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.
Political Rewind

Political Rewind

From Georgia Public Broadcasting

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.

Most Recent Episodes

Political Rewind: Bill Nigut signs off at GPB

In the final episode of Political Rewind, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's editor-at-large Kevin Riley interviews host Bill Nigut on a lifelong career in journalism, the stories he looks back on, and what he expects in Georgia's political future. Timestamps 0:00 - Introduction 3:00 - Today is Bill Nigut's last show. Kevin Riley interviews him on his career. 7:00 - Bill's history and love of theater, his early days in Chicago, and political firsts. 16:00 - From Chicago to WSB-TV in Atlanta. 28:00 - How political coverage and standards for candidates have changed. 35:00 - Bill's favorite stories. 38:00 - On Bill's personal life. 43:00 - On why he thinks Political Rewind was a success. This is Political Rewind's finale, but you can continue to listen to our episodes on Apple Music and Spotify.

Political Rewind: Raffensperger speaks with prosecutors; Supreme Court ends term

Brad Raffensperger has spoken with federal prosecutors investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has a few crucial rulings left on its docket. The panel: Anthony Michael Kreis, @AnthonyMKreis, professor of law Georgia State University Fred Smith, @fredosmithjr, professor of constitutional law Emory University Jim Galloway, former political columnist Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tanya Washington, @AskProfW, professor of law Georgia State University Timestamps 0:00 - Introduction 6:00 - Brad Raffensperger spoke to federal prosecutors investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election. 14:00 - The Supreme Court rejected independent legislature theory. 28:00 - The court will also rule on two major college admissions cases addressing affirmative action. 9:41 - It's also set to rule on a case that will test LGTBQ+ rights vs. free speech on public accommodations. 48:00 - Student loan debt rulings could come down soon. Friday on Political Rewind: Bill Nigut signs off for the final episode of Political Rewind.

Political Rewind: Raffensperger speaks with prosecutors; Supreme Court ends term

Political Rewind: SCOTUS rejects independent legislature theory; Credit for EVs; Antisemitic protest

Wednesday on Political Rewind: The Supreme Court rejected "independent legislature theory," an idea that its critics say could have undermined American democracy. Sen. Jon Ossoff and Gov. Brian Kemp feud over who's responsible for EV developments in Georgia. Meanwhile, there were two disturbing neo-Nazi protests in Georgia this week. The panel: Alan Abramowitz,@AlanIAbramowitz, professor emeritus of political science, Emory University Andra Gillespie, @AndraGillespie, professor of political science and director, James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University Charles Bullock, professor of political science, University of Georgia Greg Bluestein, @bluestein, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Timestamps 0:00 - Introductions 6:00 - An EV manufacturer is coming to Bainbridge, drawing political crossfire. 24:00 - The Supreme Court rejected "independent state legislature" theory. 43:00 - Two antisemitic protests in Georgia cause alarm outside synagogues. 47:00 - Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene may be ousted from the far-right Freedom Caucus. Thursday on Political Rewind: Former columnist Jim Galloway joins the panel.

Political Rewind: SCOTUS rejects independent legislature theory; Credit for EVs; Antisemitic protest

Political Rewind: Raffensperger before federal investigators; New details on 2020 election inquiry

Tuesday on Political Rewind: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will be interviewed for the first time by federal prosecutors. He'll likely be asked about Donald Trump's 2020 phone call, in which the former president asked for votes to win the election. The panel Audrey Haynes, professor of political science, The University of Georgia Margaret Coker, @mideastmargaret, editor-in-chief, The Current Tamar Hallerman, @TamarHallerman, senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tammy Greer, professor of political science Timestamps 0:00 - Introductions 7:00 - DOJ investigators will interview Brad Raffensperger 26:00 - Rep. Andrew Clyde blocks renaming on Lake Lanier 30:00 - Downtown square being renamed in Savannah 33:00 - Battle on Capitol Hill on GOP 43:00 - SCOTUS to drop opinions on several more cases Wednesday on Political Rewind: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein joins the panel.

Political Rewind: Raffensperger before federal investigators; New details on 2020 election inquiry

Political Rewind: DeKalb DA leaves 'Cop City' prosecution, DoJ investigates false electors

Monday on Political Rewind: DeKalb Co. DA Sherry Boston announced she's withdrawing her office from criminal cases against "Cop City" protestors, citing prosecutorial differences with the Attorney General's office. Plus, the Department of Justice turns their attention to states' false electors. The panel Michael Thurmond, CEO, DeKalb County Patricia Murphy, @MurphyAJC, political reporter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Rick Dent, vice president, Matrix Communications Sam Olens, @samolens, former state Attorney General Timestamps :00- Introductions 8:00- Dekalb DA, Sherry Boston announces she is withdrawing from prosecutions of police training center protestors. 22:00- Brian Kemp on EVs 29:00- Chris Christie gets boo'd for challenging Trump 36:00- Trump's upcoming indictments 42:00- Where the nation stands one year after the fall of Roe v. Wade Tuesday on Political Rewind: The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Tamar Hallerman joins the panel.

