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Political Rewind: Partial Fulton County report to be released today; Culture wars under the Dome
Chuck Williams, @chuckwilliams, reporter, WRBL-TV Columbus
Kevin Riley, @ajceditor, editor-in-chief, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kurt Young, political science professor, Clark Atlanta University
Meg Kinnard, @MegKinnardAP, politics and legal affairs reporter, Associated Press
1. A partial report from Fulton County's investigation into 2020 election interference will be released today.
- The results of the multi-year investigation have mostly been kept secret as Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis considers criminal indictments. Judge Robert McBurney ruled three sections of the final report could be released today, with potential redactions from the district attorney's office.
- It's unclear what we'll learn from today's report. Weeks ago, DA Willis said indictments are "imminent."
2. Yesterday, Nikki Haley held the first rally of her 2024 presidential campaign.
- The former governor of South Carolina is one of the first Republicans to announce her 2024 bid. While she didn't mention him by name, her call for new, younger leadership puts her at odds with former President Donald Trump.
- As the child of Indian immigrants, she maintained throughout her speech that America was not a racist country, rhetoric she's used throughout her political career.
- Haley campaigned with several candidates in Georgia throughout 2022, including Gov. Brian Kemp.
3. State Republicans wade into culture wars.
- Senate Republicans proposed a bill that would criminalize school librarians who let students check out books found to be "obscene."
- This comes as Republicans make changes to a bill that would limit teachers from answering questions about sexuality and gender.
Friday on Political Rewind: GPB's Stephen Fowler joins the panel to break down the latest from Fulton County. You can read his latest here. Note: This episode was recorded before the partial release of the special grand jury's report on Thursday.