Political Rewind

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, politics does not stop in the midst of a nationwide pandemic response. Early voting started this week in the statewide June 9 primary.

Crowded races for Georgia’s congressional seats are drawing nationwide attention as Democrats and Republicans size up their chances in 2020’s elections.

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


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Monday on Political Rewind, in-person early voting begins but there will be fewer polling places open than usual. Measures are being taken at many locations to keep both voters, and poll workers, safe.

But will it be enough to make voters feel safe enough to participate? 


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As the Ahmaud Arbery case continues to gain international attention, one person who's calling for justice is L. Chris Stewart.

The Atlanta-based attorney partnered with S. Lee Merritt and Benjamin Crump to represent the Arbery family.

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, there are many uncertainties as the pandemic continues. One eventuality is certain, however; the state budget will be hit hard.

The cost of the response, in addition to decreased tax revenue from the lockdown, could sprain an already strained bottom line for the state government. What is the plan for officials? 

We discussed the budget today with Terry England (R-Auburn), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.


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Monday on Political Rewind, developments in the case of Ahmaud Arbery over the weekend. State Attorney General Chris Carr formally requested the Department of Justice investigate the handling of the Arbery case.

We discussed the latest with former Attorney General Sam Olens and DeKalbCounty CEO Michael Thurmond.


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Friday on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp lifts a shelter-in-place order for many Georgians across the state. His press secretary joins us to discuss the decision.

What will the political fallout look like for officials across the country as multiple states begin easing restrictions?


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Thursday on Political Rewind, food banks are struggling to feed the hungry as the pandemic continues.

As food networks are disrupted, farmers, grocers and food banks collaborate in an effort to improve access. We talk to some of the leading food banks in Georgia to see how they are meeting the crisis.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, small businesses weather the storm during the coronavirus crisis. How are Georgia’s stores, bars, restaurants, cinemas and bookstores handling the current situation?


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Monday on Political Rewind, we discussed the upcoming 2020 elections, and how campaigns are handling the shelter-in-place conditions found across the state and the country.

Nearly 830,000 people have applied for absentee ballots for the 2020 combined primary so far. That represents a huge increase in applications over 2016’s primary, and reflects efforts by officials and the public to avoid the spread of coronavirus from in-person voting.


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Friday on Political Rewind, mayors from across the state discuss how they are handling the coronavirus pandemic.

How are municipal leaders responding to Gov. Brian Kemp’s latest move and how do they think their constituency will respond?


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Thursday on Political Rewind, the governor says his decision to reopen the state is driven by data.

What will be the consequences of Georgians going out and attempting to resume life as normal? We’ll ask two public health experts for their opinions.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the political consequences of the pandemic. The governor’s recent decision to slowly re-open businesses in Georgia has drawn criticism and national attention.

How will voters respond to the public health efforts of elected officials at all levels of governments in this crucial election year?


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Today on Political Rewind, Georgia agriculture takes a hit from the coronavirus. Farmers face concerns over exposure to the virus and uncertain retailers cutting demand.

We heard from Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black on how the ongoing public health crisis is affecting the state’s farming businesses.


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Friday on Political Rewind, the primary has been postponed to June 9 so officials can protect poll workers and voters during the coronavirus pandemic. But political campaigns for state and congressional positions on the ballot have not stopped.

So how are candidates campaigning under these challenging circumstances?


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Thursday on Political Rewind, the ongoing public health crisis has given doctors, public officials and many Georgians a series of challenging decisions as society grapples with an unprecedented situation.

On our show today, we discuss how somber decisions regarding public health such as who gets ventilators or an ICU bed, or how vaccines are tested are made.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the pandemic reveals fault lines of unequal access in our society. Health care and community leaders are highlighting a disproportionate impact of the public health crisis on black and African American communities.

We look at the contributing factors in Georgia and across the country.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, we sat down with religious leaders to discuss tradition and community in a time of social distancing. How will services for upcoming religious holidays operate, and what kind of themes from the holy days are relevant to our current moment?

And, what are the challenges of organizing a faith community in a time of social distancing?


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Thursday on Political Rewind, we are joined by the chief executive officer of Grady Health System John Haupert to discuss the response and preparedness for the coronavirus in Georgia.

Several models show a surge of virus patients in mid-April, do hospitals statewide have the resources to respond?


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State House  Speaker David Ralston joined our panel to discuss the latest news surrounding coronavirus in Georgia, including his recent request to postpone the May 19 primary elections in order to avoid potential disruption of voting Friday on Political Rewind.

We spoke about how the shutdown of many businesses and a steep decline in revenues could impact the state budget.


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Friday on Political Rewind, a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Georgia as COVID-19 spreads to hotspots outside metro Atlanta. News out of Albany in southwest Georgia is particularly worrying as cases grow there.

Are there enough health care resources in rural areas to keep people safe?


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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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A couple days after Hurricane Michael struck, Georgia farmer Phillip Buckhalter went out to survey what remained of a neighbor’s cotton field in Early County near Jakin.

The morning before the major hurricane, Phillip and his son had helped picked as much cotton as they could for their neighbor in order to save as much of the crop as possible. As Buckhalter approached the fields in southwest Georgia, he saw the damage to the crop was severe.

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Security questions continue to swirl around Georgia’s electoral process. Lawmakers largely agree the state’s current touch-screen voting machines have to go. They don’t leave a paper trail, and some analysts worry they could be hacked. The question isn’t whether the machines need to be replaced – but how.

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Georgia’s gubernatorial race, overshadowed by accusations of unfairness from both sides, is over.  On Nov. 17, officials certified the results and declared Republican Brian Kemp governor-elect. 

Democrat Stacey Abrams is not challenging that outcome, but, in a fiery speech, she slammed the electoral process that produced it.  “Political Rewind” host Bill Nigut stops by “On Second Thought” to offer analysis.

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Is Georgia turning blue? That question came up in 2014 when Jason Carter ran for governor, in 2016 when Hillary Clinton ran for president and in 2017 with Jon Ossoff’s campaign in the most expensive House race in history. Every time, however, Georgia remained a red state where Republicans won.


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Republican candidates for governor Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle squared off in a debate Sunday, hosted in Atlanta by WSB-TV.

Earlier Sunday morning, GPB hosted a debate on Political Rewind with Bill Nigut.

Kemp attacked Cagle over a secret recording, in which Cagle said he pushed a bill he considered "bad public policy" to undermine a primary opponent. 

Today: Georgia's U.S. Senators go their separate ways over President Trump's tariffs. Johnny Isakson wants Congress to approve them while David Perdue says the President has the power to act on his own. We'll look at that split, and at Perdue's apparent unwavering loyalty to the Trump agenda. 


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On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, we are live at the State Capitol as legislators work furiously to finish their business before the 2018 session comes to an end.  We look at the fate of key legislation: what’s happening with bills on distracted riving, protecting religious groups that don’t want to adopt children to gays and lesbians, giving additional help to victims of childhood sexual abuse and cracking down on undocumented immigrants?  Plus, we’ll explain the sneaky tactics that come into play on this last day as legislators try to work their will on measures they want to pa

Are some of the Republican Party’s top stars beginning to pave the way to run for president in 2020 if Donald Trump steps aside? On today’s show we’ll talk about a New York Times report that Vice President Mike Pence, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse are beginning to make the kind of moves that could position them to be ready for a run.  The story has infuriated the Vice President, who says it’s not true. But is it? Our panel weighs in.

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