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Jim Beck, the commissioner of the Georgia Insurance Department, has been indicted in fraud case.
Jim Beck for Georgia

On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal grand jury has issued a 38-count indicitment against Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck. The former lobbyist is accused of commiting fraud. Lawyer's for Beck have said he does not plan to resign. We discuss how these proceedings move forward and what role the governor will play.

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck was indicted by a grand jury on 38 counts. As a candidate, Beck ran on anti-corruption.
JIM BECK FOR GEORGIA

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck, a republican, has been federally indicted on 38 charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.

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Hollywood's Golden Age and the rise of fascism in Europe were happening at the same time, a world apart. Those worlds collided when Hollywood decided to tackle fascism in film.

 

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. opened the exhibit Americans and the Holocaust last year. Now, a traveling event focuses on how depictions of the Nazi agenda influenced American audiences, and why we fought. The event, called What Were We Watching? Americans Response to Nazism Through Cinema, Radio and Media, takes place Tuesday night at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

 

 


 

A number of curious laws are still on the books in Georgia. We cribbed a few from idiotlaws.com, if that tells you anything. But as obscure – and seemingly silly – as they are, the law is the law. Georgia State University law professor Tanya Washington joined us with an explanation of how laws get made, and how hard they are to change.


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Stock photos are often the butt of jokes for being unrealistic, generic, overused and, now, perpetuating stereotypes. A new campaign from Getty Images, Dove Beauty and GirlGaze is working to change that.

Together, they've launched #ShowUs, the largest stock photo collection created by women. Their goal? To subvert beauty stereotypes.


Rep. Lucy McBath speaks outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta, GA with House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano and Georgia veterans.
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Two veterans in Georgia committed suicide last month, one outside the entrance of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and another in the parking lot of the VA Hospital in Dublin. The two incidences punctuated the struggles that have plagued the Georgia facilities in recent years. 


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Holding ceremonies everywhere from Cairo to Camilla to his ceremonial office in the Capitol, Gov. Brian Kemp signed more than 300 bills from the 2019 legislative session in the last three months.

  • Former President Jimmy Carter Recovering After Surgery For Broken Hip
  • DeKalb School District Continues To Stave Off Annexation
  • Savannah Police Officer Remembered After Being Killed In Line Of Duty


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Whether you go yellow or white, sweet or savory, grits are a Southern food staple now popping up on menus all over the country.

Food writer Erin Byers Murray goes deep in Grits: A Cultural and Culinary Journey Through the South, talking with growers, millers and chefs to understand the origins and evolution of grits. Along the way, she examines how race, gender and politics simmer in the significance of grits.


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Now that Gov. Brian Kemp has signed a bill allowing for the cultivation of medical marijuana, those hoping to secure one of the six state-issued private growing permits are jockeying for position, including the city of Augusta.


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While leaving to go turkey hunting Monday morning, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter fell at his home in Plains, the Carter Center said in a news release. He is recovering comfortably from surgery to repair a broken hip at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus. 


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The busy season for Georgia state lawmakers is now over.  Yes, the legislative session wrapped up April 2, but Sunday marked the final close to the 2019 lawmaking season.  Gov. Brian Kemp had 40 days after Sine Die to publicly sign or veto bills.  Now, everything that hasn’t seen his pen automatically becomes law.


Comedian Colin Jost of NBC's Saturday Night Live opens a segment with a joke referrencing Georgia's new anti-abortion law.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Hollywood is beginning to step up criticism of Georgia's new abortion law. Some movie and television producers are calling for a boycott of the state while others say they’ll still film here but will donate profits to fight the law. Will the state lose its position as the number one location for film and tv production or is it all just talk?

 


The dust has now settled on bills sent to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk from this year’s legislative session.

Kemp had 40 days from Sine Die to weigh in on more than bills and resolutions passed by the state House and Senate during the 40-day legislative session.

The governor vetoed 14 measures plus several line items in the record-setting $27.5 billion FY2020 budget, including mandatory recess for some elementary school students, a study committee to revisit the state’s border with Tennessee and North Carolina and some tightened school safety measures.

