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Get the latest news and analysis from Georgia’s Political Insiders - presented by the AJC’s Politically Georgia team.

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Georgia man center of LGBTQ rights Supreme Court case

10/14/2019
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In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, we have a guest host in Tamar Hallerman, the AJC’s Washington correspondent. AJC Crime and Safety editor Shannon McCaffrey joins Hallerman to discuss an LGBTQ rights case that is in front of the Supreme Court, one of the biggest of the term, that started in Georgia. Hallerman and McCaffrey also briefly talk other court cases along with the biggest stories of the week.

Duration:00:20:52

An exclusive interview with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

10/7/2019
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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday for an interview with the AJC’s editorial board. In this episode of Politically Georgia we share clips from the interview. Host Greg Bluestein and deputy managing editor Leroy Chapman also recap and analyze the many topics Pelosi spoke about, which include impeachment, Georgia’s role in 2020 elections, national investment in Georgia next year, U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, Stacey Abrams, and more.

Duration:00:25:08

What Georgia politicians are saying about the impeachment inquiry

9/30/2019
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In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss the recent impeachment inquiry out of Washington, along with what Georgia lawmakers are saying or not saying about it. Also, the two discuss a recent high-profile online application for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat.

Duration:00:23:52

Who has applied to fill U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat?

9/23/2019
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Likely the biggest question to end 2019 is: Who will Gov. Brian Kemp appoint to fill U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat following his retirement? Last week, Kemp encouraged anyone interested in the job to apply online. Within hours, more than 150 people submitted their resumes. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss the serious applicants who have applied for the position as well as potential Democratic candidates. Bluestein and Hallerman...

Duration:00:29:10

How does Jon Ossoff’s candidacy impact Georgia’s Senate race?

9/17/2019
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In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss the Ossoff’s decision to run against U.S. Sen. David Perdue, the endorsements he’s already received and how his 2017 special election loss can both hurt and help him. The two also discuss why Ossoff decided to challenge Perdue’s seat and not that of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, and Hallerman also gives a glimpse of Isakson’s first week back at work.

Duration:00:20:43

Potential appointees, candidates for Isakson’s seat, and more

9/9/2019
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In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss the potential appointees Gov. Brian Kemp could assign to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat following his retirement as well as potential Democratic challengers. The two also discuss Isakson’s return to the U.S. Capitol and more.

Duration:00:29:33

Isakson's retirement, and what that means for Georgia politics

8/30/2019
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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson announced earlier this week that he will step down from office at the end of 2019. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC editor Shannon McCaffrey share immediate reactions to Isakson's retirement and also dig into Isakson’s career to talk about why he is so well-respected in Georgia politics. The two also discuss how a second Georgia U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2020 impacts both state politics and Georgia's status as a battleground state ahead of the...

Duration:00:26:55

A battle over toxic emissions continues in Georgia

8/26/2019
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Fear and doubt linger still linger over toxic emissions, as a regulatory battle rages in Georgia. In the latest episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, host Greg Bluestein and AJC investigative reporter Scott Trubey discuss the recent controversy involving toxic emissions, after a 2018 EPA report identified three areas in Georgia that showed potential for elevated risk of cancer from ethylene oxide exposure.

Duration:00:20:13

Abrams announcements

8/19/2019
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Last week, former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams announced a national expansion of her voting rights program and said she would not be running for president. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC reporter Tia Mitchell discuss the details of Abrams’ announcements and what they mean for Georgia.

Duration:00:19:55

The intensifying gun debate in Georgia

8/12/2019
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Following two mass shootings, President Donald Trump used a national address to support “red flag” laws, which intensified both a national and local debate over guns. In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss how Georgia officials and 2020 candidates reacted to the idea of “red flag” legislation in Georgia, where residents stand, and how the gun debate may impact Georgia in 2020, from the legislative...

