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Monday on Political Rewind: Former president Donald Trump’s rally in Perry over the weekend drew big names on the 2022 ballot for Republican. The event also stirred up controversy within the Republican party. Trump continued his attacks on Gov. Brian Kemp, exasperating the schism between loyalists to the former President and the main figures behind the state's Republican party.
Friday on Political Rewind: A federal appeals court took up the question of Georgia's controversial abortion statute. The law, which would effectively outlaw abortion, never went into effect because of a lower court ruling. Also, Gov. Brian Kemp issued the formal call for a special session of the General Assembly to redraw Georgia's political maps.
Thursday on Political Rewind: This week marks 115 years since a white mob went on a four-day rampage through a Black community in Atlanta. Twenty-five Black residents were murdered and hundreds more were terrorized. We looked back at that history with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ernie Suggs.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: Stacey Abrams did not take the bait at a sold-out event in San Antonio, Texas, to declare her intentions to run for governor next year. Meanwhile, Brad Raffensperger took the first steps in a virtual tour to begin promoting his new book on how he fought the former president’s heated efforts to have Georgia’s election results overturned.
With 44% of its population fully vaccinated, Georgia is running far behind the rest of the nation. For the state's Latino community, a population that has been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, vaccination rates are even lower. The Rev. Irma Guerra, a Mexican immigrant and minister at Christ Church Episcopal in Norcross, has used her platform to be a vaccine evangelizer and to dispel some of the misinformation about the vaccine through social media, her pulpit and going door to door.
A jail used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain migrants is nearly empty in the wake of complaints filed against the facility. Among the complaints is a whistleblower allegation from a nurse claiming some female detainees at Irwin County Detention Center were forced to undergo hysterectomies. The jail has also been criticized for failing to protect immigrants and jail staff from COVID-19. Now, Irwin County officials worry the facility, which also houses federal and county inmates and is the area's largest private employer, may eventually be shut down, taking much-needed jobs with it.
The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to decide this month whether or not to allow the proposed Spaceport Camden to go forward in Camden County, Ga. The spaceport, supporters say, would mean tourism and big business for the county. But the proposed launch facility would send rockets over the federally protected Cumberland and Little Cumberland islands. This has alarmed residents and environmental advocates. In this Georgia Today, Savannah-based freelance reporter Alexandra Marvar explores the debate.
A jury found the disgraced R&B star guilty of charges that included sexual exploitation of a child, racketeering and sex trafficking. He faces a possible sentence of 10 years to life in prison.
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton, who delivers his first album in five years with the help of some friends including Jennifer Hudson.
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