Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” was a barn-burner on the Sixth District and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to join in on blocking President Donald Trump’s non-travel ban, which according to the president, is indeed a travel ban. But pay particular attention to the widespread agreement that making Shakespeare’s assassinated “Julius Caesar” look like President Donald Trump was unwise. If you couldn’t catch it live, click here to listen to it now: Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; yours truly; state Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta; and Republican consultant Brian Robinson. visit main articleRead More →

We may remember the wake left by the Sixth District race for Congress as the beginning of the 2018 Democratic race for governor. Late this afternoon, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams of Atlanta announced that she would leave her leadership post in the state Capitol at the end of this month. The text: Dear Members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus:   Please accept this letter stating my intent to resign the post of Leader of the House Democratic Caucus, effective July 1, 2017. I have been honored to serve in this role since November 2010, and I relinquish this position deeply proud of ourRead More →

What does the most flush campaign in the history of the U.S. House spend its money on? Lots and lots of ads, it appears. Democrat Jon Ossoff reported raising a record-setting $15 million in roughly two months ahead of the nationally-watched runoff for Georgia’s 6th District congressional seat. That’s in addition to the $8.3 million the political newcomer raised ahead of the first round of voting. So how did he spend those gobs of cash — in only a few weeks, no less? We now have the answer, thanks to recent paperwork filed with the feds: Nearly $11.2 million on producing, printing and reserving air time for political ads onRead More →

Two-thirds of voters in Georgia’s 6th District are very concerned or extremely concerned about climate change, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll conducted after Donald Trump’s decision to pull out from the Paris climate agreement. The poll was conducted after President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the 2015 pollution-cutting pact, a move that has sharply divided Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel ahead of the June 20 runoff to represent the suburban Atlanta district. Handel has praised Trump’s decision to abandon the pollution-cutting agreement aimed at slowing climate change, calling it a “very bad deal for America and Americans.” She said there are “clearly”Read More →

A GOP super PAC launched a final attack questioning why Democrat Jon Ossoff is “refusing to debate” Republican Karen Handel on national TV. The Congressional Leadership Fund’s closing ad criticizes Ossoff’s decision to reject an Atlanta Press Club debate that CNN had proposed to broadcast. The ad was timed for Tuesday, the same day the debate would have been held. “Ossoff ducked the CNN debate because he doesn’t want to answer the tough questions,” the narrator said. The debate over debates is a little more complicated than that. Ossoff and Handel both participated in two debates last week – one that was broadcast live onRead More →

It’s the stuff of juicy must-watch TV: Balaclava-clad assassins in El Salvador. Death squads on bloody streets in Kenya. Women once forced to serve as sex slaves for Islamic State terrorists training to fight their former captors in Iraqi deserts. If Jon Ossoff pulls off an upset victory in the June 20 runoff with Republican Karen Handel, he’ll have taken one of the stranger paths to get there: As a 30-year-old investigative filmmaker who sent journalists to dusty Latin American alleys or sweltering Middle Eastern battlefields. He is now the one in the white-hot lens of the nation’s political spotlight. The outcome could either putRead More →