Political Rewind 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.

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Political Rewind: What can the trial of Arbery's alleged killers tells us about justice in America?

Friday on Political Rewind: Guest host Tamar Hallerman led discussion on the trial of the three men charged with murder in the shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. Nationwide attention has turned to Brunswick, Ga., this week as the trial began. Attorneys have spent the past couple days questioning a long list of potential jurors about their views on the case. With the first week of the trial almost done, there are still plenty of jurors to go through and major questions remain about the search for jurors who have not already made up their minds. There are also questions about what the verdict will mean as the country continues to grapple with the United States' torrid history with race and justice. Panelists: Asia Simone Burns — Crime reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Fred Smith — Constitutional law professor, Emory University The Rev. James "Major" Woodall — Public policy associate, Southern Center for Human Rights and former state president, Georgia NAACP

Political Rewind: What can the trial of Arbery's alleged killers tells us about justice in America?

Political Rewind: The fight to keep Atlanta housing — and Atlanta living — affordable

Thursday on Political Rewind: The gap between the rich and poorer Americans continues to grow. We asked our panel crucial questions about the future of urban life. Will living in cities like Atlanta soon be out of reach for lower income families and individuals? As the Atlanta mayoral race unfolds, crime is by far the issue that voters said matters most to them. But assuring that Atlanta creates opportunities for affordable housing was second on the voters' minds. We spoke with a panel of experts who are attempting to balance development with affordability in the city. Panelists: Bill Bolling — Founder of The Atlanta Housing Forum and former executive director of Atlanta Community Food Bank Sarah Kirsch — Executive director, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Atlanta Ashani O'Mard — Executive director, Atlanta Affordable Housing Fund Kevin Riley — Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Political Rewind: The fight to keep Atlanta housing — and Atlanta living — affordable

Political Rewind: Plans to reintroduce voting rights act; Redistricting could pit Dems vs. Dems

Wednesday on Political Rewind: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will bring the federal voting rights bill to the floor for a vote today. In other news, the trial of Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William Bryant is undergoing jury selection. The men are charged with murder in the Ahmaud Arbery shooting, and the judge presiding over the trial is worried that jury selection is taking far too long. Plus, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan takes his book tour to New Hampshire, prompting some to wonder if there's a presidential race in his future. Also, Georgia legislators prepare for the upcoming session to draw new political maps. Do they have plans to knock off some incumbent Democrats by creating districts that force them to run against one another? Panelists: Greg Bluestein — Political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dr. Adrienne Jones — Professor of political science, Morehouse College Dr. Jennifer McCoy — Professor of political science, Georgia State University

Political Rewind: Plans to reintroduce voting rights act; Redistricting could pit Dems vs. Dems

Political Rewind: Buckhead city opposition grows; jury selection begins in Arbery murder trial

Tuesday on Political Rewind: Opponents of the Buckhead City movement launched a counteroffensive yesterday. In a news conference at the state Capitol, Democratic legislators who represent the city cited economic and social hardships they say severing Buckhead from Atlanta would cause to both jurisdictions. Our panel looked at where the secession movement stands today. Also, the first day of jury selection in the trial of the three men charged with murder in the shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery began this week. GPB's Riley Bunch gave us a firsthand look at how the process unfolded yesterday. Panelists: Riley Bunch — Policy reporter, GPB News Tamar Hallerman — Senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Eric Tanenblatt — Republican insider Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham — Mayor of East Point

Political Rewind: Buckhead city opposition grows; jury selection begins in Arbery murder trial

Political Rewind: As Ahmaud Arbery's murder trial begins, reform and calls for further change

Monday on Political Rewind: The trial for the three men charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery gets underway in Brunswick, Ga., this week. Arbery's killing led to changes in Georgia law, the indictment of a long-serving district attorney and an effort to clean up and diversify the Glynn County Police Department. We looked at what to expect as the trial gets underway and how the case reverberated across the legal and political landscape in Georgia. Georgia Recorder writer Stanley Dunlap said the trial will have consequences for how members of Georgia's Black communities view their relationship with the criminal justice system. "Things may continue to play out how many people feel, and particularly in the Black community, that justice isn't there for them and the police aren't there to protect them," Dunlap said. "That's one of particular concern, depending on the outcome of the trial." Plus, while Stacey Abrams may be waiting to declare her intentions to run for governor of Georgia, she's actively working to elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe governor of Virginia. Panelists: Margaret Coker — Editor-in-chief, The Current Stanley Dunlap — Reporter, Georgia Recorder Adam Van Brimmer — Editorial page editor, The Savannah Morning News Jim Galloway — Former political columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Political Rewind: As Ahmaud Arbery's murder trial begins, reform and calls for further change

Political Rewind: Changes to tenure raise alarm among faculty; Trump claims supporters may not vote

Friday on Political Rewind: Republican candidates on Georgia's 2022 ballot are remaining silent about President Donald Trump's prediction that GOP voters will not go to the polls next year if the party does not push harder to uncover his already-disproven claims of election fraud in 2020 election. In other news, Georgia Board of Regents decided to make sweeping changes to the rules governing how tenured faculty at state universities are evaluated, drawing alarm from many members of faculty. Some believe the rules will have a chilling effect on what professors teach in their classrooms. Plus, the trial for three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery begins Monday. The country will watch as lawyers on both sides grapple with the role race played in the young man's killing. Panelists: Leroy Chapman — Managing editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dr. Andra Gillespie — Professor of political science and director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University Patricia Murphy — Columnist and lead political writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dr. Karen Owen — Professor of political science, University of West Georgia

Political Rewind: Changes to tenure raise alarm among faculty; Trump claims supporters may not vote

Political Rewind: Officials talk bold action on climate change. But are we on the right track?

