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40 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
The battle for Buckhead intensifies as Kemp and Perdue court evangelicals
The battle lines are being drawn in the fight over Buckhead, while some of the biggest names in the 2022 GOP primary try to win over some of the state’s most conservative voters. In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, Atlanta Journal-Constitution political insider Greg Bluestein is first joined by AJC city hall reporters Wilborn Nobles and J.D. Capelouto to discuss the new developments in the Buckhead cityhood issue. Our team looks at the warm reception Mayor Andre Dickens is getting under the gold dome, while we also have audio you won’t hear anywhere else from the latest fundraiser for Buckhead City supporters.Later, Greg is joined by political insider columnist Patricia Murphy to breakdown why Governor Brian Kemp may have gained an edge over his challenger David Perdue with those at Georgia’s Faith and Freedom conference. Plus we look at the attacks from Herschel Walker’s opponents in the senate race.
36 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Perdue’s election police force & voting rights bill fails again
David Perdue shows off his latest tactic in his quest to knock fellow Republican Brian Kemp out of the Governor’s Mansion. In this episode of Politically Georgia, Atlanta Journal-Constitution political insiders Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and Tia Mitchell discuss why Perdue is proposing a police force to enforce Georgia’s election laws. Plus, our team looks at what’s next for the federal voting rights legislation after it fails in the senate. And after the anniversary of their swearing in, we look back on the first year in Washington for Georgia’s senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
24 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Inside Georgia's record-setting budget
Governor Kemp has proposed the largest budget in state history. So how does Georgia plan to spend $30.2 billion? In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, Atlanta Journal-Constitution political insider Greg Bluestein is joined by AJC assistant senior editor and state budget expert James Salzer to explain where the money is going.Listen to hear why Salzer says this budget is like “Governor Kemp is in a Mardi Gras parade throwing out candy to people because there’s so much available in this budget.” Plus, why there’s so much money going to education and prisons.
38 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Kemp’s state of the state & Biden returns to Ga.
The state of the State of Georgia includes pay hikes and gun rights. In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, Atlanta Journal Constitution political insiders Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy a deep look at what Governor Kemp had to say in his 2022 “State of the State” address. Our team looks at why Kemp is making education, gun rights and criminal justice priorities in his final year before the election. Plus, we breakdown President Biden’s visit to Atlanta, the fall out on his comments about voting rights legislation and why Stacey Abrams wasn’t there.
26 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Kemp’s legislative agenda and Biden’s visit to Ga.
The 2022 Georgia legislative session begins on Monday and Governor Brian Kemp has laid down what he wants to accomplish. In this episode of Politically Georgia, Atlanta Journal-Constitution political insiders Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy preview what they expect to happen under the gold dome in the next few months. Hear what Kemp has to say about everything from distance learning in a pandemic, to gun rights and election laws. Plus, we look at why some Democrats are not happy about President Biden’s trip to Georgia on Tuesday and how the National Championship Game is affecting local politics.
31 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
Inside the campaign to undermine Georgia’s election
For months, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been investigating the sustained efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election. In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, host and AJC political insider Greg Bluestein takes you behind the scenes of our reporting.Greg is joined by our lead reporter on this project David Wickert and Washington correspondent Tia Mitchell to discuss how we got the story, how it’s still unfolding and how it’s connected to the January 6th riot at the Capitol.
31 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Inside City Hall: Inauguration of Mayor Andre Dickens
Andre Dickens is officially the 61st Mayor of Atlanta. In this Inside City Hall edition of the Politically Georgia podcast, AJC political insider Greg Bluestein is joined by city hall reporters Wilborn Nobles and J.D. Capelouto to dig into what the new mayor had to say in his inauguration speech. Our team discusses how Dickens plans to handle crime, the city’s rapid growth, making Atlanta a hub for innovation and the Buckhead cityhood movement.
61 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Top political stories of 2021
2021 has been the year of chaos, conflict, and new campaigns. In our final episode of Politically Georgia for 2021, Atlanta Journal-Constitution political insiders Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy are joined by AJC Washington Correspondent Tia Mitchell and Editor-in-Chief Kevin Riley to discuss the biggest stories of the year.Our team looks at the surprise victories in the Senate runoffs, how former President Donald Trump’s hold over his supporters led to the January 6th insurrection and major changing in Georgia voting laws. We also look at how two potentially historic elections will shape the 2022 campaign.Plus, don’t forget to stick around for the Politically Georgia 2021 blooper reel.
19 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Rivian’s incentives, Abrams Christmas ad and Kemp’s Medicaid defeat
In this Christmas eve episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, our Atlanta Journal-Constitution political insiders Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy discuss the incentive package Governor Kemp gave auto-maker Rivian to come to Georgia and why it could very well be the largest ever. Plus, our crew also looks at how Stacey Abrams is using a Christmas radio ad to cut down one potential Republican attack against her and a legal blow to Kemp’s Medicaid plans.
