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Brian Kemp was sworn in as Georgia's 83rd governor Monday, bringing an end to Gov. Nathan Deal's eight years in office. Deal had his critics, but he also earned praise for initiatives related to business, education and criminal justice reform. Many of those achievements are symbolically represented in his official portrait with First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal. The portrait will now hang at the State Capitol.

Saporta Report founder Maria Saporta and Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter James Salzer joined "On Second Thought" to reflect on Deal's legacy as governor. 


Gov. Brian Kemp delivers remarks following his swearing in during the inaugrual ceremonies at Georgia Tech's McCamish Paviliion in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp takes the oath of office and is sworn in as Georgia's 83rd Governor.


Today's show previews a new year in Georgia politics and the start of the 2019 legislative session. We also revisit Gov. Nathan Deal's legacy over his eight years in office.

GPB reporter Stephen Fowler and "Political Rewind" host Bill Nigut joined "On Second Thought" to discuss Brian Kemp's inauguration as he becomes the 83rd governor of Georgia. They also highlighted new legislation the Georgia General Assembly could pass in the next few months.


The official portrait of Gov. Nathan Deal and Mrs. Sandra Deal was unveiled at State Capitol on January 3, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, in just two days, Nathan Deal turns over the keys to the office of governor to his successor, Brian Kemp. Our panel will look at the legacy of the outgoing governor and look ahead at what to expect in the Kemp Administration.

 

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As his time in office winds down, Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled his official portrait Thursday.
 

 


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If one more political event occurs before the year’s end, 2018 may just burst at the seams.


A condolence book sits in front of a painting of George H.W. Bush inside the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in College Station. Bush has died at age 94.
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Following the news that former President Georgia H.W. Bush passed away at the age of 94 on Friday, politicians around the state offered their condolences through statements memorializing the 41st President of the United States.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, voters will be asked to weigh in on five proposed amendments that will appear on this year’s ballot. We discuss the amendments, decipher what they mean and talk about the significance of each measure.


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Voters in Clay, Grady, Randolph and Turner counties have been given an extension to register to vote due to Hurricane Michael.

Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order Monday allowing citizens of those counties to submit voter registration applications through Oct. 16. 

Hurricane Michael caused the election offices in the affected four counties to be closed Tuesday, Oct. 9, which was the last day to register to vote in the state.  

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has extended the state of emergency he declared as Hurricane Michael made its way toward the state. 

Deal first announced the state of emergency on October 9 before Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida. The 108 counties included in the declaration cover much of South and Central Georgia. 

The state of emergency will now run through November 6 as communities across Georgia recover.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets Sen. David Perdue on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, evangelical leaders and GOP politicians are continuing to voice their support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh even as the controversy over allegations of sexual assault continue to cloud his confirmation.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, both Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams are focusing on education and school safety this week on the campaign trail. We’ll discuss the nuanced differences between each candidate’s proposals and how they plan to fund their efforts.

From left: incumbent U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, candidate for lieutenant governor, Sarah Riggs Amico, candidate for governor Stacey Abrams.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, there are an unprecedented number of women running for office this year, and a majority of Americans are happy to see the increase.


A worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, we take a broad look at healthcare in Georgia. After multiple attempts, Congress has failed to shut down The Affordable Care Act, but President Donald Trump is eliminating a number of key provisions through executive orders. What’s the likely impact on Georgians of ending the individual mandate?


President Donald Trump and Governor Nathan Deal during a meeting with state leaders about prison reform, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, both Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams have shared their vision for improving education in Georgia. We take a closer look at the policies each candidate has proposed. Plus, the panel discusses what voters should make of Abrams’ personal finances and we take a closer look at the latest campaign ads.


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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. 


Political Rewind: Blowout

Jul 25, 2018
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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. 


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A Chinese company is bringing jobs to North Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday.

Complete Flooring Supply Corporation is investing $30 million and providing 100 jobs in Gordon County.


Political Rewind: Election Day In Georgia

Jul 24, 2018
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it’s election day in Georgia. 


Political Rewind: The Final Hours

Jul 23, 2018
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a furious final weekend of campaigning in the GOP governor’s race.


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In just over a week, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp face off in the Republican runoff for Georgia's gubernatorial race.

Recent polling shows Cagle in a tight race with Kemp.

On Monday, Cagle landed a big co-sign from current Governor Nathan Deal. GPB’s Stephen Fowler has been tracking endorsements. He joined me in the studio to discuss Deal’s endorsement and the final days of the runoff election.


Political Rewind: Deal Picks His Candidate

Jul 16, 2018
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal picks a candidate to support in the GOP race to replace him.  We’ll discuss why he made the decision he did. 


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal announces a first step to build new transit in metro Atlanta, a huge project along Georgia 400.  Is the state on track to tackle the region’s traffic headaches?


Georgia Politicians Take Stances on Border Policy

Jun 20, 2018
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Several figures in Georgia’s political landscape have voiced their stances on the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sen. Johnny Isakson said that he is opposed to the policy and does not support the actions of the administration.

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Governor Nathan Deal is ending his final year in office by vetoing a record-high 21 bills.

Yesterday marked the close of a 40-day window in which the Governor could veto a bill, sign it, or let it go into law without a signature.

Greg Bluestein is a political reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a panelist on GPB’s Political Rewind. He joined me in the studio to talk about yesterday’s signings, and the legacy Governor Deal leaves behind.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal wraps up the official bill signing period with a flourish: his signature on one bill means Georgians could now pay state sales tax for many online purchases.  He also approved a controversial bill that could set a precedent for allowing Georgia cities to be split in two by residents looking for a change and a he vetoes a bill that was a showcase measure for GOP gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle.  Plus, the Secretary of State’s Office launches an investigation into potential voting irregularities in last December’s race for Atlanta mayor. 

Our panelists start by discussing Stacey Evans' new attack ad against her Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams. The ad makes the case that Abrams "cut a deal" to reduce the HOPE Scholarship.

Next, polls indicate that Casey Cagle has built a comfortable lead in the hunt for the GOP race for governor. Will his campaign now focus on assuring they'll face the opponent they fear least in a possible runoff? And who would they choose? Our panel weighs in. 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal has only a week left to take action on bills passed during the 2018 legislative session.  Our panel will look at how he may respond to some of the most contentious measures on his desk and at bills that, once signed, will have an impact on Georgians.  Then, GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is facing harsh criticism for an allegedly humorous ad in which he points a gun at a teenage boy looking to date on of his daughters.  Kemp’s response to the attacks: just spell my name right!  Plus, a new Pew research study shows that Americans hav

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal forges an agreement that will save health care choices for more than half a million Georgians.  Our panel will weigh in on this exercise in gubernatorial clout.  Then, news about the race to succeed Deal: Democrat Stacey Abrams wins two major endorsements in her bid to become Georgia’s next governor while Brian Kemp finds a way to turn a lost endorsement into a win with help from a prominent member of the same organization.  We’ll also look at newly released fundraising totals for candidates in races for congressional seats Democrats are ta

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