Duration:00:25:55

Political Whiplash: The Resurgent, DSA national convention in ATL

8/5/2019
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On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence headlined an event in Buckhead, where he warned conservatives of the spread of socialism, at the same time the Democratic Socialists of America’s national convention was taking place in downtown Atlanta. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein chats with AJC statehouse reporter Maya T. Prabhu, about what took place at each event and share clips from Pence’s speech and interviews with local DSA members. Bluestein and Prabhu also discuss what these events mean...

Duration:00:14:13

New efforts to block anti-abortion law

7/29/2019
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In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, host Greg Bluestein and and AJC statehouse reporter Maya T. Prabhu provide an update on the anti-abortion law, which includes new efforts to block the legislation from going into effect on January 1. Also, the two discuss how supporters of the law are using it to jumpstart a civil rights debate. Also, Bluestein and AJC reporter Jennifer Brett discuss the situation involving State Rep. Erica Thomas at Publix that drew national attention.

Duration:00:28:19

The growing field looking to challenge Sen. David Perdue, and more

7/22/2019
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Last week was a busy one in Georgia politics. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss Georgia politicians’ response to President Donald Trump’s recent “go back” attacks and provide an update on U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (who has been released from the hospital). Hallerman also provides context on why the moment between U.S. Rep. Doug Collins and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was historic. Bluestein and Hallerman also talk about the...

Duration:00:32:47

Fundraising deadline, Hurricane Michael relief

7/8/2019
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We’ve reached the halfway mark of 2019, but the campaign season feel of 2018 hasn’t gone away. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss what the recent second-quarter fundraising deadline means for some 2020 candidates and why the deadline serves as a test for others. Bluestein and Hallerman also discuss the questions that remain following the recent announcement of relief expected to be given to Georgians affected by Hurricane Michael.

Duration:00:18:29

Lawsuit filed challenging 'heartbeat' law

6/28/2019
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Opponents of Georgia's "heartbeat" law have filed a lawsuit challenging the measure. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC statehouse correspondent Maya T. Prabhu discuss the lawsuit, reactions to the lawsuit and potential strategies opponents may use to stop the law from going into effect.

Duration:00:16:10

Congressional, Senate races; Abrams in Hollywood

6/19/2019
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There are months to go before we reach the qualifying deadline for the 2020 elections, yet the races for Georgia's 7th Congressional district and David Perdue's U.S. Senate seat are already drawing plenty of big names. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss the names entering the races and the issues that may become a part of their campaigns. Bluestein and Hallerman also discuss Stacey Abrams' trip to Hollywood and how it impacts Georgia.

Duration:00:34:02

AJC editor appears before Congress

6/17/2019
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Last week, Kevin Riley, the AJC's top editor, appeared as a witness before Congress. Riley testified about the importance of local journalism, and the impact that social media and large tech companies are having on it. In this episode, Riley shares with host Greg Bluestein the importance of the testimony and local news, how he prepared to appear before Congress and many other tidbits about the experience.

Duration:00:40:26

Presidential candidate visits; disaster relief bill

6/10/2019
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In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss the visits of multiple presidential candidates, the role Georgia will play along the road to 2020 and the disaster relief bill that will allow aid money to flow to Georgia.

Duration:00:31:07

More Hollywood & 'heartbeat' law; Michael Williams guilty plea

6/3/2019
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In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC film and TV reporter Rodney Ho discuss the latest fallout with Hollywood following the signing of Georgia's anti-abortion ‘heartbeat’ bill, including the latest discussion of boycotts from major Hollywood studios and comments from Georgia state officials. Also, Bluestein chats with producer Bria Felicien about former gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams pleading guilty to fraud charges.

Duration:00:28:04

Suspended Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck

5/27/2019
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Host Greg Bluestein and AJC reporter Joshua Sharpe discuss suspended Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck, who was indicted earlier this month with charges of fraud and money laundering. Sharpe, who was in the courtroom for Beck's hearing, and Bluestein, who was at the Georgia GOP convention days later, discuss the charges, the fallout and Beck himself.

Duration:00:23:47