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‘Political Rewind’ replay: Donald Trump’s in town, but what about Plant Vogtle?

4:53 pm Apr. 28, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” nearly overlapped with President Donald Trump’s address to the National Rifle Association in downtown Atlanta, so discussion was light on his remarks – which included a full-throated endorsement of Republican Karen Handel in the Sixth District congressional runoff.

Rather, much of the focus was on Tim Echols, the state Public Service Commission member who has suggested that a federal rescue of Georgia Power’s Plant

‘Political Rewind’ replay: A proposed Trump overhaul of the tax system – and its cost

6:00 pm Apr. 26, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” began amid the breaking news of President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul – and some Republican angst over an increase in the federal deficit.

“Obviously, this is the largest tax cut proposed in 30 years. I think it fulfills the president’s pledge to do something like this,” said Heath Garrett, a confidante of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. “In order to pay for it though, they’re

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Chewing over the Sixth District vote

7:23 pm Apr. 21, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focused on the new Sixth District runoff contest between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, and the maneuvering on both sides.

Ossoff collected congratulations at Thursday’s annual fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Georgia, and Handel began the process of emphasizing unity within GOP circles.

If you couldn’t catch it live, click below to listen now. Bonus: Pledge drive talk has been excised:

Today’s panelists:

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Dissecting Sixth District returns

5:02 pm Apr. 19, 2017

In today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind,” panelists examine flexibility of the English language when it comes to Tuesday’s returns in Sixth District congressional race.

To Republicans, including President Donald Trump, a 48.1 percent finish by Jon Ossoff in an overwhelmingly GOP district amounted to a collapse of Democratic momentum. To Democrats, it was a “victory for the ages.” The truth is in that vast chasm in between.

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‘Political Rewind’ replay: Collapsing interstates and a Tuesday smash-up in the Sixth

4:40 pm Apr. 17, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” began with the only topic that could top the Sixth District contest: The precarious state of metro Atlanta’s transportation system.

But Tuesday’s vote reasserted itself, with a general consensus around this: Democrat Jon Ossoff probably won’t win outright tomorrow and avoid a June 20 runoff. And Republican Karen Handel might win that second-place spot – but that it’s the Republican side of the race

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Chances diminish for a quick end to Sixth District race

6:15 pm Apr. 14, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” began with an assessment of Democrat Jon Ossoff’s chances of breaking the 50 percent barrier on Tuesday. The consensus: Not likely, but possible.

Other topics included President Donald Trump’s new enthusiasm for military action and his executive order that could ultimately lead to a denial of federal funding for Planned Parenthood in Republican-controlled states. Including Georgia.

If you couldn’t catch it live, listen to it

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Out of Kansas, and on to the Georgia Sixth

5:33 pm Apr. 12, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” came only a few hours after Republicans in Kansas’ Fourth District dashed Democratic hopes of sparking a stampede that could swamp Georgia’s Sixth on Tuesday.

No one ruled out an outright win, but there was general consensus that Democrat is probably headed for a June 20 runoff.

But here’s a fact that got tossed out there early: Among U.S. House districts controlled by Republicans, the

On whether Jimmy Carter was the last century’s ‘most intelligent’ president

8:52 pm Apr. 10, 2017

So today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” was dominated by a discussion with Chris Whipple, author of “The Gatekeepers,” a look at 19 chiefs of staff under eight U.S. presidents.

The overt Republican among us stopped nodding his head in agreement when Whipple, while noting that Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump share a slight something in terms of White House disorganization, also theorized a vast difference:

Carter was probably the most

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Donald Trump levels criminal charges, and ‘the funky’ MLK

6:00 pm Apr. 5, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focused on President Donald Trump’s charge that Obama’s national security adviser committed a crime in “unmasking” Trump campaigners and their conversations with Russians – but also wanders to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech condemning the Vietnam War.

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

Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; Andra Gillespie, the Emory University political scientist; and

‘Political rewind’ replay: Lynn Westmoreland hasn’t caught gubernatorialitus. Yet.

6:46 pm Apr. 3, 2017

On this afternoon’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind,” former Georgia congressman Lynn Westmoreland spent an hour with host Bill Nigut and me – his first extended interview since leaving Washington last year.

The Republican from Coweta County, who spent six two-year terms in the state House before spending another six terms in Congress, was quick to fasten on what he hated most about Washington:

“The fundraising is terrible. We need to