Political Rewind

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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. We not only get you caught up on the week that was in state politics, but we look ahead so that you will stay informed.

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Donald Trump fired his campaign manager, his fundraising numbers are terrible, and his poll numbers are sinking. Trump is working to assure nervous Republicans, while Hillary Clinton hits Trump over his business experience. Clinton is also vetting possible running mates, and looking to win over Bernie Sanders supporters.

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On this edition of “Political Rewind” we talk to Georgians who attended the Trump rally at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta to learn why they believe Trump is better suited to be president than Hillary Clinton.

Trump Visits Atlanta

Jun 15, 2016
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Our panel of insiders and GPB’s team of reporters cover all the news of Donald Trump’s visit to Atlanta. He’s in town just hours before “Political Rewind” airs for a private fundraising breakfast and a public rally at the Fox Theatre at noon.

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The presidential race is now fully under way with Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party squaring off against Donald Trump. The panel of insiders will talk about the dynamics of the race here in Georgia. Hillary Clinton has raised a lot of money here but do Democrats believe Hillary actually has a chance to win Georgia?

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On this edition, we present a “Political Rewind” exclusive: a debate between Columbus state senator Josh McKoon, the hardest driving proponent of religious liberty measures in the state legislature and former spokesman for Governor Deal Brian Robinson.

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Georgia Republicans are holding their state convention in Augusta this weekend, but Governor Deal and House Speaker David Ralston aren’t going to be there. Our panel of insiders look at why two of the state’s top GOP leaders will be no-shows.

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Georgia U.S. Senator David Perdue’s recent op-ed in the Washington Post, which comes close to an out-and-out endorsement of Donald Trump, says that Trump, like Perdue himself, is an example of how voters are embracing candidates who aren’t part of the Washington establishment. Perdue writes “let Trump be Trump,” and if he is, he will be elected president.

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As you certainly know, this has been an extraordinary election year; and our team of political insiders has been working hard to bring you the best perspectives on what’s happening. And so, we decided that we should give them a chance to relax on this long Memorial Day weekend. But they will be back for our live show next week.

In place of our usual panel conversation we’re sharing with you a conversation I had last month at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library with Randall Woods, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Arkansas.

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We look at the results of yesterday’s primary elections in Georgia. The outsider fever that has taken hold in much of the country this year wasn’t apparent in key races here.

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With Georgia primary elections coming up on Tuesday, May 24, our panel of insiders looks at how key races are taking shape in the final days of the campaign.

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Georgia Republicans say they’re spoiling for a fight over the Obama administration ruling that schools must give transgender students access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify or risk losing federal funds. Is this a fight worth having?

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AJC political writer Jim Galloway unveils the results of the newspaper’s brand new poll. The panel discusses the poll findings on Governor Deal’s approval rating, how Georgians feel about his vetoes of campus carry and religious liberty, and who stacks up as a better general election candidates against Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

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With the Georgia primary elections just a little more than two weeks away, our panel of insiders look at the heated GOP congressional races where incumbents Doug Collins and Barry Loudermilk are facing challenges in part because of the very first vote each of them took when they arrived at the U.S. House: helping elect John Boehner speaker. Plus they look at the contest to replace 3rd District congressman Lynn Westmoreland, who is retiring at the end of the year.

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Think this year’s presidential race is unlike anything that’s happened in the past? Not so fast! We welcome back Emory University history professor Joe Crespino, who discusses the striking parallels between the current campaigns and past races in American history.

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Tuesday was Governor Deal’s final day to act on legislation. The headline, of course, was his decision to veto the controversial “campus carry” bill. What factors led to his veto? What will pro-gun forces do next? How will the governor’s action affect his ability to work with legislators next session?

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On today’s show, we look at the massive victories that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump scored in the five primary elections that were held yesterday.

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Republican political consultant Todd Rehm is just back from the Republican National Committee’s Spring Meeting in Florida. He shared with us just what went on: Ted Cruz and John Kasich were there courting delegates; Donald Trump’s new campaign chief Paul Manifort was there, too, telling everyone who would listen that a new more thoughtful and less controversial Trump is about to emerge; efforts to change the convention rules to allow the emergence of a new last minute candidate were debated and more.

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both scored major victories in the state they call home – New York. Are they each now securely on the road to winning the nominations of their parties? 

On this edition of Political Rewind our panel of insiders tackles a number of current issues in the news:

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On today’s show we talk with special guest Randy Evans. At a time when Donald Trump is claiming the Republican leadership is stacking the deck against him, when talk of a contested convention or a brokered convention is growing, Evans is the go-to expert on how the rules will work in the process of selecting a nominee.

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On today’s show, our panel of insiders will look at the storm of controversy that has erupted around new religious liberty laws in Mississippi and North Carolina. Both states passed the measures just days after Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed a religious liberty bill here.

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Wisconsin voters weren’t good to front-runners in the race for the White House.

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Think that this year’s presidential contest is the wildest this country’s ever seen? Well, think again.

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There’s been a tremendous backlash in the conservative faith community after Governor Deal announced he will veto the “religious liberty” bill. Our panel of insiders discusses how the governor came to his decision and what supporters of the bill plan to do next to give the measure new life.

Sine Die Another Day

Mar 25, 2016
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On this Sine Die edition of “Political Rewind,” our panel of insiders takes a look at what happened during the final frantic hours of the legislative session.

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Our panel looks at the issues still in play as the 2016 session of the Georgia general assembly gets set to adjourn on Thursday night, March 24. Among them are campus carry, expediting rape kit processing, and expanding the number of medical conditions that qualify for treatment with medical marijuana.

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Starting out under the Gold Dome, both the House and Senate have passed HB 757, “an Act to protect religious freedoms.” 

Breaking Down The March 15 Primaries

Mar 16, 2016
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In news from Washington, President Obama picked the top judge from the DC Circuit to be the next Supreme Court justice. Merrick Garland is a former federal prosecutor who had been previously been recommended to the president by a leading Republican for openings on the Court. 

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Starting out under the Gold Dome where the Senate passed HB 859, the “campus carry” bill. The legislation, if signed by the governor, will allow students, faculty and staff over age 21 with a Georgia Weapon Carry License to carry concealed firearms on Georgia’s college campuses. Opponents of the law say that it will make students, faculty and staff less safe on campuses around the state. Proponents of the legislation say that it allows licensed carriers the opportunity to protect themselves. Who’s right?

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Another round of Tuesday primary voting has come and gone, and with it another round of opportunities for those trailing Republican front-runner Donald Trump to make a dent in his ever growing delegate lead.

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