The Sterigenics facility in Smyrna, August 20, 2019.

The Sterigenics facility in Smyrna, August 20, 2019.

On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp gives a vote of confidence to the Smyrna plant that critics say is emitting dangerous chemical waste after company officials take steps to reduce emissions.

Meanwhile, he calls on a similar plant in Covington to reduce its emissions of the same chemical.  State Sen. Jen Jordan is leading the effort to close the Smyrna plant until its proven safe, just as the state of Illinois did with a sister plant there. 

She told Rewind listeners, “Quite frankly I feel that the people in my district, the people in Georgia, deserve just as much respect as the people in Illinois.”

Georgia Republican leaders echo President Donald Trump’s assessment that mental health problems are to blame for mass shootings, not guns.  Our panel weighs in on the debate as well as the president's apparent backpedaling from a call for gun purchase background checks.

Anti-abortion activists seize upon a report that there was a spike in the number of abortions in Georgia last year. They say it is clear proof that a law to virtually ban abortions in the state needs to be expedited. However, proponents of choice say the data really proves better access to contraception is necessary.



Greg Bluestein -- Lead Political Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Heath Garrett -- Republican Strategist

Senator Jen Jordan -- (D) District 6

Amy Steigerwalt -- Political Science Professor, Georgia State University