Georgia will get a turn on the national political stage this week with a barrage of events from presidential hopefuls tied to Wednesday’s Democratic debate – and visits from two other party luminaries.
Here’s our evolving list of this week’s schedule:
At 1 p.m., U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will hold a roundtable event with voting rights activists at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta to discuss “the need to strengthen election security, eliminate obstacles to voting and build a democracy that works for everyone.”
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At 5:45 p.m., Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind. will hold a conversation with students at Morehouse College. The event, closed to the public, is part of his new initiative to energize African-American voters.
At 6:30 p.m., Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, and her daughter Chelsea will headline a sold-out talk at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta about her new publication, the “Book of Gutsy Woman.”
At 11:30 a.m., Tom Steyer will hold a roundtable with black clergy members at the Hyatt Regency. At 5:30 p.m., he will host a meet-and-greet with Democratic women at the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in Atlanta.
At 7 p.m., former Housing Secretary Julian Castro will participate in a one-on-one conversation with Angela Rye at Paschal’s in Atlanta.
The Democratic National Committee and the state party will hold a series of events throughout the day, including a 9:30 a.m. panel featuring Stacey Abrams on “battling voter suppression tactics” and a 5:30 p.m. event at Buenos Dias Café in Atlanta promoting the party’s efforts to target Latina voters.
There will also be a “Chop It Up” event at Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar in College Park at 6 p.m. aimed at engaging black men.
At 8:30 a.m., former President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Georgia World Congress Center for the Greenbuild Expo, a major environmental construction symposium held in Atlanta.
At 9 p.m., the Democratic presidential debate will be held at 9 p.m. at the Oprah Winfrey Sound Stage at Tyler Perry Studios. It will feature 10 candidates – two fewer than last month’s debate in Ohio.
The two debate co-hosts - MSNBC and The Washington Post - said former Vice President Joe Biden will be at center stage, flanked on either side by U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
The other seven candidates who reached the fundraising and polling criteria are U.S. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.; entrepreneur Andrew Yang and billionaire activist Tom Steyer.
The debate will be one of the toughest tickets around as seats are limited. The Democratic National Committee announced it would place priority on getting tickets to a handful of unions and advocacy groups. Campaigns will be given an equal number of tickets for guests.
You can fill out this form on the DNC site to request debate tickets.
At 8:30 a.m., U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris will hold a “Black Woman Power Breakfast” with U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge in Atlanta.
At 8:45 a.m., U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Klobuchar, along with Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang join the National Action Network Breakfast at Paschal’s Restaurant in Atlanta.
In the morning, Stacey Abrams is urging candidates to join her in a phone bank at Ebenezer Baptist Church to call thousands of Georgia voters who might be purged from the rolls because they haven’t participated in elections for several years.
At 12:30 p.m., U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will speak at Morehouse College about his plan to fully fund HBCUs and cancel student debt. The event is open to the public, and the details can be found here.
At 6 p.m., U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will deliver a speech “honoring the historic legacy of some of the most persistent and fearless fighters” in the civil rights movement at Clark Atlanta University. The event is open to the public, but RSVPs are required.
At 6 p.m., Andrew Yang holds a small-dollar fundraiser in Atlanta.
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