Gloria Butler stands on stage during the Eggs and Issues breakfast.

Senate Minority Leader Gloria Butler read the Pledge of Allegiance and the evocation at the start of the 2022 Eggs and Breakfast breakfast on Wednesday.

The Panel:

Adam Van Brimmer — Editorial page editor, Savannah Morning News 

Chuck Williams — Reporter, WRBL-TV Columbus 

Donna Lowry — Host, Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Lawmakers 

Greg Bluestein — Politics reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 


The Breakdown:

1. The Eggs and Issues Breakfast dominates morning headlines.

  • The Georgia Chamber's annual event traditionally marks the opening days of the legislative session.
  • Gov. Brian Kemp announced his plans for a $1.6 billion tax refund to all Georgia taxpayers. He said the tax break will provide $250 for individuals and $500 for couples.
  • Mayor Andre Dickens is less than two weeks into his term, but already he is taking action regarding the Buckhead city movement. Dickens announced a plan to open a new police precinct in Buckhead. GPB's Donna Lowry will have more on the Buckhead cityhood movement on Lawmakers at 7 p.m.
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein joined us right after the Eggs and Issues breakfast. He said Speaker David Ralston is hoping to keep a calm legislative session despite ongoing 2022 campaigning from lawmakers.

Bluestein said Ralston's speech Wednesday morning touched on election law and proposed changes to the state income tax.

2. President Joe Biden works to deliver on promises for federal voting rights legislation. 


3. Chuck Bailey announces he will run for lieutenant governor instead of state attorney general.  

  • Bailey could be a formidable candidate for lieutenant governor. In 2018, he had the second-most votes of any Democrat on the ticket — only finishing behind gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.


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Tomorrow on Political Rewind: 

We are joined by GPB's Stephen Fowler, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Kevin Riley.