Politically Georgia

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Get real, fact-based news on the new Politically Georgia podcast from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The podcast is hosted by Georgia’s best political team with Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and now featuring Tia Mitchell from Washington and broadcast hall of famer Bill Nigut. Our journalists provide in-depth reporting and analysis from the nation’s political battleground state. You can also listen live every Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. on 90.1 WABE. Call in with your questions on the Politically Georgia Podcast Hotline at (404)-526-AJCP‬, and our insiders will answer them on the Friday episodes. Learn more on the AJC Politically Georgia Podcast page. read less
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South Carolina U.S. Rep. James Clyburn says Haley is “off ramp” for anti-Trump GOP voters
2d ago
South Carolina U.S. Rep. James Clyburn says Haley is “off ramp” for anti-Trump GOP voters
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Politically Georgia" podcast, hosts Tia Mitchell, Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein, and Bill Nigut  talk to their boss, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editor-in-Chief Leroy Chapman, and U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.    First up, Congressman Clyburn discusses the presidential race in his home state on the eve of the GOP primary.  Then, the hosts look at a breaking Atlanta Journal-Constitution story reporting that attorneys for Donald Trump in the Fulton County election conspiracy case have filed a motion claiming evidence that Fani Willis and Nathan Wade have lied about aspects of their relationship, including when it began.    Finally, the hosts answer questions from the listener mailbag, plus they give their choices for who’s up and who’s down this week        LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS    Cellphone data raises questions about when Willis-Wade relationship started    Have a question or comment for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on next Friday's episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Patricia Murphy’s exclusive interview with Nikki Haley 
3d ago
Patricia Murphy’s exclusive interview with Nikki Haley
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Politically Georgia" podcast, hosts Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein, Tia Mitchell and Bill Nigut talk to Rep. Sanford Bishop and candidate Marcus Flowers.  First up, the podcast starts with Patricia Murphy’s exclusive interview with Nikki Haley, who tells Patricia she hopes to stay in the race through the March 12 Georgia primary.  Then, the hosts talk with U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, the longest-serving member of the Georgia congressional delegation. Bishop, who represents the 2nd Congressional District, berates GOP extremists in the House for refusing to take up important legislation.  Finally, Marcus Flowers, who in 2022 lost the 14th Congressional District general election to Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, joins the podcast to explain why he is now preparing to run a primary campaign against a Democratic incumbent, U.S. Rep. David Scott.  LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS    Haley plots possible path to Georgia primary  ‘Built for the fight.’ Marcus Flowers launches campaign against Rep. David Scott     Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on next Friday's episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nikki Haley may lose South Carolina but she’s staying in the race
4d ago
Nikki Haley may lose South Carolina but she’s staying in the race
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Politically Georgia" podcast, hosts Bill Nigut and Tia Mitchell talk to The Associated Press’ Meg Kinnard, Georgia Equality’s Jeff Graham and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution colleague Maya Prabhu.    Kinnard joins from South Carolina where she is covering the run-up to that state's Republican presidential primary on Saturday.    Then, the hosts talk with Statehouse reporter Maya Prabhu and Jeff Graham, longtime director of Georgia Equality, about the many Senate bills targeting transgender individuals.     Finally, Tia Mitchell and Bill Nigut discuss the GOP decision not to take up a full expansion of Medicaid in this session of the Legislature.        LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS    Nikki Haley says she won't drop out of race  Senate committee passes bill to control how schools talk about gender identity  House leaders signal Medicaid expansion is off the table this session    Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on next Friday's episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Black churches join forces ahead of ’24 election
6d ago
Black churches join forces ahead of ’24 election
