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.

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).

Republicans Start Gubernatorial Runoff Fight, Democrats Search For Party Unity

Who will come out on top in the Republican gubernatorial primary? A look at that race with still weeks to go before the runoff; Democrats look for some party unity for their unified ticket; Fulton County homeowners cope with a property tax spike; all that and more on this week’s menu.

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

Produced by Sam Whitehead (@sclaudwhitehead).

Primary Races, Atlanta Subpoenas, and Eagle’s Landing

With just days to go before next week’s primary elections, we’ll look at how the race for Georgia governor is shaping up; the fallout from former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s decision to withhold information about a federal subpoena from city council and the public; a major credit rating agency has weighed in on what could happen if voters decide to create the new city of Eagle’s Landing from the city of Stockbridge. All of that and more on this week’s menu.

Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson (@TharonJohnson) 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).

Georgia’s Primary Elections Heat Up

With just a few weeks to go before the May 22nd primary elections, we’ll look at how the races are shaping up; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms addresses the state of the city after a tough first 100 days in office; and time is running out for Governor Nathan Deal to make decisions on which bills to sign or veto. All of that and more on this week’s menu.

Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson (@TharonJohnson) 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).

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