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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.

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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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.






Political Rewind: New Attention To COVID Funding, Protocols As Legislature Considers State Budget

Wednesday on Political Rewind: A member of the Georgia House of Representatives was removed from the floor by a state trooper after refusing to comply with rules requiring legislators to be tested regularly for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the state budget — including funding for the Department of Public Health amid the pandemic — is being considered by the legislature. Also, the General Assembly considers an array of issues as the session begins its opening weeks. Hate-crime legislation, a...


Political Rewind: Author Molly Ball On Speaker Pelosi's Power Of Persuasion In Life And Politics

Tuesday on Political Rewind: Nancy Pelosi was first elected to the U.S. House in 1987. Two decades later, she was the first woman to be elected Speaker of the House. And in the past few years, she became both a liberal icon and an increasingly polarizing figure as she battled President Donald Trump over a number of issues during his time in office. Molly Ball, national political correspondent for TIME and now author of a new biography called Pelosi, joined Political Rewind to discuss...


Political Rewind: Biden's Immigration Reform Faces Uphill Battle, But Could Bring Change To Georgia

Monday on Political Rewind: A flurry of executive orders marks President Joe Biden’s first days in office. One of his priorities has been to introduce a major immigration reform bill, which includes plans to roll back a number of immigration orders from the previous administration. Also: The New York Times revealed a previously unknown effort by former President Donald Trump to overturn the results of the presidential election in Georgia. Panelists: Jim Galloway — Former Political Writer,...


Political Rewind: Vaccine Rollout A Major Test For Kemp, Biden's Leadership

Friday on Political Rewind: As Georgians eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations scramble to get them, Gov. Brian Kemp acknowledged demand is far outstripping supply. Kemp told reporters at a news conference Georgia has already received most of the doses the state was initially set to receive. The new Biden administration will certainly play a role in vaccine distribution in Georgia and across the nation. Our panel reviewed the administration's plan to fight the coronavirus and whether it may...


Political Rewind: A New Federal COVID-19 Response Plan — And What It Could Mean For Georgia

Thursday on Political Rewind: Georgia once again finds itself among the worst states in the nation for new COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to state data and a recent report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. While the task force numbers indicate a slight improvement in recent weeks, 821 Georgians died from the virus in just the seven-day period ending last Friday. The staggering toll comes even as the state faces a dwindling supply of vaccines as well as confusion about...


Political Rewind: New Chapter In Georgia With Swearing In Of President Biden, Sens. Warnock, Ossoff

Wednesday afternoon on Political Rewind: A new presidential term begins and with it, a new political landscape in Georgia and across the United States. Following the inauguration of President Joe Biden, senators-elect Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock are scheduled to be sworn in later today. The pair of Democrats from Georgia will shift the balance of the U.S. Senate from Republican control, giving the Democratic Party control of both chambers of Congress for the first time in 10...


Political Rewind: As Trump Departs, An Anxious Georgia, Nation Looks Toward New Presidency

Wednesday on Political Rewind: A new era begins today for the nation and for Georgia. At noon, President-elect Joe Biden is set be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. He’s promised to immediately act on climate change, an expanded COVID relief package, a campaign to dramatic increase distribution of vaccines to defeat the virus and other policy. After the inauguration, Georgia’s new senators-elect Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock will take the oath of office and give...


Political Rewind: On Eve Of Tense Inauguration, A Look Back At Tumultuous Presidential Transitions

Tuesday on Political Rewind, when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States tomorrow, he becomes the principal player in a transition marked by a surging pandemic, spiraling joblessness and aggrieved ranks of voters who refuse to believe he was legitimately elected. But previous American presidents have, too, faced daunting circumstances as they took the oath of office, and gone on to build brighter futures for the country. Today, our panel looked at...


Political Rewind: Gov. Kemp Sets New Tone With State Of The State; A Tribute To Jim Galloway

Friday on Political Rewind: After a bruising year of contending with the coronavirus, feuds with the president and a bitter war with fellow Republicans, Gov. Brian Kemp delivered a State of the State speech calling for unity and painting a picture of a brighter future for Georgia. Still, partisans on both sides of the aisle found grounds for criticizing Kemp’s vision for the year ahead. Kemp made no mention in his speech of proposals to change Georgia’s rules for mail-in voting, but the...


Political Rewind: Ga. Congressional Delegation Vote On Party Lines Despite Bipartisan Impeachment

Thursday on Political Rewind: Georgia’s members of the U.S. House voted along party lines on impeachment of President Donald Trump. The debate continues over the president’s role in inciting insurrection when he directed angry crowds of his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol last week. Democrats accused trump of violating his oath to protect the country from its enemies, foreign or domestic. Many Republicans called the impeachment a political stunt that will further divide the country....


Political Rewind: Former U.S. Congressmen On The Fragility Of Democracy — And How To Preserve It Right Now

Wednesday on Political Rewind: We ask two former U.S. senators about the state of our democratic institutions. As we come to the end of the Trump era, just how fragile is the American experiment in democracy? Former Sen. Gary Hart and former U.S. Rep. Richard “Dick” Gephardt are members of a bipartisan election integrity organization called Keep Our Republic, which seeks to strengthen democracy through targeted electoral reform. They map out the challenges that began developing before the...


Political Rewind: As D.C. Makes Moves Toward Impeachment, Georgia's Role In The Politics At Play

Tuesday on Political Rewind: Guest host Tamar Hallerman, senior reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, leads the panel in a discussion of the U.S. House and its march toward a vote on impeachment for the second time. Included in one article of impeachment is language accusing President Donald Trump of trying to overturn the outcome of Georgia’s president election in his infamous phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Meanwhile, Gov. Brian Kemp announced his support for a...


Political Rewind: A Reckoning Over Violence In D.C. Amid Shifting Political Prospects In Georgia

Monday on Political Rewind, the weekend brought growing calls for President Donald Trump’s removal from office in the aftermath of the assault on the U.S. Capitol. In a letter to colleagues, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will call for a vote on a resolution demanding Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet immediately invoke the 25th amendment. A majority of House Democrats and at least some Republicans are prepared to move to impeach Trump as a next step. Meanwhile, as Georgia...


Political Rewind: Warnock, Ossoff Make History, Representing Pivotal Period For Peach State Politics

Friday on Political Rewind: Two new senators are poised to head to the U.S. Capitol to represent Georgia in the nation's highest legislative body. Sen. Kelly Loeffler conceded defeat to the Rev. Raphael Warnock. Loeffler said she called Warnock to congratulate him on his victory in their U.S. Senate race. As Georgia legislators prepare for the start of the 2021 session on Monday, proposed changes to the state's absentee election law will be one of the most contentious issues of the session....


Political Rewind: After The Siege On The U.S. Capitol, Georgia And Nation Ask Where We Go From Here

Wednesday on Political Rewind: Georgia and the nation’s capital saw a day of triumph and turmoil on Wednesday. Democrats celebrated the twin victories of Georgians Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who now give their party control of the U.S. Senate. Warnock will be the first Black man to represent Georgia in Congress while Ossoff will be Georgia's first Jewish senator. Also, in the early hours of this morning, Congress officially affirmed the Electoral College victory of...


Political Rewind: As Georgia Counts Votes, Trump Ignites Chaos At Nation's Capitol

This afternoon on Political Rewind: As the day the last votes are tabulated in Georgia's Senate runoff election, chaos erupts at the U.S. Capitol. Supporters of President Donald Trump assault the U.S. Capitol, storming the building. We covered the breaking news as situations in the capital escalated in the afternoon. This followed a rally nearby where Trump unleashed a barrage of baseless accusations of election fraud in Georgia and other states. Meanwhile, the Rev. Raphael Warnock has been...


Political Rewind: Morning After Senate Runoff Election Underlines Record Turnout, Historic Result

Wednesday on Political Rewind: The Rev. Raphael Warnock has been elected the first African American U.S. senator from Georgia. His victory over Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler puts the Democratic Party within one seat of capturing a majority in the Senate. Now, the focus turns to the race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican incumbent David Perdue, where Ossoff holds a small but potentially unbroachable lead over the state’s senior senator. Late into the night as the Democrats took the...


Political Rewind: Nation Turns To Georgia's Runoff Elections — With Eye Toward Voter Turnout

Today on Political Rewind: On the eve of today’s runoff election, President-elect Joe Biden urged Georgians gathered at the old Turner Field to turn out today for Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump warned his supporters in Dalton of the dangers of not voting. Many analysts say the Republican Party needs massive turnout today to counter a lead built by Democratic early voters. Our panel weighs in on this crucial election. Panelists: Tamar...


Political Rewind: The Potential Consequences Of Taped Trump Call — For The President And For Georgia

Monday on Political Rewind: In an alarming hourlong phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, President Donald Trump cajoled, begged and threatened Raffensperger to find the votes to win him Georgia. Raffensperger pushed back on the president’s false claims and declined to meet with the president’s allies in person. We take a look forward to Trump's agenda when he makes a scheduled visit to Dalton tonight to campaign for Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Our panel looks at...


Political Rewind: A Reflection On Community, Ritual, Faith And Hope In 2020's Final Moments

Thursday on Political Rewind: It’s the last day of 2020 and have we ever longed more for a year to come to an end? 2020 has been a year of collective anxieties, griefs, and solitary sojourns. Some of us have lost people who are dear to us, or jobs, or the beautiful connections to those we love. And yet, as we rummage through the smoldering ruins of this awful, horrible year, we may find that in what we’ve missed, we’ve learned valuable lessons. Today, we speak to some of Georgia’s best-known...