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David Ralston won’t join the race for governor — but he’ll try to define it

5:53 pm Jul. 26, 2017

House Speaker David Ralston won’t be joining next year’s Republican race for governor. But he’s doing his best to define it.

“I think it’s important for somebody to stay here and do the work. And I’m enjoying the work,” he said late Tuesday afternoon. We were in his third-floor office within a nearly abandoned state Capitol.

At least four statewide offices will be open and up for grabs next year: Governor, lieutenant

The political impact of an interstate set ablaze

9:00 am Apr. 1, 2017

Behold, metro Atlanta’s new slogan: “If I can get there from here.”

It likely won’t win any marketing contests, and chambers of commerce will hate it, but it’ll be on the tip of many and many a tongue over the next two or three months.

And just maybe, it will serve as the rallying cry that we need.

In the early scramble to deal with an interstate set ablaze, Gov. Nathan Deal was

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