On Second Thought For Friday, April 14, 2017

Apr 14, 2017

The race to fill Tom Price’s congressional seat has attracted A LOT of candidates. Democrats hope all the attention will help flip the Sixth District from red to blue after a special election next Tuesday, April 18. We talk about the significance of the election’s outcome with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein and University of Georgia professor Audrey Haynes.

A Republican super PAC is paying for attack ads against a Democratic candidate in the Sixth District race. One ad claims Jon Ossoff’s ties to media outlet Al Jazeera link him to terrorism and anti-Western ideologies. We talk about the ethics of campaign ads with Andra Gillespie, Professor of Political Science at Emory University.

Then, the Breakroom gang this week includes Georgia State University professor Hector Fernandez, filmmaker and podcast producer Kalena Boller, Sam Burnham of the blog “All the Biscuits in Georgia,” and Democratic strategist Howard Franklin. They discuss Donald Trump’s vacation time, state incentives to repair yachts, and the United Airlines passenger who was dragged from his seat. Then they talk about batty salad mix, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Holocaust comments, and whether or not a recent video of white people rapping is an appropriation of black culture.