Next Tuesday, Atlanta voters will pick a new mayor. With nine candidates vying for office, campaign fundraising and robocalls have played a major role in the race. That’s been a hot-button issue as the feds investigate pay-to-play contracts at city hall. A joint investigation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Georgia News Lab examines the flow of money from city contractors to the campaigns. We talk with AJC reporter Dan Klepal and Georgia News Lab reporter Ryan Basden.
In the wake of this week’s terror attack in New York, President Trump wants to kill the Diversity Visa Lottery, a program that issues about 50,000 visas a year to countries with low immigration rates to the U.S. The president also wants local law enforcement agencies to crack down more on illegal immigration under a program called 287(g). This program has been on the books in four Georgia counties for several years. As On Second Thought producer Sean Powers reports, that program may be expanding in the state.
The Breakroom returns to discuss the upcoming implosion of the Georgia Dome and the indictment of Paul Manafort. We also talk about one school’s Civil War reenactment, why some of us are not getting enough sleep, and the allegations of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey. Joining us this week are Tomika DePriest, Ed Sohn, Simon Bloom, and London Brown.