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Homestretch in Governor's Race; No 2nd Airport Yet; No Gulch Deal Yet, Either

10/19/2018
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It’s getting toward the end of October; scary people will soon be knocking at your door--and then there are the trick-or-treaters! Yes, the political campaigns have launched their ground games, with volunteers trying to visit as many homes as possible--perhaps even yours. But, with polls showing a neck-and-neck race for governor, what else will it take to win? That question--and a lot more--are on the menu for another Political Breakfast! Our regulars, Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson,...

Duration:00:36:29

Neck-and-Neck for Governor; the Gulch; Hipsters Flock to ATL!

10/5/2018
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From the number 14 hipster city in the United States, it's an oh-so-hip edition of the Political Breakfast! According to new polling, the Georgia governor’s race remains virtually tied, while outside help pours in to both major party candidates. We’ll check to see if the fight over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination will affect how Georgians cast their ballots. And a couple of streets with old Confederate names got new ones. WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer is your...

Duration:00:41:56

No Paper Ballots for You; Looking for Election Magic; Staring Into the Gulch

9/21/2018
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While the U.S. Senate was fighting over how to handle allegations against a Supreme Court nominee, here in Georgia there was a court fight on paper--paper ballots, that is. Meanwhile, the people on the November ballot for governor—which won’t be on paper—tried to figure out which messages will convince voters who haven’t made up their minds already. In Atlanta, the Gulch will stay the Gulch—at least for now, and some state lawmakers go public with their fears that the nuclear power plant...

Duration:00:34:29

Trump Op-Ed Fallout; Poll Shows Close Race for GA Governor

9/7/2018
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It’s been another couple of weeks of “we’ve never seen anything like this before” in politics at the local and national levels. A new book and an anonymous White House official describe President Trump as off the rails, even as he blasts his own attorney general for the indictments of two of his supporters in Congress. More progressives have joined Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in the re-shaping of the national Democratic Party. Federal investigators are demanding...

Duration:00:44:07

Manafort/Cohen Fallout; Governor's Race; Airport Takeover? Brian Robinson Returns!

8/24/2018
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In the coming years, when you catch a flight from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which has been owned by the City of Atlanta, will someone else be in charge? In fact, “who’s in charge here?” is a pretty good question about a lot of what’s gone on politically in these parts lately. The two major party candidates for governor accused each other of failing to be in charge of their own finances; a school superintendent appeared to go on a racist rant; Georgia Tech’s president felt...

Duration:00:50:55

Abrams vs. Kemp--It's On! Plus, Corruption Indictments in DC & ATL

8/10/2018
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It's back to school time! And today's lesson is: Don't get yourself indicted on corruption charges. We saw that happen to a sitting member of Congress in Washington, D.C.--and to a former top aide in the Reed administration in Atlanta. We'll look at the local implications from both of those events. Meanwhile, Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp are launching their general election battle; we'll check out their strategies. And, a stunning story from Pro Publica alleges some Mar-a-Lago friends of...

Duration:00:35:11

November's General Election Contests, Increased Federal Scrutiny On Atlanta City Hall

7/27/2018
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After a brief summer hiatus, we’re back! And what a few weeks it’s been. The primary runoffs have come and gone and November’s general election contests are finally shaping up; the federal corruption investigation into Atlanta City Hall has expanded; the Trump Administration's trade fights continue to make waves in Georgia. All that and more on this week's menu. Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson (@TharonJohnson) and Georgia Republican Party chair Chuck Clay join Denis O'Hayer...

Duration:00:37:19

Water Wars Roll On, Fight Over Next Supreme Court Justice Ramps Up

6/29/2018
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Summer has officially started, but the political news hasn’t slowed down one bit! The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to opine on Georgia’s fight over water and rivers with Florida as Justice Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement; with less than a month until the primary runoffs, we check in on the races; and we’ll consider what a surprise primary result in New York could mean for Georgia. All that and more on this week's menu. Former Atlanta City Council President, Democrat Cathy...

Duration:00:36:42

Secret Recordings Rock GOP Runoff, Cobb County Mulls Big Budget Shortfall

6/15/2018
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What's been the fallout from the secret recording of Lieutenant Governor Cagle, one of two candidates left in the Republican primary runoff for governor? A look at that question a week after the tape's release; Democrats deal with runoffs of their own in the suburbs north of Atlanta; Cobb County tries to resolve a $30 million budget shortfall; and Atlanta could help host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. All that and more on this week's menu. Cobb County Democratic Pary Chair Michael Owens and...

Duration:00:43:43

Republicans Start Gubernatorial Runoff Fight, Democrats Search For Party Unity

6/1/2018
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Who will come out on top in the Republican gubernatorial primary? A look at that race with still weeks to go before the runoff; Democrats look for some party unity for their unified ticket; Fulton County homeowners cope with a property tax spike; all that and more on this week's menu. Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson (@TharonJohnson) and former Georgia Republican Party chair Chuck Clay join Denis O'Hayer (@denisohayer) for a wide-ranging political conversation. Produced by Sam...

