On the record – off the clock.  Veteran Atlanta political reporter Denis O’Hayer hosts a conversation between strategists from the right and the left. Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson and Republican strategist Brian Robinson bring their personalities and passion to the table for an informed, respectful and lively discussion. They spar, they delve into topics others avoid, and they give credit where it’s due. It’s all steered by Denis O’Hayer, who has covered Georgia politics for close to 40 years.

Neck-and-Neck for Governor; the Gulch; Hipsters Flock to ATL!

From the number 14 hipster city in the United States, it’s an oh-so-hip edition of the Political Breakfast!

According to new polling, the Georgia governor’s race remains virtually tied, while outside help pours in to both major party candidates. We’ll check to see if the fight over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination will affect how Georgians cast their ballots. And a couple of streets with old Confederate names got new ones.

WABE political contributor Denis O’Hayer is your host. Joining us again: Brian Robinson, a Republican strategist, and former deputy chief of staff for Governor Nathan Deal. Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson is back, too. He’s a former national southern regional director of the Obama 2012 campaign.

No Paper Ballots for You; Looking for Election Magic; Staring Into the Gulch

While the U.S. Senate was fighting over how to handle allegations against a Supreme Court nominee, here in Georgia there was a court fight on paper–paper ballots, that is.

Meanwhile, the people on the November ballot for governor—which won’t be on paper—tried to figure out which messages will convince voters who haven’t made up their minds already. In Atlanta, the Gulch will stay the Gulch—at least for now, and some state lawmakers go public with their fears that the nuclear power plant expansion has run into a gulch of its own. It’s all on the buffet for this Political Breakfast.

Joining WABE political contributor Denis O’Hayer:  Brian Robinson, a Republican strategist, and former deputy chief of staff for Governor Nathan Deal, and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson, who is a former national southern regional director of the Obama 2012 campaign.

Trump Op-Ed Fallout; Poll Shows Close Race for GA Governor

It’s been another couple of weeks of “we’ve never seen anything like this before” in politics at the local and national levels.

A new book and an anonymous White House official describe President Trump as off the rails, even as he blasts his own attorney general for the indictments of two of his supporters in Congress. More progressives have joined Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in the re-shaping of the national Democratic Party. Federal investigators are demanding travel and expense reports for former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s entire time in office.

So much for the quiet end-of-summer news cycle.

Brian Robinson, a Republican strategist, and former deputy chief of staff for Governor Nathan Deal, and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson, former national southern regional director of the Obama 2012 campaign, join host Denis O’Hayer.

Manafort/Cohen Fallout; Governor’s Race; Airport Takeover? Brian Robinson Returns!

In the coming years, when you catch a flight from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which has been owned by the City of Atlanta, will someone else be in charge?

In fact, “who’s in charge here?” is a pretty good question about a lot of what’s gone on politically in these parts lately.

The two major party candidates for governor accused each other of failing to be in charge of their own finances; a school superintendent appeared to go on a racist rant; Georgia Tech’s president felt compelled to promise he’ll work really, really hard to stop financial abuse at the Institute.

That’s just some of the giant buffet for this edition of the Political Breakfast. And we’ve got the band back together! After weeks of sitting on the sidelines, Brian Robinson is back. He is a Republican strategist, and former deputy chief of staff for Governor Nathan Deal. Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson is on hand, too. He is a former national southern regional director of the Obama 2012 campaign.

Abrams vs. Kemp–It’s On! Plus, Corruption Indictments in DC & ATL

It’s back to school time! And today’s lesson is: Don’t get yourself indicted on corruption charges. We saw that happen to a sitting member of Congress in Washington, D.C.–and to a former top aide in the Reed administration in Atlanta. We’ll look at the local implications from both of those events. Meanwhile, Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp are launching their general election battle; we’ll check out their strategies. And, a stunning story from Pro Publica alleges some Mar-a-Lago friends of President Trump have outsized–and secret–influence in the Veterans Administration. That poses a challenge for Georgia GOP Senator Johnny Isakson, who chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee. In this episode, WABE Political Contributor Denis O’Hayer talks with Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson, former national southern regional director of the Obama 2012 campaign, and Chuck Clay, a former Georgia state senator, and former chairman of the state GOP. He is now with the law firm Hall, Booth, Smith.

November’s General Election Contests, Increased Federal Scrutiny On Atlanta City Hall

After a brief summer hiatus, we’re back! And what a few weeks it’s been.

The primary runoffs have come and gone and November’s general election contests are finally shaping up; the federal corruption investigation into Atlanta City Hall has expanded; the Trump Administration’s trade fights continue to make waves in Georgia. All that and more on this week’s menu.

Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson (@TharonJohnson) and Georgia Republican Party chair Chuck Clay join Denis O’Hayer (@denisohayer) for a wide-ranging political conversation.

Water Wars Roll On, Fight Over Next Supreme Court Justice Ramps Up

Summer has officially started, but the political news hasn’t slowed down one bit!

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to opine on Georgia’s fight over water and rivers with Florida as Justice Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement; with less than a month until the primary runoffs, we check in on the races; and we’ll consider what a surprise primary result in New York could mean for Georgia. All that and more on this week’s menu.

Former Atlanta City Council President, Democrat Cathy Woolard (@CathyWoolard) and former U.S. Congressman, Republican Lynn Westmoreland (@Westmoreland_GA) join Denis O’Hayer (@denisohayer) for a wide-ranging political conversation.

Produced by Sam Whitehead (@sclaudwhitehead).

Secret Recordings Rock GOP Runoff, Cobb County Mulls Big Budget Shortfall

What’s been the fallout from the secret recording of Lieutenant Governor Cagle, one of two candidates left in the Republican primary runoff for governor? A look at that question a week after the tape’s release; Democrats deal with runoffs of their own in the suburbs north of Atlanta; Cobb County tries to resolve a $30 million budget shortfall; and Atlanta could help host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. All that and more on this week’s menu.

Cobb County Democratic Pary Chair Michael Owens and former Georgia Republican Party chair Chuck Clay join Denis O’Hayer (@denisohayer) for a wide-ranging political conversation.

Produced by Sam Whitehead (@sclaudwhitehead).

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