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A conservative House Republican complaining of Washington’s free-spending ways has temporarily blocked a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill.

Lawmakers have only six legislative days left to debate and pass bills that could change policies all over the state. This week brought continued discussion about the potential Atlanta airport takeover and intense debate over women's reproductive rights. 

GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler joined "On Second Thought" to discuss this week in Georgia politics.


Sen. Johnny Isakson responded during an appearance on GPB’s Political Rewind to President Donald Trump's recent attack of the late Sen. John McCain.

Isakson called the president’s remarks “deplorable.”


Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during an interview at the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta.
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Just over a month after President Donald Trump shared his goal to eliminate HIV in the next decade, his health secretary is out touting details of how the administration hopes to end transmission and prevent new diagnoses by 2030. 


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Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer and podcaster based in Brooklyn, New York. He has performed on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "Conan," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and more. He's a regular guest on NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!," and he released his first Netflix comedy special, called "Warn Your Relatives," last year.

In that stand-up special, Kondabolu jokes about serious topics like politics, religion, racial prejudice and white guilt, which, he says, means his comedy may not be for everybody. He joined "On Second Thought" to talk about touring with his political material, the importance of diversity in comedy and the difference between being funny for a private and public audience.


This week in Georgia politics was all about the state's voting system. Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) filed a bill that proposed changing the voting machines from touchscreens to a new ballot-marking device. The bill also suggests changes to absentee ballots and voter registration.

GPB's Stephen Fowler stopped by "On Second Thought" to discuss the voting changes.

 


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The federal government remains open.  President Trump has declared a state of emergency to build a border wall, and the structure's future is now up to the courts.  The president had been using the potential extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to try to sway Democrats toward his fiscal plan.  Now, the future of that program is unclear.

That political uncertainty permeates life at Atlanta's Freedom University. It provides college prep and leadership development classes for undocumented students in Georgia. "On Second Thought" invited Freedom University executive director Emiko Soltis to speak about the university and its mission. DACA recipients Arizbeth Sanchez and Raymond Partolan also joined the conversation.


Today's show explored the week in Georgia politics, the realities of exploitation and abuse revealed in Lifetime's new R. Kelly documentary and music from Georgia artists.

It’s been a busy week in Georgia politics. The state has a new governor, and a new legislative session is underway in the state House and Senate. GPB Politics Reporter Stephen Fowler has been under the gold dome covering the action and stopped by "On Second Thought" to provide a recap of the week.

On this edition of Political Rewind, flyers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are starting to feel the painful impact of the federal government shutdown. As TSA workers call in sick, security lines are growing to intolerable lengths.


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.


The official portrait of Gov. Nathan Deal and Mrs. Sandra Deal was unveiled at State Capitol on January 3, 2019.
Office of the Governor

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.

 

Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., center, smiles with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., second from right, following a group portrait in Washington as the 116th Congress begins.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as the holiday season comes to an end and politicians and pundits wake from their long winter’s nap, what are the big stories that will drive the political agenda in 2019 both here in Georgia and in Washington?


Left: Jackie Speier in Feb. 1979 after she survived being shot 5 times and left for dead on the tarmac in Guyana. Right: Jackie Speier smiles after voting in a special election in 2008.
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Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative from California (D-14), was 28 years old when she accompanied her boss, California Congressman Leo Ryan, on a fact-finding mission to Guyana. 


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


The Georgia General Assembly session begins on January 14, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's orientation week for members of the state legislature. Newly elected lawmakers and returning incumbents are in Athens learning the ropes to effectively serve during the 2019 session. 


Left Republican Brad Raffensperger won the runoff race for Secretary of State. Right Republican Incumbent Chuck Eaton retained his seaton on the Public Service Commission.
Brad Raffensperger Campaign, Georgia Public Service Commission

On this edition of Political Rewind, voting has ended for the 2018 runoffs and Republicans have declared victory in the secretary of state and Public Service Commissioner races. 


US Congressman Doug Collins of Georgia.
Office of Congressman Doug Collins

On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia Congressman Doug Collins wins a role that positions him to be one President Trump’s chief defenders on Capitol Hill. Our panel looks at his ascension to ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee that is soon to be controlled by Democrats.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, a lawsuit filed in federal court calls for changes to Georgia laws that supporters of Stacey Abrams say suppressed the vote in the midterm election. 


The Atlanta Press Club Runoff Debates were held Nov. 2 for Public Service Commission District 3 and Secretary of State.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, early voting has begun in two key runoff races. Voters will pick a new Secretary of State, who will take charge of election machinery and processes that are the subject of raging controversy. They’ll also vote in a race that will help determine Georgia’s energy future. Our panel looks at the contests.


Migrants watch clashes with U.S. border agents, seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, customs officers clash with migrants at the U.S. Mexico Border. The incident sharpens the focus on President Donald Trump’s asylum policies. Our panel looks at the latest news on immigration at the border and in Washington.


On this special edition of Political Rewind, we take a deep dive into American history with presidential biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin.


Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp gives a thumbs-up to supporters, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Athens, Ga.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, after nearly two weeks of uncertainty, Georgia has a new Governor. We'll discuss how both candidates will move forward to help the state heal from a fractious election.


Sen. Nikema Williams (D-Atlanta) is arrested by capitol police during a protest over election ballot counts in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it’s been another tumultuous week in Georgia politics.


People hold signs as they protest the election in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, more court cases and the counting goes on as Georgian's wait for a clear winner in the governor's race.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, as the election certification deadline looms both campaigns continue feuding six days after the polls closed. Democrats say they still have a shot at winning the governor’s mansion and the 7th District Congressional seat.


Left Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party. Right, Brian Kemp speaks to supporters Wednesday.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp proclaims victory in the governor’s race, but Stacey Abrams is insisting missing ballots make his claim premature. Our panel weighs in on what to make of the dueling scenarios.


Left, Former President Barack Obama campaigns for Stacey Abrams in Atlanta. Right, President Donald Trump campaigns for Brian Kemp in Macon.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a contentious battle for governor is ending with the most bitter recriminations yet. 


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The last days of the governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp have been rocked by allegations made by the secretary of state’s office that the state Democratic Party attempted to break into Georgia voter rolls. 


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"On Second Thought" and "A Seat At The Table" launched a new on-air book this week. The "A Book At The Table" series began with a discussion about "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics" by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore. 


City Hall in Savannah, Georgia is an early 1900s Renaissance Revival building with a 70-foot gold leaf dome.
Brandon Westerman

On this edition of Political Rewind, we are live in Savannah Georgia recording with an audience of enthusiastic voters. We talk coastal and statewide issues with just a week to go until the 2018 Midterm Election.


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