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‘Political Rewind’ replay: The Atlanta constants of traffic and Confederate symbolism

6:25 pm Nov. 20, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” began with a discussion of the expansion contemplated for I-285 and whether room should be reserved for a transit option.

Not commuter rail itself, but a kind of reserved space – just in case we get around to it.

Then there’s the topic of streets named for Confederate leaders in Atlanta, and the thing itself. It looks like Confederate Avenue in Grant Park is on

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Shirley Franklin on the ATL race for mayor

6:23 pm Nov. 17, 2017

With former mayor Shirley Franklin in the house, today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” couldn’t help but start out with a look at the Atlanta mayor’s race between Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood.

Franklin repeated her contention that trust was a basic issue in the campaign – pointing to the federal investigators currently digging their way through City Hall. A little bit of news: Franklin said she had

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Bobby Kennedy and Zell Miller

7:09 pm Nov. 15, 2017

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews phoned into today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” – he’s pitching his biographical portrait of Bobby Kennedy.

Very quickly, the conversation turns to John Lewis, a Freedom Rider of the 1960s, and Kennedy’s relationship with the future congressman – as drawn out by panelist Tharon Johnson, a Democratic consultant to Lewis.

After the break, the gang gets to the famous confrontation between Matthews and Zell Miller, after the

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Mitch McConnell gives up on Roy Moore

6:14 pm Nov. 13, 2017

With President Donald Trump still umpteen time zones away, today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” couldn’t help but focus on yet another day of drama over the U.S. Senate race in Alabama and Republican Roy Moore.

Fortunately, there were six of us – six! – to handle the topic, and several others, including the runoff for mayor of Atlanta.

If you couldn’t catch it live, click below to listen now:

Today’s panelists:

As Trump mulls exiting NAFTA, a look at what it’s meant for Georgia

6:00 am Nov. 13, 2017

WEST POINT — This small town of 3,700 on the Alabama border is emblematic of the way international trade has helped shape many communities — for better or for worse.

Once home to a thriving textile sector, West Point suffered when most of its mills shuttered. But the tariff-cutting North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — also helped spur new factories, including a 3,000-worker auto assembly plant churning out Kia

Going home

7:00 am Nov. 11, 2017

My father left high school early for the U.S. Army, six months before Pearl Harbor. Any 17-year-old could see what was coming, and if you signed up early, you could pick your service.

None of the

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Mary, Joseph and Roy Moore

6:15 pm Nov. 10, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” couldn’t help but lead on a Washington Post report that in 1979, when he was a 32-year-old bachelor in Alabama, future U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore struck up a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

One response from an Alabama Republican: Just like the Holy Family.

Will Moore still beat Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12? The consensus of the panel: Probably.

We also talk about

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Dissecting the Donald Trump backlash

4:43 pm Nov. 8, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” is 53 minutes devoted to chewing over Tuesday night’s election results, from the Virginia governor’s race to a runoff for mayor of Atlanta between Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Here’s one tidbit from the hour: Charlottesville, Va., became a flashpoint in August after a violent clash between white supremacists and their opponents. President Donald Trump didn’t do himself any favors with his “blame

In search of more Medicaid dollars: ‘Go for it, Senator Unterman’

10:31 am Nov. 8, 2017

Sunday’s column focused on a budding Republican effort in Georgia, led in part by state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, to draw down more Medicaid dollars – in order to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. It began thusly:

Wednesday will mark the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States. By no coincidence, it will also be the first anniversary of the last time an expansion of