Every Wednesday morning on the Political Breakfast podcast, veteran Atlanta journalist Lisa Rayam, Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson and Republican strategist Brian Robinson deliver Georgia’s best analysis of local politics with a weekly dose of informed, respectful and lively discussion. Scroll down to see the latest episodes.
During Georgia’s state legislative session, Political Breakfast presents the pop-up podcast Gold Dome Scramble every Monday morning as host Lisa Rayam talks with reporters from the WABE newsroom to break things down for our listeners — the issues being considered, and the bills getting sorted through various committees at the Georgia State Capitol. Listen to Gold Dome Scramble below and find out more about it here.
Like the game of chess, some Georgia Senators make the first strategic move to replace Fulton County’s election board with one run by the state. But Democrats may be contemplating moves of their own. Fulton County Commission Chair Robb Pitts and State Senator Brandon Beach are special guests.
More Georgia Republicans are calling for election reform in Fulton County. The ultimate goal is to push out county officials in favor of complete state control. Is this a practical move after the controversial presidential election or potentially a huge bust? Also, how mask mandates may become political fodder on the campaign trail.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms plans to create an office of violence reduction to address rising crime in the city, while Governor Brian Kemp wants Georgia lawmakers to pass anti-crime bills during this fall’s special legislative session.
Georgia governor Brian Kemp announced his reelection campaign, and says he’ll be “running scared and hard.” Is he mainly concerned about the lingering ire of Donald Trump, or potential Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams? And the legal wrangling over Georgia’s new voting laws continues, now that the US Justice Department has sued the state. Plus, two Republican candidates in their 30’s announce plans to challenge Democratic incumbent Lucy McBath in the 6th Congressional district next year. Can they capitalize on a surge of youth voters in Georgia?
The fight over how we vote, when we can vote, and who can vote has only intensified in the half a year since the 2020 elections and the Senate runoffs in Georgia. But to understand how we got here, it’s a good idea to look at those 2020 campaigns again, with fresh eyes and perhaps some information we didn’t have at the time. In a special live broadcast edition—his final one as host of the Political Breakfast—WABE political contributor Denis O’Hayer welcomed a couple of special guests who know a lot about the 2020 campaigns from the inside: former Biden Georgia communications director Jaclyn Rothenberg and veteran Republican strategist Heath Garrett. They joined our regulars: Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.
Many of us in Georgia are moving away from talking about COVID-19, but the nation’s Democratic vice president and Georgia’s Republican governor haven’t finished—though they look at things differently. Meanwhile, a former Atlanta U.S. Attorney is at the center of new revelations about the Trump administration’s efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election. And a former Atlanta city administration’s spending habits are the subject of an audit—just in time for this year’s mayoral race. WABE political contributor Denis O’Hayer gets into it all—and more—with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.
Did someone say, “summer vacation?” Around here, politics will not take a summer vacation. From a governor who faced loud booing from a faction of his own party, to a former Atlanta mayor who wants the job again, to state hearings on Atlanta’s violent crime problem—it’s already a hot summer, with no vacation from politics. WABE political contributor Denis O’Hayer talks it over with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.
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