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As members of the Foreign Service testified before the House Intelligence Committee earlier this month, a lot of Americans probably found themselves asking: What does a US Ambassador actually do?

Rep. Doug Collins R-Ga., speaks on a news conference during the House Republican members conference in Baltimore, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.
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Today on Political Rewind, As we await word on Gov. Brian Kemp’s appointment to fill Johnny Isakson’s seat in the U.S. Senate, President Trump advocates for Rep. Doug Collins. Will Kemp agree or will he go with his own choice?

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Atlanta is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the country, with nearly 6 million people now calling the city home.

With all that growth comes the issue of gentrification. As more apartments and businesses crop up around the metro area, many long-time residents of neighborhoods are being priced out by higher rents and property taxes.

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Here’s a strange fact about Georgia: the state has no naturally occurring large lakes – just some small pockets that fill up when it rains.  What it does have is a wealth of creeks, streams and dams. 

It turns out some of those dams are failing and that their failures could bring dire – even catastrophic – consequences.  That’s according to data the Associated Press just released and that GPB’s Grant Blankenship has been analyzing. 

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Waterfowl hunting season opened in Georgia over the weekend, bringing with it some changes.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu season is starting to ramp up — and it's not too late to reduce your risk with a vaccine.

But scientists have come to realize that flu vaccines are less effective for people who are overweight or obese.


A Georgia state agency says it has money available to help fund projects that give people a closer view of the state's wildlife.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for its Wildlife Viewing Grants Program through Jan. 15. The grants award up to $3,000 per project.

The agency awarded money to six projects last year. They included a viewing scope and platform at a nature center on Jekyll Island and a tower that provides shelter for federally protected migratory birds at Talking Rock Nature Preserve in Pickens County.

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A cargo ship that capsized off the Georgia coast could remain in the sea for the next year.

That’s the long-range outlook of Coast Guard Cmdr. Matt Baer, a member of the Unified Command tasked with removing the ship that capsized in September.

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Today on Political Rewind, President Donald Trump jumps the gun and declares his choice for Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat, even before Gov. Brian Kemp announces his own preference. Will Kemp bend to the president’s will or make an independent decision? Our panel weighs in on the possible fallout from the president’s impulsive decision to back Congressman Doug Collins for the job. 

"I think the governor needs to consider that the president is looking for partisan loyalty," Spelman College's Marilyn Davis said.

Democratic Candidates on the Debate stage
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Before Wednesday's Democratic president debate in Atlanta, GPB's Rickey Bevington spoke with a political consultant from Grady County in South Georgia about what rural Democrats wanted to hear from the candidates.

Pete Fuller heard our interview and shared his persepctive. Fuller is the chair of the Jackson County Democrats and the Rural Caucus Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Bevington checked in with him after the debate to get this reaction to how the candidates addressed rural issues.

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For many people around the world, the beloved public television show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is a reminder of a simpler time.

Starting in 1968, Fred Rogers spent three decades teaching children that each of them is special in their own way.

John Amis / AP

Joe Biden did not hold any public campaign events in Atlanta following Wednesday night's debate. Instead, the former vice president held a closed-door meeting with a group of black mayors from cities across the South. 

The group represents an important potential partnership that could help Biden strengthen his support among Southern leaders in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. 

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Carol Fleming remembers a stroke patient who tried to drive herself to the hospital during morning rush hour traffic in Atlanta.

"As she was driving, she was becoming more confused and not thinking clearly," Fleming said. "She did decide to pull off on the side of the road and call 911."

Fleming runs the Mobile Stroke Unit at Grady Memorial Hospital. That unit was the first to arrive. The crew on board the ambulance helped the woman who was having a stroke right there on the side of I-85.

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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered a speech dedicated to the history of black women in politics as she seeks to increase support after Wednesday’s primary debate.

In a gym on the campus of Clark Atlanta University, the presidential candidate was welcomed by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, a fellow Massachusetts Democrat. 

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says if he is elected president, attending any historically black college would be tuition-free.

Speaking at a rally on the campus of Morehouse College, Sanders outlined his latest affordable education policies.

“We are going to encourage young people to go into teaching because we're going to give educators the respect and compensation they deserve,” he said. “And that means that no teacher in America should earn less than $60,000 a year.”

Tiffany Cross, U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris greet the crowd at a breakfast in Atlanta.
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A day after candidates sparred over race and culture during Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate at Tyler Perry Studios, candidates crisscrossed through Atlanta to pitch their message to black voters from every background.   


Religious black voters were courted by five candidates over breakfast hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton. Across town Sen. Kamala Harris held her own morning buffet where she spoke to a group of black women.


