Closer Look: The Political Divide with Emory Professor Alan Abramowitz; Medicaid Expansion and Infant Mortality; And More

Emory Professor Alan Abramowitz talks about his new book, "The Great Alignment: Race, Party Transformation and the Rise of Donald Trump," on "Closer Look."
Emory Professor Alan Abramowitz talks about his new book, "The Great Alignment: Race, Party Transformation and the Rise of Donald Trump," on "Closer Look."
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Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about the upcoming runoff for the Republican candidate vying to become Georgia’s next governor. And with the runoff election less than a week away, the endorsements are coming in — including one from President Donald Trump. The two candidates are in a dead heat among likely voters, according to a recent AJC/WSB poll, with Kemp at 44 percent and Cagle at 41 percent. The poll has a margin of error of three-point-five percentage points.
  • In City of Atlanta news, the city will have to wait for its first-ever Chief Education Officer. Yesterday, it was reported that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms rescinded the job offer to Aliya Bhatia. In a statement, a spokesperson for the Mayor said, “The role of the Chief Education Officer is critical to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ innovative blueprint for academic excellence in the City of Atlanta. There is no higher priority for this Administration than making sure our children and communities have the tools and direction they need to compete in the advanced workforce of today and tomorrow. We have decided to delay the implementation and start-date of this position to further review some of the nuances that will make this nexus between the City and our education partners even stronger.” Bhatia’s appointment was supposed to be effective this past Monday, July 16.

    “The Great Alignment: Race, Party Transformation and the Rise of Donald Trump” by Emory Professor Alan Abramowitz highlights different divides, such as racial and geographical. Photo Credit: Emilia Brock
  • 2:40: Emory Professor Alan Abramowitz talks about his new book, “The Great Alignment: Race, Party Transformation and the Rise of Donald Trump.” He focuses on how many different divides – such as racial andethnic, religious, ideological and geographic – have polarized the political climate, especially among the two major parties.
  • 26:57: When the Affordable Care Act passed, states had a new option to expand Medicaid. As of this year, only 17 states haven’t implemented any form of Medicaid expansion, Georgia included. While there are varying perspectives on whether expansion in other states has been successful or not, there is a new report that shows a correlation between Medicaid expansion and a decline in the infant mortality rate. The report, called “Medicaid Expansion and Infant Mortality in the United States”, was published earlier this year in the American Journal of Public Health. We speak with one of the authors of the report, Chintan Bhatt.
  • 39:54: In the last couple of months, dockless scooters and bicycles have popped up across Atlanta. Nationwide, cities like Austin and San Francisco have started to limit, regulate, or remove the scooters in the hopes of cleaning up the litter and congestion they produce. Now, the Atlanta City Council is hoping to do something similar with a new ordinance currently being drafted. We talk about the ordinance and how these scooters fit into Atlanta’s culture with City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.