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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

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