Political Rewind: Calls for divestment from Russia; Perdue rails against Rivian; State of the Union
Charlie Hayslett, editor, Trouble in God’s Country
Chuck Kuck, Georgia immigration attorney
Edward Lindsey, former state representative
Tamar Hallerman, senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
1. House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan call for divestments from Russia.
Last year, the state of Georgia tallied more than $146 million in exports to Russia and brought in more than $234 million in imports, according to numbers from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Gov. Brian Kemp's office said in a statement that the governor also supports dissolving Georgia investments with Russia.
2. More than 500,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled the county.
- This year, the Biden administration has promised to open up 125,000 spots for refugees.
- The New York Times reports, Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov described they were “intelligent” and “educated,” he added, people unlikely to spread terrorism.
- Many have criticized the remarks as racialized.
3. David Perdue comes out against Rivian plant.
- David Perdue, Trump-endorsed candidate for governor, will speak in Rutledge, Ga., about Gov. Brian Kemp’s efforts to bring electric truck manufacturer Rivian to the area.
Rivian is looking to build on 2,000 acres, hiring upwards of 7,500 workers to build electric vehicles.
Some in the surrounding community are opposed to the plant, and have organized to oppose plans.
4. Former President Donald Trump releases a statement on the Buckhead cityhood movement.
- Donald Trump Jr. will speak to crowds in Buckhead, Cumming, Tifton and Thomas County on March 7.
5. President Biden to deliver State of the Union address tonight.
- Mask requirements were dropped just days before the address.
- For the first time since 2020, every member of the U.S. Congress was invited to attend.
Tomorrow on Political Rewind:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein joins the panel.