Mary Norwood

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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. 

On this special edition of Political Rewind, we look back at the year in politics. From new leadership in Atlanta to the fight for a new governor of Georgia and an expensive fight for a congressional seat. There was also President Trump, tax reform, health care reform, the Mueller Russia investigation, the resignation of one Georgian from the president’s cabinet and the firing of another, plus the #MeToo movement that sent tremors through Washington. All were big stories in 2017, but which ranked as the biggest according to our panel?

Recount Doesn't Significantly Alter Atlanta Mayoral Race

Dec 14, 2017
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A recount in the Atlanta mayoral election runoff hasn't altered results significantly.

Election officials in two counties that include parts of Atlanta on Thursday recounted the ballots cast on Dec. 5.

The result: Keisha Lance Bottoms still narrowly leads Mary Norwood, who asked for the recount after Bottoms was declared the winner by a margin of less than 1 percent.

Official Atlanta Mayoral Runoff Results Retain Thin Margin

Dec 12, 2017
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The vote tallies for the runoff election in the Atlanta mayoral race are official, but with a razor-thin margin remaining, the trailing candidate said Monday that she plans to ask for a recount.

Election officials in Fulton and DeKalb counties, which both include parts of Atlanta, certified their votes, which still have Keisha Lance Bottoms winning the race.

Bottoms' lead grew from 759 votes in unofficial tallies released last week to 832 votes in the certified results. That still amounts to less than 1 percent of the votes.

Atlanta Will Soon Know Official Vote Tally In Mayoral Runoff

Dec 11, 2017
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Atlanta is a step closer to having an official record of how close its mayoral election runoff was.

Fulton County election officials on Monday morning certified the county's vote totals from the Dec. 5 runoff. Election officials in DeKalb County, which also includes part of Atlanta, planned to certify their results later Monday.

The official Fulton County results show Keisha Lance Bottoms with 42,887 votes, or 51.33 percent, and Mary Norwood with 40,668, or 48.67 percent.

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The race to become Atlanta’s next mayor is at a bit of a standstill.

Here’s where things stand after yesterday’s runoff election between two Atlanta City Councilwomen.

Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms leads Independent Mary Norwood by 759 votes. Norwood says it’s not over and is calling for a recount.

Atlanta Mayor's Race Too Close To Call

Dec 5, 2017
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Keisha Lance Bottoms declared herself the next mayor of Atlanta early Wednesday morning while her opponent, Mary Norwood, called for a recount.

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Atlanta has a new voter bloc that could sway the 2017 mayoral runoff election.

Keisha Lance Bottoms garnered 26 percent of votes on November 7, largely from the city's southern, African-American voters. Mary Norwood's 21 percent came mostly from the city's northern, white voters.

Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint sat down with Rickey Bevington to explain why a significant group of East Atlanta voters are voting on economic policy rather than race or politics.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, does Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams have aspirations to run for president? Plus, if religious liberty is a key to winning the GOP gubernatorial primary, why is Brian Kemp backing away from a proposal that would allow adoptions to be denied on the basis of the sexual orientation of prospective parents? And, Atlanta mayoral candidates Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood square off in the GPB debate on the eve of new polling that shows the race is a dead heat.

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The next Mayor of Atlanta will have a lot of problems to solve when she takes office in January.

Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms are in a December 5 runoff to replace Kasim Reed, who is term limited.

Atlanta Magazine articles editor Thomas Wheatley joined Rickey Bevington to discuss the major issues facing Atlanta and how the candidates are poised to handle them.

On a special edition of "Political Rewind," the two finalists for mayor of Atlanta debate on Georgia Public Broadcasting. We ask the candidates, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood, about a variety of issues important to the future of the city as Election Day approaches.

Change is coming to Atlanta’s city hall. 

Where do Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood stand on race, transportation, Confederate monuments, corruption and Atlanta’s impact on the entire state? 

Recorded live on Tuesday, Nov. 28, GPB’s Bill Nigut, along with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jim Galloway and former WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson moderated a special edition of Political Rewind: The Atlanta Mayoral Debate.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, the candidates for Mayor of Atlanta slug it out in their first runoff debate. Did we learn anything new about the matchup between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood?

A Democratic state representative has introduced legislation to ban “bump stocks” in Georgia and one GOP candidate for governor is already attacking the measure. How will it fare in the 2018 session? 

Could Atlanta Be On Track To Elect A White Mayor?

Nov 9, 2017
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On Nov. 7, none of the 12 candidates for mayor of Atlanta received more than 50 percent of the vote.

That means the two candidates with the most votes, Councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood, will face off in a Dec. 5 runoff. Lance Bottoms is black. Norwood is white.

Could 2017 be the year that Atlanta elects its first white mayor in more than a generation?

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On Tuesday Atlantans voted for a new mayor and other important city positions. In Atlanta’s mayoral race, two women advanced to a runoff election. Elsewhere in the state, Democrats picked up two house seats in northeast Georgia and flipped a senate seat long held by the GOP. We analyze election day results with Andra Gillespie, Professor of Political Science at Emory University. And Greg Bluestein, Political Reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.