David Ralston

House Speaker David Ralston addresses reporters.

Credit: Riley Bunch, GPB News

The panel

Donna Lowry, @donnalowrynews, host of Lawmakers, GPB-TV

Margaret Coker, @mideastmargaret, editor in chief, The Current

Stephen Fowler, @stphnfwlr, political reporter, GPB news and host, Battleground Ballot Box podcast

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


The breakdown

1. The Department of Justice issues 40 subpoenas.

  • The New York Times reports the DOJ issued subpoenas to aides of former President Donald Trump regarding Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

LISTEN: Stephen Fowler on connections between the DOJ and Fulton probes.

2. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston says the current political climate is too heated. 

  • The AJC's Jolt reports he made the comments during a speech to the Savannah Rotary Club.
  • Ralston did not address issues like abortion, divisive concepts, or permitless carry.
    • But he did outline his economic and infrastructure plans for the next legislative sessions.


3. Stacey Abrams ups her outreach to Black men.

  • A July AJC poll shows the Democratic nominee for governor is only gaining about 80% of the Black vote.

    • That lags 5% behind Sen. Raphael Warnock.
    • Democrats usually garner 90% of the Black vote in the Peach State.
  • Abrams held a special event to reach out to Black male voters on Friday.


4. Keeping an eye on the 1st Congressional District race in Savannah. 

5. Major credit card companies will categorize gun sales.

  • Visa will start separately categorizing gun sales .

    • It joins Mastercard and American Express which are undergoing similar moves. 
  • The National Rifle Association was critical of the move, but gun control advocates are praising it. 

 Wednesday on Political RewindThe AJC's Greg Bluestein and The New York Times' Maya King.