Music Midtown festival in 2016

Music Midtown festival in 2016.

Credit: GPB News

The panel: 

Amy Steigerwalt, @DrSteigerwalt, political science professor, Georgia State University

Chauncey Alcorn, @CLamontLives, reporter, Capital B

Leo Smith, @leosmithtweets, GOP consultant, president of Engaged Futures

Tamar Hallerman, @TamarHallerman, senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The breakdown: 

1. Music Midtown festival canceled; reports show strife over Georgia's permissive gun laws. 

  • Live Nation announced on Monday it was canceling the September festival held annually in Piedmont Park. 

    • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports sources familiar with the decision had concerns over a recent court ruling that could limit the organizers' ability to ban guns during the festival.
  • The decision did not revolve around Georgia's new permitless carry law.
    • Rather, the debated stretches back to a 2014 state law that allows Georgians to legally carry firearms in a range of new places, including public land such as city-owned Piedmont Park.
  • Some people question if other larger events will pull out of Georgia.

Amy Steigerwalt on what prompted organizers to cancel Music Midtown this year.


2. The Georgia Department of Revenue clears path to claim unborn children on taxes. 

  • This is in response to the personhood provision of Georgia's six-week abortion ban. 
  • According to the department, starting on July 20, 2022, taxpayers can claim an exemption in the amount of $3,000 per unborn child.

Leo Smith outlines the debate around how recent legislation makes family planning more difficult.

3. Sen. Lindsey Graham looks to challenge Fulton County probe in federal court.

  • The South Carolina Republican seeks to move his subpoena by the Fulton County special grand jury from state to federal court.

    • This is a strategy that has worked for Rep. Jody Hice.

Tamar Hallerman updates the panel on the latest in the Fulton County special grand jury.


Wednesday on Political Rewind: Greg Bluestein joins the panel.