political breakfast

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.

 

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Mcbath and Perdue strategize for future runs

Hours after state lawmakers sent the newly approved GOP-favored district maps to Governor Brian Kemp’s desk for signature, 6th District Congresswoman Lucy McBath proclaimed that she “refuses to stand down” and announced a run for the newly created Democratic District 7. McBath vows to fight Republicans every step of the way.

In addition, a new GOP poll suggests Governor Brian Kemp would be in trouble in a Republican primary should former Senator David Perdue decide to run. When pollsters presented Perdue as a candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump, he jumped ahead of Kemp 41-to-34 percent.

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Andre Dickens for Atlanta Mayor

Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Andre Dickens shares his views on crime, affordable housing and the proposed Buckhead City movement. He says his stance on all three issues is what sets him apart from his opponent, Council President Felicia Moore. Dickens also breaks down why serving as the city’s CEO would allow him to foster unity across party lines. Also, Governor Kemp launches a new television ad that’s one minute long. Some wonder if he jumped the gun, long before the gubernatorial election by reacting to the rumblings that another GOP may soon enter the race—former U.S. Senator David Perdue.

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Felicia Moore for Atlanta Mayor

The Atlanta Mayoral runoff is just weeks away and candidate Felicia Moore stops by Political Breakfast to share what makes her stand out from her opponent, Andre Dickens. Moore talks about crime and how a key component to getting the rising rates under control is to show officers some appreciation. In addition, she talks about the City of Buckhead movement. Moore did especially well in the affluent suburb in the municipal election, but although she plans to be tough on the crime that’s worrying residents, she says she won’t support cityhood. In addition, the Political Breakfast team pays homage to the voice for Veterans everywhere, Max Cleland. Cleland was a former State and US senator for Georgia as well as former head of the Veteran’s Administration.

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Live Election Wrap

Atlanta’s mayoral race was THE closely watched race. 14 candidates in all, yet only three landed near the top. Just two make it into the November 30 runoff. What direction did the undecideds move in when they finally made it to the polls? Also, State lawmakers tackle redistricting. It stands to be a contentious fight that will likely end up in court.

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Political scramble: Baseball, Reed and the NAACP

The President of the Atlanta NAACP apologizes for publicly renouncing Kasim Reed for Mayor. This is after the National President cried foul and ordered Richard Rose to retract his statements. Also, some say Governor Brian Kemp played politics with the World Series. Did he use the Braves shining moment to revisit the state’s new voting law and spin why Georgia missed out on the All Star Game?

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Stacey Abrams visits Virginia

Stacey Abrams campaigns for a fellow Democrat running for Governor in Virginia. While there, she tells a crowd she wasn’t in a position to “inherit” the Governor’s job in Georgia.  That comment alone has some wondering IF she will announce another run for the job soon or is she implying that ship has sailed. In addition, Charlie Bailey is running for Attorney General. He stops by to talk about his campaign, the Ahmaud Arbery case , the controversial new voting law and the heartbeat bill.

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