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Political Rewind: Push to get voting rights measure to Senate floor; Kemp heads to Vegas


The U.S. Capitol dome is seen in Washington, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

The Panel:

Dr. Adrienne Jones — Political science professor, Morehouse College

Greg Bluestein — Politics reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dr. Heather Farley — Chair, Department of criminal justice, public policy and management, College of Coastal Georgia

Dr. Karen Owen — Political science professor, University of West Georgia


The Breakdown:

1. Senate Democrats are pushing to get federal voting rights bills to the floor for debate.

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2. Gov. Brian Kemp and former U.S. Sen. David Perdue fight over fundraising. 

  • Earlier this month, gubernatorial challenger Perdue filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law passed in 2021 that gives Kemp's reelection campaign a financial leg up as an incumbent.
  • Now, Kemp's filed an ethics complaint against Perdue's campaign, accusing it of collaborating illegally with a fundraising committee.

3. Kemp will travel to Las Vegas to headline national gun convention.


4. Rivian revs up in Georgia, but is a big bet on the electronic carmaker's future.


5. The family of Ahmaud Arbery rejects plea deal in federal hate crime trial.

  • Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, rejected a Justice Department proposed plea deal over the federal hate crimes charges her son’s killers are facing. She told CBS News that the federal trial is as important as the state murder trial.
  • Gregory and Travis McMichael have been sentenced to 30 years in prison with no chance for parole, while William "Roddy" Bryan will have the chance to be paroled at the end of his 30-year sentence.
  • Unlike the upcoming federal trial, none of the charges in the state case formally accused the three white men of targeting Arbery because of his race.


Tomorrow on Political Rewind: 

GPB's Riley Bunch and Margaret Coker of The Current join our panel.

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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.
Natalie Mendenhall