Duration:00:32:29

Primary Races, Atlanta Subpoenas, and Eagle's Landing

5/18/2018
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With just days to go before next week’s primary elections, we’ll look at how the race for Georgia governor is shaping up; the fallout from former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's decision to withhold information about a federal subpoena from city council and the public; a major credit rating agency has weighed in on what could happen if voters decide to create the new city of Eagle's Landing from the city of Stockbridge. All of that and more on this week's menu. Democratic strategist Tharon...

Duration:00:39:45

Georgia's Primary Elections Heat Up

5/4/2018
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With just a few weeks to go before the May 22nd primary elections, we’ll look at how the races are shaping up; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms addresses the state of the city after a tough first 100 days in office; and time is running out for Governor Nathan Deal to make decisions on which bills to sign or veto. All of that and more on this week's menu. Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson (@TharonJohnson) and former U.S. Congressman, Republican Lynn Westmoreland (@Westmoreland_GA) join...

Duration:00:41:30

Extra Helping: Republican Marc Urbach

5/1/2018
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UPDATE: In the time since this interview was recorded, Marc Urbach announced he'd ended his campaign. This is it! The final interview in our series of conversations with all the major party candidates running in contested races for Georgia governor in the May 22nd primary elections. Republican Marc Urbach is an historical writer and speaker who lives in Dunwoody. He’s a former public school teacher in Gwinnett County and ran for president in 2016 as a write-in candidate. Check the feed...

Duration:00:37:50

Extra Helping: Republican Hunter Hill

4/26/2018
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We're just under a month away from the May 22nd primary elections! This bonus episode of Political Breakfast continues our series of interviews with all the major party candidates for Georgia governor running in those elections. Republican Hunter Hill is a former state senator and was elected to represent a district in Fulton and Cobb counties in 2012. He resigned to run for governor last year and currently heads a leadership development company. Check the feed Wednesdays and Fridays in...

Duration:00:37:07

Extra Helping: Republican Clay Tippens

4/24/2018
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November's midterm elections are months away, but the primary elections are right around the corner. This bonus episode of Political Breakfast continues our series of interviews with all the major party candidates for Georgia governor running in the May 22nd primaries. Republican Clay Tippens a former Navy SEAL and tech company executive. Check the feed Wednesdays and Fridays in the weeks leading up to the primaries for more interviews. Produced by Sam Whitehead (@sclaudwhitehead).

Duration:00:36:20

Extra Helping: Republican Michael Williams

4/19/2018
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There are a lot of candidates vying to win their party's nomination to run for Georgia governor. This bonus episode of Political Breakfast continues our series of interviews with all the major party candidates in competitive races for that office in the May 22nd primaries. Republican Michael Williams is a certified public accountant and has represented a district in Forsyth County in the state senate for the past four years. Check the feed Wednesdays and Fridays in the weeks leading up to...

Duration:00:38:00

Extra Helping: Republican Casey Cagle

4/17/2018
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There's just over a month left until the May 22nd primary elections. This bonus episode of Political Breakfast continues our series of interviews with all the major party candidates for Georgia governor in those elections. Republican Casey Cagle was elected as lieutenant governor in 2006. Prior to that he was a state senator from the Gainesville area for 12 years. Check the feed Wednesdays and Fridays in the weeks leading up to the primaries for more interviews. Produced by Sam Whitehead...

Duration:00:37:46

100 Days In, Atlanta Mayor Shakes Up Cabinet

4/13/2018
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is shaking up her cabinet as she closes out her first 100 days in office; Governor Nathan Deal considers a bill that could change how new cities are created; what will Georgia's next governor do about Medicaid expansion? All of that and more on this week's menu. Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson (@TharonJohnson) and Republican strategist Brian Robinson (@LordTinsdale) join Denis O'Hayer (@denisohayer) for a wide-ranging political conversation. Taped in...

Duration:00:39:18

Extra Helping: Republican Brian Kemp

4/10/2018
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Now, it's time for the Republicans! This bonus episode of Political Breakfast continues our series of interviews with all the major party candidates for Georgia governor running in the May 22nd primaries. Republican Brian Kemp has been Georgia’s Secretary of State for the past eight years. Prior to that he served four years in the state senate representing a district in the Athens area. Check the feed Wednesdays and Fridays in the weeks leading up to the primaries for more...

Duration:00:36:44

Extra Helping: Democrat Stacey Evans

4/5/2018
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It's primary time! On May 22nd, Georgians will go to the polls to pick the candidates running for governor. This bonus episode of Political Breakfast continues our series of interviews with all the major party candidates. Democrat Stacey Evans is a former state representative from Cobb County, first elected in 2010. She is an attorney who has done much of her work in business litigation. Check the feed Wednesdays and Fridays in the weeks leading up to the primaries for more...

Duration:00:37:13