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Donald Trump’s political rallies have been anything but dull over the past few months. Supporters and protestors have attended the gatherings in large numbers and their interactions have often turned ugly. Violence at Trump-sponsored events has been frequent, including several instances of protestors being assaulted by Trump supporters. Because these gatherings are considered private events that are hosted by Trump’s campaign, the rules inside his rallies are much stricter than many people realize.

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Chatham County is voting a lot this year. Between special elections, primaries, and the general there will be at least five elections - and runoffs could bring the total to eight. Members of the elections board say the county could spend $1 million on elections this year. Now, they’re looking for changes.

Board chair Tom Mahoney told GPB’s Emily Jones all these elections are an opportunity for voters - but tough on officials.

The runoff in the special election to finish the House dist. 162 seat of the late Bob Bryant is Tuesday, Apr. 26. That term ends this year.

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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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 PBS talk show host and author Tavis Smiley spent Thursday in Atlanta as part of his “One Great Idea” tour in which he highlights public policy successes around the country. 

Georgia’s one great idea, according to Smiley, is the sweeping overhaul of its criminal justice system.

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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? 

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Tuesday is the New York Primary. There are 291 Democratic delegates up for grabs. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is coming off a streak of wins, but he may have lost the Democratic nomination for president weeks ago. That's because the superdelegates have given most of their votes to former First Lady Hillary Clinton. But what is a superdelegate?

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

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The 2016 election season has already altered the way we look at politics, much in part to the meteoric rise of GOP front runner Donald Trump. But for some minority voters, the chaos of the current political scene leaves them feeling disconnected with the political parties they’ve always known.  Demetrius Minor, a long-time black Republican, grew frustrated with his party and decided to renounce his affiliation last month.

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

Will he sign it or will he veto it?

Gov. Nathan Deal is going to the get that question a lot in the coming days, after the legislature quickly passed a bill that grants religious exemptions to opponents of same-sex marriage.

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In Georgia, state legislatures are conducted on a part time basis. Most legislators are also involved in major secular fields, including medicine, law, and real estate. A recent Atlanta Journal Constitution article cites that many of these legislators are bringing bills to the floor that will directly benefit their personal career field.

We talk to AJC reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin about the potential for conflicts of interest when part-time lawmakers deal with policies that can affect their own bottom line.

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This week for Atlanta Considered, we “consider” how first-world technology like smartphones and apps is becoming a crucial weapon against third-world diseases.

That’s where Decatur-based Task Force for Global Health comes in. Its mission is to combat devastating illnesses that affect millions of people living in poverty.

It’s able to fight this battle by not only utilizing doctors – but by using data.

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This week for Atlanta Considered, we “consider” Atlanta’s geek culture and why it matters.

It matters because Atlanta is home to The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Dragon Con, 75 video game companies and much more. 

Authoritarianism In American Politics

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Donald Trump is an unlikely candidate for president. He has no real political experience and endorses extremist views. Yet, the GOP frontrunner has had success with voters across all demographic lines. Political scientists point to the rise in authoritarianism in American politics as the driver of Trump’s success. 

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Super Tuesday is over, but it's only one chapter in the long saga of the 2016 election.

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The most recent Republican presidential nominee is taking shots at Donald Trump's fitness to be president.

And he's not mincing his words.

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, called the current GOP front-runner "a phony, a fraud" in a speech Thursday morning in Salt Lake City. And he didn't stop there.

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Donald Trump is the winner of Georgia's Republican presidential primary, while Democratic voters turned out overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton.

As Donald Trump delivered his Super Tuesday victory speech to reporters, his most prominent endorser, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, stood stony-faced behind him, prompting a deluge of tweets comparing the former presidential candidate to a hostage.

Christie's secretly conceived decision last week to endorse Trump has provoked shock, anger and disappointment from all corners.

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And let's bring in a well-known voice from the Democratic Party. It is Senator Barbara Boxer of California. She is backing Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee. Senator Boxer, good morning.

BARBARA BOXER: Good morning to you.

How would Donald Trump's most attention-grabbing promises become reality?

One answer came from one of the members of Congress who would face the task of actually enacting the promises. He's Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino, who recently became one of the first prominent Republicans to endorse Trump for president. Marino's answer: On one key issue, Trump doesn't literally mean what he says.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the big winners the morning after Super Tuesday, each of them taking seven of the 13 states in play and adding to their leads.

On a day with the largest delegate total of this election season, Trump now has 285 delegates to 161 for Ted Cruz and 87 for Marco Rubio. In the Democratic race, Clinton has now won 543 delegates to Sanders' 349. When superdelegates are added to the tally, her lead grows to 1,000-371.

Here are five headlines that describe where we are in the race right now:

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Let's sum up the Democratic campaign for president in a sentence. We'll get nominations for that sentence from Mo Elleithee of Georgetown University, who is a one-time spokesman for Hillary Clinton.

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The results of the biggest voting day in the presidential contest thus far may not have been everything that front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had hoped, but they were enough to set the course for the remainder of the nominating season.

And they were surely enough to intensify the pressure on their respective rivals.

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Two numbers give some nuance to last night's Super Tuesday results.

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You probably heard the headline by now. Hillary Clinton won most of the Democratic contests. Donald Trump won big on the Republican side.

Super Tuesday was a big night for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They each captured seven states in their respective Democratic and Republican races, extending leads over their remaining rivals.

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Those watching the results include Christine Todd Whitman, former Republican governor of New Jersey, who's on the one line. Governor, good morning.

CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN: Good morning. How are you?

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Donald Trump has increased his lead among Republicans after about a dozen states voted yesterday. Hillary Clinton is well ahead on the Democratic side, though neither contest is over.

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PHOTOS: Scenes From Super Tuesday

Mar 2, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored big wins on Super Tuesday, after a day of voting in more than a dozen states. Scroll down for scenes from the day, from polling places and campaign events to candidate speeches at some unique venues.

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Hi there.

SHAPIRO: So happy to have you here on Super Tuesday.

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