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A Republican in Georgia on the Party’s Civil War

And why this internecine fighting shouldn’t surprise you.

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Episode Notes

Since the presidential election, local Republicans in states that Joe Biden flipped blue have been arguing about what went wrong. The difference in Georgia is, the election isn’t totally over—and the upcoming runoff election will decide which party controls the Senate.

So with all eyes on Georgia, why do the state’s Republicans seem just as intent on tearing into each other as holding onto their seats?

Guest: Rusty Paul, mayor of Sandy Springs, Georgia.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Davis Land, with help from Frannie Kelley.


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.