian communities all around her. And so she began documenting the roles that a pharmaceutical industry hungry for profit, medical practitioners intent on easing pain and government agencies slow to recognize the crisis all played in allowing a devastating plague of addiction to grip the entire region.


Chris Saunders / NHPR

In an age when we all seem to be talking at each other, Virginia Prescott thinks we need to do a better job listening.


GPB News

How do you build an economy? From the top down or the ground up?

The major party candidates to be Georgia’s next governor offered their answers those questions at the annual Georgia Chamber of Commerce Luncheon in Macon Tuesday.

In her speech before the Chamber, Democrat Stacey Abrams floated ideas like a $10 million state fund for small business investment, money to be spent on wraparound services in public schools and Medicaid expansion as ideas for building economic capacity from the ground up. She called Medicaid expansion a bipartisan issue.

GOP candidate for governor Brian Kemp.
Grant Blankenship / GPB

There’s a question a lot of Georgians have been asking this election season: given that the secretary of state oversees elections in the state, why doesn’t Brian Kemp have to step down from that position as he seeks to become governor?

 

Cathy Cox is well suited to answer that question. Today Cox is the dean of Walter F. George School of Law At Mercer University in Macon. She’s also run for governor as a Democrat while serving as Georgia’s secretary of state.


Grant Blankenship / GPB

If you know Lindsay Holliday, you know he’s serious about his politics.

Holliday, who most people in Macon know as “Doc,” was once a fixture at Macon City Council meetings where he made good use of the public comment periods. He has run for office. To call him politically active is an understatement.

“I'm an activist. I'm definitely an activist and I'm ready to get active about this,” he said during a recent break at his Macon dentistry practice.

By this, Holliday meant the letter he got in the mail about a week after the second round of Georgia primary voting this year.


Grant Blankenship / GPB

Published August 7, 2018

The Macon-Bibb County Commission failed to set a new property tax rate after a contentious meeting Tuesday. That means some services could grind to a halt. 

Local libraries were already within a week of running out of money when commissioners went at each other in a debate over a substantial increase in property taxes Tuesday night. Ultimately, commissioners could find no middle ground and tabled the issue.

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Grant Blankenship / GPB

The monthslong budget fight in Macon-Bibb County that had closed libraries and parked city buses is over.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission voted 5 to 4 to approve a property tax increase Thursday. That will open up the flow of cash to the local health department, parks, public transit and other agencies that were either closed or near closing. There will still be cuts to make before the budget is final.



Credit: Georgia Air National Guard via FLICKR

The new Defense Spending Reauthorization Act lays out the path to the eventual end of a longstanding mission at one of Georgia’s largest military installations.

 

For decades the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS program at Robins Air Force Base has provided aerial battlefield surveillance. Not only are the JSTARS aircraft based out of Robins, but all of their maintenance is taken care of there, too, by a mix of Air National Guard and civilian personnel.

 

Courtesy Anya Silver

Anya Silver did not flinch from talking about death.

Death enraged her, moved her to compassion and incited her to worry for her son, all of which she wrote about in her poetry published in four books and dozens of journals, but she was never afraid of talking about it. In fact, as a poet Silver thought it was her job to see that her reader confront death as she had.

 


Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
(AP Photos/John Amis, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Stacey Abrams modifies her position on sandblasting the Confederate leaders carved on the face of Stone Mountain. Brian Kemp faces more criticism of how his office is dealing with election security issues.


Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Nearly 1,000 people have been ticketed for handling a cellphone while driving since the Hands-Free Georgia Law took effect July 1, officials say.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, 961 drivers were caught violating the law during its first month. The law makes it illegal to handle a cellphone with any part of the body, GPB News previously reported.

Political Rewind: Russian Hacking Beyond Elections

Aug 3, 2018
Feb. 13, 2013 Georgia Power crewman goes through the process of restoring power to a neighborhood as he works on a line, in Riverdale, Ga.
(AP Photo/John Amis, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, emails obtained by a voter security group show that Georgia officials knew about “critical vulnerabilities” in the electronic voting system less than a month before the November election. While the threat of Russian interference in US elections remains a top concern, should Georgia and other states across the country also be concerned about other areas of vulnerability?


Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
(AP Photos/John Amis, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams are laying out the issues and the lines of attack they’ll take into the fall campaign for governor. 


(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal makes a surprise announcement that he will suspend a controversial jet fuel tax long sought by Delta Air Lines. 


Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
(AP Photos/John Amis, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, as the Georgia governor’s race gets under way in earnest, the clash between the ideologies of Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp becomes one of the most talked about political stories in the country. 

Ellen Eldridge / GPB News

The police lip synch challenge began in Texas earlier this year and it's quickly making its way through the nation. Sheriff and police departments post videos singing along to songs and then challenge others to do the same.

The Canton Police Department is one of the latest to step up.


Political Rewind: America’s Partisan Divide

Jul 27, 2018
(AP Photo/David Goldman)

On this edition of Political Rewind, American politics is more polarized today that at any time on our history.  So says one of the country’s leading experts on voter trends, Emory University Political Science Professor Alan Abramowitz. 


Political Rewind: Blowout

Jul 25, 2018
(AP Photo/John Amis)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp rolls to an overwhelming victory in the GOP runoff election for governor, and he’s already begun a blistering line of attacks against his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams. 


Political Rewind: Election Day In Georgia

Jul 24, 2018
(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, it’s election day in Georgia. 


Political Rewind: The Final Hours

Jul 23, 2018
(AP Photos/Todd Kirkland, John Amis, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, a furious final weekend of campaigning in the GOP governor’s race.


Pence Campaigns For Brian Kemp Ahead Of Runoff

Jul 21, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence at a 2017 campaign fundraiser for Karen Handel. Pence will host a fundraiser for Brian Kemp in September.
David Goldman / AP Photo/File

On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Macon to campaign for Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Kemp faces off in Tuesday’s runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

The boisterous rally followed President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Kemp earlier this week.


(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

On this edition of Political Rewind, how has President Trump’s surprise endorsement of Brian Kemp reshaped the GOP governor’s race?  Why did Trump decide to weigh in on a Republican primary contest and can Casey Cagle craft a winning response? 


Georgia Department of Labor

Georgia's unemployment rate dropped to four point one percent in June, officials said Thursday.

The state Department of Labor said that's the lowest rate since 2001, with nearly 5 million residents working. That's a record.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Georgia's strong economy is attracting new residents.

GPB News

GPB Radio’s popular weekly program "Political Rewind" is expanding its broadcast schedule to four days a week. Beginning the week of Monday, July 23, listeners will now be able to hear the program live on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. in addition to its Monday, Wednesday and Friday live airings in the same timeslot.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, helping the poor becomes an issue in the GOP runoff between Brian Kemp and Casey Cagle.  We’ll discuss what appears to be the final revelation in the Cagle secret tape episode. 


Jason Hales / Juel Concepts

The Atlanta, retro-styled soul band Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics stepped into our studios for a mini concert and an interview. Raised by east Indian parents in Canada, Ruby has many inspirations to thank for her classic sound (with a twist). She taps into the classic tunes of Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Curtis Mayfield to unlease her powerful vocals.


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