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Political Rewind: Candidates react to Supreme Court leak; Record early voting turnout; Rivian update
Dr. Adrienne Jones — Professor of political science, Morehouse University
Fred Smith — Emory University, School of Law
Greg Bluestein — Politics reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Riley Bunch — Public policy reporter, GPB News
1. Georgia Republicans signal they could push for a special session if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
- In a leaked draft from Politico, Justice Samuel Alito suggests states should decide on abortion laws.
- Georgia's so-called "heartbeat law" is stricter than the Mississippi law at the center of the case that the high court is considering.
- Georgia passed House Bill 481, which bans abortions after six weeks, but it has been held back in federal court.
- The Georgia Legislature is adjourned until next year.
- To pass additional abortion restrictions before the start of the 2023 session would require the governor to call a special session.
- Gubernatorial candidate David Perdue said that if he is elected in November he would push to enact a ban on abortions in Georgia.
- On the other side of the aisle, Stacey Abrams said she was "enraged" by the news.
2. The Supreme Court will investigate the how the opinion on Roe v. Wade leaked.
- The final decision is expected to come down in late June.
- On Twitter, Gov. Brian Kemp said he supports an investigation into the breach.
3. Early voting sets a record for the May Primary.
- Election data shows more than 27,000 Georgians voted in person Monday.
- So far, more Republicans have cast votes than Democrats.
- 14,950 people voted on the first day of early voting back in 2020.
- Early voting is available across Georgia every weekday and on two Saturdays until May 20.
4. Georgia sets $1.5 billion in aid for Rivian.
- The electric vehicle maker promised 7,500 jobs to Georgia.
- Perdue and others in the community have criticized what they call a lack of transparency about the deal.
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