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Political Breakfast: MLK Statue; Confederate Monuments; and More

Sep 1, 2017

The week before Labor Day is usually a vacation time for politics — but not this year.  

At Georgia's state Capitol, a big and diverse crowd gathered for the unveiling of a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The same week, a social media post appeared, in which a white Republican state lawmaker appeared to threaten a former Democratic lawmaker, who is African-American, with possible physical harm if she were to speak about removing Confederate monuments in South Georgia.

Meanwhile, more than a dozen candidates for Mayor of Atlanta began their campaigns after qualifying last week, and Georgia Power served official notice that it wants to continue the construction of new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

For some thoughts on all of that, "Morning Edition" host Denis O'Hayer convened another Political Breakfast, with Democratic strategist Tharon Johnson and Republican strategist Brian Robinson.  Johnson is a former national southern regional director of former President Obama's 2012 campaign; Robinson is a former deputy chief of staff and communications director for Governor Nathan Deal.

(Note:  The broadcast version covers the MLK statue event and the furor over Rep. Jason Spencer's social media post to former Rep. LaDawn Jones; the expanded version also includes analysis of the race for Mayor of Atlanta, and Georgia Power's push for approval to continue the Plant Vogtle project.)