The Supreme Court ruled on "Independent Legislature Theory", a controversial idea that its critics say would undermine democr

The Supreme Court ruled on "independent legislature theory," a controversial idea whose critics say would undermine democracy.

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The panel:

Alan Abramowitz,@AlanIAbramowitz, professor emeritus of political science Emory University

Andra Gillespie, @AndraGillespieprofessor of political science and director, James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University

Charles Bullock, professor of political science University of Georgia

Greg Bluestein, @bluestein, political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The breakdown:

1. Supreme Court rejects independent state legislature theory.

  • The Supreme Court ruled that state constitutions can protect voting rights in federal elections and states can enforce those provisions. 
  • By a 6-3 vote, the court rejected the so-called independent state legislature theory advanced by the Republican-dominated North Carolina state legislature. 
    • This opinion should safeguard the 2024 election's integrity.


2. Gov. Brian Kemp and Sen. Jon Ossoff fight over credit for electric vehicles.

  • Ossoff and Kemp were both in Bainbridge on Tuesday to celebrate the announcement that one of the biggest EV battery manufacturing companies in the country will open a plant there.
  • Ossoff says the $800 million factory was made possible by President Biden’s health and climate package.
  • But Kemp says the 400 jobs are coming to Southwest Georgia because he's made it attractive for businesses to come to Georgia.


3. Antisemitic demonstrations across Georgia spur calls for state law.

  • About a dozen people gathered outside a Cobb County synagogue Saturday bearing Nazi flags.
  • In Macon, a neo-Nazi group angered residents with two days of action centered around the city's 164-year-old synagogue.
  • Sandy Springs Democratic Rep. Esther Panitch was a co-sponsor on a bipartisan bill aimed at adopting a definition of antisemitism in state code, but it failed to pass last session. '

Thursday on Political Rewind: Former columnist Jim Galloway joins the panel.