Vaccine Rally, Medicaid Expansion, Capitol Riot

Many of us in Georgia are moving away from talking about COVID-19, but the nation's Democratic vice president and Georgia's Republican governor haven't finished—though they look at things differently. Meanwhile, a former Atlanta U.S. Attorney is at the center of new revelations about the Trump administration's efforts to overturn Georgia's 2020 election. And a former Atlanta city administration's spending habits are the subject of an audit—just in time for this year's mayoral race. WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer gets into it all—and more—with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.

GOP Convention Fallout; Kasim Reed Returns

Did someone say, "summer vacation?" Around here, politics will not take a summer vacation. From a governor who faced loud booing from a faction of his own party, to a former Atlanta mayor who wants the job again, to state hearings on Atlanta's violent crime problem—it's already a hot summer, with no vacation from politics. WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer talks it over with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.

Take Me Out to the Lawsuit

The fight in Congress over a national voting rights bill intensifies in Washington, with Georgia as one of the main exhibits. Meanwhile, right here, lawsuits are flying on both sides. Looking to the elections this year and next, one familiar name could end up in a new contest, while another talks about why she passed up a bid for another term. And Georgia's COVID-19 restrictions continue to disappear, but the fight over the state's response will continue for a long time. WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer digs into all of it with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.

A Year After George Floyd's Death, Racial Reckoning Continues in Georgia

It has now been one year since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. And the often-heated debates about race continue, around the nation and here in Georgia: from a decision on changes to the Stone Mountain memorial, to arguments about critical race theory, to votes on how to respond to the killings of Asian-Americans here in Atlanta, to the increasing furor over a Georgia congresswoman's remarks on the Holocaust. WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer talks it over with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist and former congressional candidate Nabilah Islam, who's filling in for Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.

A Year After George Floyd's Death, Racial Reckoning Continues in Georgia

2022 Candidates Launch Campaigns, Even Before Some 2021 Hopefuls Decide

We've now got two election years rolled into just one. Republican governor Brian Kemp launched his re-election campaign; so did GOP secretary of state Brad Raffensperger. Meanwhile, Republican lieutenant governor Geoff Duncan opened a scramble for his job, when he said he won't run again; he'll be working to build a GOP not tied to Donald Trump. And more candidates jumped into this fall's race to succeed Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, even as she confronted another weekend of deadly violence. WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer gets into it all with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and former Cobb County Democratic chairman Michael Owens, who's filling in for Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.

Behind Atlanta Mayor's Decision—and a Familiar Possible Candidate

While some Georgians rushed to the gas pumps, folks in Atlanta politics were scrambling to figure out what happens, now that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has decided not to run again this fall. Among those mulling it over: a name familiar to Political Breakfast listeners. Meanwhile, Governor Kemp signs a bunch of bills that will probably be part of next year's elections. And one candidate's decision about next year could affect a lot of others. WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer talks it all over with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson.

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.

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

Biden Celebrates Day 100 in Georgia; Big GOP Names Missing for Senate

Of all the places he could have gone, President Joe Biden chose Georgia to visit as he marked his 100th day in office. But it wasn't because of our lovely spring weather. Meanwhile, Georgia Republicans continue to wonder about possible challengers to new Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock. And there are now Federal hate crime charges against the three suspects in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick. Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson give their insights on all of it, with WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer.

Policing After Chauvin; GA Voting War Fought in DC

The guilty verdicts for Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd produced a lot of relief in Georgia, but they re-opened the debate about police reform in the state. Meanwhile, after postponing for a while, faith leaders re-opened their call for a boycott of The Home Depot over Georgia's new voting law—and the Governor fired back in a hurry. And the state's effort to track Coronavirus cases might get some much-needed new momentum, with help from Uncle Sam. Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson are back, with WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer.

Voting Law, A Hollywood Ending, and an Eternal Election Season

The top U.S. Senate Republican told the corporate community to stay out of politics—something in which it's been involved for eons—but some of Georgia's big corporations are still walking a tightrope over Georgia's new voting law, even as a big movie star pulls his new production out of here. The state's GOP governor thunders at the law's opponents, and gets a standing ovation from one county's Republicans, but that's not good enough for party leaders in two others, who censured him anyway. A couple of Democrats are already facing off for the chance to challenge the Republican attorney general. And a big Korean company praises the Republican governor and a new Democratic senator their roles in a deal to save a big Georgia factory. Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson sort through it all with WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer.

