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Political Rewind: Kemp to sign controversial education bills; Polls see Walker close to end zone
Chauncey Alcorn — Politics reporter, Capital B
Greg Bluestein — Politics reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Leo Smith — CEO, Engaged Futures
Margaret Coker — Editor in Chief, The Current
1. Gov. Brian Kemp is set to sign a series of controversial education bills Thursday.
- The legislation is the result of a GOP-led effort to limit how teachers can talk about so-called "divisive topics," like history, race, and gender identity.
- Some of the bills give parents a larger role in determining what books their children can read in school.
- A fight in Cherokee County over books allowed in schools highlights the stakes of parental involvement in the school curriculum.
- Kemp signed the controversial "constitutional carry" act passed by the Georgia legislature earlier this year.
- The law allows legal gunowners to carry handguns without a permit.
- Capital B's politics reporter Chauncey Alcorn noted the law could potentially harm Georgia's Black residents.
3. A new poll showed Herschel Walker with a seemingly insurmountable lead over GOP rivals.
- The poll showed Trump-endorsed GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker with 66% of the vote.
- His closest competitor, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, had 7% of the vote.
- The poll also showed Kemp may avoid a runoff against former Sen. David Perdue in the gubernatorial primary.
- Kemp is leading Perdue with 53% of the vote in the Republican primary election.
Thursday on Political Rewind:
Georgia Public Broadcasting's Stephen Fowler joins our panel.