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Georgia business launches a sudden campaign aimed at the state Capitol

  • 9:00 am Saturday, May 17th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

This winter, the state Capitol erupted in a sudden and unexpected fight over a set of “religious liberty” bills that were interpreted as a hostile reaction to the ground that gay marriage has gained through the courts.

Tea party supporters sought protection for the Christian wedding photographer who, out of conscience, refuses to snap pictures of a same-sex couple exchanging vows.

But Georgia’s corporate giants saw something else: Legislation that would open their businesses to boycotts and lawsuits, trapping them in unwanted disputes perhaps generated by their own workers – the UPS driver who won’t deliver a package to a gay bar, [More]

Jan Brewer to rally for Karen Handel — but what about those vetoes?

  • 4:48 pm Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

The U.S. Senate campaign of Karen Handel put out word this afternoon that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will be the featured speaker at a Monday rally in Canton.

Which means April will have been bookended with the in-person endorsements of Handel by two high-profile Republican women. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin showed up for Handel in a Union City affair early this month.

But Brewer’s appearance could raise a pair of unintended questions for the Handel campaign. There is, of course, the topic of guns. From the Associated Press this week:

PHOENIX – To the surprise of the bill’s sponsor, Gov. Jan Brewer [More]

Third whistleblower suit filed against state ethics agency

  • 9:05 am Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

It appears that the troubles surrounding the panel once known as the State Ethics Commission will continue to plague us. From the Fulton County Daily Report:

A man who has testified that he was ordered to alter and hide documents relating to a probe of Gov. Nathan Deal before being fired by the chief of Georgia’s ethics agency has filed a whistleblower suit against the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission and its executive secretary, Holly LaBerge.

The suit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court last week by the commission’s former media specialist, John Hair, is the third whistleblower action stemming [More]

Talk of a religous conservative boycott of Delta, Home Depot and Coke

  • 9:05 pm Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Jim Galloway

A first sign that the fight over “religious freedom” bills may not be over in Georgia, from the Twitter account of

Arizona – and Georgia – as proof that Big Business is wading deeper into social issues

  • 9:09 am Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Daniel Malloy

This morning, Politico has an inside look at

In blue states like New York, big companies have played a pivotal role in pushing same-sex marriage measures into law. In battlegrounds like Virginia and now Arizona, corporate America has slowed or halted hard-right social policy from taking effect.

What Arizona proved, as much as any other in recent American politics, is that there’s currently no more powerful constituency for gay rights than the Fortune 500 list.

The Associated Press tackled the same topic. A few paragraphs:

Companies have long spoken out about certain issues they felt threatened their bottom lines, such as taxation and [More]