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Political Rewind: Burt Jones targets DEI programs; Raffensperger says disinfo threatens democracy
Alan Abramowitz, @AlanIAbramowitz, professor emeritus of political science, Emory University
Chuck Williams, @chuckwilliams, reporter, WRBL-TV
Donna Lowry, @donnalowrynews, host, GPB-TV’s Lawmakers
Jim Galloway, @JimJournalist, former political columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- After cutting $66 million from the University System of Georgia, Lt. Gov. Burt Jones took a page out of national conservatives' playbook, asking to see how much the educational organization spends on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.
- A likely candidate for governor in 2026, Jones follows an example set by the conservative Florida Legislature during its 2023 session.
- Gov. Brian Kemp had previously announced he wouldn't attend, but he was joined in his decision by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Attorney General Chris Carr, and Insurance Commissioner John King.
- At a Chicago conference of political reporters, Raffensperger defended voting machines and elections officials, saying instead disinformation from candidates and bad actors are the "weakest link" in American democracy.
- Pence testified in a Justice Department investigation into the effort to overturn the 2020 election. Donald Trump's legal team attempted to block the testimony multiple times.
- The DOJ probe is one of several legal challenges Trump is facing. Fulton County DA Fani Willis announced indictments in her investigation could come this summer.
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