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Political Rewind: Georgia GOP At Crossroads As Chasm Widens Within The Party
Tuesday on Political Rewind: The big Republican names in politics are all planning to visit Georgia to help rally supporters in the lead up to the state’s crucial congressional races on the ballot in the Jan. 5 primary. President Donald Trump is expected to visit this weekend, while Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Savannah on Friday. Some Republican state leaders raised concerns the President could devote more time to airing his grievances than to encouraging his supporters to vote in the runoffs. Meanwhile, divisions in the Georgia Republican party remains stark with six weeks before the runoff. In a Fox News interview, Sen. Kelly Loeffler failed to defend Gov. Brian Kemp from the increasingly personal attacks he is facing from the president and his supporters. Our panelists included: Dr. Andra Gillespie, Professor of Political Science and Director in the James Weldon Johnson Institute on Race at Emory University; Tamar Hallerman, Senior Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Mary Margaret Oliver , State Representative (D-Decatur); and Brian Robinson — GOP Political Consultant and President of Robinson Republic
51 minutes | a day ago
Political Rewind: GOP Leaders Risk Runoff Turnout With Message Of Election Uncertainty
Monday on Political Rewind: Our panel of political experts discusses the continued baseless attacks on the integrity of the election. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, President Donald Trump continued his efforts to undermine the outcome of the presidential election. He insists, without evidence, that President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia was based on massive fraud. Meanwhile, some allies of the president attacked Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler for not doing enough to support the election fraud claims. Will the ongoing allegations of fraud suppress GOP turnout in the Senate runoff election on Jan. 5? And how will President-elect Biden respond to the belief by a large number of Americans that he is not the legitimate winner of the race? Our panelists: Tharon Johnson, Senior Advisor to the Joe Biden campaign in Georgia & CEO of Paramount Consulting; Jim Galloway, Lead Political Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Raisa Habersham, freelance reporter; and Sam Olens — Former Georgia Attorney General
52 minutes | 6 days ago
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."
51 minutes | 7 days ago
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
50 minutes | 8 days ago
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." Panelists: Sam Nunn — Former U.S. Senator Jim Galloway — Lead Political Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Patricia Murphy — Political Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
52 minutes | 11 days ago
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. Panelists: 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
50 minutes | 12 days ago
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.
51 minutes | 13 days ago
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).
51 minutes | 14 days ago
Political Rewind: Republican Uproar Over Georgia Results As Raffensperger Stands By Ballot Integrity
Tuesday on Political Rewind: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is responding to criticism from leaders in his own party. President Donald Trump, Georgia’s two sitting senators and other high-ranking Republicans claim, without evidence, that Georgia's election results were rigged in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. Raffensperger called on Georgians to ignore false conspiracy charges about election fraud. So far, the statewide risk-limiting audit has found no acts of fraud. Plus, we look at how the narrative of the two Senate runoffs is developing. Our panelists included: Rep. James Beverly, State House Minority Leader (D-Macon); Tamar Hallerman, senior reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Edward Lindsey, a Republican strategist; and Dr. Amy Steigerwalt, political science professor at Georgia State University.
51 minutes | 15 days ago
Political Rewind: Where Does Georgia's Hand Recount Leave Us As Audit Enters Final Days?
Monday on Political Rewind: Counties across Georgia will finish their audits of ballots cast in the November presidential election. Fifty counties, including DeKalb and Fulton counties, have finished their recounts so far. Our panel of experts and insiders takes a look at the latest results from that process and looks ahead to what comes next. Also, Georgia’s state and federal runoff elections on Jan. 5 include both Georgia U.S. Senate seats. Voters are now able to request absentee ballots and county registrars can begin sending ballots out on Wednesday. Early in-person voting begins Dec. 14. Our panelists included: Brian Robinson, GOP political consultant and president of Robinson Republic; Cathy Cox, dean of Walter George Law School at Mercer University and former Secretary of State of Georgia; Jim Galloway, Lead Political Writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Tharon Johnson, senior advisor to the Joe Biden campaign in Georgia and CEO of Paramount Consulting.
53 minutes | 18 days ago
Political Rewind: As COVID-19 Numbers Surge, Public Health Officials Say Trouble On The Horizon
Friday on Political Rewind: There is a frightening uptick in COVID-19 numbers across the country. Though the worst numbers are currently seen in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, cases in Georgia of the virus continue an upward path. Public health experts warn that without proper mitigation efforts, an explosive increase in case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths is possible. Our panel is joined by one of the country’s foremost public health leaders, Dr. Carlos del Rio. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger hopes an audit over the next week of nearly 5 million ballots will vindicate his performance running the state's elections. Panelists: Jim Galloway — Lead Political Writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Dr. Carlos del Rio — Associate Dean, Emory School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease Division, at Emory University
51 minutes | 19 days ago
Political Rewind: Secretary Of State Seeks To Boost Trust With Unprecedented Recount Of Ballots
Thursday on Political Rewind: County election workers across Georgia soon begin a hand recount of nearly 5 million ballots cast in the presidential election. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the extraordinary measure will clarify the outcome of the presidential race in Georgia. Raffensperger has faced criticism from state Republicans who continue to make unfounded allegations of election fraud and accuse him of lacking transparency. Our panelists included: Melita Easters, founder and director of the Georgia WIN List; Todd Rehm, a GOP Consultant and editor of GeorgiaPundit.com; Dr. Audrey Haynes, political science professor at the University of Georgia; and Kevin Riley, editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
50 minutes | 20 days ago
Political Rewind: Tensions Rise As Georgia Senate Races Head to Runoff
Wednesday on Political Rewind: The spotlight remains focused on Georgia following the general election as two crucial Senate races head to a January runoff. Vice President Mike Pence announced he plans to visit the state to campaign for Republican Senate candidates David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. President-elect Joe Biden signaled he is open to stumping for Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. More influential figures are expected to make appearances here in the next nine weeks in the lead up to the Jan. 5 runoff elections. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is responding to criticism from Georgia Republicans over his handling of the November election in the state. He received calls for his resignation from Loeffler and Perdue. The pair accuse him of a lack of transparency and mismanaging the state elections. Raffensperger responded by saying it’s his job to follow Georgia law and count all votes, while investigating any potential violations to voting law or procedures. Our panel included: Dr. Andra Gillespie, professor of political science and director in the James Weldon Johnson Institute on Race at Emory University; Greg Bluestein, politics reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Rep. Sam Park, State Representative (D-Lawrenceville); and Leo Smith, GOP political consultant and CEO of Engaged Futures Group.
50 minutes | 21 days ago
Political Rewind: SCOTUS Weighs Affordable Care Act While Georgia Republicans Squabble Over Election
Tuesday on Political Rewind: Today, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a case that challenges if the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. Georgia, among several other states, joined the federal government in challenging the legality of Obamacare as health care for hundreds of thousands of Georgians — and millions of Americans — could be at stake today. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign is gearing up its recount campaign in Georgia with Rep. Doug Collins and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue helping to organize efforts. Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler issued a joint statement that blasted Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for allowing the management of Georgia elections to "become an embarrassment for our state." Our panelists included: Prof. Eric Segall, Ashe Family Chair Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law; Prof. Fred Smith, Associate Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law; Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, Georgia State Representative (D-Decatur); and Tamar Hallerman, Senior Reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
51 minutes | 22 days ago
Political Rewind: The Changing Landscape Of Georgia And Its Impact On The Political Climate
Monday on Political Rewind: With Georgia still counting votes, Joe Biden seems to have won the state, and its 16 electoral votes weren't needed for him to be declared the president-elect. However, Biden's apparent victory signals a new day of competitive politics in a state that's been a Republican stronghold for nearly three decades. What factors are changing the political landscape here? Our panelists break down the state's latest in politics. Our panelists included: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's lead political writer Jim Galloway; veteran Channel 2 Action News anchor John Pruitt; DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond; and Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.
54 minutes | 25 days ago
Political Rewind: Senate Runoff(s), Close Margin Push Georgia In New Spotlight
Friday afternoon on Political Rewind: The margins remain close in Georgia’s ballot count. Overnight, Democratic challenger Joe Biden surpassed President Donald Trump as absentee ballots continue to be counted. Votes from Clayton County helped push Biden into the lead. The county south of Atlanta traditionally supports Democratic candidates and lies in the center of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis' former congressional district. Three days after Election Day, more than 1,500 ballots separate the presidential candidates in Georgia. In another important Georgia election, The New York Times has called the race for the 7th Congressional District in Atlanta's northwest suburbs. Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux flipped the U.S. House seat there in an important pickup for her party this election. Panelists: Dr. Alan Abramowitz – Professor of political science, Emory University Stephen Fowler – Politics reporter, Georgia Public Broadcasting Robin Kemp – Founder and writer, The Clayton Crescent Tia Mitchell – Washington correspondent, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
53 minutes | 25 days ago
Political Rewind: Clayton Votes Tip Georgia To Biden Overnight, But Thousands Left To Count
Friday on Political Rewind: Biden pulls ahead with a narrow lead as ballot counting continues. The race is still too close to call, and thousands of ballots have yet to been processed. The nation continues to watch Georgia’s returns as the state takes on new significance in the race for the White House this year. Our panel breaks down the latest. And, the latest updates show both of Georgia’s pair of Senate races are likely to head to January run-offs. Our panelists included: Adam Van Brimmer. editor of Savannah Morning News; Mariela Romero, regional community empowerment director for Univision; Jim Galloway, lead political writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and Karen Owen, political science professor at the University of West Georgia.
51 minutes | a month ago
Political Rewind: Nation Focuses On Georgia As Possible Presidential, Senate Swing State
Thursday afternoon on Political Rewind, eyes watch Georgia from around the country as the counting of ballots continues. Less than 5% of the state's record 1.3 million absentee-by-mail votes cast in the election need to be processed and tabulated. All absentee ballots left were received before the deadline of 7 p.m. Tuesday, but different counties with different staffing levels took different amounts of time to handle the processing and counting. In the race for Senate, the possibility of both Georgia's seats heading to runoff also increases as counting continues. Our panel of insiders and experts will break down the latest from the races and results. Panelists: Stephen Fowler — Politics reporter, GPB News Patricia Murphy — Politics reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Amy Steigerwalt — Professor of political science, Georgia State University
51 minutes | a month ago
Political Rewind: As Vote Count Continues, Republican Lead Narrows In Increasingly Close Races
Thursday on Political Rewind: Georgia is poised to play a decisive role in the outcome of the race between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Results are expected to come later today and could reveal whether a Democratic presidential candidate is the winner in the state for the first time in almost three decades. Republicans are hoping they have held onto their majority status by a thread. Meanwhile, Georgia is now one of the states targeted by the Donald Trump campaign with lawsuits challenging vote counting. The Georgia Republican Party and Trump's presidential campaign committee filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Chatham County, alleging that the county improperly counted absentee ballots received after the state's Election Day deadline. Our panelists included: State Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula); State Sen. Jen Jordan (D-Atlanta); The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Editor Kevin Riley; and PeachPod: A Georgia Politics Podcast co-founder and host Kyle Hayes.
51 minutes | a month ago
Political Rewind: National Spotlight On Georgia As Election Counts Remain Close
Wednesday afternoon on Political Rewind: The counting continues as the presidential race remain too close to call a day after the election. Our panel of experts and political insiders will break down what we know so far. How have the results we do now matched to expectation and polling? And what shifts can be revealed in Georgia's political landscape? Some results are clear, however. Substantial Democratic leads in metro Atlanta suburbs show those districts are now firmly in Democratic hands. Representative Lucy McBath won re-election, and Carolyn Bordeaux beat McCormick. Panelists: Heath Garrett – Republican strategist Lori Geary – Georgia Gang host Raisa Habersham – Reporter, Savannah Morning News Dr. Kurt Young – Political science professor, Clark Atlanta University
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