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The political game in Georgia is more dynamic than ever. From local elected officials to state and federal government, we're facing complicated issues. On "Political Rewind" we take the time to break down these issues, speaking directly to the decision makers in a respectful and civil manner. We not only get you caught up on what has happened in this fast-changing political world, we look ahead so that you will know what to expect.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, after choosing their nominee for governor, Georgia Democrats declare they are unified and energized to put Stacey Abrams in the Governor’s Mansion this fall. Meanwhile, Republicans here and in Washington are wasting no time attacking Abrams even as they face a potentially contentious gubernatorial runoff battle between Brian Kemp and Casey Cagle. Our panel weighs in on the latest news in the midterm elections. Plus, what was behind Democratic Congressman David Scott’s emotional speech in the U.S. House last week. The AJC’s Jim Galloway tells us why Scott thinks racism is behind a funding measure dropped from the Farm Bill.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, the race for governor of Georgia moves one step down the road.  Democratic voters advance Stacey Abrams to the general election in overwhelming fashion, while Republicans set the stage for a fight for the soul of their party, a runoff between Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp.  Runoffs will also determine which candidates will face GOP congressional incumbents some see as vulnerable in the fall.  Our panel of insiders break down the vote and look at what to expect as they 2018 election marches towards November.

Panelists:

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On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, it’s Election Day in Georgia as voters go to the polls to make their choices in dozens of races.  Democrats will pick their nominee for governor and no matter who wins, it will be the first time ever in Georgia that a woman will lead a party’s ticket into the Fall.  Republicans may send their governor’s race to a mid-summer runoff, which means they’ll endure nine more weeks of campaigning before they can turn their attention to the winning in November.  Also, two potentially vulnerable GOP incumbent members of Congress will be eyeing the results

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On this edition of Political Rewind, voters across Georgia go to the polls tomorrow to elect candidates in dozens of primary races.  Which Stacey will emerge as the Democratic candidate for governor?

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On this edition of "Poltical Rewind," we discuss the House farm bill's defeat. All Georgia Republicans in the House voted for the bill, including Jody Hice who was wavering. 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, the Democratic candidates for governor trade sharp blows and share kind words in their only statewide televised debate.  Can we expect the same when GOP candidates meet for their debate?  Evidence suggests that’s unlikely.  Plus, we now have figures showing us just how much the race for governor has cost—almost $13 million spent by candidates on both sides, so far.  Also, will the Supreme Court’s decision on sports gambling energize the forces pushing for casinos in Georgia, and what about horserace gambling?  We’ll look at the odds.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, with Georgia primary elections just one week away, the battle of the Staceys for the Democratic nomination for governor gets uglier.  GOP candidates push hard to win a runoff spot with frontrunner Casey Cagle.  Plus, Democrats in two congressional districts fight for the right to take on two potentially vulnerable GOP incumbents. 

Panelists:

AJC Lead Political Writer Jim Galloway

Former Congressman Buddy Darden

Republican Strategist Heath Garrett

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp doubles down on his muscular advocacy for gun rights and it just may be propelling him forward in the GOP governor’s race.  The AJC’s Jim Galloway tells us why he thinks the Parkland massacre has not deterred, but empowered gun supporters.  We’ll also discuss the risky path Democrat Stacey Abrams charts as she works to win her party’s nomination.  Plus, Sonny Perdue’s biggest battle yet as Agriculture Secretary and why Atlanta could soon be on the national political stage once again. 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal wraps up the official bill signing period with a flourish: his signature on one bill means Georgians could now pay state sales tax for many online purchases.  He also approved a controversial bill that could set a precedent for allowing Georgia cities to be split in two by residents looking for a change and a he vetoes a bill that was a showcase measure for GOP gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle.  Plus, the Secretary of State’s Office launches an investigation into potential voting irregularities in last December’s race for Atlanta mayor. 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, the 2018 primary elections are just two weeks away and we now have information on early voting that may offer clues as to what to expect on May 22.  Then, Kennesaw State University is making headlines again, this time over questions about their policy on accepting Georgians who are undocumented residents.  Plus, a high powered, well-connected Republican Atlanta attorney whose nomination to become an ambassador is on hold.  Is his embrace of a controversial Georgia election law holding him back?

