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Hunter Hill kicks the tires on a GOP run for governor

12:37 pm Mar. 29, 2017

We’re told that Hunter Hill, the Republican from Atlanta, has begun informing state Senate colleagues that he will not seek re-election to his seat next year – and is instead contemplating a run for governor.

This would be a pretty bold move, given that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, president of the Senate, is considered the front-runner in a contest that could get underway as soon as the Legislature adjourns on Thursday.


MGM says Fox Theatre worries over ‘destination resorts’ are unfounded

9:37 am Feb. 2, 2017

One participant in the state Capitol fight over casinos – er, destination resorts – is a group calling itself the Georgia Arts and Culture Venues Coalition. The heavy hitters within include both the Woodruff Arts Center and the Fox Theatre.

A spokesman for the group says they’re not fer or agin gambling.

But on Monday, Allan Vella, CEO of the Fox, was on GPB Radio’s “Second Thought,” to explain his

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

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.