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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

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.

House Speaker David Ralston, center, at a 2015 press conference. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

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

State Rep. Sam Teasley, left, and House Speaker David Ralston engage in an intense conversation during the debate over H.B. 170, the transportation funding bill. Ben Gray, bgray@ajc.com

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

Why no Deal at a state GOP convention is a big deal

7:36 pm Jun. 1, 2016

This weekend’s two-day convention of the Georgia Republican party in Augusta could be called the first GOP gathering of the post-Nathan Deal era.

Yes, Deal has 31 months left to serve, and a long bucket list,