On the record – off the clock.  On the Political Breakfast podcast, 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. Scroll down to see the latest episodes.

Throughout the 2020 state legislative session, Political Breakfast presents Gold Dome Scramble, a pop-up podcast in which 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. They’ll lay out the context and explain what comes next. Episodes will be clear, concise and short — with each lasting less than 15 minutes. Listen to Gold Dome Scramble below and find out more about it here.

 

Featured Episode

COVID Warnings & Mask Decisions; Budget Cuts Go Deep

As Georgia’s COVID-19 case numbers continue to soar, the warnings from public health leaders here continue to darken. But the debate over how best to keep from getting there has intensified—with leaders in some cities publicly confronting Governor Brian Kemp. Meanwhile, the governor and officials at every level in the state try to figure out how to adjust to state budget cuts that will affect us all. WABE political contributor Denis O’Hayer talks it over with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.

Trump’s State Of The Union, The FBI Memo Deepen Political Divides

Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson (@TharonJohnson) and Republican strategist Brian Robinson (@LordTinsdale) join Denis O’Hayer (@denisohayer) for a wide-ranging political conversation.

On the menu this week: how Georgia elected officials should respond to the secret memo prepared by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; a look back at President Trump’s first State of the Union address; Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms shares her vision for Atlanta with a part of the city that didn’t vote for her; and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport continues to be a political football.

Produced by Sam Whitehead (@sclaudwhitehead).

What President Trump’s Falling Approval Ratings Mean For Georgia

Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson (@TharonJohnson) and Republican strategist Brian Robinson (@LordTinsdale) join Denis O’Hayer (@denisohayer) for a wide-ranging political conversation.

On the menu this week: Georgia’s Senators’ different responses to President Trump’s reported comments about Haiti and African nations; how Atlantans think Trump is faring one year into his term; the Georgia Governor’s race heats up on the Democratic side; Atlanta’s new mayor comes into office and reaches a major settlement with the city’s school system; and winter weather strangles operations at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

Produced by Sam Whitehead (@sclaudwhitehead).

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