Executive Director Bryan Long delivered the following speech on Friday, April 28, during the NRA protest and “die-in” at Atlanta’s Woodruff Park. Good morning! I’m Bryan Long, the executive director of Better Georgia. This morning, I want to admit something to you that I’ve never said in public before — I met Donald Trump. Yeah,… [Read More]
If Gov. Deal is so proud of his school takeover plan, why won’t he tell us who’s backing it and who stands to benefit from it? Why the secrecy? Because as Daphne Hall, a retired teacher, makes clear in her Letter to the Decaturish Editor: “The Opportunity School District is just another ‘opportunity’ to divert funds from public… [Read More]
Gov. Nathan Deal has a legacy of failed education policies, from slashing billions of dollars in public school funding to pushing his for-profit corporate school agenda. So what makes his school takeover proposal any different? The short answer: nothing. On Election Day, November 8, an important ballot measure — officially called the “Opportunity School District”… [Read More]
Give Donald Trump credit for one thing: he’s really giving Georgia voters a clear look at the true values of the GOP and our state’s elected leaders. Trump suggested last week that federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was born in Indiana in 1953, cannot fairly manage a Trump University fraud case because he is “Mexican.” Trump has declined… [Read More]
Yesterday morning at about 11 a.m., the Georgia Republican Party gathered for a “minority engagement lunch” with very few identifiable people of color in the room. Within hours, Donald Trump – the Republican Party’s presidential nominee and standard bearer – held a rally in California where he touted his support among black Americans by singling… [Read More]
Donald Trump may be measuring the drapes for the Oval Office, but, this week, Better Georgia pumped the brakes to see how the GOP nominee starts his General Election campaign in Georgia. What we found should give comfort to most Georgians — Trump has a lot of work left to do to win this “reliably… [Read More]
Rep. Tommy Benton pulled every single one of his neo-Confederate bills from consideration.
And House Speaker David Ralston finally spoke out on Rep. Benton’s defense of the Ku Klux Klan. Notably, Speaker Ralston said, “the business of the General Assembly isn’t in rewriting or reinterpreting the past, but rather to focus on improving Georgia’s future.”
Over the weekend, Rep. Tommy Benton’s defense of the KKK exploded across national news and put his House colleagues in a spot to either stand with the KKK defender or to cast him aside.
House Ethics Committee Chairman, Rep. Joe Wilkinson, R-Sandy Springs, publicly backed away from the KKK defender leaving no question about where he stands. House Speaker David Ralston is still trying to decide how to respond to one of his committee chairman who is blitzing the media in an attempt to rebrand the Klan.
As state Rep. Tommy Benton’s Republican colleagues begin to distance themselves from his controversial comments about the Ku Klux Klan and slavery, House Speaker David Ralston continues to be silent on the issue.
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston has remained silent as Rep. Tommy Benton bounces from one news outlet to another defending the Ku Klux Klan as “not so much a racist thing” and just a harmless vigilante group that “made a lot of people straighten up.”
While it’s up to voters in Rep. Benton’s Jefferson district whether or not his neo-Confederate views represent them, it’s squarely on Speaker Ralston’s shoulders as to whether Benton’s views are OK with the Georgia GOP and the Georgia House of Representatives.