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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.

 

Featured Episode

Redistricting: The Democrats’ Dilemma: Dr. Charles Bullock’s take on Redistricting

Georgia’s legislature is about to hold a special session to redraw district boundaries, and that could affect who goes to Capitol Hill or the Georgia State Capitol. Dr. Charles Bullock, the Richard B. Russell Chair in Political Science at UGA, joins Lisa, Tharon and Brian to discuss the redistricting process. Republicans control the process and Democrats are already crying foul. Plus, hear what Dr. Bullock thinks about UGA alumni Herschel Walker’s run for U.S. Senate.

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The Turnaround Expert: Dekalb CEO Michael Thurmond

Many call him the Turnaround Expert. Dekalb CEO Michael Thurmond talks with Lisa, Brian and Tharon about boosting the county’s Covid 19 vaccination rates by offering incentives. And the CEO reacts to Governor Brian Kemp’s latest order protecting businesses from enforcing mask restrictions. Also, a look at former UGA star Herschel Walker’s recent move to Buckhead and why that may indicate he’s running for U-S Senate.

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Brad Raffensperger vs. The Trump Card

Is Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger getting “Trumped” by the former president during his run for reelection? There are hurdles in the way, many put in place by his own Republican Party. What is Raffensperger’s strategy for clearing those obstacles? Plus, the Buckhead City movement. A new poll suggests there’s strong support for the General Assembly to put the creation of a new Buckhead City up for a vote on the November 2022 ballot.

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Polling, Politics, And The Undecided

Atlantans are soon to elect a new mayor BUT a recent poll shows many are still undecided. And Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker emerges as the possible GOP candidate to challenge Raphael Warnock’s Senate seat, even though the former Georgia Bulldogs star hasn’t declared a run or said a word. Plus, Georgia State Representative and candidate for Secretary of State Bee Nguyen joins as a special guest to weigh in on hate crimes, infrastructure, and gerrymandering.

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Lawmakers Play Chess With Fulton County Elections

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.

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GOP Targets Fulton County Elections

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.

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