Closer Look: Election 2018 — Amendment 2, Business Court; Defending Civil Liberties Online

Rocco Testani, a partner at Eversheds Sutherland and co-leader of the firm’s Business and Commercial Litigation team, and state Sen. Jen Jordan, a democratic member of the Georgia state senate and attorney.
Rocco Testani, a partner at Eversheds Sutherland and co-leader of the firm’s Business and Commercial Litigation team, and state Sen. Jen Jordan, a democratic member of the Georgia state senate and attorney.
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Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how the two leading Georgia gubernatorial candidates are energizing their bases and perhaps trying to sway undecided voters. Both candidates, Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, had help on the campaign trail yesterday from some pretty big names. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey came out to stump for Abrams, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence spoke to Kemp supporters.
  • Also, today is the last day of early voting, and depending on the county, some locations will be open until 7 p.m. — voters can check with their county’s election officials to find out the times. So far, 1,655,018 Georgians have turned out to vote in person and 174,868 mail-in ballots have been submitted, which means that more than a quarter of Georgia’s registered voters have already cast their ballots.
  • 4:02: We conclude our coverage of Georgia’s proposed constitutional amendments with a conversation about the business court amendment, which would set up a Georgia court to handle complex business cases. This initiative has gotten support from Gov. Nathan Deal and was passed in the State House with a vote of 120-52. Joining us to help break all of this down is Rocco Testani, a partner at Eversheds Sutherland and co-leader of the firm’s Business and Commercial Litigation team, and Senator Jen Jordan, a democratic member of the Georgia state senate and attorney.
  • 23:22: Today is the last day of early voting here in Georgia. As Election Day draws near, we revisit the highlights of some discussions about some of the constitutional amendments Georgians will see on their ballots, including Marsy’s Law and the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act.
  • 43:57: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy and free expression. How do you protect civil liberties in the cyber world? And when freedom of speech intersects with what may be viewed as harmful, threatening or used to incite harm to others, where do you draw the line online? We speak with David Greene, civil liberties director and senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock, and Grace Walker.