Leo Smith, @leosmithtweets, president, Engaged Futures
Patricia Murphy, @MurphyAJC, political reporter and columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D), @mmo_mary, Decatur
Rahul Bali, @rahulbali, politics reporter, WABE
1. Gov. Brian Kemp "disregarded" several line items in the 2023 budget, including funds for mental health care and free meals for students.
- After warning of potential "holes," Kemp vetoed about $30 million from the Legislature's approved budget. In a shock to legislators, he also instructed several state agencies to "disregard" funding earmarked for them, totaling around $200 million.
- The "disregards" would affect services like free school meals for children, retiree raises, and mental health care funding. This comes as the state reported a 16% drop in collected taxes compared to April 2022.
- It also comes as Kemp approved tax breaks and rebates totaling over $2 billion dollars. Kemp advisor Cody Hall addressed the move on Twitter.
LISTEN: State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver on the reaction to the budget changes.
2. Is Kemp eyeballing a 2024 run for president?
- It seems like Kemp has changed his messaging on a 2024 run for president. While he once ruled it out, at a Sunday evening donor retreat at Sea Island, he noted the final decision is up to him and his family. He hasn't yet established the national infrastructure needed for a run.
- Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris made her third visit to Georgia this year — an indicator of Georgia's continued importance to President Biden's reelection bid.
LISTEN: Patricia Murphy on a Kemp ticket in 2024.
3. Herschel Walker is under scrutiny for improperly handling campaign donations.
- Emails obtained by The Daily Beast reveal Walker asked Montana billionaire Dennis Washington for a $600,000 campaign donation, wiring a majority of the funding to a private business he held.
- U.S. Rep. George Santos is currently being prosecuted for a similar charge. While an ethical complaint has been lodged against Walker, it could lead to a legal challenge.
4. Unpacking CNN's town hall with Donald Trump.
- Among several other bizarre claims and references to a stolen election, Donald Trump doubled down on a "perfect" phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He maintained Raffensperger "owed" him votes. The televised town hall could lend a hand to Fulton DA Fani Willis' prosecution.
- CNN was widely criticized for the format, with an audience full of Trump's own supporters. In an opinion for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Patricia Murphy notes which lines got the most applause. She also says "America was served by seeing [...] the ongoing devotion of Trump’s biggest supporters."
LISTEN: Patricia Murphy on Trump's CNN town hall appearance.