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There is plenty to do in Savannah the weekend before Thanksgiving. Bill Dawers of Hissing Lawns and the Savannah Morning News has your guide.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Four presidential candidates joined Stacey Abrams Thursday to help reach out to some of the 313,000 registered Georgia voters who may be removed from the voter rolls ahead of the 2020 election.

At a phone bank set up by Abrams’ Fair Fight Action group in a room at Ebenezer Baptist Church, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg churned through voter contacts, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker tapped a rhythm along with the names of his voters and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar joked about beating her fellow candidates’ score of total voters reached. 

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The Democratic presidential debate ended Wednesday night, but the candidate events in Atlanta did not. 

Five of the 10 candidates from the debate stage campaigned at the National Action Network breakfast Thursday morning. The breakfast was attended by African American religious leaders from across the southeast.   

Sarah Rose / GPB News

While the four moderators and 10 presidential candidates on the debate stage largely eschewed discussion of Georgia issues for a more national view, local Democratic leaders said they are pleased with the overall experience.


The presidential primary debate at Tyler Perry Studios was one of the more robust conversations among the expansive Democratic field, with the two-plus hour debate touching on everything from paid family leave to affordable housing to the role of race and gender in politics. 

Emily Jones / GPB News

Ten candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination took the stage Wednesday night for a debate in southwest Atlanta. 

While the nation was focused on the event at Tyler Perry Studios, GPB’s team of reporters attended watch parties across the state from Savannah to Marietta to hear from voters on both sides of the aisle.  

Democratic Candidates on the Debate stage
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Some of the top Democratic presidential candidates have spent the week in Atlanta reaching out to black voters ahead of Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate.

GPB's Rickey Bevington interviewed race & ethnicity reporter for the Associated Press, Errin Haines about the importance of Atlanta as the debate stage and how candidates are addressing race.

Robert Jimison / GPB News

Just a few hours before the top Democratic presidential hopefuls were set to take the debate stage at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, there were new reports from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that President Donald Trump was pushing for Rep. Doug Collins to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson.

Gov. Brian Kemp recently closed an application to replace the retiring senator. About 500 people applied.

Kemp is expected to announce Isakson's successor before Isakson leaves office at the end of the year.

GPB's Rickey Bevington went over the breaking news with state Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, during a live broadcast from the media center just a studio away from the debate stage. 

Candidates on debate Stage during fifth Democratic Presidential Debate
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Georgia is playing host to this month's Democratic presidential debate.

Ten presidential candidates will make their case to voters as to why they are the candidate that can beat President Donald Trump just a few months before the first caucus in Iowa.

GPB's Rickey Bevington interviewed NPR Political Correspondent, Asma Khalid about her reporting heading into the fifth debate and what she's hearing from voters across the country.

Former Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor, Stacey Abrams speaks during an interview ahead of a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Speaking with reporters ahead of Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said she hopes voter suppression and the upcoming census will be center stage. 

The Fair Fight Action founder said she sees her role in this election cycle as a voice to champion those issues.

Sam Bermas-Dawes / GPB News

On this two-hour Special Edition of Political Rewind, we were live from Tyler Perry Studios on the day of the Democratic Presidential Debate with an all-star panel of guests discussing what to expect from the candidates in tonight's debate. 

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Former President Barack Obama spoke in Atlanta Wednesday, on the second day of the Greenbuild conference.

His speech came on the morning of the Democratic Debates which were also scheduled to take place in Atlanta later in the day at Tyler Perry Studios. Although the former president didn’t directly address the debates, he did touch on the importance of the ballot.

(c) Brian Raphael Nabors

What a banner year for composer Brian Raphael Nabors. The 28-year-old Birmingham native just finished up his doctorate in Cincinnati, acted as a composing fellow at three organizations across the country and is about to head to Australia on a Fulbright scholarship. Also in 2019, as winner of the national Rapido! Composition Competition, he was commissioned to write a new piece for the Atlanta Symphony to premiere this week, “Onward.” Nabors sat down with GPB’s Sarah Zaslaw to talk about this time of growth.


Ahead of Wednesday night's Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta, political figures are weighing in on the national focus of Georgia's politics.

The event will bring 10 candidates on stage to tout their proposals for how they would govern as the nation's chief executive.

In a familiar line of attack against Democratic primary candidates, Republican Sen. David Perdue anticipates the two-hour debate will display far left ideas that he believes do not align with the desires of Georgia voters. 

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The city of Atlanta is planning a vigil to honor transgender people who die in hate-related crimes.

Transgender Remembrance Day will be held at Atlanta City Hall Atrium at 7 p.m. Wednesday. A reception will be held at 6:15 p.m.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports it will honor transgender people killed this year by hate crimes, mass murders or while incarcerated.