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Politically Georgia" podcast, hosts Bill Nigut and Tia Mitchell talk to Georgia African Methodist Episcopal Bishop Reginald Jackson. Bishop Jackson talks about the coalition of churches that is coming together to encourage Black voters to reengage in politics in this election year.    Then, Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Nedra Rhone discusses her column in which she described how women, and Black women especially, may have viewed Fani Willis’ testimony in a different light in the hearing to dismiss her from the election conspiracy case against former President Donald Trump.     Finally, Nikki Haley has announced a slate of supporters in Georgia, suggesting that she plans to stay in the race until the state’s March 12 primary. But will she?      LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS    Black Georgia churches form voter alliance  NY Times: Black coaltion  The aim isn't just to disqualify Willis. It's to discredit her  Haley announces slate of Georgia backers  Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on next Friday's episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In explosive testimony, Fani Willis confronts Trump conspiracy defense attorneys
16-02-2024
In explosive testimony, Fani Willis confronts Trump conspiracy defense attorneys
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Politically Georgia" podcast, hosts Bill Nigut, Patricia Murphy, and Tia Mitchell talk to Norm Eisen, who served as ethics czar in the Obama administration. Eisen discusses the implications of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ explosive testimony pushing back on defense lawyers who want her severed from the election conspiracy case against former President Donald Trump.    Then, the hosts discuss how the Willis hearing may affect the political futures of the participants: Willis is up for reelection in November, and so is Scott McAfee, the judge presiding over the hearing. And, of course, they look at how Willis’ testimony and the allegations against her might affect Trump’s election campaign.  Finally, questions from the listener mailbag, and who’s up and who’s down for the week.    LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS    In fiery testimony Willis confronts allegations of misconduct   Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on next Friday's episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A court hearing that could determine the future of Georgia’s Trump election conspiracy case
15-02-2024
A court hearing that could determine the future of Georgia’s Trump election conspiracy case
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Politically Georgia" podcast, hosts Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Bill Nigut talk to former State Sen. Jen Jordan and colleague Mark Niesse. Jordan discusses the hearing that could determine whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade should be disqualified from the election conspiracy case against former President Donald Trump.    Then, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Mark Niesse joins the hosts to look at a decision by the State Election Board to reject a proposal to end no-excuse absentee voting.    Niesse also discusses his article reporting that the organization that alleged Georgia election fraud in the widely viewed film “2000 Mules” couldn’t provide evidence to back up its claims.    Finally, the hosts look at the status of several high-profile bills in the legislature as the second half of the session begins.    LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS    Blockbuster hearing could make or break Trump case  Election board rejects effort to end no excuse absentee voting  True the Vote fails to show evidence for Georgia fraud claims    Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on next Friday's episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Georgia Republicans celebrate Mayorkas impeachment
14-02-2024
Georgia Republicans celebrate Mayorkas impeachment
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Politically Georgia" podcast, hosts Bill Nigut and Tia Mitchell welcome the dynamic duo of Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson.   First up, Georgia U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene pushed for months to have U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas impeached. Now, she’s succeeded with her goal. Georgia’s delegation was split along party lines with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed. The final vote was 214-213.  Georgia Republicans in the U.S. House blame Mayorkas for a flood of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The matter now moves to the Senate, where Democrats hold control of the chamber. So how far can this matter go?  Meanwhile, Gov. Brian Kemp pledged to send a small contingent of National Guard troops to the Texas border.  Then, Democrats won a key special congressional election last night in New York. Democrat Tom Suozzi won the seat that had been held by George Santos, making the Republican majority in the House even more fragile.  And, the State Election Board voted against ending no-excuses absentee voting.    LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS    Georgia Republicans celebrate Mayorkas impeachment, urge Senate to act  Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp says he will aid Texas governor's border standoff with Biden  Why AP declared Tom Suozzi the winner of the George Santos seat: Race call explained    Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on next Friday's episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gun Tax Holiday, Georgia National Guard to southern border, Willis in jeopardy?
13-02-2024
Gun Tax Holiday, Georgia National Guard to southern border, Willis in jeopardy?
