Political Rewind: Brittney Griner released; Is GA purple?; Looking ahead to the 2023 legislature
Kevin Riley, @ajceditor, editor-in-chief, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Leo Smith, @leosmithtweets, Republican consultant, CEO, Engaged Futures
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D), @mmo_mary, Georgia's 82nd District
Stephen Fowler, @stphnfwlr, political reporter, GPB News
- The WNBA player was sentenced to nine years in prison for less than an ounce of hash oil. She was released in exchange for a Russian arms dealer.
- Her wife, Cherelle Griner, expressed her gratitude to the parties involved in the release. She said, "BG and I will remain committed to the work of getting every American home, including Paul," in reference to imprisoned U.S. Marine Paul Whelan.
2. Is Georgia really a blue state?
- Although Sen. Raphael Warnock won his first full term in office, Republicans otherwise dominated statewide races.
- AJC editor Kevin Riley says Republicans are split over what to do following Herschel Walker's loss. John Bolton, a potential presidential hopeful, and Marjorie Taylor Greene feuded over how Trump impacted his race.
3. Abrams campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo says her candidate had an "impossible" task.
- Groh-Wargo tweeted that Stacey Abrams reliably drew support for Democratic candidates nationwide, advocated for voting rights in Georgia, and encouraged Raphael Warnock to run for Senate.
- She notes right-wing media outlets smeared Abrams, setting her as an extreme alternative to a "moderate" Brian Kemp after his resistance to Donald Trump's involvement in the 2020 election.
4. Looking ahead to the 2023 state legislature.
- Abortion could be the elephant in the room for state Republicans. Their 2019 "Heartbeat" law, which passed by just one vote, is caught up in the courts. But the 2023 session's first pre-filed bill addressed financial compensation for women who would have sought an abortion.
- After seeing the new shortened runoff in action, a new model could be on the table, or Georgia could shift to an "instant runoff" model to avoid further campaigning.
Friday on Political Rewind: Former columnist Jim Galloway joins a special panel on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.