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GPB is exploring the issues of food and hunger in Georgia during the coronavirus pandemic through a video series featuring stories of those who are being affected, and those who are trying to help.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has teamed up with local farmers to help them sell surplus fruits and vegetables caused by the coronavirus pandemic. With less demand from the food services and school nutrition industries, many farmers were faced with crops they couldn’t sell.

The Georgia Grown To Go program provides an outlet for farmers to sell directly to the public through a series of pop up markets across the state. 

Farmers say it’s a win-win solution. Food doesn’t get wasted. They recoup lost earnings, and consumers get a fresh product directly from the farmers’ fields.   

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Thursday on Political Rewind, unemployment remains a serious issue across the country and the state of Georgia.

We discussed the uncertain future for workers with Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler.


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A coalition of slave descendants in Georgia have started a petition to fight a state bill that would allow the sale of heritage sites, including a former slave plantation house, to private entities. 

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The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is anticipating closing offices and cutting services as the department makes budget reductions for the 2021 fiscal year due to COVID-19.

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NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from all events and properties.

NASCAR says the Confederate flag “runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.” 

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Two more Atlanta police officers have been fired over an incident in which two college students were pulled from a car during a protest against police brutality.

Atlanta Police confirmed Wednesday that Sgt. Lonnie Hood and Officer Armon Jones were fired as a result of their involvement in the May 30 incident. 

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The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute is asking the state to increase Georgia’s tobacco tax in order to avoid deep budget cuts.


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This Wednesday afternoon on Political Rewind, we're joined by House Speaker David Ralston to discuss Tuesday's chaotic primary in Georgia.

We also discussed the latest results from that election, and the status of hate crime legislation following new attention to the subject.


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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms responded publicly Wednesday to national calls to "defund the police" after the death of George Floyd.

Answering a question from Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet, Bottoms told Atlanta City Council that calls to defund the police are actually about re-thinking what gets funded.

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On Political Rewind Wednesday morning, we looked back at Tuesday's chaotic primary.

Social distancing, fewer polling stations and inexperienced staff all played a role in an Election Day that went long into the night with delays for many voters.

We debriefed with our panel of political insiders.


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Georgia’s Republican secretary of state warned of long lines and problems with voting machines ahead of Tuesday’s primary, and as it came true in polling places across the state, blame and outrage piled up from all corners. 

The state blamed some “counties engaging in poor planning, limited training, and [failures] of leadership.”

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Driving through the historic part of Kennesaw’s downtown area, Wildman's Civil War Surplus store has always been hard to miss. Several iterations of Confederate flags loom from the upper balcony. A sign reading "WHITE HISTORY YEAR" greets visitors next to the front door.

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Many voters faced long lines at the polls Tuesday. Many counties and voters continue to experiencing issues as in-person voting kicked-off for primary elections in Georgia.

Political Rewind spoke to an election official from the Secretary of State's office and our panel of political experts in the afternoon after hours of polling.

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NPR will bring live coverage of the funeral for George Floyd, 46, who was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The service will be held at The Fountain of Praise in Houston.

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the primary election twice postponed is finally here.

Voters head to vote in-person at polling locations across the state for a range of county, state and federal offices.

We discussed the latest news with our panel of political insiders.


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Activists have called for a new investigation into the death of a black man fatally shot by a deputy in a grocery store parking lot nearly 8 years ago.

WMAZ-TV reports a news conference held in Macon, Georgia, on Monday called for the reopening of the shooting that killed Sammy “Junebug” Davis in December 2012. 

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Two police officers who were fired after video showed them using stun guns on a couple of college students during a large protest in Atlanta are looking to get their jobs back.

An attorney for Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter filed a court order Monday against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Police Chief Erika Shields. The lawsuit states the officers were fired without due process.

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 President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden won’t face each other directly in Tuesday’s presidential primaries.

But voting in Georgia and West Virginia give both campaigns an opportunity to prove they can assemble a coalition strong enough to win in November. The primary contests follow a week of massive protests against police brutality that energized the African American community and its white allies. 

Georgia Primary Live Updates: Some Polls Stay Open Later; Finger-Pointing Over Problems Begins

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It’s finally Election Day in Georgia, where voters will make their choices in the presidential and general primaries. 

More than 1.3 million voters have cast their ballot already through a record-setting mail-in absentee effort and three weeks of early voting. 

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Dozens of Georgia companies are lining up behind a push to pass a state hate crimes law.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce on Monday launched a campaign to push legislators to pass such a state law when they return later in June. 

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Organizers of the Republican National Convention are giving Georgia's oldest city a close look as a possible replacement venue for the summer convention. Gov. Brian Kemp joined 2020 convention CEO Marcia Lee Kelly for a tour of Savannah on Monday. The Republican governor said in a statement that Savannah would offer "a truly unmatched experience to the Republican National Convention." 

A local police chief wrote a nearly 1,000-word Facebook post that accused church leaders of contributing to discord between law enforcement and the public.

Johns Creek Police Chief Chris Byers said he supports black lives and believes racism was in the heart of Derek Chauvin, the officer in Minnesota charged in the death of George Floyd, but he doesn’t support the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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Video of black men facing violence at the hands of white men and police have become a terribly common sight on the internet and in the the news.

Police body cameras and, as in the recent case of George Floyd, bystander video produce graphic footage playing a central role in nationwide discussions over police brutality and systemic racism.

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An Atlanta police officer is on administrative duty after activists say video shows him body-slamming a woman amid protests over police brutality.

News outlets report 24-year-old Amber Jackson says the officer yanked her out of a car and threw her down, breaking her shoulder and fracturing her clavicle in the early morning hours of May 30. 

Georgia's congressional delegation is pushing to name a post office for the late state Sen. Jack Hill.

All 14 Georgia members of the U.S. House signed proposed legislation to place Hill's name on a post office building in his hometown of Reidsville.

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Monday on Political Rewind, after some delays the primary election is here. Polls will open across the state Tuesday as Georgians vote on a number of local, state and federal races.

We took a look the ongoing demonstrations across the nation might shape the results. 


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When Georgians head to the polls for in-person voting Tuesday, there will be likely be reports of longer lines, problems with voting machines and voter confusion – and none of that should come as a surprise.

For months, state and local elections officials have been tasked with planning and executing a combined presidential and general primary amidst a public health emergency, faced with fewer places to vote, an older population of poll workers and an unprecedented push to vote by mail.

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Former University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker has a message for protesters, politicians and everyone else who reacted negatively after George Floyd’s death on May 25.

“We are better than that, we’re better than that,” Walker said. “It is sad right now that we have this democratic-republic, and no one wants to get along.”

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Democrats are mounting a new effort to push back against a well-funded Republican campaign that seeks to undermine public confidence in mail-in voting.

An organization called Fair Fight, led by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, has joined forces with Priorities USA, the largest Democratic outside group, and American Bridge, the party’s opposition research clearinghouse, to form a new effort called Voter Suppression Watch. 

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