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Political Rewind: Eight false electors take immunity deals; How the writers' strike affects Georgia
King Williams, documentarian and journalist, The Atlanta Way, @IamKingWilliams
Margaret Coker, editor-in-chief, The Current, @mideastmargaret
Shaunya Chavis-Rucker, divisional head, Fulton Films Office at Fulton County Government, @Shaunya_Chavis
Tamar Hallerman, senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, @TamarHallerman
- The prosecutor investigating possible illegal meddling in the 2020 election in Georgia has agreed to immunity deals with at least eight Republican fake electors.
- 16 fake electors met at the state Capitol on Dec. 14, 2020, and signed a certificate declaring falsely that Trump had won the presidential election and declaring themselves the state's "duly elected and qualified" electors.
2. Meanwhile Gov. Brian Kemp signed two bills, one about outside money for election office and one that could remove prosecutors.
- Under Senate Bill 222, it is now a felony for local government officials or election workers to ask for or receive money to pay for elections except for funds that come from the state or federal government.
- Kemp also signed a bill into law creating a new commission empowered to discipline and remove prosecutors.
- Republicans said the bill was needed to discipline bad district attorneys while Democrats argued it was aimed at Democratic district attorneys and undermines democracy.
- The commission, called the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission, will start accepting complaints Oct. 1.
3. President Biden to host debt ceiling talks today.
- It's the first time Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will meet on this issue since the pair met in February.
- If Congress fails to raise the debt limit by June 1, there would be an unprecedented debt default.
- Between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, Georgia hosted 412 productions.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: We welcome the AJC's Greg Bluestein to the panel.