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The political world in Atlanta was rocked on Thursday evening.
"In a stunning announcement Thursday night, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told supporters that she will not run for reelection this year. Bottoms announced she will not seek a second term as Atlanta's 60th mayor during a private call with friends, staffers and allies, according to two people who were on the call and several others who were told about it," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The mayor's office has schedule a 10 a.m. press conference.
"The move is a shocking reversal for Bottoms, a mayor with a rising national profile who had launched her reelection campaign and held a fundraising event featuring President Joe Biden. The decision creates a wide-open mayor's race this year, and is likely to open the door for a slew of new candidates," the newspaper reported. "The March fundraiser with Biden, which was the first headlined by the president since taking office, raised over $500,000 for Bottoms' reelection bid — a sign of her strong financial standing and national political connections."
Mayor @KeishaBottoms allies are circulating this polling memo we posted in the jolt a few days ago that showed her… https://t.co/xHlqWf03KK— Greg Bluestein (@Greg Bluestein)1620350157.0
WATCH: Wyoming voter trashes Liz Cheney — and promotes the Big Lie despite admitting no evidence for it
On Thursday, CNN aired a report of Gary Tuchman traveling to Wyoming to speak with voters about Rep. Liz Cheney's falling out with the Republican Party — and found a number of voters who fully bought into former President Donald Trump's "big lie" about the election being stolen, and want Cheney out for standing up to it.
One woman, in particular, enthusiastically embraced Trump's conspiracy theories — even when confronted with the fact that no evidence exists to support it.
"I think she needs to go," said the woman as Tuchman interviewed her from out of her car window. "Just because I don't think she did the right thing for the Republican Party."
"She says that Donald Trump is lying about the election being stolen," said Tuchman.
"I agree," she replied. "I agree that the election was stolen."
"There's no evidence of it," Tuchman reminded her.
"Well, eventually it might come out," she replied stubbornly.
Gary Tuchman confronts Wyoming Trump supporter about Big Lie www.youtube.com
Could Great Pandas be the key to debunking a right-wing conspiracy theory being investigated during the widely-panned Arizona audit.
Laurie Roberts, columnist for the Arizona Republic, was interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Thursday after she called for the Department of Justice to "protect our ballots from whatever the heck is going on."
Roberts wrote about the search for bamboo in the ballots because of a conspiracy theory that tens of thousands of ballots were flown in from southeast Asia.
"And so amateur sleuths in this official state audit are now using UV lights and 5K cameras to check for bamboo. Because if bamboo is found in those ballots then aHA! Enter: China. Or possibly, North Korea.Never mind the fact that not all paper produced in Asia contains bamboo or that not all paper that contains bamboo is produced in Asia," she wrote. "Or that this is INSANE."
"Be assured this audit isn't about bamboo. It's about bamboozling the Republican base in believing that something nefarious happened here in Arizona, once upon a time a model for the nation in how we conduct elections. It's about keeping the contributions flowing and the outrage boiling. It's about accepting no result other than the result that they demand," she explained.
Hayes asked about the bamboo conspiracy theory.
"First of all, i would say I'm not aware of any bamboo in the ballots. If they find it, bring it on. If not, I will also say that bamboo actually grows in Arizona," Roberts said.
"I actually had a reader today who suggested how we can cut right through this and get moving on given the fact that so few ballots have been counted and the clock is ticking. He suggested that we just import a couple of pandas from wherever they are. He said San Diego, but I don't think they have them anymore. Import the pandas, throw the ballots on the floor, see which ones they eat, and then we'll know," she joked.
"I say bring in the pandas," she said.
Arizona Audit www.youtube.com
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