Political Breakfast from WABE

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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.

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.

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249 episodes

Conversations on gun violence, gang recruitment in wake of Atlantic Station deadly shooting, Warnock versus Walker U.S. Senate race brings more personal attacks

Former Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Tanya Miller reflects on the recent deadly shooting at Atlantic Station that left at least one child dead and several other children injured. Miller joins host Lisa Rayam, and strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson to discuss citywide solutions, youth gun violence and Georgia's loosened gun legislation.     Plus, as Georgia's U.S. Senate race nears its final days of early voting ahead of the runoff election, U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock pounced on his Republican opponent Herschel Walker in an interview with Lisa Rayam on Morning Edition this week.   See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

35m
Nov 30
Donald Trump vying for President (again), the GOP and Dem's strategize ahead of Georgia’s U-S Senate Runoff and no Saturday early voting

Donald Trump's plan to run for President again is resonating with Republican Strategists Brian Robinson and Democratic Strategist Tharon Johnson. Both express MAJOR concerns.  On this edition, The Political Breakfast team ponders:     *How will the Trump announcement impact Georgia's current U.S. Senate race that remains in limbo until a December 6th runoff?   *Will senate candidate Herschel Walker play up or play down his years-long friendship with Trump?   *Can Senator Raphael Warnock's campaign use this as an opportunity to attract disenfranchised republicans?     The Political Breakfast Team also talks about the LACK of Saturday early voting ahead of the U-S Senate runoff.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

27m
Nov 16
U.S. Senate runoff between Raphael Warnock, Herschel Walker, Governor Brian Kemp beats Stacey Abrams, Georgia midterm election results

Political Breakfast goes live as Georgia's midterm election results continue to trickle in. Stacey Abrams lost to GOP incumbent Governor Brian Kemp by about 10 points. What happened with the Abrams campaign? Where does Georgia's Democratic party go from here?  Plus, the U.S. Senate race is likely going into a runoff. With voter fatigue building around the holidays, will that runoff work in one candidate's favor?  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

10m
Nov 09
Raphael Warnock's new Thanksgiving campaign ad, Abortion and Voting Rights dominate Stacey Abrams and Governor Brian Kemp's final debate

U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock has a new Thanksgiving ad – where he shows concern about the very likely possibility that he’s heading into a runoff with GOP challenger Herschel Walker. Both are neck-and-neck in the polls.   Plus, Governor Brian Kemp and Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams clashed over abortion in the final gubernatorial debate on Sunday before the state’s Nov. 8 election. Kemp avoided promising to not sign further abortion restrictions in Georgia – currently a woman can get an abortion up to six weeks into a pregnancy. What influence does this issue truly have over Georgia women voters?   See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

35m
Nov 02
Georgia's abortion law updates, high early voting turnout, Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight lawsuits

Georgia's early voting turnout numbers keep breaking records. We get a temperature check of what issues are driving rural Georgians, women, and people of color to the polls.  Plus, reports that the voting rights non-profit Fair Fight Action -- founded by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams -- spent millions over the last two years on legal fees.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

33m
Oct 26
High-Stakes Debates: Stacey Abrams versus Brian Kemp, Herschel Walker versus Raphael Warnock, Standout Libertarian Shane Hazel

Georgia candidates sparred in some high-stakes debates this week, including the governor's race that features the rematch between Democrat Stacey Abrams against incumbent Republican Brian Kemp. But Republican Strategist Brian Robinson and Democratic Strategist Tharon Johnson also hash out one surprising standout, Libertarian candidate Shane Hazel Plus, a recap of Friday night's debate between U.S. Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Herschel Walker in Savannah. Then we get more on a series of Atlanta Press Club debates moderated by some of WABE's news team.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

45m
Oct 19
Brad Raffensperger, Polling, Debates, Raphael Warnock, Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker’s campaign has been fighting fires the last few weeks but the polls have Walker and Warnock neck-and-neck. A few GOP U.S. Senators travel to Georgia to support Walker as he preps for his first debate against incumbent Raphael Warnock.  Also, how Democrats and Republicans are mobilizing on the ground to seal votes just weeks ahead of the midterm elections. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

38m
Oct 12
Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight, Herschel Walker, Christian Walker

It's been nearly a week since a federal judge ruled that Georgia's election law does not violate voter's constitutional rights. State Republicans are celebrating the win against Fair Fight Action, the voting rights group aligned with gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Will this ruling galvanize voters?  Plus, GOP U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker has made it clear his position on abortion is "no exception." Now Walker is denying reports that he paid for an abortion for his girlfriend in 2009." But the former football star's son -- Christian Walker -- says his father is lying. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

31m
Oct 05
Political Ads, Campaign Ads, Raphael Warnock, Herschel Walker, Georgia Senate Race, Midterms, Elections