Thursday on Political Rewind, stories about climate change are rarely out of the headlines these days. This week, it's news about wind farms. The Biden Administration has announced plans to develop seven major offshore wind farms on the east and west coasts and along the Gulf of Mexico. It's part of a larger plan to generate enough alternative energy to power 10 million homes by 2030. In just over two weeks, the U.N. will convene its global Climate Change Conference, where countries will be asked to sign off on a plan to reach zero carbon emissions within the next 30 years. All this comes after the release of new studies showing that the planet is warming at a far more rapid pace than once thought, and that we are reaching a point of no return in keeping temperatures under control. Panelists: Dr. Kim Cobb — Georgia Power Chair and director, Global Change Program at Georgia Tech Dr. Marshall Shepherd —Georgia Athletic Association distinguished professor, geography and atmospheric sciences, University of Georgia Kevin Riley — Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Political Rewind: Officials talk bold action on climate change. But are we on the right track?

Political Rewind: No counterfeit ballots found in Fulton; Walker boasts campaign funds

Wednesday on Political Rewind: A lawsuit accusing Georgia's presidential election of being rigged collapsed on Wednesday. Earlier in the week, state election investigators have told a Superior Court judge they found no evidence to back up claims by plaintiffs, who allege counterfeit ballots were counted in Fulton County last year. But on Wednesday, Henry County judge Judge Brian Amero dismissed the case. The judge wrote that the plaintiffs, including Garland Favorito of the group VoterGA, lacked standing and also failed to allege a particularized injury in their lawsuit that claimed fake ballots were counted in Fulton's totals. In other news, a candidate for mayor of Sandy Springs says he is being threatened and targeted with racist campaign messages. Dontaye Carter is the first Black candidate to run for the city's mayoral office. Five Black candidates for Sandy Springs' City Council say they have also been subjected to similar abuse. Plus, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the important contributions Hispanic communities make in Georgia. Panelists: Rep. Teri Anulewicz — State representative (D-Smyrna) Rene Alegria — CEO, Mundo Hispanico Digital Leo Smith — GOP consultant and president, Engaged Futures Group Greg Bluestein — Political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Political Rewind: No counterfeit ballots found in Fulton; Walker boasts campaign funds

Political Rewind: Atlanta Mayoral Race; Big Bills On Capitol Hill; Shredded Voter Forms In Fulton

Tuesday on Political Rewind: Early voting in municipal elections across the state started today. In Atlanta, candidates for mayor will feature in a series of debates that are becoming increasingly contentious. Meanwhile, news broke yesterday that two election workers in Fulton County were fired for allegedly shredding 300 paper voter registration applications instead of processing them. Fulton County elections director Rick Barron said Monday that other employees reported the alleged violation and the two were quickly terminated on Friday following an investigation. Barron said he notified the Secretary of State's office and requested an investigation. Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts also contacted the Fulton County District Attorney's office for further review. There is no evidence that the shredding was done to target voters of one political party or another, GPB News' Stephen Fowler said. "Georgia doesn't have party registration, so it's not like somebody shredded a bunch of Democratic applications or Republican applications," Fowler said. "It's not a partisan thing, but especially with Fulton County already under the microscope, it's really, really puzzling behavior at a really, really bad time. " Panelists: Tamar Hallerman – Senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Stephen Fowler – Political reporter, GPB News Dr. Kurt Young – Professor and chair of political science department, Clark Atlanta University Tia Mitchell – Washington reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Political Rewind: Atlanta Mayoral Race; Big Bills On Capitol Hill; Shredded Voter Forms In Fulton

Political Rewind: Report confirms Georgia U.S Attorney resigned after pressure from Trump

Friday on Political Rewind, a newly released transcript of former Georgia U.S. Attorney Bjay Pak's testimony before a senate committee reveals what many already suspected. Pak's abrupt resignation early this year came after he was told that former President Donald Trump was pushing to have him fired. Pak failed to support Trump's claim that massive fraud gave President Joe Biden a victory in Georgia. The transcript reveals that Pak thought Trump's claims were "crazy." Also, at least one major abortion provider in Texas has begun scheduling procedures again after a federal judge ruled that the law banning abortion after six weeks is unconstitutional. The state is appealing that decision. Meanwhile, several Georgia GOP lawmakers say they may introduce a measure similar to the Texas law when the legislature convenes in January.

Political Rewind: Report confirms Georgia U.S Attorney resigned after pressure from Trump