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Josh McKoon, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee speaking in favor of his "religious liberty" bill in 2015. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Behind the loss of Josh McKoon’s Senate chairmanship

7:41 pm Jan. 4, 2017

It is tempting, very tempting, to write that Republicans in the state Senate have gone to the mattresses in yet another fight over “religious liberty” legislation.

But that would be wrong.

They have gone to the pillows. Big, fluffy ones filled with eiderdown. Pillows that leave no marks. Pillows weighted with friendly criticism that recipients can almost snuggle up to.

Last week, at a private club in downtown Atlanta, members of the Senate

Former federal prosecutor Joe Whitley at a homeland security conference in D.C. last August/C-SPAN

A new possibility in 2018 race GOP for governor: Joe Whitley, former federal prosecutor

1:58 pm Nov. 14, 2016

We’re picking up reliable word that former federal prosecutor Joe Whitley, who has never held elected office before, is giving some thought to running for governor of Georgia in 2018.

Whitley would be joining what’s expected to be a very crowded field on the Republican side. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp are only a few of the names likely to be on the GOP primary ballot.

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