Hurricane Ian

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Ian off Florida's southwest coast Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Ian has rapidly intensified off Florida's coast, gaining top winds of 155 mph, just shy of the most devastating Category 5 hurricane status.

Credit: (NOAA via AP)

The panel:

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

Donna Lowry, @donnalowrynews, host, GPB-TV’s Lawmakers

Greg Bluestein, @bluestein, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The breakdown: 

1. Gov. Brian Kemp declares a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Ian's landfall in Georgia.

  • Right now the storm is almost listed as a powerful Category 5 as it makes landfall in Florida. 

    • At this time it is expected to hit the Georgia coast later this week. 
  • Greg Bluestein recalls how weather events can affect political races, when he recalled the "snowpocalypse" in Atlanta in 2014. 

LISTEN: Greg Bluestein on walking home during 2014 snow emergency.


2. Kemp campaigns in Atlanta suburbs. 

  • The incumbent had largely focused his reelection efforts in rural Georgia. 
  • Tuesday, the Republican campaigned with Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin in the Atlanta suburbs. 
  • GPB's Donna Lowry talks about how campaigns have created classroom culture wars. 

LISTEN: Donna Lowry on classroom culture wars becoming apart of a political playbook.


3. Activists flood election offices with challenges

  • The New York Times reports groups in Georgia have challenged at least 65,000 voter registrations across eight counties.
  • The push continues around the "big lie" that there was election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. 
  • Amy Steigerwalt says it is fair to make sure election rolls are accurate, but this latest push is highly partisan. 

LISTEN: Amy Steigerwalt on voter logs.

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