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Governor Nathan Deal is ending his final year in office by vetoing a record-high 21 bills.

Yesterday marked the close of a 40-day window in which the Governor could veto a bill, sign it, or let it go into law without a signature.

Greg Bluestein is a political reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a panelist on GPB’s Political Rewind. He joined me in the studio to talk about yesterday’s signings, and the legacy Governor Deal leaves behind.

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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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Southern Pedaler Makes Cycling A Party

May 7, 2018
Courtesy Southern Pedaler

May is National Bike Month.

As Atlanta's only "pedal powered party," Southern Pedaler organizes group tours and pub crawls around midtown and downtown Atlanta. Their "mega bikes" can accommodate groups of up to 15 people.

On Second Thought intern Emily Bunker went for a ride with Southern Pedaler and brought back an audio postcard. 

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In the United States, school shootings have been one of the most hotly debated topics in 2018.


The issue was re-ignited in February, when 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida



In some cases, the people behind these crimes are dealing with a form of mental illness, including one man who attempted a school shooting in Atlanta in 2013.

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With the help of a nonprofit group, Fulton County families are fighting custody battles where “parental alienation syndrome,” a form of emotional abuse inflicted on the child or children of divorcing parents by one parent, is used to deny one parent custody.

Robyn Rowles lost full custody to an ex-husband accused of alcoholism and abusing their children. Her crime in the custody battle was parental alienation, according to the court custody evaluator and appointed guardian ad litem.

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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