Closer Look: Georgia Gubernatorial Debate Cancellation; Disability Employment Round Table; Georgia’s Rural Vote

Garrick Scott, Darien Todd and Dana Skelton-Sanders discuss increasing access to jobs for people with disabilities.
Garrick Scott, Darien Todd and Dana Skelton-Sanders discuss increasing access to jobs for people with disabilities.
Credit Emilia Brock / WABE

Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about a now cancelled live gubernatorial debate planned by WSB-TV among the candidates Democrat Stacey Abrams, Republican Brian Kemp and Libertarian Ted Metz this Sunday. The scheduled debate day and time changed after President Donald Trump announced he was coming to Macon around the same time for a rally on behalf of Brian Kemp. According to WSB-TV: “After Kemp pulled out of the original agreed upon date and time, the candidates cannot agree to Monday at 7:30 p.m., citing scheduling conflicts.” What resulted was a social media back and forth between the Abrams and Kemp campaigns, but Libertarian Ted Metz was also scheduled for the debates, and we speak with Metz to get his reaction.
  • 10:19: This election has seen record early voting numbers here in Atlanta and across the state, even among Georgia’s rural voters. Historically it’s been easy to tell who they’ll vote for. But is that still the case this election season? And what issues are getting them fired up and out to the polls? We hear from Steve Anthony, a retired lecturer of political science at Georgia State University.
  • 35:17: We’ll continue our conversation about increasing access to jobs for people with disabilities. It’s an initiative that many say is long overdue. This week, we’ll hear personal stories from those who champion the cause. We’re joined by Garrick Scott, chairman of the board for disABILITY LINK; Dana Skelton-Sanders, a certified rehabilitation counselor at the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA); and Darien Todd, a senior in the Inclusive Post-Secondary Education program at Kennesaw State University, who also has two internships.

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