27 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Inside City Hall: Transition of Power
With 2021 coming to a close, the city of Atlanta is getting ready to hand over the reins of government from one mayor to the next. In this Inside City Hall edition of the Politically Georgia podcast, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s political insider Greg Bluestein is joined by city hall reporters J.D. Capelouto and Wilborn Nobles. Our crew looks at what Andre Dickens must deal with when he takes over, what Keisha Lance Bottoms thinks of the people behind the Buckhead cityhood movement and what’s next for the outgoing mayor.
25 minutes | Dec 20, 2021
Remembering Johnny Isakson
In this special episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, Atlanta Journal-Constitution political insiders Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and senior writer Tamar Hallerman look back on the life and career of Johnny Isakson. Our team discusses why Isakson may be the last deal maker of his kind, how his approach helped the people of Georgia and why members of his own party didn’t always have his back.
32 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Kemp fights back, Abrams makes the rounds, and what’s next for Rivian
It’s supposed to be a quiet holiday season, but it’s been anything but that in Georgia politics this week. In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, our Political Insiders Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy dig into Brian Kemp supporters $1 million response to David Perdue’s attacks in the Governor’s primary. Plus, how Stacey Abrams is responding to the Republican battle and how Kemp convinced electric automaker Rivian to build its next plant in Georgia.
18 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Georgia lands major electric vehicle plant
It might be the biggest economic development project in Georgia history. That’s why this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast is all about the announcement that electric vehicle startup Rivian will build its next plant at a site along I-20 in Monroe and Walton Counties. Atlanta-Journal Constitution Political Insider Greg Bluestein is joined by investigative reporter J. Scott Trubey to dig into the agreement. Our journalists look at why it might take years to learn how big this deal really is, why some residents are worried and will it be worth the cost in tax incentives.
26 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Kemp vs. Perdue: Round 1
The first week of the battle between Governor Brian Kemp and David Perdue for the 2022 GOP nomination is off to a loud start. In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, Atlanta-Journal Constitution political insiders Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy dig into the attacks Perdue is already launching in the days after his announcement. Plus, why many fellow Republicans are not taking sides and how the dynamics might be changing in the fight to keep Buckhead in Atlanta.
28 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
David Perdue takes on Brian Kemp
“Bitter, ugly and costly” is how the Atlanta-Journal Constitution political insiders are sizing up the battle for the GOP nomination for governor after David Perdue joins the race. In this episode of the Politically Georgia podcast, Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy look at how Perdue is holding Brian Kemp responsible for his loss in the Senate this year, why Kemp feels betrayed, the early attacks in Perdue’s announcement and what this means for Stacey Abrams
30 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Stacey Abrams joins the race for governor
The rematch between Gov. Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams is officially on. In this episode of Politically Georgia, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s political insiders Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy dig into Abrams officially declaring her candidacy for governor. Our team looks at what’s changed since the 2018 race, Kemp’s response to Abrams’ return and how Donald Trump and David Perdue are putting the GOP governor in a tough spot.
27 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
Race for City Hall: Andre Dickens wins
In this podcast from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Greg Bluestein is joined by city hall reporters J.D. Capelouto and Wilborn P. Nobles III to breakdown how Dickens came from behind to become Atlanta’s new mayor. Our team looks at why Dickens was able to pull off such a convincing win over Felicia Moore, what the voters are looking for in their new mayor, what a Dickens administration might look like and where Moore goes from here.
28 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
The battle begins for the 7th Congressional District
Even though it’s Thanksgiving, it has not been a slow week for the Politically Georgia team. Our insiders Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy take a deep dive into the new matchup for the 7th Congressional District after redistricting maps were approved. Our team looks at why Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux will not back down, at least not yet. Plus why parts of the GOP Congressional delegation are not happy with the new maps either.Listen and subscribe to our podcast at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or Spotify.
47 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Race for City Hall: Dickens takes the lead
In this Race for City Hall edition of the Politically Georgia podcast, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution political insider Greg Bluestein welcomes city hall reporters Wilborn Nobles and J.D. Capelouto to discuss some major changes in the runoff to become Mayor of Atlanta. Our team discusses why Andre Dickens has passed Felicia Moore in the latest AJC/WSB-TV poll. Plus we dig through what the candidates had to say during their visit to the AJC newsroom.
24 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Redistricting winners and losers; Perdue readies for battle
After another contentious special redistricting session, lawmakers have finally drawn their lines for the next decade. In this episode of Politically Georgia from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, our political insiders Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy are joined government reporter Maya T. Prabhu to breakdown the new Congressional and Legislative maps. Our team looks at who stands to gain and advantage and who is in trouble. Plus, why David Perdue is leaving less doubt that he will challenge Governor Brian Kemp and the fight GOP leaders are having on Patricia’s Twitter feed.
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