Pres. Tatum of Spelman College receives a $500,000 grant from Carnegie Corp. to be used for the college's academic priorities.

Spelman College and two other Georgia-based HBCUs received bomb threats this week — among others across the nation.

The Panel 

Emma Hurt— Reporter, Axios Atlanta

Steve Fennessy — Host, Georgia Today podcast for Georgia Public Broadcasting

Tamar Hallerman — Senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tia Mitchell — Washington correspondent, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The Breakdown 

1.  Federal judge rejects plea agreement for man convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery

  • In February 2020, three white men, Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William "Rodie" Bryant, chased Ahmaud Arbery down, shot and killed him. 
  • All three were convicted of Arbery's murder in a state court in November 2021.
  • Wood told McMichael and his lawyers they have until Friday to decide to return to his not guilty plea.
  • Jury selection in this federal trial is slated to begin next Monday, Feb. 7.


2. Fulton County DA investigating former President Trump asks FBI for security help

Former President Trump highlighted the investigations into any improper influence from him to overturn the 2020 election.


3. Bomb threats at several HBCUs around the country and state

  • This week, three Georgia-based historically Black colleges and universities were targeted. 
  • Atlanta-based Spelman College reported no bombs were found on campus after a thorough search Tuesday. This is the second bomb threat for the women's college in less than a month.
  • Also on Tuesday, Fort Valley State University told students and staff not to report to campus after a bomb threat was called in there. 
  • Albany State University reported a bomb threat on Monday. 


4. Will GOP candidate Vernon Jones end his bid for governor of Georgia?

  • The Democrat-turned-Republican could lead the GOP primary race to a runoff. 
  • A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows Jones winning about 10% of support in the GOP primary. The same poll shows Perdue trailing Kemp by 7% points. 


5. Bill supporting constitutional carry to be heard in Senate Judiciary Committee today 

  • Today, the State Senate's Judiciary Committee will hear SB 319, a bill that will allow permitless firearm carry in Georgia. 


Tomorrow on Political Rewind:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein joins the panel.