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: Safety Precautions, Risk Assessment As COVID-19 Cases Rise Ahead Of Holiday Season
Wednesday on Political Rewind: The coronavirus epidemic has uprooted many of the norms of daily life, and that will continue to be true through the holiday season. Yesterday, Gov. Brian Kemp urged Georgians to consider alternative virtual Thanksgiving gatherings in order to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Georgia is faring better than other states at the moment, yet the rate of new infections continues to rise. Last week, an average of over 2,500 Georgians reported new COVID-19 infections each day.
The White House Coronavirus Task Force issued an advisory to Georgia, warning the state is “in the early stages of a full resurgence” and has urged state leaders to take aggressive new steps now to tamp down the virus before it spirals out of control.
Gov. Kemp did not issue new restrictions or mask mandates, describing new data as a “bump” and not a "spike."
Political Rewind: Political Spending Surges To New Heights Ahead Of Georgia Senate Runoffs
Tuesday on Political Rewind: Spending on Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoff elections is reaching mind-boggling heights.
So far, $257 million has been committed or spent for television, radio and digital ads in the races. According to media expert Rick Dent, more than $32 million of ads were broadcasted by the four campaigns in the past week alone, and the spending spree will continue during the six weeks until runoff election day.
Meanwhile, there are growing concerns among Georgia Republicans that could hobble the party’s organizing efforts, especially in the lead up to the runoffs for the state’s two Senate seats. Top GOP officials, including President Donald Trump, alluded to election malfeasance by Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger following November’s presidential victory for Democrat Joe Biden. Republicans are worried that these assertions could undermine Republican candidates' chances to win and could lead to a party at war with itself.
Our panelists included: Dr. Amy Steigerwalt, Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University; Dr. Andra Gillespie, Professor of Political Science at Emory University; Rick Dent, Georgia media consultant; and Tamar Hallerman — Senior Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Political Rewind: Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn Talks His Legacy, Current Political Partisanship
Monday on Political Rewind: We speak with a giant of Georgia politics — former United States Sen. Sam Nunn.
During his 24-year tenure, Nunn became the Senate’s most important voice on the U.S. military and a leader in debates on foreign affairs. In the years since he left the Senate, Nunn continued his groundbreaking work to rid the world of the threat of nuclear destruction.
We will discuss Nunn’s career and ask him about how the Senate has devolved from an important deliberative body into a toxic partisan stew. What are the statemen’s thoughts on President Donald Trump and his efforts to forestall the outcome of the presidential election?
Nunn finds Trump's refusal to transition President-elect Joe Biden into the White House "breathtaking."
"You don't have to concede to have a transition. President Trump can keep on fighting, you can keep on going to court, that's fine," he said. "But for goodness sake, he needs to step up and put his county first."
Sam Nunn — Former U.S. Senator
Jim Galloway — Lead Political Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Patricia Murphy — Political Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Political Rewind: Brad Raffensperger Addresses Election 'Doubts,' Responds To Biden Win In Georgia
Friday on Political Rewind: The extraordinary hand recount of some 5 million presidential ballots has confirmed that Joe Biden won Georgia and won its 16 electoral votes. Biden becomes the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who certified the election results today, joins our panel.
Meanwhile, a federal judge in Atlanta has rejected a request from Trump supporters to bar state officials from certifying the Biden victory. Judge Steven Grimberg, a Trump appointee, said he found no evidence to back the claims that procedural irregularities had more than a nominal impact on the election outcome.
At a press conference Friday morning, Raffensperger said he believes the hand recount accurately calls Biden as the state's winner.
"I live by the motto, 'Numbers don’t lie,'" he said.
Brad Raffensperger — Georgia Secretary of State
Caesar Mitchell — Former President, Atlanta City Council
Jim Galloway — Lead Political Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Karen Owen — Political Science Professor, University of West Georgia
Political Rewind: Republican Party Faces Internal Struggle Leading Into Senate Runoff Elections
Thursday on Political Rewind: President-elect Joe Biden has maintained his lead over President Donald Trump in Georgia after the state’s ambitious hand recount of some 5 million ballots. But the process did discover counting errors in several counties that added more than 1,000 votes to the Trump column.
Meanwhile, even while the president and many loyalists here in Georgia and across the country continue to claim that the election was stolen, many Republicans are beginning to contemplate how their party will regroup in the aftermath of the Trump presidency.
We’ll look at the disputed election, how it may impact the senate runoffs and the future of the Republican Party with expert political officials in Georgia.
Our panelists included: Rusty Paul, mayor of Sandy Springs and former state Republican Party chairman; Sam Olens, former State Attorney General; Saxby Chambliss, former U.S Senator; and Kevin Riley, editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Political Rewind: Counties Wrap Up Final Tallies As Statewide Election Audit Approaches Deadline
Wednesday on Political Rewind: Counties have until midnight to finish their audits of ballots cast in the November presidential election. No evidence of election fraud has been found.
The audit revealed memory cards from voting machines in two counties were not properly uploaded. The votes were added to the final tally. After accounting for those ballots, Biden’s lead dropped to about 13,000 votes. The Secretary of State’s office said the post-election process catching mistakes was a normal step in certifying results not a sign of wrongdoing.
Long before Republican senators began publicly denouncing how Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger handled the voting there, he withstood pressure from the campaign of Donald Trump to endorse the president for reelection.
Our panel of experts break down the latest in Georgia's election races.
Our panelists included: Eric Tanenblatt, Republican strategist; Greg Bluestein, Politics Reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Riley Bunch — Georgia Statehouse Reporter at CNHI News; and Teri Anulewicz, State Representative (D-Smyrna).
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