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‘Political Rewind’ replay: Putting the Sixth District in the rearview mirror

7:02 pm Jun. 23, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” puts the last shovel-full of dirt on the Sixth District congressional race – and then moves quickly to President Donald Trump’s apparent declaration that he was just joshing about those tapes. Maybe.

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Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; yours truly; Andra Gillespie, the Emory University political scientist; Anita Sharpe of Bloomberg News; and Patricia Murphy

‘Political Rewind’ replay: A nasty TV ad makes a late appearance in race for the Sixth

6:31 pm Jun. 19, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” featured a five-member cast dissecting the final entrails for omens in the Sixth District race for Congress.

The verdict: Too close to call. One area of agreement: A gunshot pocked TV ad from a little-known super PAC, attempting to tie Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign to the shooting of a Republican congressman last week, is a bridge too far.

FYI, Republican Karen Handel denounced it, too.


‘Political Rewind’ replay: A Confederate lawmaker, Cuba and the Sixth District

6:02 pm Jun. 16, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” starts out on a historical note, with the news that House Speaker David Ralston has deprived state Rep. Tommie Benton of his position on a school curriculum study committee and more after Benton sent colleagues an academic paper explaining why the Civil War wasn’t about slavery.

Did you know that Georgia’s formal statement on secession includes the word “slave” or “slavery” 35 times?


‘Political Rewind’ replay: ‘Et tu, Jim Comey?’

7:37 pm Jun. 12, 2017

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.

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‘Political Rewind’ replay: Two Sixth District polls for the price of one

5:58 pm Jun. 9, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” was for all the nerds out there. Not one, but two polls of the Sixth District race.

An AJC poll released today gives Democrat Jon Ossoff a 51-44 percent lead over Republican Karen Handel. A WSB-TV poll conducted by Landmark Communications gives Ossoff a significantly smaller, within-the-margin-of-error lead over Handel, 49.6 to 47.1 percent.

And then there was that U.S. Senate hearing that

‘Political Rewind’ replay: When Trump denied consorting with Russian ‘hookers’

6:13 pm Jun. 7, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” homed in on last night’s Sixth District debate on WSB-TV between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.

But the gang could hardly ignore the early release of fired FBI director James Comey’s prepared remarks for Thursday. You do not often hear former FBI directors quote presidents as saying he “had not been involved with hookers in Russia.”

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‘Political Rewind’ replay: Bagpipes and the Sixth District

6:01 pm Jun. 2, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” begins with, well, bagpipes. And thanks for that, guys.

But we quickly moved on to a skin-tight race for the Sixth District, Saturday’s race for chairmanship of the Georgia GOP, and President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord.

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Today’s panelists: Host Bill Nigut; yours truly; Loretta Lepre, a Republican strategist; and Tamar

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Donald Trump’s impact on the Sixth District

6:23 pm May. 12, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focused on President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director Jim Comey, his Twitter warning that the White House again might be a recording studio, and how that D.C. storm might affect Republican Karen Handel’s chances in the Sixth District.

Mark Rountree of Landmark Communications, one of the few firms polling the race, brought out some highly interesting numbers: Men are lining up behind Handel.

Political Rewind’ replay: Nine months later, James Comey rushed out the door

6:15 pm May. 10, 2017

How could it not? Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” focused on Tuesday’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump.

We had a press secretary hiding in the bushes, the sackee learning about his fate at the same time his California audience did – on TV. And a president who, as he cut Comey loose, thanked the director for his three — count ’em, three — assurances

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Parsing the House GOP repeal of Obamacare

5:14 pm May. 5, 2017

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” begins with digging out some of the details of Thursday’s House Republican passage of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, then skates across President Donald Trump’s executive order on religious liberty.

And then there’s Gov. Nathan Deal’s decision to sign the bill permitting concealed weaponry on public university campuses. If you couldn’t catch it live, click here to hear it