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Viola Davis

More women are running for elected office this fall. The number of female candidates for U.S. Congress has doubled since 2016.

In Georgia, DeKalb County activist Viola Davis launched a last minute campaign to unseat her longtime representative in last month's primary election — and she won.

GPB’s Stephen Fowler has been following the midterm elections, and he joined Rickey Bevington in the studio to talk about this race and the greater context of women running for office.


  •  Cobb County Faces Budget Shortage
  • New Study Suggests Changes To SNAP Program
  • City Of Atlanta Moves Forward With Plans To Demolish Blight

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Casey Cagle goes to Vegas to raise campaign cash and Brian Kemp warns voters he may be there with casinos in Georgia on his mind.  Will gambling become a major issue in the governor’s race?  Then, what’s behind Karen Handel’s rejection of President Trump’s newly imposed tariffs?  Plus, does morality in politics matter anymore?  We’ll look at Bill Clinton’s recent “tone deaf” comments on Monica Lewinsky and the #MeToo movement, Ralph Reed’s defense of President Trump’s behavior and a poll that shows more Americans than ever are just fine with pornography.


  • Cobb County Could Close Parks, Libraries
  • Augusta Commissioners Pass Smoking Ban In Public Spaces
  • DeKalb County Mega-Church Pastor Resigns

  • Robert F. Kennedy's Legacy Of Fighting For Civil Rights In The South
  • APS Extends Superintendant Meria Carstarphen Until 2020
  • Foster Care System In Georgia Could Be Harmed By Family First Act


  • APS Renews Superintendent Meria Carstarphen's Contract
  • MARTA To Take Over Atlanta Streetcar Operations
  • K-12 Educator Scope Cyber Curriculm In Augusta This Week

Office of Attorney General

The Georgia attorney general's office does not intend to criminally charge the city of Atlanta for open records violations at City Hall, officials said.

A letter written by an assistant to Attorney General Chris Carr said the city won't be charged with violating Georgia's open records laws, the Associated Press reports.

However, the letter obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV also says individuals could be prosecuted if evidence supports it.

Atlanta Police Department

In March, hackers attacked Atlanta’s computer network. They held data hostage for a $51,000 ransom, which the city didn’t pay.

The group SamSam was identified in the ransom note. It’s known for choosing targets with weak security and high incentives to regain control of their information.


GPB Evening Headlines For Monday June 4, 2018

Jun 4, 2018

  • Supreme Court Ruling On Colorado Baker Could Impact Georgia
  • Atlanta Cyberattack Fallout Continues As Dashcam Footage Is Lost
  • DeKalb County Schools Sue City Of Atlanta Over 


(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

On this edition of Political Rewind, the Supreme Court issues a landmark ruling, siding with a baker who refused to make a gay couple’s wedding cake. It’s a narrowly argued decision, but it will have an impact here in Georgia and across the country.  Then, Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Casey Cagle have been polling voters to come up with strategies for how to win the governor’s mansion.  Meanwhile, Brian Kemp is promoting his own polls that show him neck-and-neck with Cagle for the GOP nomination.  Our panel looks at the latest news from the governor’s race.  Plus, could a federal court force Georgia election officials to scramble to provide paper ballots for the November elections?


  • Contract Worker Hit, Killed By MARTA Train
  • NSA Leaker Reality Winner Marks One Year In Jail
  • Georgia Tech Basketball Coach Cleared Of Sexual Assault Charges

GPB Morning Headlines For Monday, June 4, 2018

Jun 4, 2018

  • Athens Officer Fired After Striking Fleeing Man With Patrol Car
  • APD Chief Erika Shields Says All Dashcam Footage Lost After March Cyberattack
  • Atlanta Braves See Sharp Rise In Ratings During First Place Season


(AP Photo/Hans-Maximo Musielik, File)

On this edition of Political Rewind, the always contentious issues of illegal immigration is back in the spotlight.  A bi-partisan group of U.S. House members is pushing hard to bring a number of reform bills to the floor for a vote, but Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t ready to play ball.  Also, the White House is under fire for promoting a policy of separating children from parents when families are apprehended by border police.


GPB News

The Georgia Department of Corrections released its first quarterly report of 2018 detailing contraband interdiction, which detailed nearly 10,000 confiscated items.

Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and handmade weapons topped the breakdown released by the GADOC on Tuesday.

  • Flash Flood Risk In North Georgia
  • Proposed Changes At Savannah River Site Prompt South Carolina AG To File Suit
  • Former Braves Pitcher John Smoltz Plays U.S. Senior Open

NOAA

Friday marks the beginning of the 2018 hurricane season, which stretches from June 1 to Nov. 30, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This year, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts a 40 percent chance of a normal season, and a 35 percent chance of an above-normal season. 

Emily Jones / GPB News

Like many old cities, Savannah stakes a lot on its history. In fact, the National Park Service calls Savannah’s downtown one of the largest urban Historic Landmark Districts in the country — a big draw for tourists and residents alike.

 

But a new report finds the unique district is under threat. It comes down to a familiar tension between building the future and preserving the past.


  • Senator Johnny Isakson discusses the new VA Mission Act
  • At least 80 Dacula High School students face discpline after cheating on final exams
  • REPORT:  10,000 items of contraband taken from GA prisoners in first three months of 2018

U.S. Geological Survey

Emergency crews are working to get some White County roads reopened after severe flooding earlier this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Storms dropped more than 14 inches in the last week and more is on the way Friday through the weekend. Forecasters warn of a "hazardous weather outlook," with the possibility of damaging winds and hail in the afternoon.

  • President Of Marietta-Based Religious Charity Arrested
  • Army Corps Says Stay Off Of Lake Lanier & Chattahoochee River
  • GDOT Investigating Augusta Streets For ADA Violations

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