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Every Tuesday and Thursday 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 Friday morning as host Lisa Rayam talks with reporters Sam Gringlas and Rahul Bali 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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Every Tuesday and Thursday 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 Friday morning as host Lisa Rayam talks with reporters Sam Gringlas and Rahul Bali 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.

    Plugged In: How LGBTQ voters could shape the upcoming presidential election

    Plugged In: How LGBTQ voters could shape the upcoming presidential election

    WABE politics reporter Sam Gringlas and guest host Patrick Saunders – WABE’s Supervising Digital Editor – discuss the LGBTQ community and how they fit into the upcoming presidential election.

    • 19 min
    Plugged In: New law could help third party, independent presidential candidates get on the GA ballot

    Plugged In: New law could help third party, independent presidential candidates get on the GA ballot

    Thanks to a new law, SB 189, it could be easier for third party and independent presidential candidates to make it onto Georgia ballots.

    • 19 min
    MARTA says its moving ahead with massive Five Points station overhaul despite Mayor Andre Dickens' concerns, Democrats want to campaign on reproductive rights ahead of November

    MARTA says its moving ahead with massive Five Points station overhaul despite Mayor Andre Dickens' concerns, Democrats want to campaign on reproductive rights ahead of November

    On this week's second serving of Political Breakfast, MARTA says it’s committed to moving forward with a 230 million dollar renovation of the Five Points station in downtown Atlanta.

    Mayor Andre Dickens wanted MARTA to pause the overhaul. 

    The Political Breakfast team addresses the Mayor's concerns about what turned up in a recent audit.

    Plus, ahead of November former Georgia Sen. Jen Jordan is advising Democrats to talk non-stop about contraception and reproductive rights.

    Is campaigning on that issue a winning strategy for Democrats? 

    Democratic Strategist Tharon Johnson, Republican Strategist Brian Robinson and host Lisa Rayam weigh-in.

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    • 20 min
    The aftermath of the Atlanta water crisis one-week later, antics of a GOP Congressional candidate on and off the debate stage

    The aftermath of the Atlanta water crisis one-week later, antics of a GOP Congressional candidate on and off the debate stage

    On today's Political Breakfast, all the talk about Atlanta's recent water crisis fails to wane. Residents and business owners still have lots of questions.

    Host Lisa Rayam, Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson and Republican strategist Brian Robinson tackle the biggest question: How could the water crisis help or hurt Mayor Andre Dickens politically?

    Plus, the team addresses "debate stage etiquette." This after Georgia Congressional candidate Chuck Hand, who served prison time for taking part in the January 6th U.S. Capitol riot, decided to walk out of an Atlanta Press Club forum.

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    • 24 min
    Plugged In: Atlanta water woes highlight city leadership, aging infrastructure

    Plugged In: Atlanta water woes highlight city leadership, aging infrastructure

    Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens is known for being a mayor who seems to be everywhere. But this week, he’s facing criticism over his being absent during the early hours of the city’s water emergency.

    • 19 min
    A self-proclaimed Democratic socialist defeats incumbent Rep. Teri Anulewicz in the race for a Smyrna-based Georgia House seat. Will Gabriel Sanchez govern, or be the perfect target for Republicans?

    A self-proclaimed Democratic socialist defeats incumbent Rep. Teri Anulewicz in the race for a Smyrna-based Georgia House seat. Will Gabriel Sanchez govern, or be the perfect target for Republicans?

    On this week's second serving of Political Breakfast, host Lisa Rayam, Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson and Republican strategist Brian Robinson discuss a surprise upset in the Georgia primary.

    In Cobb County, 27-year-old Gabriel Sanchez defeated the ncumbent State Rep. Teri Anulewicz.

    Sanchez now faces Republican Diane Jackson in this fall's general election.

    The gang poses the question: IF elected to the Georgia House, will Sanchez be able to govern alongside moderate Democrats and make friends across the aisle? 

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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

DoctorSoJo ,

Great show!

I’ve been a long-time listener and enjoy the civil (and mostly friendly 😆) discussions that take place between Mr. Robinson and Mr. Johnson. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear two people of opposite parties offer their perspectives without trying to tear each other down. Political Breakfast is a refuge amongst the storm of bitterness and cynicism that plagues today’s politics. I look forward to listening every week and am so excited to hear they’ve added a second episode! Thank you for the show. Keep up the great work!

Grandesid ,

Worse than expected

I expected this version of this podcast to be biased and facile. It was worse than I thought. Ugh

Mike Kenig ,

Another great Ga Politics podcast!

Enjoy these discussions and appreciate the timeliness of them! Add these to your list!

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