Republicans down at the Capitol are angling to become champions of public transit. What’s going on? This doesn’t exactly strike me as a bread and butter Republican issue. While there are strong economic development arguments to be made for investing in public transit, Republicans tend to shy away from anything with the word “public” attached… [Read More]
The legislative session has begun! For the next several months, our elected legislators will be drafting, vetting and voting on new laws. GOP leaders in both the House and the Senate have already begun talking up their legislative priorities. The first week is mostly ceremonial, but priorities are beginning to emerge. Expect that some leaders are also… [Read More]
It looks like campus carry is going to get new life, at least according to Speaker David Ralston. Last legislative session, Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed just a few bills of the hundreds the legislature passed, the campus carry measure among them. This earned him quite a bit of ire from conservatives and gun advocates at… [Read More]
Have Georgia’s conservative lawmakers finally seen the light on Medicaid expansion? Maybe. Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) (the lawmaker who made national headlines for blocking a bill to test rape kits) has been speaking publicly about moving in the direction of Medicaid expansion. This is an issue that we’ve already dissected in-depth on this blog in… [Read More]
Students in North Georgia are the targets of the latest transphobic outcry. Parents in Fannin County, organized by school resource officer Anthony Walden, rallied last week against a policy supporting transgender students using bathrooms that align with their gender identity, instead of their sex assigned at birth. Parents packed the Thursday school board meeting to… [Read More]
Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed not one, but two, pieces of gun legislation on the last day of the 2016 session. Deal’s veto of Campus Carry came with a lengthy explanation and an executive order creating an annual reporting requirement for colleges about the security measures in place. Deal also encouraged the General Assembly to increase penalties for… [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.