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Thursday marks the 85th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition – and Atlanta is celebrating with several events planned across the city.

As results from runoff elections across the state were finalized Tuesday night, one trend emerged: voters wanted change.

Incumbents across the state fell in mayoral and city council elections, while a new House representative was voted into Georgia’s legislature.

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Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday named Atlanta businesswoman Kelly Loeffler as Georgia’s next U.S. Senator as the Republican party in Georgia seeks to maintain control of two Senate seats, the state House and its presidential vote heading into the 2020 election cycle.

Loeffler will be the second-ever woman to represent Georgia in the Senate, and, if she wins a special election next fall, she will be the first Georgia woman elected to the Senate. In her remarks, she acknowledged that it will take work for her become known to voters in Georgia.

“But here’s what folks are gonna find out about me: I’m a lifelong conservative, pro-Second Amendment, pro-military, pro-wall and pro-Trump,” she said. “And I make no apologies for my conservative values, and will proudly support President Trump’s conservative judges.”

Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean and Michael Brown are just a few of the names that represent a violent reality for millions of black people in America.

According to data from the Washington Post, black Americans are shot by police officers at a disproportionate rate.

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Georgia’s Senior Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) delivered his farewell speech Tuesday from the floor of the U.S. Senate. Isakson is stepping down at the end of the year due to health issues.

  • Sen. Isakson Delivers Farewell Address To Colleagues
  • Rep. Collins To Lead Republican Messaging During This Week's Round Of Impeachment Hearings
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Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins accompanied by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler speaks as Attorney General William Barr does not appear before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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When the House Judiciary Committee takes up the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, expect Georgia Congressman Doug Collins to lead the Republican messaging.

As ranking member, the Gainesville Republican tells GPB News that he’s heading into tomorrow’s proceedings ready to push back against “what is actually going to be very much a waste of American taxpayers’ time.”

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Today on Political Rewind, we are live from the studios of WUGA in Athens. We will discuss the impending announcement from Gov. Brian Kemp about his decision regarding Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat. At the moment, Atlanta business executive Kelly Loeffler seems likely to be the pick, despite pressure from President Donald Trump to tap a fierce ally from Georgia, Rep. Doug Collins.

How will Georgia conservatives react to this perceived rebuke of the president? Will Collins, if he is not tapped for the seat, plan on contesting it in 2020?

We also hear Sen. Isakson's farewell address from the U.S. Senate floor.

Dee Dee Hibbler-Murray says her current job as entertainment consultant for the DeKalb County government is an "old music lady's dream come true."

Every job she's had — from selling music at Turtles Records and Tape, to managing an upstart band called OutKast, to running T.I.'s K.I.N.G. Foundation — has materialized in part by envisioning what she wants by showing up, making that phone call, sending that follow-up note and taking risks.

Sen. Johnny Isakson is set to deliver his farewell speech Tuesday afternoon from the floor of the U.S. Senate.

The three-term Republican is the only Georgian to be elected in the state House and Senate and the U.S. House and Senate and has served for 45 years in elected office.

Dee Dee Hibbler now consults for the Dekalb County film commission after being an instrumental figure in establishing Atlanta as the hip-hop capital of the south. Hibbler is also known as “Peaches” most commonly associated with Outkast and Dungeon Family fame. She joins On Second Thought to talk about her work with some of the most notable names in hip-hop. 

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On this edition of GPB's Music Minute, we feature an artist who uses his gift of music to not only entertain his fans, but to benefit noble causes.

With four studio albums and an authentic vocal style, Grammy Award-winning artist Anderson .Paak has a music library that is recognized across the country.

However, it was here in Atlanta on Nov. 15 that he took the stage to showcase some of his greatest hits for a few of his biggest fans.

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After months of speculation, hundreds of resumes submitted and a holiday weekend Twitter war mentioning jellybeans and jorts, Gov. Brian Kemp is set to finally announce who Georgia’s next U.S. Senator will be.


Kemp will be joined by members of Georgia’s Congressional delegation, state lawmakers and party leaders, grassroots activists and his appointee at 10 a.m. Wednesday in his ceremonial office.

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Some of the stalwarts of the ‘70s Southern Rock scene, and younger musicians inspired by their sound, will perform Tuesday in a concert to celebrate the Georgia recording studio where Southern Rock was born.   

The band was soundchecking onstage, but back in the green room of Macon’s City Auditorium Monday, a little after 3 in the afternoon, Tommy Talton and Duane Betts were meeting for the first time to play through the Allman Brothers classic "Little Martha".

“I’ll just play my dad’s part,” Betts said.

Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center this weekend to treat an infection.
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Former President Jimmy Carter is back in the hospital just days after being released from Emory University Hospital following brain surgery. Over the weekend Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia to treat a urinary tract infection. 

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Today on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is locked in a battle with President Donald Trump over his choice to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson in the U.S. Senate. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kemp is set to name Atlanta business executive Kelly Loeffler to the seat. Critics claim Loeffler is not a true Trump conservative and want Rep. Doug Collins for the job.

How will this fierce battle play out in the week ahead? Our panel weighs in.

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A man considered the main suspect in a string of killings of black children and young adults in Atlanta in the 1970s and 1980s has been denied parole.

Hurricane Dorian damage on Tybee
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The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has come to an end with minimal damage to Georgia.

There were three major hurricanes this season including Dorian.

Georgia’s foster care system is in crisis with the number of kids in state custody rising significantly. To getter a better understanding of the strain on the system, On Second Thought spoke with Samantha Max, former health reporter for The Telegraph in Macon and current reporter for Nashville Public Radio. Also joining the conversation is foster parent and founder of Never Too Late group home, Dr. John DeGarmo.


One of Georgia’s largest counties has created a special jail unit just for military veterans.

“The Barracks” is aimed at giving veterans behind bars a better chance of success when they’re released, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.


More property owners in coastal Georgia’s largest county will be billed for fire protection after a change by a local fire department.


A state Senate panel has recommended changing Georgia law to require adults riding in the back seat of a vehicle to wear seat belts.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s legally required to remove a dam to improve fish habitat in the Savannah River. Now a Georgia city may join the state of South Carolina in taking the federal government to court to save the dam, and keep the upstream river running high.

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  • Augusta Officials To Consider Suing Army Corps Of Engineers Over Dam Removal
  • Atlanta Falcons Out Of Playoff Contention

  • Citrus Industry Growing In Georgia
  • Southern Human Rights Center Alleges Unlawful Practices In Clarkston Municipal Court
  • Centennial Olympic Park In Atlanta To Honor Richard Jewell With Marker

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The South is leading the nation in new HIV infections and Georgia is the epicenter with the highest percentage of people infected and living with AIDS.

That's why activists and healthcare workers are urging Southerners to get tested for the disease.

Franklin's Farms

Think oranges and you probably think Florida. Now Georgia farmers are hoping to make you think again as a disease kills trees next door in the sunshine state and the citrus industry there struggles.


  • Carter Released From Hospital After Brain Surgery
  • Gov. Kemp To Wait Until At Least Next Week To Announce Replacement For Sen. Isakson
  • Right Whale Spotted Off Florida Coast

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Gov. Brian Kemp has a big decision to make: who will be Georgia’s next U.S. Senator?  

The first-term Republican has leaned towards Kelly Loeffler, an Atlanta businesswoman who co-owns the local WNBA team and runs a bitcoin trading and storage company. But President Trump, whose Twitter endorsement helped push Kemp to a gubernatorial primary victory, has called for Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) to be selected.