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Politically Georgia podcast, hosts Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and Bill Nigut welcome Republican state Sen. Jason Anavitarte. Anavitarte is the sponsor of a bill the Senate has already passed to create a tax holiday for the purchase of guns and gun safety devices.     He also said he approves of Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to send more Georgia National Guard troops to the Texas border to help secure it against illegal crossings, and like Kemp, he blamed President Joe Biden for not enhancing border security.      Then, Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Shannon McCaffrey joins the podcast to discuss the upcoming court hearing that could determine whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is dismissed from the election conspiracy case against former President Donald Trump over issues involving her romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade.    Plus, the hosts discuss Kemp’s high-profile appearances last weekend during which he criticized Trump repeatedly without once mentioning the former president by name. Kemp criticizes Trump but doesn't mention his name.    LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS   Senate approves gun tax holiday  Kemp blames Biden for border crisis  Judge oks hearing to examine relationship of Trump prosecutors  Kemp criticizes Trump but doesn't mention his name    Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on next Friday's episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Top issues as Georgia’s legislative session nears halfway point
12-02-2024
Top issues as Georgia’s legislative session nears halfway point
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Politically Georgia podcast, the AJC's Bill Nigut and Tia Mitchell talk with state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver about her opposition to a bill broadening crimes requiring cash bail. They also discuss her take on school vouchers, her concerns about the state Senate investigation of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and more.     Then, reporter Ernie Suggs joins the podcast to discuss his role in leading coverage of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Black History Month features. He shares some of his favorite stories about the achievements of Black Georgians in arts and culture, the theme of this year’s February tribute to African Americans.    Plus, Tia Mitchell talks about the effort in the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that would give new funding to the war efforts in Israel and Ukraine.     LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS   Senate approves expanding cash bail  AJC Black History Features  Senate set to vote on Israel, Ukraine funding  Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on next Friday's episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Georgia Democrats express concern about characterization of Biden as having “diminished faculties” in special counsel report
09-02-2024
Georgia Democrats express concern about characterization of Biden as having “diminished faculties” in special counsel report
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Politically Georgia podcast, the AJC's Tia Mitchell, Bill Nigut, Greg Bluestein and Patricia murphy discuss reaction from Georgia Democrats to special counsel Robert Hur’s characterization of President Joe Biden as having “diminished faculties in advancing age.” Although Hur said Biden wouldn’t face charges for holding on to classified documents, his comments troubled Democrats who worry that the observations about age reinforce those who think he is too old to serve a second term.  Hear how Lt. Governor Burt Jones is playing a direct role in trying to punish Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in an exclusive interview with Greg Bluestein.     Plus, a look at how the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether to remove Donald Trump from the Colorado ballot could affect a similar Georgia effort.    Finally, we answer a question from our listener mailbag, and we have this week's winners and losers in the who’s up and who’s down segment for this week.    LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS  Georgia Democrats stress about special counsel report  Burt Jones blesses GOP efforts to punish Fani Willis  Why some Democrats are trying to disqualify Trump from Georgia ballot    Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on tomorrow’s episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Trump ballot case
08-02-2024
Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Trump ballot case
The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on former President Donald Trump’s ballot case.   On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Politically Georgia podcast, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether former President Donald Trump should be kicked off the 2024 ballot. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled to remove Trump from that state’s ballot. The argument was based on the insurrectionist clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.   Right here in Georgia, there is an effort to remove Trump from the ballot. Rep. Derrick Jackson, a Democrat from Tyrone, is sponsoring the Oath Act.    And in Washington, Republicans kill a border security bill in a sign of Trump's strength.     LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS  Oyez, oyez, oyez: A listener's guide to Supreme Court arguments over Trump and the ballot    Georgia Lawmaker's Bill Would Bar Trump from 2024 Ballot    Opinion: Another missed chance on the border in Congress    OPINION: Border politics are worse for Joe Biden than anyone else     Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on tomorrow’s episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
House fails to impeach Homeland Security chief Mayorkas
07-02-2024
House fails to impeach Homeland Security chief Mayorkas
On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Politically Georgia podcast, hosts Bill Nigut and Tia Mitchell welcome DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and Georgia State University professor Anthony Michael Kreis to the show.   First up, the hosts go over the failed effort to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. There were four Republican “no” votes on impeachment, but none from Georgia. The Georgia delegation voted along party lines.   Then, over in the Senate, it appears that the bipartisan measure to strengthen border security is now in trouble.   Plus, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday that Donald Trump can face trial on charges that he plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, rejecting the former president's claims that he is immune from prosecution. This, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case Thursday to decide whether Trump is eligible to serve a second term in office after his conduct surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.     And back in Georgia, two more of Trump's co-defendants said Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis should be removed from their election interference case, accusing her of prosecutorial misconduct.     LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS  House fails to impeach Homeland Security chief Mayorkas    Trump is not immune from prosecution in his 2020 election interference case, US appeals court says    Trump's presidential bid hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court. Here's what to know    More Trump defendants call for Willis removal in Ga. election case      Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on tomorrow’s episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
How important is Georgia to November's election? The vice president is in the state for an 11th visit this year.
