Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks to a state House committee in Atlanta on Monday, July 19, 2021. Kemp says he will ask lawmakers to consider new laws to combat crime in Atlanta during a special legislative session this fall.
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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks to a state House committee in Atlanta on Monday, July 19, 2021. Kemp says he will ask lawmakers to consider new laws to combat crime in Atlanta during a special legislative session this fall.
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Tuesday on Political Rewind: Gov. Brian Kemp says he’ll ask the General Assembly to pass laws to fight crime during a special session of the legislature later this year. The session’s primary mission will be to redraw political maps based on new census data. But Kemp has the power to add measures to combat violent crime, especially in Atlanta, to the agenda.

Plus, we look at the outcome of the U.S. Senate field hearing examining Georgia’s new voting law.

Also: Georgia is seeing an uptick of COVID-19 cases, as the highly contagious nature of the delta variant collides with the large percentage of unvaccinated people in the state. In the past week, hospitalizations statewide are up 30% — and all but a handful of the patients are unvaccinated.

Panelists:

Dr. Andra Gillespie — Professor of political science and director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University

Dr. Audrey Haynes — Professor of political science and director of the Applied Science program, University of Georgia

Adam Van Brimmer — Editorial page editor, Savannah Morning News

Tamar Hallerman — Senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution