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{STREETZ MORNING TAKEOVER} TRUMP’S STATE OF UNION TO TAKE PLACE THIS EVENING

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Democrat Stacey Abrams, lost one of Georgia’s closest races for governor in decades, & will deliver her party’s response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Everything on Capitol Hill is strategical, down to the guests brung to the State of the Union this evening.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will be U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s plus-one to President Donald Trump’s second State of the Union address. Also accompanying Georgia lawmakers in the House chamber is a conservative Latino activist from Gainesville, an injured Green Beret who rose through the ranks at Hunter Army Airfield and the Dunwoody-based parents of a recent gun violence victim.

Some Georgia lawmakers are choosing to skip the address altogether. Atlanta Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis said he plans to continue his boycott of Trump’s speeches, while U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, is instead planning to appear at an official watch party for Stacey Abrams’ rebuttal a few miles from the U.S. Capitol.

Stacey Abrams steps onto a prime-time stage Tuesday that could elevate her lofty national profile and boost her possible challenge to U.S. Sen. David Perdue when she delivers the Democrats’ rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union.

“My responsibility is to not only give voice to those who don’t believe they’ve been seen or heard, but to offer remedies,” she said, “and do that all in 10 minutes.”

That sums up the challenge Tuesday for Abrams, who will become the first black woman and first Georgian to deliver the rebuttal. Her selection reflects a changing Democratic coalition shifting from trying to win back Trump supporters and toward expanding its liberal base. We wish Lady Abrams all the best!

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