06-02-2024
How important is Georgia to November's election? The vice president is in the state for an 11th visit this year.
Vice President Kamala Harris vists Savannah today as part of her multi-stop "Reproductive Freedoms" tour. On today's episode of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Politically Georgia podcast, hosts Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and Bill Nigut welcome state Sen. Derek Mallow to talk about Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Savannah. The hosts ask Mallow how Chatham County voters will respond to the Biden-Harris campaign’s focus on a woman’s right to choose as a top election issue.      Greg and Patricia share sound from their interview this week with Governor Kemp, who blames President Biden for not taking the executive actions he can to solve the crisis at the border. Today you'll hear from Kemp advisor Cody Hall who emphasizes concerns about solving issues at the border.    Plus, two more defendants in the Fulton County Trump election conspiracy case file motions to have Fani Willis dismissed from the case.    LINKS TO TODAY'S TOPICS    Vice President visits Savannah to promote reproductive rights    Kemp blames Biden for border crisis    Two more election conspiracy defendants file to have Willis removed from case    Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on tomorrow’s episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
U.S. Senate negotiators reach agreement on bipartisan border security measure
05-02-2024
U.S. Senate negotiators reach agreement on bipartisan border security measure
A bipartisan group of Senate negotiators has reached a hard-fought agreement on border security measures. Today on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Politically Georgia” podcast, hosts Bill Nigut and Tia Mitchell introduce Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie and immigration attorney Charles Kuck to dig deeper into what’s in the border security measure and discuss the fact that the bill gives Republicans much of what they’ve asked for, even as House GOP leaders say it will be dead on arrival in their chamber.     Meanwhile, President Joe Biden wins 96% of the vote in South Carolina’s Democratic primary over the weekend. But it was an imperfect test of his strength since he was competing against two virtual unknowns. Hear what imperfect conclusions may be drawn from the Biden victory.    Plus, the Fulton County district attorney's office files a motion acknowledging that DA Fani Willis is in a romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade. But the motion disputes many allegations made by defendants who want Willis dismissed from the case.    Links to today’s topics:   Senators release a border and Ukraine deal but the House speaker declares it 'dead on arrival'    President Joe Biden wins South Carolina’s Democratic primary as he gears up for his reelection bid    Fulton DA Fani Willis responds: A closer look at the allegations and her defense      Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on tomorrow’s episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Encore presentation: Bombshell allegations against Fulton County district attorney embolden GOP critics
01-02-2024
Encore presentation: Bombshell allegations against Fulton County district attorney embolden GOP critics
New allegations against District Attorney Fani Willis energize critics of Fulton County's election-interference case against former President Donald Trump. On this encore episode of the AJC's Politically Georgia podcast, hosts Bill Nigut and Tia Mitchell talk with professors Anthony Michael Kreis and Fred Smith about the latest legal headlines.   First up, no evidence has yet emerged supporting a motion filed in Fulton County Superior Court alleging an inappropriate relationship between Willis and the special prosecutor she appointed to lead the Trump election conspiracy criminal case. But if it’s proved true, what impact could it have on the prosecution of the case? And what are the political implications for Willis, who is up for reelection this fall? Republicans are jumping on the charge to say it proves the case is purely political.   Then, a look at the federal civil trial brought by plaintiffs who say Georgia’s Dominion voting machines are vulnerable to hacks that might change the outcome of an election.   Plus, Greg Bluestein has a report on what Gov. Brian Kemp, state House Speaker Jon Burns and Lt. Gov. Burt Jones told a crowd of business leaders and others were the key elements of their agendas for the 2024 legislative session.     Links to today’s topics:   Court filing accuses Willis of improper relationship with top election conspiracy case prosecutor   GOP critics of election conspiracy case look to take action against Willis   Voting machine case raises questions about security of Dominion machines   Governor Kemp unveils big spending plans for 2024   Speaker calls for elimination of ballot bar codes       Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on tomorrow’s episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
President Joe Biden honors fallen Georgia reservists with posthumous promotions, fulfilling one father’s dream for his daughter
31-01-2024
President Joe Biden honors fallen Georgia reservists with posthumous promotions, fulfilling one father’s dream for his daughter
Today on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Politically Georgia,"  the hosts talk about President Joe Biden’s emotional phone conversation - reported exclusively by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – with the parents of Kennedy Sanders, one of the three Georgia Army reservists killed in a drone attack in Jordan. The president tells Shawn and Oneida Oliver-Sanders that he is bestowing on their daughter a posthumous promotion to the rank of sergeant.    Then, the hosts discuss the long road to passage of the bill that will make antisemitism a part of the state’s hate crimes law. Gov. Brian Kemp is set to sign the bill into law today.    Plus, a look at U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s visit to the state Capitol, where he urged legislators to pass a bill creating a full expansion of Medicaid.    Then, Fair Fight, the group founded by Stacey Abrams in the aftermath of her 2018 gubernatorial race, has fallen on hard financial times. Once a money machine, the organization has been beset by large expenses, including massive legal bills as it challenged Georgia voting laws. To try to rebuild, the group is laying off staff and refocusing its mission more narrowly.     And, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been spared from testifying in the divorce proceedings of special prosecutor Nathan Wade and his estranged wife after the couple agrees to a settlement.     Links to today’s topics:   President's call to parents of fallen solider brings deep emotion  The long road to passage of antisemitism measure  Fair Fight faces massive debt, lays off staff and narrows focus    Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on tomorrow’s episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book reveals Fani Willis used body double to escape courthouse after releasing Trump indictments
30-01-2024
Book reveals Fani Willis used body double to escape courthouse after releasing Trump indictments
Today on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Politically Georgia," Greg Bluestein, Bill Nigut, and Greg Bluestein talk to journalists Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman join the podcast to discuss their new book, “Find me the Votes: A Hard-Charging Prosecutor, a Rogue President and the Plot to Steal an Election.” The authors take an in-depth look at how Georgia became the focus of Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election, and how Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation led to indictments against Trump and 18 co-defendants involving their attempts to undermine the legitimate election results.    Then, WABE reporter Sam Gringlas shares his story about how the threats and demonization by Trump allies against Fulton County election workers Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman have inspired a surge of people to line up to work at polling places across Fulton County.     Plus, the hosts pay tribute to the three Georgia Army reservists killed in a drone attack in Jordan, and they add words of sympathy following the death of state House Rules Chairman Richard Smith of Columbus.     Links to today’s topics:   Nuggets from "Find me the Votes"  Surge of election workers inspired by Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman  Three Georgia reservists killed in Jordan  The pain will never go away - mother of reservist  What to know about Georgia army reservists killed in Jordan   Georgia House rules chair Richard Smith dies   Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on tomorrow’s episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin talks about possible third-party bid
29-01-2024
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin talks about possible third-party bid
Today on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Politically Georgia," Greg Bluestein, Bill Nigut, and Tia Mitchell talks with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. After serving 14 years in the Senate, Manchin has announced he won’t run for another term and is the subject of speculation he may launch an independent bid for president. Manchin came to Atlanta as part of a “listening tour” that he says will give him a better feel for how Georgians and voters in other states he’s visiting are feeling about politics today. On Friday, he participated in an extended town meeting hosted by Atlanta Journal-Constitution politics reporter Greg Bluestein.    Then, Nikki Haley continues baiting Donald Trump as the South Carolina GOP primary unfolds. Biden and Trump exchange attacks over efforts by the U.S. Senate to pass a bipartisan border security bill.    Plus, the podcast welcomes Pearl Dowe, professor of African American studies, Emory University. The author of “The Radical Imagination of Black Women: Politics, Ambition and Power,” Dowe talks about the history of Black women as forces in organizing grassroots issues around important issues and as candidates for office. And she delves into the problems Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is facing as allegations about an inappropriate relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade continue to embroil her in controversy.     Links to today’s topics:   Manchin teases potential presidential run  Watch Manchin-Bluestein town meeting   Dowe:The Radical Imagination of Black Women        Have a question for the show? Call the 24-hour "Politically Georgia" Podcast Hotline at 404-526-AJCP. That's 404-526-2527. We’ll play back your question and answer it during the Listener Mailbag segment on tomorrow’s episode.     Listen and subscribe to our podcast for free at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also tell your smart speaker to “play Politically Georgia podcast.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices