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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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First Votes Cast in Iowa Caucus

Feb 3, 2016

The first votes of the 2016 election season have finally been cast. Did Ted Cruz’s victory in the Hawkeye state caucuses make him the new GOP frontrunner? Did Donald Trump learn enough lessons about retail politicking to help him prove the pollsters right in New Hampshire? Does Marco Rubio’s third place finish in Iowa position him as the establishment candidate most capable of challenging and beating Trump for the Republican nomination? What about Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich?

The Republicans competing to replace Barack Obama held their final debate before the February 1st Iowa caucuses and their frontrunner was a few miles down the road hosting an event for the vets. Donald Trump’s boycott of the GOP debate reportedly grew out of his months long feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and his perception that the network was not treating him fairly. In Trump’s absence, GOPers on the stage seemed to turn their attention to the runner-up in the polls, Ted Cruz. So how did the “Trumpless” debate play out?

Citing his ongoing feud with Fox News anchor and upcoming debate moderator Megyn Kelly, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump pulled out of the last Republican debate before Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses. Trump has accused Kelly of being unfair to him. Fox News has accused Trump of “terrorization”. Trump said that instead of debating, he may hold an event for the wounded warriors and the vets. Will his absence finally give some air to the establishment candidates trying to gain traction if not in Iowa, but in New Hampshire and beyond? Will voters tune in to watch a “Trumpless” debate? Sen.

The “First Amendment Defense act of Georgia” has been introduced in the Georgia State Senate. Though some think the bill moves the same sex marriage debate further to the right, its author, Sen. Greg Kirk, sees the bill as being more palatable than the previously passed in the Senate “Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)”. Is it? Will it gain any traction in the Senate and move on to the House? U.S. Senator David Perdue has blocked DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax Lopez from becoming Georgia’s first lifetime appointed Federal judge.

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin flew into Iowa to deliver a full throated, Obama and establishment bashing endorsement of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. How does the former Alaska governor’s support for Trump affect the upcoming caucus? Does Palin’s support solidify Trump’s support among evangelicals? Does it have legs outside of Iowa? How will it play in Georgia? And how is the Ted Cruz campaign hurt or not hurt by the endorsement?

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?

Introducing the NEW Wednesday Edition of Political Rewind!

Jan 13, 2016

Welcome to our first Wednesday edition of Political Rewind! From now on we will be on LIVE Wednesdays at 2pm in addition to our normal time Friday afternoons at 3. The Georgia general Assembly gaveled to order on Monday, January 11th with an ambitious list of things to get finished before their forty day session expires. And with many legislators predicting a fast session, there may be much to be accomplished in a short period of time. Governor Deal delivered his annual State of the State address and discussed issues critical to keeping the ship of state sailing forward.

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Well, it’s a New Year and with the New Year comes a new chapter in Georgia’s history with the convening of the Georgia General Assembly. This year’s session will be busy for the state’s legislators as they tackle everything from education reform to religious freedom to defense of the First Amendment, while trying to get out of town in time to raise money and campaign for reelection by primary time in May. And will teacher merit pay and a new model for school funding gain any traction in an election year? Rep. Lynn Westmoreland has announced that he will not seek another term in the U.S.

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