Sunday was Gov. Brian Kemp's last day to sign or veto legislation. GPB politics reporter Stephen Fowler joined On Second Thought to explain which bills are now law. Fowler also debriefed us on the U.S. House vote on relief funds for farmers and others recovering from natural disasters.


Savannah Police Department

A robbery suspect fatally shot a police officer in the Georgia port city of Savannah and wounded the officer's colleague before fleeing and being fatally shot by another officer during an ensuing search, authorities said Sunday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old Savannah police Sgt. Kelvin Ansari and 49-year-old robbery suspect Edward Fuller III were pronounced dead at a hospital where both were taken Saturday evening after being shot.

 Emergency officials near Georgia's coast are investigating how to prevent future failures of an outdoor tornado siren system.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the sirens were silent before a tornado passed through the Wilmington Island area east of Savannah on May 4.

Former first lady Michelle Obama makes a surprise visit to Spelman College in Atlanta on Saturday, May 11.
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Former first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Spelman College ahead of a book tour event in Atlanta for her autobiography, "Becoming."

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In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses how a synthetic peptide, can halt destructive inflammation in the kidneys and help them better recover. 


  • Some GA Republicans Break With Party To Approve Disaster Relief
  • Governor Kemp Signs 2020 Budget, Mandates Teacher Pay Raises
  • Atlanta Beltline Makes Largest Commitment Ever To Affordable Housing


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The U.S. Mental Health Care System is a multi-billion dollar industry, yet countless people living with or affected by mental illness fall through the cracks.

Georgia ranks 47th out of 50 for access to mental health care, resources and insurance coverage making it even tougher to live with disorders most data and experts find to be under-researched, undertreated and over-stigmatized.

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The House has passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases. Democrats controlling the chamber are trying to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico.

Nasser Nasser / AP

Healthcare costs make up almost a fifth of spending in the U.S. economy, and they’re the number one cause of personal bankruptcies. It’s well known that doctor’s visits and medical procedures are expensive, but it turns out they can be especially pricey in some parts of Georgia. 


Stephen Fowler | GPB News

Gov. Brian Kemp has signed the record-breaking $27.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins July 1.

This year's budget includes a 2% pay raise for state employees and a $3,000 raise for teachers and other certified school employees, and fully funds the state's education formula for the second year in a row. Kemp has called the raise a "down payment" on his campaign promise of $5,000 for teachers.

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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says she's still considering running for president in 2020.

Abrams answered "yes" when asked in an interview with Pod Save America airing Thursday afternoon if she was still contemplating joining the crowded Democratic presidential field.

Abrams has also been floated as a possible vice-presidential pick, though she recently downplayed the idea, telling ABC that "you don't run for second place."

Every year around Mother's Day, Michele Filgate braces herself for the affectionate photos and social media tributes to mothers. It's not for lack of wanting to see women celebrated, but the painful awareness of her own strained relationship with her mother.

That void deepened when the author and literary critic published an essay entitled "What My Mother and I Don't Talk About," about serial abuse by her stepfather and her mother's denial of it.


  • Governor Kemp To Sign Budget Tomorrow
  • New Law Increases Minimum Age Of Marriage
  • New Regulations Signed Into Law For Private Beachfront Property


Growing up in Atlanta in the 1970s, Jonathan Weisman didn't think much about anti-Semitism. In fact, he didn't think much about being Jewish until 2016. That's when, as deputy editor of the Washington Bureau of The New York Times, he posted a quote from an op-ed about facism on Twitter. That tweet unleashed a torrent of anti-Semitic images, threats and other forms of cyber-stalking that shattered his complacency.


Coastal Ga. Weekend: Savannah, Coastal Events May 9-12

May 9, 2019
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Mother's Day weekend is fast approaching, and in Savannah there is lots to do with mom. Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar has your guide.


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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Today on Political Rewind, Georgians are making national political news this week.


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