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Sam Bermas-Dawes

Today on Political Rewind, host Bill Nigut spoke with GPB News' Stephen Fowler, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tia Mitchell and Adam Van Brimmer of the Savannah Morning News.

The phrase ‘Sine Die’ will echo through the halls of the state Capitol soon as the legislature ends the 2020 session. It is the last chance for action on several pieces of legislation, including bills governing tax breaks and elections. 

Education Takes Big Hit In Proposed Budget

Jun 24, 2020

"To call this an unusual or abnormal time is an understatement at best," said Sen. Blake Tillery, R-Vidalia, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

 

State revenues from income and sales taxes have taken a cornavirus-fueld nosedive brought on by record unemployment and a shutdown of businesss that are still struggling to regain financial footing.

 

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Monday on Political Rewind, the U.S. Supreme Court passed down a series of decisions over the past week, setting the course for policy on a range of issues across the nation.

What do those decision signal for the politics of today?

We covered the latest on the highest court in the country, with our panel of experts and political insiders.


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Friday on Political Rewind, it is the end of a busy week in Georgia politics.

We discussed the progress, or a lack of progress, on legislation after the first week of the return of the state legislature.


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Thursday on Political Rewind, the coronavirus outbreak remains a daunting public health challenge in Georgia and across the country.

Several states have reported their largest one-day increases in case numbers in the past week. So how does Georgia fit into this stage of the pandemic?


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the latest news on an important week in Georgia politics. With state legislators back in action after a months-long hiatus, what kind of legislation will get attention at the Capitol?

With not much time left in the session, where is the legislature focused?


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Monday on Political Rewind, more pain last weekend as protests broke out across Georgia following the death of 27- year-old Rayshard Brooks at the hands of police. 

Our panel discussed the latest conversations surrounding police brutality and systemic racism as national attention returned to Atlanta in wake of the fatal police shooting.


Donna Lowry

When the Georgia General Assembly reconvenes on Monday following a three-month suspension, lawmakers will wrestle with a state reeling from massive pandemic-related revenue losses and weeks of protests over racial injustice.

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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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Thursday on Political Rewind, journalists and researchers are trying to determine how the public health policy of state officials is impacting the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.

Two top public health experts joined us to discuss the latest developments of coronavirus and the state’s response.

What are public health professionals thinking about the virus at this stage of the pandemic?


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Over the past few weeks, states have slowly begun lifting some restrictions imposed by the spread of COVID-19. They are following the lead set by Georgia, which re-opened last month. 

 

 


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Compared to the lockdowns and shuttered businesses in countries across the world, Sweden is an outlier. Swedish officials have advised citizens to work from home and avoid travel, but most schools and businesses have remained open.

This relaxed approach aims to minimize impact on the economy and slow the spread of the virus through what is known as “herd immunity.” But striving for herd immunity without a controlled vaccine in place can also prove risky.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the coronavirus pandemic is complicating an already arduous budget in Georgia.

The continuing cost of the state response, in addition to a loss of revenue and economic activity, has led Gov. Brian Kemp to last week call for significant cuts to all state agencies. 


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On this day 60 years ago, a black man driving a white woman was pulled over in a traffic stop that would change the course of American history. 

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Friday on Political Rewind, we were joined by senior researcher and professor of Emory University Dr. Carlos del Rio for an in-depth conversation on the unfolding stories surrounding coronavirus public health.

We discussed the use of masks by the public and the governor's recently announced shelter-in-place order.


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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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Thursday on Political Rewind, we’re joined by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. We discussed his decision to postpone the presidential preference primary by two months, and whether he thinks concerns over coronavirus might mandate other changes.


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We were joined by Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner, on Political Rewind Tuesday at the beginning of our show. We discussed Georgia's coronavirus response so far.

In one of his first acts since being granted new emergency powers by the General Assembly, Gov. Brian Kemp ordered all public schools in Georgia to shut down for the remainder of March. Before his order Monday, state universities had announced all instruction for the remainder of the current semester would be conducted online.


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The Georgia General Assembly has backed Gov. Brian Kemp’s declaration of a public health emergency for Georgia.

The move came during a special called session of the chambers and gives Kemp unprecedented, broad powers to assist health and emergency management officials with deploying resources for the “mitigation and treatment of COVID-19.”

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Richard Hasen was worried about voting long before the Iowa caucuses — and before fears of coronavirus threatened to keep people away from primaries. 

As professor of election law at the University of California, Irvine, his concern is what undermines public trust in the fairness and accuracy of American elections. Hasen joined On Second Thought to discuss his new book, Election Meltdown, which digs into the factors that corrode public trust in elections. 

 

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Friday on Political Rewind, COVID-19 continues to impact educational facilities, governance and large events.

Gov. Brian Kemp said school districts across the states are able to make their own decisions about closing in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and most metro area school districts announced closings effective Monday, March 16.


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, legislators in the Georgia House are set to vote on a mid-year budget rejecting many previously proposed cuts to health services, accountability courts and more.

What could this mean for the relationship between the governor and legislative leaders? 


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Every 10 years, the Census gets distributed to every household around the United States. The constitutionally-mandated questionnaire tells a story about who we are as a country, along with some more practical implications.

Thousands of people, from door-to-door census takers to state governments, prepare years in advance to execute the massive push behind the Census. The results determine how much power individuals across the country have in their local and national political process, as well as how resources are allocated in communities across the country.


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When U.S. Senator for Georgia Johnny Isakson announced last year that he would be stepping down, months passed before Governor Brian Kemp announced that Kelly Loeffler would be his temporary replacement.

She was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on Monday.


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The overwhelming majority of African American voters in Georgia — and the rest of the U.S. — are Democrats. About 93% of African Americans voted for Stacey Abrams in the last gubernatorial election, according to exit polls.

It's a powerful, dependable voting bloc on the left that has so far drowned out black conservatives, a slim minority of voters. The Pew Research Center says only about 8% of black voters identify as Republicans.


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President Trump has released a transcript of his July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Former candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Sarah Riggs Amico, has formally announced her run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. David Perdue
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a new entry in the Democratic race for U.S. Senate. 

In this photo provided by U.S.People who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the Trump administration issues new rules designed to further reduce the number of immigrants seeking new lives in the United States.

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Today on Political Rewind, as the debate over access to guns rages on, Georgia’s Republican lawmakers remain largely silent even as President Trump declares he’ll support new background check legislation.

On this edition of Political Rewind, the shockwaves reverberating from the massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio dominate the news headlines across the country and here in Georgia.

 


 

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