An illustration of different issues we spoke about on Friday.

The Panelists:

Dr. Andra Gillespie — Professor of Political Science and Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University 

Emma Hurt — Politics reporter, Axios  

Dr. Adrienne Jones — Professor of political science, Morehouse College

Tamar Hallerman — Senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 


The Breakdown:

1. Atlanta and state leaders take divergent approaches, again, on COVID-19 public health measures as numbers rise.

  •  Meanwhile, Gov. Brian Kemp is joining other states in suing the federal government over the mask mandate in the Head Start program.

2. A combination of wedge issues and primary races in state politics could lead to a contentious 2022 General Assembly session.

  • In the Republican primary for Georgia governor, challenger David Perdue could be looking for conservative political issues to create distance between himself and incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp
  • Perdue might see some room to criticize Kemp on "constitutional carry." Gun rights were a big theme of Kemp’s  2018 campaign, but the legislation stalled in the General Assembly.


3. Democratic congressional primary in newly drawn 7th District in Atlanta suburbs.

  • Georgia 6th District U.S. House Representative Lucy McBath announced she would run against Carolyn Bourdeaux in the 7th District after congressional maps were redrawn in November.
  • Both congresswomen are considered rising stars in the Democratic party, though they take different platforms.

Morehouse College professor Dr. Adrienne Jones said the situation is a good example of the role partisanship and race play in redistricting.

4. Camden County's spaceport secures FAA license, though liftoff is a far away.


5. We looked back at some of the biggest political trends we saw in 2021 — and what trends might be big in 2022.

  • The murder of Ahmaud Arbery and the subsequent trial of Gregory and Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan received national attention and played a big role in a continuing conversation about race in America.
  • Civil rights leaders welcomed the convictions last month, but urged the public to remember more work is needed.
  • Lies about the 2020 election results continue to fester a year after Democrats claimed the state in the presidential race and flipped Georgia’s two Senate seats blue. 
  • Rhetoric from Republican lawmakers and in ongoing runoffs show misinformation about election results remains a talking point heading into 2022's races.
  • Buckhead succession received wide attention over the past year, including by prominent media and political figures far outside the proposed city’s boundaries.
  • Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Republican lawmakers statewide are among those who have weighed-in on the cityhood movement.

Tomorrow on Political Rewind: 

Host Bill Nigut reads Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory."