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Political Rewind: Kemp waits for answer on Medicaid plans; Ralston and mayor-elect talk Buckhead


Advocates for expanding Medicaid in Kansas staged a protest outside the entrance to the statehouse parking garage in Topeka in May 2019. Credit: John Hanna, AP

The Panelist:

Greg Bluestein — Politics reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Breakdown:

1.  Gov. Brian Kemp's proposal for a limited expansion of Medicaid in Georgia awaits federal approval.


2. Man with Georgia ties sentenced to more than two years for threats against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection. 


3. Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue on his plans to defeat incumbent Gov. Kemp.

  • An incumbent governor has not lost a primary in Georgia in almost 100 years. 
  • Here's what reporter Greg Bluestein had to say about Perdue's strategy.

Listen Listening...  


Bluestein speaks on Perdue's window to beat incumbent, Gov. Brian Kemp.


4. Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens works to halt the Buckhead cityhood movement. 

  • Dickens said he's spoken with Georgia House Speaker David Ralston about the issue several times since winning his bid for mayor last month.
  • Bluestein weighed in on the likelihood that the proposal would make it to the floor of the house in the upcoming January General Assembly session. 

Listen Listening...  


Bluestein gives insights on the Buckhead cityhood movement.


Tomorrow on Political Rewind: We are joined by The Atlanta Journal Constitution's editor Kevin Riley.

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Bill Nigut has been a program host and producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting since November, 2013. He currently hosts “Two Way Street,” a show that features long-form conversations with authors, artists, chefs, scientists and other creative people who have fascinating stories to tell. He is host and producer of “Political Rewind,” a twice-weekly political roundtable show featuring some of Georgia’s best-informed insiders weighing in on the big state and national political stories.
Sam joined the Political Rewind team in 2019. He graduated American University in 2015 with a degree in journalism and spent time in North Carolina as a reporter at WCHL in Chapel Hill.
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