Political Rewind: Georgians anticipate the State of the Union; Senate investigation into Europe trip
Buddy Darden, former Georgia U.S. congressman
Rahul Bali, @rahulbali, politics reporter, WABE
Sam Olens, @samolens, former state attorney general
Tamar Hallerman, @TamarHallerman, senior reporter,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
1. President Biden will give his annual State of the Union address tonight.
- This comes as a Washington Post poll finds 62% of Americans think the president has accomplished little to nothing in office.
- Biden's waning popularity bodes poorly ahead of his anticipated 2024 run.
- Congressional leaders in Georgia are bringing guests who reflect their policy successes.
2. Georgia Senate leadership wants to investigate a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe.
- Two months before they left office, then-Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Georgia Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller led a delegation from Georgia to Europe.
- There's no way to know what was spent on the trip since the General Assembly exempted itself from the Open Records Act.
3. The sponsor of a bill defining antisemitism for hate crime prosecution received bigoted flyers in metro Atlanta.
- Several Dunwoody neighborhoods with large Jewish populations received hateful flyers over the weekend.
- State Rep. Esther Panitch, who authored House Bill 30, was one of the recipients. She is Georgia's only Jewish legislator.
4. The family of of the activist killed near the future Atlanta police training facility calls for transparency.
- The family of Manuel Teran, or "Tortuguita," demanded answers from the GBI's investigation into the alleged exchange of gunfire on January 18th.
- The GBI has maintained that Georgia State Patrol members who were involved in the shooting had no body cams. They did say they would review any relevant footage from other organizations involved in the Jan. 18 operation.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: Emory University's Andra Gillespie joins the panel.