A pair of farmers stand among their soybean crop.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Ga. Senators Warnock and Ossoff and House Rep. Sanford Bishop announced $4 billion in direct payments to Black farmers to help them clear back debts from USDA loans. The move is a recognition of generations of inequity in farm lending.

Credit: Adrian Sainz, AP

Thursday on Political Rewind: State GOP legislative leaders have begun a series of hearings they say are designed to address the spike in violent crime in Atlanta.

Speaker of the House David Ralston told reporters he thinks Atlanta has a crime problem that the city does not seem able to control. Democrats agree crime is on the rise in the city, but say Republicans are exploiting the problem to win back swing voters in the 2022 elections.

Georgia’s Newt Gingrich could be back in the political spotlight soon. Reports indicate he may work with former President Donald Trump on his campaign messaging leading up to the 2024 elections.


Buddy Darden — Former 7th District U.S. Representative

Leo Smith — GOP strategist & founder, Engaged Futures Group

Riley Bunch — Statehouse Reporter, CNHI News

Kevin Riley — Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution