Yard signs supporting the initiative to incorporate Buckhead as a distinct city. Proponents of the effort have fielded thousands of requests for yard signs during the first three weeks of availability, pictured on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 in Atlanta.

Yard signs supporting the initiative to incorporate Buckhead as a distinct city line one of its roadsides, pictured Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 in Atlanta. In March 2023, the proposal for a referendum on the issue was roundly defeated in the Georgia Senate.

Credit: Jenni Girtman, AP Images for Buckhead City Committee

The panel: 

Amy Steigerwalt, @DrSteigerwalt,  professor of political science, Georgia State University

Andra Gillespie, @AndraGillespie, professor of political science and director, James Weldon Johnson Institution for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University      

Michael Thurmond, @dekalblikesmike, CEO DeKalb County

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


The breakdown: 

1. Buckhead cityhood bills advance. 

  • Senate Bill 113 and 114 passed out of committee early this morning. 
  • Opponents of the Buckhead cityhood bill note that the proposed mayor would be paid more than the current governor.
    • Crititcs also point out those pushing forward the bill are not residents of the metro Atlanta area. 
  • It would also threaten the land where the Atlanta police training center is being built.  

LISTEN: The AJC's Patricia Murphy speaks on what's next for the Buckhead cityhood movement.


2. Judge McBurney says jurors are free to discuss final report in their investigation of efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia 

  • The comments come after Fulton grand jury foreperson Emily Kohrs made a media blitz last week. 
  • State grand jurors can talk about the trial but not their deliberations. 
  • But Kohrs' rounds of interview have gained media attention, including her being a subject of a Saturday Night Live skit. 

3. Chicago makes case against Atlanta in bid to host Democratic National Convention. 

  • Chicago leaders argue concerns about open carry laws.

    • They also add Atlanta is not a pro-union town, which is of interest to Democrats. 

LISTEN: Dekalb County CEO Mike Thurmond speaks on Atlanta's DNC bid.


4. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene makes headlines for calling for a national divorce. 

  • The Georgia congresswoman over the 14th District said she'd like to separate blue and red states. 
  • Greene's profile rose after her support of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. 

Tuesday on Political Rewind: The AJC's Tamar Hallerman joins the panel.