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Our panelists start by discussing Stacey Evans' new attack ad against her Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams. The ad makes the case that Abrams "cut a deal" to reduce the HOPE Scholarship.

Next, polls indicate that Casey Cagle has built a comfortable lead in the hunt for the GOP race for governor. Will his campaign now focus on assuring they'll face the opponent they fear least in a possible runoff? And who would they choose? Our panel weighs in. 

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal has only a week left to take action on bills passed during the 2018 legislative session.  Our panel will look at how he may respond to some of the most contentious measures on his desk and at bills that, once signed, will have an impact on Georgians.  Then, GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is facing harsh criticism for an allegedly humorous ad in which he points a gun at a teenage boy looking to date on of his daughters.  Kemp’s response to the attacks: just spell my name right!  Plus, a new Pew research study shows that Americans hav

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On this edition of Political Rewind, he’s been out of office for three months, but Kasim Reed’s actions during his final time as Mayor of Atlanta is under intense scrutiny.  We’ll break down the issues.  Also, early voting has begun for the March 22 primary elections, but is anyone paying attention yet?  One of journalism’s most respected data crunchers calls the Georgia Democratic governor’s race a template for the trends that define the national Democratic Party’s ideological struggle in 2018.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a weight is lifted from Johnny Isakson’s back: President Trump’s embattled personal doctor, Ronny Jackson, withdraws his name from consideration of VA Secretary.  Isakson was unhappy with Trump’s choice from the very beginning.  Then, Republican State House incumbent Betty Price draws a well-known challenger in her primary race.  Have her many controversial statements made her vulnerable?  Plus, a middle Georgia school district becomes the first in the state to authorize some of its teachers to carry guns in the classroom.  Will more districts follow?

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On this edition of Political Rewind, President Trump sends mixed signals about his support for  his embattled nominee to head the Veterans’ Administration.  Now, Georgia’s Johnny Isakson holds a key to the fate of Dr.

On this edition of Political Rewind, a rash of ethics charges fly in the Democratic contest for governor.  Also, Republican David Shafer has been cleared of sexual harassment charges, but have the accusations taken a toll on his campaign for lieutenant governor?  Plus, Senator Johnny Isakson opens up about the tragic death of a grandson following an opioid overdose. And, why it is not Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia.

Panelists:

AJC Lead Political Writer Jim Galloway

Republican Strategist Heath Garrett

On this edition of Political Rewind, with primary election approaching rapidly, a new poll from the AJC shows democratic voters remain largely disengaged from the race for governor, but there is a clear-cut favorite among those who have made up their minds.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Deal forges an agreement that will save health care choices for more than half a million Georgians.  Our panel will weigh in on this exercise in gubernatorial clout.  Then, news about the race to succeed Deal: Democrat Stacey Abrams wins two major endorsements in her bid to become Georgia’s next governor while Brian Kemp finds a way to turn a lost endorsement into a win with help from a prominent member of the same organization.  We’ll also look at newly released fundraising totals for candidates in races for congressional seats Democrats are ta

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On this edition of Political Rewind, one day after James Comey unleashes a barrage of attack on President Trump’s character, the leader of an effort to impeach the president brings his campaign to Georgia.  Will billionaire Tom Steyer find support for his effort here?  Then, an ethics probe find no evidence to back the claims of a woman who accused David Shafer of sexual harassment, but will the accusation linger as Shafer campaigns to become Lieutenant Governor?  Plus, Governor Deal steps in to media a dispute that threatens the health care coverage of hundreds of thousands of Georgians.

On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, we take the show on the road to Macon and the campus of Mercer University to hear from voters and local political experts about the issues that matter to middle Georgians.  Do residents there feel their voices are heard up I-75 at the State Capitol and how will those feelings resonate come election day?  Also, Macon and Bibb County have a joint government that was intended to save money, but has it worked?  We discuss.

Panelists:

AJC Lead Political Writer Jim Galloway

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