Political Rewind: Confusion over 'fetal personhood' bill and whether Warnock and Walker will debate
Maya T. Prabhu, @MayaTPrabhu, government reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Stephen Fowler, @stphnfwlr, political reporter, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Margaret Coker, @mideastmargaret, editor in chief, The Current
Chuck Williams, @chuckwilliams, reporter, WRBL-TV, Columbus
1. Georgia's recent abortion legislation granted personhood to embryos and fetuses. State institutions are trying to catch up to the new law.
- The state recently allowed for fetuses to be claimed on tax forms.
- Maya Prabhu notes that no one knows what the financial impact will be on the state.
- In Texas, a pregnant woman was ticketed for driving in the HOV lane. She's arguing her unborn baby counted as a second person post-Roe.
- Georgians are also questioning what other questions fetal personhood will raise, like citizenship.
- After Kansas voted overwhelming to protect abortion access, some expect abortion will turn out single-issue voters.
2. Travis and Gregory McMichael are seeking leniency in a federal hate crime case.
- The McMichaels, who murdered Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020, are currently serving out a life sentence in a state prison. They requested to be moved to a federal prison, citing safety and health concerns.
3. Herschel Walker has agreed to debate Sen. Raphael Warnock, but did not agree to one of the dates Warnock picked.
- Walker announced he'd picked a debate in Savannah, where Warnock had already announce he'd attend a different debate.
- It remains unclear if the candidates will meet for a debate.
4. A federal judge found that Georgia's statewide method of voting for Public Service Commissioners violates the Voting Rights Act.
- In his opinion, Trump-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Steven D. Grimberg states that a statewide election of local commissioners "unlawfully dilutes the votes of Black citizens".
5. Tennessee and Arizona primaries yielded wins for Trump-endorsed Republicans.
- Kari Lake won the GOP nomination for Arizona governor and Andy Ogles won the nomination for Tennessee's 5th Congressional District.
- Stephen Fowler says that Georgia's recent favoring of Democratic leadership could mean different results in future primaries.
Monday on Political Rewind: GPB's Stephen Fowler joins the panel.