Live Special: House Speaker David Ralston & Senate Democratic Leader Gloria Butler

In most years, the final gavel in the Georgia Legislature means at least a brief period of calm, and a chance to figure out how all those bills will affect everyone. But this year, things just got noisier—with the loss of baseball's All-Star Game over the new voting law, and even fierce disagreements about what that law says. This special edition, which was broadcast live on 90.1 WABE and on Facebook, features our regulars: WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer, Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson and Republican strategist Brian Robinson. They analyze the escalating clash, with a couple of guests: Republican House Speaker David Ralston, and Senate Democratic Leader Gloria Butler.

Live Special: House Speaker David Ralston & Senate Democratic Leader Gloria Butler

GOP vs. CEOs Over Georgia's Voting Law

On the final day of this year's legislative session in Georgia, major companies like Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola, and others blasted the state's new voting law, after it had already been passed and signed. Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson join WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer to sift through the debris of "Sine Die" —with some help from WABE political reporter Emma Hurt. They also got into the Governor's decision to lift most of the state's Coronavirus restrictions, and the State of the City address by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Gold Dome Scramble: Post Georgia Legislative Session Live Event

The 2021 General Assembly finished, but not before passing a controversial voting law, a state budget and a lot of other bills. In this virtual live event Host Lisa Rayam is joined by politics reporters Emma Hurt and Emil Moffatt as well as education reporter Martha Dalton, environment reporter Molly Samuel and health reporter Sam Whitehead. They also take audience questions.

Gold Dome Scramble: Controversial Voting Bill Sparks Lawsuit

A controversial voting bill sparks at least one lawsuit in the final days of the 2021 Georgia legislative session. Host Lisa Rayam talks with WABE politics reporters Emma Hurt and Emil Moffatt about the fallout and about other bills that are still awaiting action this week including the state budget and police funding.

Gold Dome Crunch Time for Voting Bills and a Bunch of Others

It was the announcement many Georgians had been anticipating for months: every adult in the state can now get a COVID-19 vaccine. Now, if only Georgia can do as well as other states in getting the available shots into people's arms. Meanwhile, the pre-adjournment frenzy is on under the Gold Dome as lawmakers battle over several key issues—including sports betting, citizens' arrest, and a response to the recent mass killing in Atlanta. Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson get into it all with WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer.

Gold Dome Scramble: New Voting Bill And The Medicaid Expansion Dilemma

Georgia Lawmakers will consider yet another voting bill this week and as the legislative session winds down a lucrative federal Medicaid expansion proposal is too large to ignore. Host Lisa Rayam talks with WABE politics reporter Emil Moffatt and politics editor Susanna Capelouto about these proposals and other important bills still in play in the 2021 session.

Aftermath of a Mass Killing; Corporations Weigh In on Voting

Georgia political leaders, already engaged in fights with each other over voting—and sometimes together against a deadly virus—are confronted with another foe that has often gone unseen: the rise in harassment and violence against Asian-Americans, here in Georgia and around the nation. While investigators work to determine the individual motive that drove a man who killed eight people, the wider problem remains. Republican strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson are back with WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer.

Gold Dome Scramble: Restrictive Voting Bills Worry Business Community

As controversial voting bills await more action in the legislature, Georgia's business community is expressing concern. Host Lisa Rayam talks with WABE politics reporter Emma Hurt and education reporter Martha Dalton. They're also discussing the fate of controversial school voucher proposals that would use state funds to help pay tuition at private schools.

One More Donald Trump Recording; One More Voting Battle

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a pandemic, Georgia is finally seeing signs of spring in more ways than one. The pool of Georgians eligible for a coronavirus vaccine is expanding, case numbers are dropping and so are the numbers of deaths. But the all-out war at the State Capitol over voting bills is only intensifying. And the voice of the man who pushed those efforts—former president Donald Trump—has returned, in yet another recording of him applying pressure to state officials after the November election. WABE political contributor Denis O'Hayer sorts through it all with Republican strategist Brian Robinson and former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard, filling in for Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson on this edition.

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 Voting War; Vaccine Distribution Hurdles; Vernon Jordan's Legacy

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.

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