The closer we get to the Georgia midterm elections, the more money candidates are throwing into campaign attack ads. You've probably seen or heard them playing in your home, at the airport, at bowling alleys, and even on the homepage of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  It's hard to escape them. So this week on Political Breakfast, we take a closer look at yet another ad involving the high-profile U.S. Senate Race between Republican Herschel Walker and the Incumbent, Democrat Raphael Warnock. Plus, Republicans attack what they call "identity politics." The Atlanta Braves visited the White House this week for a ceremony celebrating the team's 2021 World Series Championship win. The team also faced a question from the Biden Administration over rebranding the Braves, while including more Native American voices in the conversation.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

36m
Sep 28
Bonus Episode: Georgia Votes 2022 from WABE

With fewer than seven weeks left before the mid-term election, WABE presents this bonus episode from our Georgia Votes 2022 podcast. WABE Deputy Managing Editor Susanna Capelouto, Politics Reporters Sam Gringlas and Raul Bali, and Reporter Emma Hurt of Axios break down these final weeks and what to watch. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

20m
Sep 23
Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker, Debates, Polling, Campaign Ads, Campaign Spending, Young Voters

Hundreds of WABE fans joined us for a live broadcast from Georgia State University -- about 7 weeks out from Georgia's midterms. One race that's in a statistical dead heat in the polls is for the U.S. Senate seat between incumbent Raphael Warnock and his GOP challenger, former NFL and University of Georgia football star Herschel Walker.  Plus, the power of negative campaign ads. And what is the real influence of the 18 through 29-year-old voting block?  That’s on this week's episode of Political Breakfast, live from Georgia State University. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1h 6m
Sep 22
Governor Brian Kemp, Student Loan Forgiveness, Stacey Abrams, Polling

What, if any, are the political ramifications of Governor Kemp asking President Biden, to cancel the student loan forgiveness plan just weeks before the election? Plus Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says she's on Kemp's heels, and is closing the gap.   See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

36m
Sep 14
Kemp gets a delay and students get loan forgiveness

A Georgia judge has said Governor Brian Kemp must testify before the Fulton special grand jury, but he can wait until after the November election. Meanwhile some are praising President Biden’s decision to forgive $10,000 in student loans for most borrowers, but others aren’t so sure. In Columbus, Democrats hold a joint campaign event to share their platforms. And we remember Georgia’s former first lady Sandra Deal, who leaves a lasting legacy in the wake of her recent passing. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

34m
Aug 31
Kemp-Willis face off and a dog named "Alvin"

Tensions are high between the offices of Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, as Willis seeks to compel testimony on attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, while Kemp's team says it's a political move. And how effective is a new campaign ad from Herschel Walker calling out Senator Warnock's use of a particular canine in the democrat's last run for office? That and more on this week's episode of political breakfast, available now on your favorite podcast app and at WABE dot org. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

42m
Aug 24
How Black men vote in Georgia could change everything

Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams says she’s working to address the challenges of Black men because if they vote for her like she knows they can, she can win the Georgia Governor’s race… but is it enough to outweigh Governor Brian Kemp’s strong economic message and track record of appointing Black officials? Meanwhile, how will Black voters navigate the racial politics as things get heated between Republican Herschel Walker and Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

41m
Aug 17
Gov Gavin Newsom, Georgia's Film Industry, Atlanta Crime and Mayor Andre Dickens vs. illegal guns.

Political rhetoric or possible reality? California Governor Gavin Newsom wants Georgia's billion-dollar film and TV industry to move to HIS state. Why? Newsom says California is free of controversial, conservative, and restrictive abortion laws like the one active in Georgia.  Martha Zoller http://marthazoller.com/ fills in for Brian Robinson The team also talks about Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens' diligent effort to crack down on illegal guns used to commit a recent rash of violent crimes. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

29m
Aug 10
Music Midtown, Stacey Abrams, and Herschel Walker

What will the political and economic ramifications be after organizers canceled the annual Music Midtown festival, reportedly due to Georgia’s lax gun laws? Will Stacey Abrams be able to build up enough momentum in the governor’s race ahead of November to overcome a gap in the polls? And what does it mean that one commentator said Herschel Walker is ‘what Republicans want from their Negroes?’ Saba Long fills in for Tharon Johnson to discuss that and more, on this week’s episode of Political Breakfast. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

39m
Aug 03
Fulton probe heats up & Walker teases debate with Warnock

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is finding out which high-profile GOP lawmakers she can, and cannot, subpoena as part of the grand jury investigation into attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. And senate candidate Herschel Walker has not confirmed whether he will participate in the October 16, Atlanta Press Club debate with incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock, but he says he’s ready and working out the details. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

