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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.
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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.
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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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A big shift in how Georgians vote is shaping up in this election year. 

 

Georgia is headed into the last of three weeks of early voting before election day on Nov. 6. According to the independent vote tracking site Georgia Votes, vote totals in the first two weeks of early voting have already surpassed all early votes cast in the last midterm election in 2014.  

 

 

A Pittsburgh Police officer walks past the Tree of Life Synagogue and a memorial of flowers and stars in Pittsburgh in remembrance of those killed and injured when a shooter opened fire during services Saturday at the synagogue.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as Georgian’s join people across the country in mourning the deaths of 11 worshipers killed at Pittsburg’s Tree of Life Synagogue, we’ll examine the startling rise in hate crimes in the United States. We also look back on the day when an anti-Semitic bombing attack roiled Atlanta’s own Jewish community.


Central American migrants sit on top of the border wall on the beach in San Diego during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, national issues have started to play a larger role in Georgia election campaigns. As investigators continue to look into a series of mail bombs and a caravan from Central America continues its trek towards the border, candidates take a stance on these dividing national issues.


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Coastal voters had a chance to hear candidates from Georgia’s first congressional district Wednesday night at a League of Women Voters forum in Savannah.

The contest pits a two-term incumbent against a first-time candidate.

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On this Podcast Edition of Political Rewind, GPB Reporter Stephen Fowler breaks down all of the lawsuits, controversies and provides context surrounding allegations of voter suppression. 

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Republican gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, center, speaks as Democrat Stacey Abrams, left, and Libertarian Ted Metz look on during a debate Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a recap from Tuesday night's gubernatorial debate. Did we learn anything new about the candidates? Did Libertarian candidate Ted Metz gain the exposure he wants to force a runoff? We’ll get analysis from our panel.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, as the candidates for Governor prepare for tonight's Atlanta Press Club debate, Stacey Abrams acknowledges her part in a protest that involved burning the Georgia state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem, while she was in college.


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As voters prepare for the November election, political power grabs are in the national news. "Paper Gods: A Novel of Money, Race, and Politics" uncovers a conspiracy that reaches into the heart of Atlanta's political machine. 


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On this edition of Political Rewind, voters will be asked to weigh in on five proposed amendments that will appear on this year’s ballot. We discuss the amendments, decipher what they mean and talk about the significance of each measure.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, the first week of early voting shows record-breaking turnout, but accusations of voter suppression rose just as much.


Voter casts ballot in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, long lines of voters continue to crowd polling places during the first week of early voting across the state. Some are alleging voter suppression after African-American senior citizens on their way to vote early were asked by Jefferson County officials to get off the bus that was taking them to the polls.


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