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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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On this edition of Political Rewind, competing visions for creating a better future for Americans are being showcased in Atlanta this weekend.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, warning signs emerge that Gov. Brian Kemp’s plans for a partial expansion of Medicaid in Georgia may not win full support from the federal government and could cost far more than the state may be able to pay.

Store surveillance video shows a confrotation between a state lawmaker and Publix shopper.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, allegations presented by Rep. Erica Thomas, as the victim of a racist taunt in a Cobb County supermarket, now appear to have unfolded differently than she described. What do the furiously partisan responses to the story tell us about the current political climate?


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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.
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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.

 

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