The panel: 

Kevin Riley, @ajceditor, editor-in-chief, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Rick Dent, vice president Matrix Communications

Stephen Fowler, @stphnfwlr, political reporter, GPB News

Tammy Greer, political science professor, Clark Atlanta University


The breakdown: 

1. Gov. Brian Kemp was sworn in as the 83rd governor of Georgia.

  • Kemp promised a $2,000 raise to all state employees. 
  • He also again promised to follow up on his campaign promise to give another $1 billion of income tax refunds and to give a $1.1 billion property tax rebate.
  • The two-time governor did not mention expanding Medicaid.
  • Also taking office Thursday were Lt. Gov. Burt Jones, Attorney General Chris Carr, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper, Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson, Insurance Commissioner John King and schools Superintendent Richard Woods.


2. Kemp to address World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

  • He will be addressing the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week.
  • The World Economic Forum, established in 1971, brings together decision-makers from across the globe.


Friday on Political Rewind: Bill Nigut sits down with New York Times theater critic Jesse Green to discuss Mary Rodgers' autobiography, Shy.