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Unfinished business: State GOP leaders take up resolutions on ‘religious liberty,’ gaming

9:15 am Aug. 3, 2017

Over at our subscription site, we have an item on some leftover business from the state GOP convention in Augusta two months ago:

Among the raft of resolutions up for debate at Saturday’s meeting of the Georgia GOP state committee is a particularly juicy one: It would urge gubernatorial candidates to pledge they would support a state version of the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act if elected.

There are

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

Ted Cruz endorses David Shafer in GOP race for lieutenant governor

12:43 pm Jul. 24, 2017

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a rallying figure for social conservatives in Georgia, this morning endorsed state Sen. David Shafer’s campaign for lieutenant governor.

Shafer, who is now Senate president pro tem, would replace Casey Cagle, who is running for governor. From Cruz’ Facebook page:

David is an unapologetic conservative and has a strong record of fighting for greater opportunity and more prosperity for all of Georgia from his time serving in

The race for Georgia governor already tops $7.4M

6:00 am Jul. 11, 2017

The top contenders for Georgia’s wide-open race for governor faced a crucial test Monday as they reported how much money they’ve collected for their campaigns, an early gauge of their popularity in the crowded contest