June 20, 2023

Political Rewind: Show's cancellation; One year since Roe v. Wade; Raffensperger up for debate

"The privilege of being invited to this show the past nine years is a significant part of how I think about how I communicate not only with my constituents, but people all over the state. It's always been true that the party in charge is in charge of public radio voices, and I feel a great deal of sadness about the division in the political world of Georgia," said Mary Margaret Oliver (D) Decatur.

The panel:

Kendra King Momon, professor of political science and interim provost, Oglethorpe University

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D) Decatur, @mmo_mary

Patricia Murphy, political reporter and columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, @MurphyAJC

Tamar Hallerman, senior reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, @TamarHallerman

Listen now.

The breakdown:

1. Political Rewind is canceled after an almost 10-year run.

Political Rewind's last show will be on June 30.

The move came after the Legislature cut $1.4 million from Georgia Public Broadcasting's operating budget.

  • GPB's newsroom is independently funded through viewer donations.

Host Bill Nigut plans to move on to other projects outside of GPB.

  • Production talent will remain with the company.
  • Nigut received an outpouring of support following this announcement.

2. This week marks one year since the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

A year after Dobbs, 61% of respondents to a Gallup poll said overturning Roe was a "bad thing," while 38% said it was a "good thing."

Because of the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions, Georgia's six-week abortion ban was brought into place in July 2022.

  • Georgia's law is still being challenged in courts.

3. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger challenged former President Trump to a debate.

Raffensperger and Trump have been at odds since Trump infamously called him asking him to find more than 11,000 votes after losing Georgia in 2020.