Will Nathan Deal’s vetoes hurt his school takeover plan?

Gov. Nathan Deal with volunteers at Drew Charter School.

Gov. Nathan Deal with volunteers at Drew Charter School.

The Republican unrest over Gov. Nathan Deal’s vetoes of the two most controversial bills this session has manifested itself in angry letters and calls to his office from voters, rebukes by rank-and-file conservatives – and vows to oppose his plan to revive failing schools.

The proposal, known as the Opportunity School District, was narrowly approved by lawmakers last year but must be backed by a majority of voters in November to become law. An internal poll from McLaughlin & Associates taken before the legislative session found that nearly 70 percent of voters would support the school takeover constitutional amendment, though Democrats were more likely to back the measure than Republicans. (You can find your copy here.)

Yet some conservatives uneasy with the idea say they’ll now actively lobby against it. Tanya Ditty, a Republican activist and a fierce critic of the governor’s vetoes, called it a “matter of trust.”

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