Politics

For most of us, our idea of politics is influenced by what we see on TV. Millions of Americans regularly watch shows like “The West Wing,” “Veep,” and “House of Cards." Georgia native Jay Carson worked as supervising producer and political consultant for Netflix’s “House of Cards.” We talk with him about how to write engaging political drama in 2017, and how much the fictional White House resembles the real one.

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According to a new study, more couples are feuding over politics — especially President Trump — with many of them breaking up and even heading to divorce court. We talk with study authors Nathan Richter and Lisa Kiefer. Also joining us is Dr. David Ryback. He’s a couples therapist in Atlanta and the author of several books about relationships.

 

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Thursday marks the end of the legislative session at the Georgia state capitol. GPB capitol reporter Lisa Rayam gives us a recap of which bills died, and which will proceed to the governor’s desk.

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As the race to fill Tom Price’s 6th District Congressional seat heats up, Democrats hope all that activity translates to votes in the special election next month. Jon Ossoff, 30, is encouraging Democrats with his “Make Trump Furious” campaign, and raising a considerable amount of grassroots support. We learned more about Ossoff’s campaign and the race ahead with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein and University of Georgia professor Audrey Haynes.

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In his speech to a joint session of congress on Tuesday night, President Trump outlined his priorities. The president has received widespread backlash since he took office in January. There have been rallies and protests, but Trump supporters, like Georgia Tea Party activist Debbie Dooley, also want their voices heard. Dooley is organizing “Spirit of America” rallies across the country. 

Commentary: The DNC Needs A Caucus For White Men

Mar 1, 2017

While some people may feel the Trump administration doesn’t do a good job representing their needs, former Georgia lawmaker LaDawn Jones says her Democratic Party can learn a thing or two from Donald Trump’s November win. She explains why the Democratic National Committee should create a caucus for white men.

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Democrat Brenda Lopez is poised to become the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly. An attorney and immigrant, she’s running unopposed in Tuesday’s election to represent House District 99, which includes the Norcross area of Gwinnett County. 

We talk with Lopez about her groundbreaking candidacy and her vision for the district and Georgia as a whole. 

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With a week to go until Election Day, more than a million early ballots have been cast in Georgia. There are many Georgians who are voting for the first time, but some residents say the nastiness of the presidential race has tainted the experience.  

 

Break It Down: Cognitive Dissonance

Oct 25, 2016
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Sometimes people won’t – or don’t – change their minds, even when they’re presented with evidence showing their views aren’t based in fact. One reason why is a psychological term called cognitive dissonance.  

You may hear more and more about cognitive dissonance as we get closer to the election. It's a term used to explain politics all the time. But it's something that not a lot of people really understand. 

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2016 is the centennial year of the Pulitzer Prize. The honor has been awarded to dozens of people from or living in Georgia. And so we've asked past winners to spend some time with us this year in a series we call Pulitzer Peaches.

Sen. Johnny Isakson On Reelection Bid

Oct 4, 2016
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Incumbent U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) is expected to win a third term in this year’s election.  On Monday, we spoke with his opponent, businessman and Democratic candidate Jim Barksdale.  Today, we talk to Isakson about the competition and his plans should he return to Washington to represent Georgia. 

Why We Won’t Change Our Minds

Aug 18, 2016

People always seem to have an opinion about politics, but what if that belief is based on inaccurate information? Are people willing to change their minds?

Is Georgia Set To Become A Swing State?

Aug 1, 2016
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Georgia is a red-majority state, but that may change. There are hundreds of thousands of people of color in Georgia who are not registered to vote. If they showed up on Election Day, they could change the result. We talk with  political science professors Andra Gillespie of Emory University and Daniel Franklin of Georgia State University.

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The fervor and controversy surrounding the political rallies of Donald Trump has been national news for months. Georgia Southern professor Jared Sexton visited a recent Trump rally and was stunned by what he witnessed. His story earned him tens of thousands of new Twitter followers and once again brought the issue of Trump's rallies to the forefront.

We speak with Sexton about his experience and what fuels the intensity behind Trump’s gatherings. We also welcome Mercer professor Chris Grant to the show and ask him how Trump's rallies stack up on a historical level.

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Centuries ago, Plato predicted that democracy is always doomed to fail and die. He said a tyrant will always rise in democracies and end the free system. Was he right? We asked Charlotte Thomas, a philosophy professor at Mercer University in Macon

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The Democratic Party has evolved and been molded over generations. Bates College lecturer Christopher Petrella says one photograph of Bill Clinton campaigning for president at Stone Mountain in Georgia paints a narrative of the Democratic Party’s history of discrimination.

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A new poll from WSB-TV shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie in Georgia. But it's still the early days in the the general election campaign. Neither candidate has officially won their party's nomination, and 16 percent of voters in that poll are undecided. 

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Donald Trump’s political rallies have been anything but dull over the past few months. Supporters and protestors have attended the gatherings in large numbers and their interactions have often turned ugly. Violence at Trump-sponsored events has been frequent, including several instances of protestors being assaulted by Trump supporters. Because these gatherings are considered private events that are hosted by Trump’s campaign, the rules inside his rallies are much stricter than many people realize.

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The 2016 election season has already altered the way we look at politics, much in part to the meteoric rise of GOP front runner Donald Trump. But for some minority voters, the chaos of the current political scene leaves them feeling disconnected with the political parties they’ve always known.  Demetrius Minor, a long-time black Republican, grew frustrated with his party and decided to renounce his affiliation last month.

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President Obama won the 2008 and 2012 presidential election thanks in large part to his campaign’s outreach efforts to the minority community. The African-American vote, in particular, reached a historic milestone in turnout and has become a significant focus in this year’s election. Are this year’s candidates successfully reaching that population of the electorate? 

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Two’s a company and three’s a crowd, but does that apply to American politics? A number of Republicans have called for a third party candidate as Donald Trump gets closer to the Republican nomination. Are we witnessing the rise of the Independent Party?

We speak about third party politics with Ron Rapoport, Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary, and Murray Dabby, the co-coordinator of Georgia Independent Voters. 

The Problem of Part-time Legislators

Mar 31, 2016

The Georgia General Assembly's work is done. Legislators must now run for re-election. Well, most of them. More than a dozen are actually going to retire. Among them Nikki Randall of Macon. So why are they leaving? And is it because of the salaries these part time lawmakers get?  To answer that question GPB Macon’s Michael Caputo brought in Chris Grant a political science professor for Mercer University. 

Michael Caputo: So these are supposed to be part time jobs. Are they really part time jobs? 

Will he sign it or will he veto it?

Gov. Nathan Deal is going to the get that question a lot in the coming days, after the legislature quickly passed a bill that grants religious exemptions to opponents of same-sex marriage.

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Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland is President Obama's pick to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, NPR has learned.

Breaking Down the GOP Debate

Mar 4, 2016
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Well, the eleventh Republican presidential debate is in the books and what did we learn? Probably that a smaller, seemingly more manageable field of candidates does not necessarily lead to grand discussions of ideas and a spirited debate on policy differences. This debate might well be most remembered as the debate in which the front runner for a major party’s nomination for the most powerful elected office in the world declared that there was no problem with his “manhood.”

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