0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May has declined Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s request to pause an injunction she ordered last week. That injunction orders the Secretary of State’s office to inform local elections offices that they should not reject absentee ballots because of supposed signature mismatches. Judge May wrote: “The Court finds that the public interest is best served by allowing qualified absentee voters to vote and have their votes counted.” In response, in a statement to Closer Look, Press Secretary and Staff Attorney for the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, Candice Broce, stated, “Courts across the nation, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have warned about the danger of changing existing laws and procedures right before an election. We are appealing the judge’s ruling.”
In other news, big names are headed to Georgia to stump for gubernatorial candidates. Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to appear in two town hall meetings, in DeKalb and Cobb counties, for Democrat Stacey Abrams tomorrow. And Oprah will reportedly go door-to-door seeking support for Abrams. Vice President Mike Pence will appear with Republican candidate Brian Kemp in Dalton, Grovetown and Savannah. And President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama also plan to come to Georgia.
3:00: Our midterm election coverage continues with a look at the Attorney General race between incumbent Chris Carr and Democrat challenger Charlie Bailey. It’s a conversation with Bailey about his platform and plans for Georgia, should he be elected.
27:10: We take a look at the first proposed Constitutional Amendment that Georgia voters will see on their ballots: the Outdoor Stewardship Act. This act, which has largely garnered bipartisan support, would take sales tax revenue from sporting goods purchases to fund nature conservation. We learn more about this proposed amendment from Deron Davis, board chair of the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Coalition and executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Georgia. We also hear from Michael Halicki, executive director of Park Pride.
40:55: Rickey Smiley is known for making millions laugh for over 25 years. He won the 2017 Marconi Award for Syndicated Personality of the Year. As television host of Dish Nation, and top rated nationally syndicated radio personality of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, he’s stood out as one of the few “clean” comics in the business. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Smiley rose to superstardom after beginning his career serving as an opening act for industry titans such as Steve Harvey, George Wallace, and Carl Strong. Smiley joins us in studio to discuss his comedy, career, values and family life.
Programming note: Closer Look initially offered a live debate format to feature the state attorney general race, but Attorney General Chris Carr was unavailable due to his schedule. Closer Look also offered a one-on-one conversation with each of the candidates, however, according to Carr’s campaign there was still no availability within his schedule to appear on this program. Closer Look’s invitation to Attorney General Carr remains open should there be a change in his schedule and availability.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock, and Grace Walker.