Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., from left, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and former Georgia State Rep. Stacey Abrams listen to voters during a roundtable in Smyrna, Ga., on Sunday, July 18, 2021.
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Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., from left, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and former Georgia State Rep. Stacey Abrams listen to voters during a roundtable in Smyrna, Ga., on Sunday, July 18, 2021.
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Monday on Political Rewind: Sen. Amy Klobuchar is in Atlanta today to hold a field hearing on the impact of Georgia’s new election law on voters of color. As chair of the Senate Rules Committee, Klobuchar is convening the first field hearing of her group outside of Washington in decades. It’s unlikely that any Republicans on the committee will attend the hearing, which Klobuchar hopes will shine a spotlight on the need to pass a federal voting rights act.

Meanwhile, Georgia Republicans are doing a bit of counterprogramming today. At the same time of the Klobuchar event, GOP House leaders are holding a committee hearing to look at rising violent crime in Atlanta. And Gov. Brian Kemp has scheduled a conference call with reporters to defend the new election law.

Plus, a federal judge rules that President Barack Obama exceeded his legal authority in creating the DACA program. What does it mean for the future of those protected by DACA — and for future applicants?

Panelists:

Rep. Sam Park — Georgia State Representative (D - Lawrenceville)

Dr. Adrienne Jones — Professor of political science and pre-law director, Morehouse College

Julianne Thompson — Republican strategist

Jim Galloway — Former political columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution