An illustration of different towns across Georgia.

The panel:

Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham — Mayor of East Point

Mayor Kelly Girtz — Mayor of Athens

Mayor Rusty Paul — Mayor of Sandy Springs

Tamar Hallerman — Senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The breakdown:

1. COVID numbers, once spiked by the omicron variant, are receding. What comes next?

  • The number of new daily reported cases in Georgia have declined since a peak in early January.

    • Between Jan. 4 and 11, Georgia saw a daily average of almost 21,000 confirmed positive cases, according to Department of Public Health data.
    • That's compared to under 7,000 confirmed positive cases between yesterday and Jan. 31, according to state data.
  • In New Jersey, Democratic Gov. Chris Murphy announced a relaxing of COVID protocols in schools.


2. Court battles surrounding partisan redistricting headline recent news in Georgia and North Carolina.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's senior reporter Tamar Hallerman provided context for the redistricting legal cases seen in several states, including Georgia.

3. Kerfuffle over masks used against gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

  • Over the weekend, Stacey Abrams' campaign released a picture of the candidate sitting unmasked in a room of masked school children. 

    • Republican gubernatorial candidates Brian Kemp and David Perdue quickly jumped on the photo, saying it was an example of liberal hypocrisy concerning masks.

    East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham called the online controversy around the Abram's photo a "distraction."

    Tomorrow on Political Rewind:

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein.