Every Friday morning on the Political Breakfast podcast, veteran Atlanta political reporter Denis O’Hayer, Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson and Republican strategist Brian Robinson deliver Georgia’s best analysis of local politics. Voted among the Top 20 “Political Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021,” Political Breakfast offers a weekly dose of informed, respectful and lively discussion. Scroll down to see the latest episodes.

Throughout the 2021 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.

 

Featured Episode

Atlanta Officer Reinstated; Violent Crime Continues; New Poll for State Leaders

A white Atlanta police officer who killed an African-American man nearly a year ago is reinstated to his job. And another weekend of deadly violence in the city takes the life of yet another young girl. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tries to find answers amid mounting criticisms of her administration. Meanwhile, Georgia Republicans are still heading in different directions when Donald Trump calls to them. WABE political contributor Denis O’Hayer talks it all over with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard, who fills in this time for Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.

Gold Dome Scramble: Crossover Day Edition Where Voting Bills Dominate

Crossover Day in the Georgia legislature is when bills must pass in either the House or the Senate to stay alive. Several controversial voting bills “crossed over”. Host Lisa Rayam talks with WABE politics reporters Emma Hurt and Emil Moffatt about which bills survived and which got cut.

Gold Dome Voting War; Vaccine Distribution Hurdles; Vernon Jordan’s Legacy

While Governor Kemp highlights the opening of new mass COVID-19 vaccination centers and his plans to expand vaccine eligibility, some data analyses put the state at or near the bottom for distributing the vaccines it has on hand. In the legislature, the voting overhaul fight has only gotten more intense, as the state mourns the loss of a native son who became a civil rights giant. And Atlanta’s spike in violent crime gets an unexpected moment of national attention. Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson get into it all with WABE political contributor Denis O’Hayer.

Gold Dome Scramble: Democrats Get Noisy Around Republican Voting Bills

Georgia Democrats have very little power to stop Republican voting bills in the legislature, but they’re leveraging their recent statewide success to try to limit efforts to restrict ballot box access. Host Lisa Rayam talks with WABE politics reporters Emma Hurt and Emil Moffatt about the voting bill fight as well as efforts to legalize sports betting in Georgia.

Voting Bill Battle Rages; Perdue’s Out—Who’s In?

While the state scrambles to address weather-related supply problems with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the pool of people eligible to receive shots is set to expand. Meanwhile, the field of possible Republican Senate candidates for next year is likely to expand a lot after one very significant withdrawal. And, how much will your voting options change? Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson break it down with WABE political contributor Denis O’Hayer.

Gold Dome Scramble: Georgia Needs More Teachers And Gets More Voting Bills

More voting bills are popping up and Governor Brian Kemp tries to get more teachers with incentives. Host Lisa Rayam talks with WABE reporters Martha Dalton, Christopher Alston and Emil Moffatt about these and other bills before the state legislature, including sports betting and allowing home school students to join public school sports teams.

Election’s Over, But Voting Wars Rage On

And you thought the 2020 election battles were brutal. So far, months before the next elections, the 2021 fights are just as ugly—and even more confusing. From Fulton County, to the State Capitol, to inside the state Republican party, the long knives are out. This at a time when the state and the nation struggle to put together a unified battle plan against the COVID-19 pandemic. Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson are back with WABE political contributor Denis O’Hayer.

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