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Republicans leaders prepare to gather in Columbus, GA for state's GOP convention. CREDIT: FILE

The panel:

Chuck Williams, reporter, WRBL-TV Columbus, @chuckwilliams

Donna Lowry, host of Lawmakers and GPB News reporter, @donnalowrynews

Kevin Riley, editor at large,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, @ajceditor

Rahul Bali, politics reporter, WABE, @rahulbali


The breakdown: 

1. What to expect from Georgia's GOP convention. 

  • WRBL's Chuck Williams talked with outgoing GOP Chair David Shafer about what to expect from the convention moments before our show. 

    • Shafer said that this convention will be one of the highest-attended conventions.
    • Note: Shafer is stepping down as party chair and is one of the targets of Fulton County DA Fani Willis' election probe.

LISTEN: Chuck Williams on what to expect from the convention.

2. Former Vice President Mike Pence rails against former President Donald Trump.

  • Pence launched his bid for president Wednesday. 

    • He becomes the first candidate to challenge his former boss. 
  • Pence will also not attend Georgia's GOP Convention in Columbus this weekend. 


3. Groups opposing Atlanta police training center seek to put the matter on the November ballot.

  • Wednesday morning, a group of Atlanta community leaders announced they filed a referendum with the city to get the construction of the controversial police training center on the ballot.
  • The referendum could overturn a City Council ordinance approving funding for the project and put the issue up for a vote on Nov. 7.
    • In Camden County, a Georgia Supreme Court ruling upheld a referendum against a spaceport.

LISTEN: Donna Lowry speaks on the momentum the referendum campaign could build.

4. Department of Homeland Security denies labeling specific protest groups as domestic terrorists.

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement saying they never designated any specific group connected to protests of Atlanta’s proposed public safety training facility as domestic terrorists.
  • Attorney General Chris Carr has released a four-part statement standing by the arrests regarding this new reporting. 

Friday on Political Rewind: Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander, The Rosalynn Carter Institute of Caregivers CEO Dr. Jennifer Olsen, and GPB's Ellen Eldridge dive into Rosalynn Carter's legacy.