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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

Supporter of ‘religious liberty’ bill could lose his Senate chairmanship

8:09 pm Dec. 29, 2016

Chances of yet another fierce battle over “religious liberty” legislation in the state Capitol dropped significantly on Thursday evening, as members of the Senate Republican Caucus made a decision that is likely to cost one of the measure’s principle backers his leadership position.

We’re told that, at a private meeting at the Capitol City Club in downtown Atlanta, Republican senators overwhelmingly agreed to merge the chamber’s two judiciary committees into one.

David Ralston: Let Congress take a crack at ‘religious liberty’ measure

10:40 am Dec. 4, 2016

On Friday afternoon, House Speaker David Ralston joined host Bill Nigut and I for some conversation on GPB’s “Political Rewind.”

Many topics were touched, and you can listen to the entire exchange here. Perhaps most important was Ralston’s contention that an end to gridlock in Washington was a reason to give the “religious liberty” issue a rest come January – and let Congress take a crack at it.

The House

Contest emerges for spot in Georgia House GOP leadership

1:58 pm Nov. 11, 2016

With the election in the rear view mirror, Georgia legislators are turning their attention to January’s return of the General Assembly.

First stop for House Republicans: Monday’s caucus meeting where officers will be elected and the party’s choice for speaker of the House nominated. That last bit will apparently have little drama as Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, is expected to cruise to another term. (Yes, technically he won’t officially be re-elected