The Republicans debated for the first time in 2016 in North Charleston, SC and the gloves finally came off in the formerly friendly scrimmage between businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Trump continues to assert that there are questions about Cruz’s eligibility to run for the presidency, while Cruz pointed out that under the strictest interpretation of “natural born citizen” that Trump himself would not be eligible for the job. Did the back and forth between the top two candidates change any voters’ minds as the first two contests of the 2016 approach? And were Cruz’s comments about Trump’s “New York values” inappropriate or will they play well in Iowa and South Carolina and the SEC primary states, including Georgia? What about Chris Christie, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush? Were any of them able to deliver a debate performance that could break one of them loose from the pack of establishment candidates vying to be the alternative to the top two? And whither John Kasich and Ben Carson? On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders continues to nip at the heels of the frontrunner and once prohibitive favorite Hillary Clinton. The Dems debate scheduled for a football playoff weekend is sure to capture the attention of early state voters as they continue to make their decisions about who to support. If Sanders wins Iowa and New Hampshire, will Georgia and other southern states propel Clinton to the nomination? The first week of the Georgia General Assembly is in the books. Which issues will move to the front as legislators work to advance their legislative priorities in an election year? And who will emerge as the candidates most likely to succeed U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland from Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District? The panel weighs in on all of this and more!