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Samantha Bee shines a light on the happy ending to Georgia's rape kit backlog saga.

The true story of how Georgia's politicians came together to solve a major problem.

Samantha Bee shines a light on the happy ending to Georgia's rape kit backlog saga.

Sometimes it seems there's nothing that can bring Democrats and Republicans together, but Georgia state Rep. Scott Holcomb begs to differ.

On "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee," Holcomb shared the true story of how Democrats and Republicans joined forces to tackle a thorny issue: the state's massive backlog of untested rape kits.

Photos and illustrations from "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee"/YouTube.


If it seems ridiculous that law enforcement chooses not to analyze every sexual assault evidence kit, that's because it is.

Sadly, this problem is not confined to any one state. Holcomb's bill, the Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act, did one very simple thing: It required law enforcement to test each and every rape kit collected. No longer would it be fair to deny a survivor justice because of cost.

"'Schoolhouse Rock!' on steroids," Holcomb called the bipartisan effort. "That’s a side of politics that people don’t get to see very often, but it does happen," he said in the "Full Frontal" segment.

As time ran out, the bill made it through the necessary legislative hurdles, and Holcomb was showered with bipartisan applause. Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, signed the bill into law. With the law in effect, more than 4,200 previously untested pieces of evidence will finally be analyzed.

"It was an example of how people can come together to make a difference and to fix a very bad problem," Holcomb told "Full Frontal."

The  story is a bright spot in a world that can sometimes seem so dark and divided. It also makes a powerful point that while we may disagree from time to time, there is almost always common ground to be found.

If you're feeling down about politics, if you're feeling like we're just hopelessly divided, remember the story of Scott Holcomb and the Georgia state legislature:

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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