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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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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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Gov. Nathan Deal called a special session of the Georgia legislature for Nov. 13 to address the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the governor's office said it needs to allocate around 100 million dollars to help with relief and support local governments.

 

We spoke with "Political Rewind" host Bill Nigut about political responses to Hurricane Michael as well as the gubernatorial debates between Stacey Abrams, Brian Kemp and Ted Metz.

 


The Atlanta Press Club Runoff Debates were held Nov. 2 for Public Service Commission District 3 and Secretary of State.
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A fire alarm going off a few minutes into the live debate for Georgia’s governor was probably the most unpredictable part of the night. It’s the first time the three candidates shared the stage ahead of the Nov. 6 election, and the candidates largely stuck to campaign talking points.


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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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More than 500,000 Georgians have participated in early voting for the Nov. 6 midterm election through the first week of in-person early voting, and that number now includes Democratic nominee for governor, Stacey Abrams.

Abrams was joined Monday morning by some family members at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall to presumably cast a ballot for herself and other Democrats running for statewide and local offices.


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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, Ga.
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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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The Georgia gubernatorial candidates are campaigning on opposing views about the future of the education system. Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is in favor of funding wrap-around services by ending the state's private school scholarship program. Republican candidate Brian Kemp wants to expand the program.

 

We spoke to GPB reporter Grant Blankenship about these two visions for education, along with the choices parents have between private and public schools.

Voter casting his ballot in Sandy Springs, Ga.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, polls are open for Early Voting in Georgia and Election Day is just three weeks away. How will early voting shape the outcome of the races across the state?


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As in-person early voting gets underway, 53,000 of Georgia voter registrations are on hold. The secretary of state's office cites discrepancies in the applications and a violation of the "Exact Match" law, which was passed in 2017.

 


Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams.
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Today on Political Rewind, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams discusses her campaign plans with less than a month ahead of the 2018 Election.


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On the final day of voter registration in Georgia, a report from The Associated Press found the Georgia Secretary of State’s office has more than 53,000 voter registrations on hold under the state’s “exact match” law.

 

Left: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during a town hall event, in Natick, Mass. Right: Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally in Orlando, Fla.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, new polls continue to predict that Democrats will make strong gains in the United States House of Representatives and potentially take a majority after the 2018 Midterm Elections. Are Georgia’s Democratic congressional candidates going to follow the national trend or will the state’s voters keep incumbent Republicans in office?


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Dozens of supporters packed into a converted office in a Jonesboro strip mall Tuesday to catch a glimpse of Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial nominee on the campaign trail.

Behind a curtain and equally enveloped by the 90 percent humidity permeating the space, Stacey Abrams, Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley were calling voters in Clayton County to help knock on doors ahead of the Nov. 6 election.


Political Rewind: Campaign Fundraising Breaks Records

Oct 9, 2018
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On this edition of Political Rewind, candidates for governor in Georgia continue to break campaign finance records. Reports show that Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp have collected more than $20 million in campaign contributions just this summer. With less than a month until Election Day, how will the candidates spend their cash?


Left: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during a town hall event, in Natick, Mass. Right: Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a rally in Orlando, Fla.
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The two candidates competing to become Georgia’s next governor will both receive campaign help from out of state on Tuesday.

 

Democrat Stacey Abrams will host an event at Clayton State University featuring U.S. senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Massachusetts congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley.

 

Pressley grabbed national headlines when she upset 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the democratic primary last month.

Running unopposed, Pressley is set to become the first black congresswoman to represent her state.

Left, Brian Kemp poses with supporters in Middle Georgia. RIght, Stacey Abrams poses with singer-songwriter John Legend
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's Hollywood versus Hawkinsville on the campaign trail. Democrat Stacey Abrams hopes support from celebrity names will energize young voters while Republican candidate Brian Kemp looks for votes closer to home during his rural county bus tour. Which strategy will prevail? 

The Senate voted Friday to end debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. What impact will the bitter fight over the nomination process have on the midterm elections?

Panelists:

Stacey Evans -- Former Gubernatorial Candidate

Aerial view of the United States Capitol building.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, we ask whether the spectacle playing out in the U.S. Senate tarnished its reputation. This week, the United States Supreme Court began a new term with eight justices sitting on the bench. As the battle over who will fill the next seat continues, how will the court proceed to preserve its reputation and act as a non-partisan arbiter of justice?


Singer-songwriter John Legend poses for a group photo with students at a Stacey Abrams campaign event.
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The Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia is hoping that a little star power will provide the boost she needs to win in November. Stacey Abrams' campaign enlisted the help of singer-songwriter John Legend to speak to students in Atlanta on Tuesday.

The award-winning artist was invited by student-led college groups to encourage young adults to register to vote and to support the Democratic candidates on the ticket.

Legend spoke to enthusiastic crowds at college campuses throughout the day ahead of a sold-out private fundraising event Tuesday evening.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, the battle over education plans between the candidates for governor in Georgia heats up on the campaign trail. 


The Governor's Mansion in Atlanta Georgia is a a three-floor, 30-room, Greek Revival style home built in 1967, stands on approximately 18 acres in northeast Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as candidates prepare for another week of fundraising and campaign speeches, a new poll from Landmark Communications shows Georgians are evenly divided on which candidate they vote into office on Nov. 6.


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A new poll released Monday by Landmark Communications shows no clear leader in the race for governor in Georgia. Republican Brian Kemp currently leads Democrat Stacey Abrams by a margin of 48 to 46 percent.

The statewide poll asked 964 likely voters who they would vote for if the election were today. Although Kemp leads by 1.7 percentage points, the poll has a 3.2 percent margin of error, meaning the race is a virtual tie.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, education becomes a forefront issue on the campaign trail in Georgia. What will each candidate offer and how will their proposals improve rural education without causing large tax increases? 


Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets Sen. David Perdue on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, our panel recaps the latest updates from a contentious week on capitol hill. How are Republican politicians in Georgia responding to the emotional testimony from both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh?


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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp hopes to give public school teachers in Georgia a raise. The Republican candidate for governor says he will give teachers a permanent $5,000 annual pay raise, a plan that would cost taxpayers around $600 million a year.


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