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Political Breakfast: Sally Yates, Atlanta Scandal And More

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates listens while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015.
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Brian Robinson & Tharon Johnson, speaking with Denis O'Hayer on “Morning Edition” (Broadcast Version)Brian Robinson & Tharon Johnson, speaking with Denis O'Hayer on “Morning Edition” (Expanded Version)

It was a dizzying week in Georgia politics. Leaders from the state – and from both sides of the aisle – played central roles in the ongoing battles in Washington. Meanwhile, Atlanta’s City Hall was engulfed by a developing scandal involving bribes, just as Mayor Kasim Reed delivered his final State of the City address. Business owner Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell pled guilty to federal conspiracy charges in January; this week, the mayor agreed to release more than a million pages of documents related to the case.

On “Morning Edition,” Denis O’Hayer got some insight into all of it on the “Political Breakfast,” with Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson. Robinson is a Republican strategist, and former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Nathan Deal. Johnson is a Democratic strategist, and former national southern regional director for former President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign.

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