40m
Jul 27
GA’s District 14, Lt. Governor’s race, and the 2020 Election Investigation

Money is pouring into Georgia ahead of the November general election, but is it going where it’s most needed? What chance does a Democrat have at unseating Marjorie Taylor Greene, and how would Charlie Bailey lead a Republican-majority state senate if elected Lieutenant Governor? These questions, and an update on Fulton County special grand jury investigation, on this week’s episode of Political Breakfast. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

38m
Jul 20
Georgia Advocates on Both Sides of the Abortion Issue Find Middle Ground

As the debate over abortion remains top of mind for many Georgia voters, advocates on either side of the issue are rallying their base, but also trying to find ways to best help women in the state. Former Planned Parenthood president and CEO Staci Fox and Georgia Life Alliance Leadership Director Elizabeth Reed join Political Breakfast to discuss how their supporters are receiving the news and how the organizations are responding. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

32m
Jul 13
A Post-Roe V. Wade Georgia

Now that the Supreme Court has rolled back Roe V. Wade and sent the decision back to the states, will it galvanize Democrats and how will Republicans push back? Conservative commentator Martha Zoller fills in for Brian Robinson to give her analysis of how each side arrived at this point, as well as to discuss last week’s runoff elections. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

38m
Jun 29
Timing may be everything: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger testifies at the House Select Committee hearing regarding the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Will this appearance boost this re-election campaign?

   The Political Breakfast Team talks about Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's re-election campaign. His appearance before the US House Select Committee investigating the insurrection at the Capitol launched him front and center, just months ahead of the November general election. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

35m
Jun 22
Think before you speak: Some Georgia candidates running for office are getting scrutinized for what they say and how they say it.

Strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson don't hold back when analyzing comments made by some of the high-profile candidates running for office.    Democratic candidate for Governor, Stacey Abrams and Republican candidate for Senate, Herchel Walker are some of those being called on to explain certain statements made on and off the campaign trail.  The team also discusses the U.S. House Select Committee hearings on the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and how all the Georgia connections help paint a clearer picture as to what unfolded that day. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

31m
Jun 15
Democratic Candidates for Secretary of State Prepare for Runoff

State Rep. Bee Nguyen and former State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler joined Political Breakfast a day after taking the debate stage to make their case to voters. With two weeks left until the primary runoff, they both took shots at Republican opponent incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as they tried to set themselves apart. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

35m
Jun 08
Who's More Likable, Walker or Warnock?

With the primary over and the runoff still a few weeks away, the candidates at the top of the ticket are already gearing up for the November general election. How will strategies change now that the candidates know their opponents and must appeal to a broader voter base? Will Herschel Walker be driven to speak up more? Will Warnock emulate his winning strategy from 2020? And what does Gov. Brian Kemp's sizeable margin of victory mean for the Georgia GOP? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

28m
Jun 01
Political Breakfast LIVE After the Primary

Georgia’s primary election saw wins for several frontrunners, including incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp, fellow Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Democratic Congresswoman Lucy McBath. But many Trump-backed candidates didn’t fare well against their Republican opponents, with Herschel Walker the only big name remaining with the former president’s endorsement. On this live episode, we look at how the primary wins and losses set up both parties to do in the general election. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

16m
May 25
Buffalo Mass Shooting and One Week Until Primary

**DISCLAIMER**: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS LANGUAGE SOME MAY NOT FIND SUITABLE FOR ALL LISTENERS. As the country is still reeling from the racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, people on both sides of the aisle are processing how to think about this latest tragedy. Meanwhile early voting numbers in the final week before the primary reveal thousands who previously cast Democratic ballots are voting in the Republican primary. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

26m
May 18
Gearing Up for the Primary

With less than two weeks to go before the Republican primary for Georgia governor, former U-S Senator David Perdue is lagging far behind incumbent Governor Brian Kemp in fundraising and spending. Will he be able to force Kemp into a runoff? And they're both behind Democratic fundraising powerhouse Stacey Abrams as she uses an uncontested primary to prepare for what's sure to be a tight general election. Lastly, how much is the fight over Roe versus Wade likely to come up during this election season? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

14m
May 11
Early Voting, Roe v. Wade, and DeKalb Schools

How will the U.S. Supreme Court's potential decision overturning legalized abortions in many states affect the upcoming elections as early voting gets underway? And what drove the DeKalb School Board to abruptly fire former Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

36m
May 04
Political Breakfast LIVE - Post-Debate Analysis

False claims of voter fraud loomed large in the first of three debates between Governor Brian Kemp and former U.S. Senator David Perdue leading up to the highly contentious Republican gubernatorial primary to decide who will face the presumptive Democratic nominee, Stacey Abrams. Political Breakfast hosts a live on-air edition to go over the takeaways.  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

9m
Apr 27