Political Rewind: Congress GOP fails to elect House Speaker; race for Ralston's seat goes to runoff
Anthony Michael Kreis, @AnthonyMKreis, professor of constitutional law, Georgia State University
Greg Bluestein, @bluestein, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Maya King, @mayaaking, politics reporter, The New York Times
Stephen Fowler, @stphnfwlr, political reporter, GPB News
- For the first time in 100 years, the presumptive Speaker hasn't won in one ballot. A coalition of Republicans denied Rep. Kevin McCarthy by around 20 votes over three different ballots.
- Yesterday would have served as a day of celebration for Republicans after they took control of the House with a slim four-seat majority. Instead, House members weren't sworn in and bickering ensued among moderate and far-right conservatives.
2. The race to fill former Rep. David Ralston's state House seat has gone to a runoff.
- The news evokes memories of Georgia's runoff for U.S. Senate. State political figures, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, have spoken out against the process.
- Georgia's runoffs were shortened by a 2021 election law, passed after the state sent Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the U.S. Senate.
3. The 2023 legislature could pass a law approving sports betting.
- Sports betting came to public eye after Stacey Abrams proposed the measure to expand Georgia's HOPE Scholarship. Since then, business leaders and legislators have supported the effort.
- Opponents say the measure could prey on poorer Georgians. Gov. Brian Kemp opposed the effort in 2018, but it's unclear how he would entertain a 2023 measure.
4. Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Burt Jones have vowed to rein in violent crime and "far left local prosecutors."
- A Superior Court judge recently dismissed a case against a former University of Georgia student who allegedly trafficked a 14-year-old Cook County girl to Maryland.
- The governor cited the case, saying he'd address "far left local prosecutors" in the next legislative session.
Thursday on Political Rewind: AJC editor Kevin Riley joins the panel.