Wednesday on Political Rewind: Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker gains the endorsement of a titan of the Republican party. Meanwhile, what can the important Virginia gubernatorial race tell us about where voters across the country stand in 2021?
Candidates for federal office in Georgia have raked in more than $56 million in contributions since January.
The first child tax credit payments were sent to households in July, and Georgia households received roughly $520.3 million. The average monthly payment was $418, according to data from the U.S. Treasury Department.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: The guessing game is over — Herschel Walker filed paperwork yesterday to run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock in 2022. Polling reveals Walker’s name recognition is high in the state. The storied college football star has long been touted by former President Donald Trump as his pick for the key Senate race.
Monday on Political Rewind: Virus cases continue to rapidly escalate in Georgia. As of Friday, there were 6,820 newly reported cases. Are the calamitous withdrawal from Afghanistan and the spiraling COVID numbers going to turn swing voters against Democrats in the 2022 midterms?
Thursday on Political Rewind: Speaker of the House David Ralston has unveiled a sweeping $75 million proposal to confront escalating crime, especially in metro Atlanta. The plan includes bonuses for local law enforcement officers and an increase in funding for law enforcement agencies — as well as for an expansion of mental health services. Democratic House members said they’ll work with Ralston on his plan even as they recognize it’s part of a GOP effort to use crime-fighting as a wedge issue in the 2022 election cycle.
Meanwhile, the guessing game over the possibility of a big-name Republican emerging to challenge U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock continues this week, and the effect of COVID on U.S. life expectancy is discussed.
Monday on Political Rewind: The latest campaign financial reports in races across the state reveal once again the staggering sums of money that now are commonplace in political campaigns. After releasing his first campaign ad late last week, Gov. Kemp traveled to Perry, Ga., over the weekend to launch his bid for reelection. Meanwhile, GPB and the AJC reviewed the use of drop boxes in 2020 voting.
Democratic federal lawmakers have pledged to create a workaround for Medicaid expansion in Georgia while Gov. Brian Kemp’s limited expansion is stalled.
Today on Political Rewind: Georgia Republican leaders are attacking the Department of Justice decision to file a lawsuit challenging the state’s new voting laws. Republicans insist the lawsuit is a partisan effort to upend provisions designed to stop voting fraud.
In an impassioned speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Sen. Raphael Warnock, Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator, urged his colleagues, “Let’s do our job," telling Republicans that now is the time to have a national debate about voting rights.
Vice President Kamala Harris was in Atlanta on Friday, June 18, 2021, encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The U.S. Agriculture Department is sending aid for debt relief to struggling farmers of color beginning this month. But many Black farmers distrust the department after decades of failed promises.
Thursday on Political Rewind: GOP legislative leaders have begun a series of hearings they say are designed to address the spike in violent crime in Atlanta. Also: Reports indicate that Georgia’s Newt Gingrich may work with former President Donald Trump on his campaign messaging leading up to the 2024 elections.
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture says the American Families Plan includes billions in funding for agriculture and that will help farmers, including those in Georgia.
Tuesday on Political Rewind: Georgia’s economy struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic slump. And in 2022 election news, Attorney General Chris Car announced he will seek reelection, not entering his name into the race for Sen. Raphael Warnock’s seat. What does his decision tell us about the landscape of the Republican party?