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Political Rewind: Remembering Sen. Isakson; Legacy and change as Atlanta prepares for new management
Heath Garrett — Republican strategist
J.D. Capelouto — Local news reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kristal Dixon — Reporter, Axios
Dr. Kurt Young — Department chair of political science, Clark Atlanta University
1. Sen. Isakson's former chief of staff reflects on his legacy
- The longtime Georgia politician was first elected to Congress in a special election to replace Rep. Newt Gingrich in the U.S. House in 1999. Isakson would later serve 14 years as a U.S. senator for Georgia.
- Heath Garrett was a top aide for Isakson through much of his political career. He said Isakson's willingness to work across the aisle defined his time and office and earned him a reputation as an affable negotiator.
- Isakson often called-out members of his own party. In a 2019 interview, he spoke to Political Rewind's Bill Nigut about working with President Donald Trump.
2. Atlanta's Mayor-elect Andre Dickens prepares to take office, tests positive for COVID-19.
- Dickens took to social media to announce he tested positive Monday.
- When he takes office in a couple of weeks, he said he plans to keep on the city's chief operating officer Jon Keen.
- Dickens also said he plans to keep on Atlanta's police chief, Rodney Bryant, for a 100-day contract.
- Clark Atlanta University professor Kurt Young said the key to reducing crime in Atlanta may require a larger, more comprehensive response from city leaders beyond the mayor's office.
- Dickens will be sworn in as the 61st mayor of Atlanta on Jan. 3, 2022.
3. The future for the Buckhead Cityhood movement.
- Axios' Kristal Dixon said Atlanta Public Schools stands to lose $232 million in the budget if Buckhead secedes.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's J.D. Capelouto said Dickens plans to work with state legislators to stop the cityhood movement.
4. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' legacy
- Bottoms announced she wasn't seeking reelection in May.
- During her term, she led the city's response to cyberattacks, political unrest after the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks and the COVID-19 pandemic.
- She leaves office with a $181 million in reserves.
- Dixon said questions remain about affordable housing in the Atlanta metro.
- Bottoms posted a Christmas ornament with the words 'One Atlanta' yesterday, alluding to the Buckhead cityhood movement, after her final public press conference as mayor.
Tomorrow on Political Rewind:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein is our guest host.