Governor Brian Kemp with family, a plane in the background.

The first day of legislative session will be interrupted as legislators leave town to watch the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship game in California.

Credit: Brian Kemp - @GovKemp

The panel

Emma Hurt, @Emma_Hurt, reporter, Axios Atlanta

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

Maya Prabhu, @MayaTPrabhu, government reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Patricia Murphy, @MurphyAJC, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The breakdown

1. The Georgia Bulldogs are aiming to win their second national championship in a row.

2. The state Legislature begins its 2023 session today.

LISTEN: Emma Hurt on the legislative agenda.

3. What to expect in Gov. Brian Kemp's second term.

  • Kemp ran in 2018 with a specific image: asking a daughter's boyfriend his stance on the Second Amendment and saying he'd round up "illegals" in a truck.

    • In the years since, he became a national figure after running a successful reelection campaign in opposition to former President Trump.
  • After defeating Stacey Abrams by a solid margin, Kemp vowed to take on violent crime in his second term.


4. Two Georgia representatives were frontstage in the drama around electing Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

  • Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Clyde were featured prominently.

    • Greene worked alongside McCarthy and Clyde vocally opposed his election.

LISTEN: Margaret Coker on drama in the U.S. House.

Tuesday on Political Rewind: The AJC's Tamar Hallerman joins the panel.