Political Rewind: DeKalb DA leaves 'Cop City' prosecution, DoJ investigates false electors

Political Rewind: Did 'divisive concepts' lead to teacher's firing? Ballot suitcase theory debunked

Friday on Political Rewind: A Cobb County elementary school teacher may be the first casualty of Georgia's new "divisive concepts" ban. Meanwhile, a state investigation confirms the two election officials at the heart of the "suitcase of ballots" conspiracy theory did nothing wrong. The panel: Adrienne Jones, @adriennemjns, professor of political science, Morehouse College Donna Lowry, @donnalowrynews, host, GPB-TV's Lawmakers Jim Galloway, @JimJournalist, former political columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Kevin Riley, @ajceditor, editor-at-large, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Timestamps 0:00 - Introductions 4:00 - Cobb County teacher may be the first casualty of the "divisive concepts" bill 20:00 -Fulton County election workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss cleared by GBI 30:00 - Tomorrow marks one year since Roe V. Wade was overturned 41:00 - Programming note about the last episode of Political Rewind 43:00 - Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert argued on the House floor Monday on Political Rewind: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Patricia Murphy joins the panel.

Political Rewind: Did 'divisive concepts' lead to teacher's firing? Ballot suitcase theory debunked

Political Rewind: In conversation with former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin

Thursday on Political Rewind: Host Bill Nigut continues our series of conversations with Georgia's thought leaders. He interviews former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Atlanta's first female mayor and the first Black woman to head a major Southern city. 0:00 - Introductions 2:00 - Former Mayor Shirley Franklin talks about her early life in Philadelphia 9:00 - Franklin talks about her desire to be a dancer 13:00 - Franklin talks about her undergrad experience at Howard University 17:00 - Franklin talks March on Washington, Andrew Young, and John Lewis' influences 28:00 - Franklin talks about winning the mayor's race 35:00 - Franklin talks about getting Atlanta out of a budget deficit 45:00 - Franklins reflects on Olympic controversy and celebration Friday on Political Rewind: Former columnist Jim Galloway joins the panel.

Political Rewind: In conversation with former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin

Political Rewind: SEB clears Fulton County; Training center opponents sue over referendum delays

Wednesday on Political Rewind: Opponents of Atlanta's police training center filed a lawsuit against the city clerk after their referendum petition was denied twice, delaying a time-sensitive process. The Atlanta Advisory Board endorsed the referendum. And we discuss the latest on the Supreme Court's docket. The panel: Alan Abramowitz, professor emeritus of political science, Emory University Andra Gillespie, professor of political science and director, James Weldon John Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University, @AndraGillespie Charles Bullock, professor of political science University of Georgia, @AlanIAbramowitz Timestamps 0:00 - Introduction 2:00 - The state election board signaled it wouldn't take over Fulton County's elections. 9:00 - A referendum to block the Atlanta police training center has been denied, delayed twice by the city clerk. 15:00 - A majority of Atlanta's neighborhood planning units support the referendum effort. 19:00 - The Supreme Court is expected to release several major opinions shortly, including a ruling on affirmative action and independent state legislature theory. 40:00 - Hunter Biden reached a plea deal on two tax charges and a gun charge. Thursday on Political Rewind: Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin joins the show.

Political Rewind: SEB clears Fulton County; Training center opponents sue over referendum delays

Political Rewind: Show's Cancellation; One year since Roe v. Wade; Raffensperger up for debate

Tuesday on Political Rewind: This week marks one year since the Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years where women had a guaranteed right to choose an abortion. Plus, Brad Raffensperger challenges Donald Trump to a debate. But first, Bill Nigut speaks on the show's cancellation. The panel: Kendra King Momon, professor of political science and interim provost, Oglethorpe University State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D) Decatur, @mmo_mary Patricia Murphy, political reporter and columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, @MurphyAJC Tamar Hallerman, senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, @TamarHallerman Timestamps 0:00 - Introduction 1:00 - Bill comments on the cancellation of Political Rewind 18:00 - It's been one year since the Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade. 41:00 - Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger challenged Donald Trump to a debate over 2020 election fraud. 46:00 - The latest on Fulton County DA Fani Willis' investigation into the 2020 election. 50:00 - The DNC is trying to tweak primary dates in Democratic strongholds. Wednesday on Political Rewind: Emory's Andra Gillespie joins the show.

Political Rewind: Show's Cancellation; One year since Roe v. Wade; Raffensperger up for debate

Political Rewind: Tony-winning "Parade" tells Leo Frank's story

Last Sunday, the musical Parade won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. Written by Atlanta native Alfred Uhry, Parade documents the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank. Host Bill Nigut welcomes Uhry, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, and author Steve Oney to tell Frank's story. The panel Alfred Uhry, playwright and screenwriter, "Parade" Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, senior rabbi, The Temple Jim Galloway, @jimjournalist, former columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Steve Oney, @steveoneywriter, author, And the Dead Shall Rise 0:00 - Introduction 5:00 - Alfred Uhrey writes "Parade," a story about the lynching of Jewish man Leo Frank 13:00 - Steve Oney on the parallels of the Leo Frank lynching and antisemitism today 18:00 - Alfred talks writing "Parade" 20:00 - Steve Oney talks Leo Frank's sexual history 25:00 - Rabbi emeritus Alvin Sugerman talks Atlanta's current climate 33:00 - Alvin talks Leo Frank's wife Lucille Selig 38:00 - Steve Oney talks importance of lynching in history 41:00 - Jim Galloway on failed antisemitism bills in the legislative session 43:00 - The importance of the Shema The Political Rewind team will be off Monday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth. Tuesday on Political Rewind: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein joins the panel.