Burned police car

A burned police car sits on the street following a violent protest, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Atlanta, in the wake of the death of an environmental activist killed after authorities said the 26-year-old shot a state trooper.

Credit: AP Photo/Alex Slitz

The panel: 

Michael Thurmond, CEO of DeKalb County

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

Sam Olens, former Georgia Attorney General


The breakdown:

1.  Protests escalate to violence over the planned Atlanta Police and Fire Training Center. 

  • Activists came out to demonstrate all weekend after the shooting and killing of a 26-year-old protestor.

    • A state trooper was also shot and injured last week.
  • At least six people were arrested Sunday and charged with domestic terrorism and other felony counts.
  • Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, Sens. Warnock and Ossoff, and Gov. Brian Kemp condemned the weekend violence. 

LISTEN: Michael Thurmond on who signs off DeKalb's land permits for the proposed police training facility.

2. This weekend marked the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. 


3. A look back at astronomical spending during the 2022 cycle. 

  • $650 million for the governor and U.S. Senate races alone.
  • In 2021, a Georgia law passed by the GOP-led General Assembly and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp allowed unlimited donations for certain campaigns at the state level, too.

Tuesday on Political Rewind: Emory's Fred Smith and the AJC's Tamar Hallerman join the panel.