Georgia State Capitol

Gov. Brian Kemp delivers the 2022 State of The State address on Thursday.

Credit: GPB Staff

The Panel:

Kevin Riley — Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rep. Chuck Efstration — State representative (R-Dacula)

Sen. Sonya Halpern —  State senator (D-Atlanta)

Stephen Fowler — Politics reporter, Georgia Public Broadcasting


The Breakdown:

1. Gov. Brian Kemp delivers the State of the State address from the Georgia Capitol. 


2. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens looks to smooth over relations between his city and state officials. 

  • Dickens was sworn in Jan. 3 and is less than two weeks into his new post.
  • At the Eggs and Issues breakfast, he announced he would open a police precinct in Buckhead and try to deepen his relationship with residents of the neighborhood there. The move is seen as a clear attempt to slow down the Buckhead secession movement. 
  • Meanwhile in the General Assembly, state Rep. Shea Roberts filed legislation that, if passed, would change Georgia law related to the creation of new cities

    GPB's Stephen Fowler comments on city-state relations.

    3. Push for voting rights act continues at the state and federal level 

    • President Joe Biden is visiting Congress today. This comes after his trip to Atlanta, where the president stumped for voting rights.
    • Notable absences included top Democrats like Stacey Abrams. Republican lawmaker Rep. Chuck Efstration said that is a signal the president has an uphill battle within his own party.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Kevin Riley comments on the Biden administration's uphill battle on voting rights legislation.

    • GPB's Stephen Fowler said bigger divides at the state level are not along party lines, but instead between the Senate and House of Representatives in the General Assembly.


    Tomorrow on Political Rewind: 

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Patricia Murphy joins us.