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Georgia Republicans are holding their state convention in Augusta this weekend, but Governor Deal and House Speaker David Ralston aren’t going to be there. Our panel of insiders look at why two of the state’s top GOP leaders will be no-shows.

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Georgia has joined 10 other states in a lawsuit challenging whether the Obama administration can provide guidance to school districts on transgender bathroom policy. But a Georgia case shows courts have said sex discrimination laws do apply to transgender individuals.

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AJC political writer Jim Galloway unveils the results of the newspaper’s brand new poll. The panel discusses the poll findings on Governor Deal’s approval rating, how Georgians feel about his vetoes of campus carry and religious liberty, and who stacks up as a better general election candidates against Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

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With the Georgia primary elections just a little more than two weeks away, our panel of insiders look at the heated GOP congressional races where incumbents Doug Collins and Barry Loudermilk are facing challenges in part because of the very first vote each of them took when they arrived at the U.S. House: helping elect John Boehner speaker. Plus they look at the contest to replace 3rd District congressman Lynn Westmoreland, who is retiring at the end of the year.

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Tuesday was the final day for Gov. Nathan Deal to either sign or veto legislation, and while his decision to veto the "campus carry" bill drew considerable attention, the governor also took action on a number of other pieces of legislation.

Governor Nathan Deal Vetoes 'Campus Carry' Bill

May 3, 2016
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Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed the so-called ‘"campus carry" bill that would have allowed concealed weapons on Georgia’s public college and university campuses.


In a statement, Deal said he couldn't find a compelling need for the legislation to become law.

Governor Deal Signs Fiscal Year 2017 State Budget

May 2, 2016
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Gov. Nathan Deal traveled  around the state Monday to sign the $23.7 billion fiscal year 2017 budget that includes money for a pay boost for state employees and substantial funding for transportation infrastructure projects.

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Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston say there will be no special session to override Governor Nathan Deal’s veto of a religious liberty bill. Both leaders would like to take another pass on the bill in the next legislative session.

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Five members of the state House Democratic Caucus, including Georgia's three openly gay legislators, called on Gov. Nathan Deal Monday to veto HB 757.

 The bill, which currently awaits his signature, would allow faith-based organizations to deny services to same-sex couples.

'Campus Carry' Legislation Headed To Governor’s Desk

Mar 11, 2016
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The “Campus Carry” bill is headed to the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal. After heated debate, HB 859 passed in the state Senate Friday with a vote of 37-17.

The bill would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses. However, it would not allow the weapons in athletics facilities or student housing, which includes fraternity and sorority houses.

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Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to improve Georgia’s failing schools faces one final hurdle: passage of an amendment to the state constitution.


Georgians will vote on that in November.  In the meantime, education policy analysts still have questions about the proposal.