If you are old enough to remember the iconic folk singing group the Weavers, you’ll probably recall that one of their biggest hits was “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You.” That’s the theme song for this week’s Political Rewind as Bill Nigut and his panel of insiders bid farewell to the legislators and to the 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Who were the big winners and losers of the session? How did Governor Deal work to win votes for his biggest measures of the session: the $1 billion transportation funding bill and the proposal to save failing schools? Will Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of raising the excise tax on gasoline face primary opponents who will use that vote against them?
The panel also looks at how the so-called Religious freedom bill failed in the final days (and hours) of the session. Jeff Graham, head of Georgia Equality is interviewed about how his organization fought the RFRA legislation and how they are prepared to continue working against it. Columbus Senator Josh McKoon, author of the bill, is interviewed, too.
Jim Galloway, political writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Jackie Gingrich Cushman, Republican columnist and blogger
Buddy Darden, former Democratic Congressman from Cobb County
Brian Robinson, Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Governor Deal