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Political Rewind: Haley launches 2024 bid; Religious liberty bill; Awaiting report from Fulton probe
Alan Abramowitz, @AlanIAbramowitz, professor emeritus of political science Emory University
Audrey Haynes, professor of political science University of Georgia
Greg Bluestein, @bluestein, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tammy Greer, professor of political science Clark Atlanta University
1. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announces run for president.
- Haley was also the Trump-era ambassador to the U.N.
- She's the first Republican to formally challenge the former president.
- Newsweek reports that the 45th president is lashing out against powerful donors.
- In her announcement video, she highlighted her history as a daughter of South Carolina and as a daughter of immigrants.
2. A new religious liberty law was proposed in the Georgia Senate.
- Sen. Ed Setzler (R- Acworth) is proposing the "Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act."
- Some Georgians say it provide religious protections, but gay rights advocates say it is discriminatory.
- Setzler says he want a law that mimics the similarly themed federal statute, but unlike the federal statute, Georgia does not also have a code that protects gay rights.
- The move comes as Gov. Brian Kemp and top leadership vowed to shift their focus to economic issues this session.
3. A judge blocks the release of most of the special grand jury report in the Fulton election probe.
- The final recommendations of a special grand jury investigating attempts to overturn Georgia's 2020 presidential election will largely be kept under wraps.
- Potiential charges in the investigation can include conspiracy and criminal solicitation to commit election fraud.
Thursday on Political Rewind: The Associated Press' Meg Kinnard joins the show.