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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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Episodes

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

Georgia's 'heartbeat' bill & Hollywood

5/20/2019
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Many actors, directors and producers who make films in Georgia threatened to boycott the state following the signing of Georgia's anti-abortion "heartbeat" bill. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC reporter/editor Jennifer Brett give insight into Georgia's relationship with Hollywood and discuss how the signing of the "heartbeat" could affect the relationship.

Duration:00:18:52

Georgia's anti-abortion 'heartbeat' law

5/7/2019
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Host Greg Bluestein and AJC statehouse reporter Maya T. Prabhu were inside Gov. Brian Kemp's ceremonial office as he signed Georgia's anti-abortion 'heartbeat' bill into law. In this episode, Bluestein and Prabhu discuss the signing, the details of the law itself and what's next for the legislation. You'll also hear from both supporters and opponents of the law who were at the State Capitol on Tuesday.

Duration:00:18:40

Stacey Abrams’ decision; Georgia’s U.S. Senate race

4/30/2019
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Stacey Abrams said she will not challenge Georgia Sen. David Perdue and run for U.S. Senate in 2020. In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC government reporter Tia Mitchell discuss Abrams' decision, what’s next for the former gubernatorial candidate and how her decision impacts Georgia's Senate race moving forward.

Duration:00:25:34

Analyzing poll results

4/29/2019
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Host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss and analyze the results of an April 2019 poll of Georgia voters.

Duration:00:15:29

Campaign donations; Cory Booker’s visit

4/22/2019
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Host Greg Bluestein and AJC Washington correspondent Tamar Hallerman discuss the big and small donations already coming into Georgia’s top 2020 congressional races. Plus, the two chat about presidential candidate Cory Booker’s visit to Atlanta and their interview with the New Jersey senator.

Duration:00:20:37

2019 Session Recap

4/8/2019
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In this episode, host Greg Bluestein and AJC Political Insider Jim Galloway recap Georgia's 2019 legislative session and give an update on one of the top races for 2020.

Duration:00:23:44

Inside the last week of the legislative session

4/1/2019
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Host Greg Bluestein takes you inside the Capitol with his dispatches from the last full week of Georgia’s 2019 legislative session (March 25-29). The week was busy, with lawmakers looking to pass major bills ahead of Sine Die on Tuesday, April 2.

Duration:00:18:03

Gwinnett’s failed MARTA referendum

3/25/2019
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Host Greg Bluestein and AJC reporter Amanda Coyne discuss and analyze Gwinnett’s failed MARTA referendum.

Duration:00:14:09

Latest: Georgia’s airport, abortion and voting machines bills

3/18/2019
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Host Greg Bluestein spoke with AJC reporters Kelly Yamanouchi, Mark Niesse and Maya T. Prabhu about three major pieces of legislation and their likelihood of passing before the end of the legislative session.

Duration:00:29:29

One year later: The Politically Georgia podcast

3/11/2019
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Today, we’re celebrating one year of the Politically Georgia podcast! In this episode, host Greg Bluestein looks back at the last year in Georgia politics as heard on this podcast.

Duration:00:10:54

The latest from the legislative session

3/4/2019
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In this episode, host Greg Bluestein takes a call from AJC veteran Jim Galloway, and the two catch up on the latest news from Georgia’s 2019 legislative session. Bluestein and Galloway chat about the return of social legislation, the latest proposals for gambling in Georgia and a state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and the fallout following an AJC-WSB investigation involving House Speaker David Ralston.

Duration:00:21:31

The upcoming MARTA vote

2/25/2019
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Host Greg Bluestein and the AJC's Gwinnett reporter Tyler Estep discuss everything you need to know – from the history to the logistics and politics – about Gwinnett County's historic transit referendum on March 19.

Duration:00:20:36

An AJC-WSB investigation; Kemp's Patients First Act

2/18/2019
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Host Greg Bluestein speaks with AJC investigative reporter Johnny Edwards about the recent AJC and WSB investigation that found that Georgia House Speaker David Ralston "appears to be misusing the power of his public office to benefit his private law practice." AJC health reporter Ariel Hart returned to the show to discuss Gov. Brian Kemp's recently unveiled Patients First Act.

Duration:00:30:16