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Old 02-20-2019, 11:30 PM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Old 02-21-2019, 02:59 PM
 
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Not complaining just asking.
I agree with you.

Sorry if I wasn't clear.
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Old 02-22-2019, 07:33 PM
 
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Default More Georgia lawmakers call for Ralston to resign as House speaker: 10 GA lawmakers want Ralston to resign

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Ten Georgia Republican legislators joined an effort Friday to oust their leader, House Speaker David Ralston, because of allegations that he abused his power to delay cases against criminal defendants he represents.

The dissident lawmakers signed a resolution asking Ralston to resign after an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News found he frequently delayed criminal cases by claiming court dates interfered with his legislative duties.
More Georgia lawmakers call for Ralston to resign as House speaker (10 Georgia lawmakers want House Speaker Ralston to resign) (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The group of about 10 lawmakers calling for David Ralston to resign from his position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives is led by state Representative David Clark of Buford, who was just named chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee by Ralston last month.

Ralston rejected the calls from the group to resign, saying that he has done nothing wrong.

Clark was the only committee chairman to call for Ralston's resignation.

Instead of calling for his resignation, a number of high-profile state leaders praised Ralston's decade-long track record of providing what they thought to be solid leadership for the state through his powerful position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones of Milton (who is sometimes considered a rival of Ralston), former Georgia governors Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal, current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, and Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Jones of Gainesville were some of the high-profile state leaders that called to express praise and support for David Ralston to continue in his position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:34 PM
 
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I agree with you.

Sorry if I wasn't clear.

I hear you. The rain is a nuisance but I appreciate it for washing the pollen away and making the place more fresh.
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:42 PM
 
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More Georgia lawmakers call for Ralston to resign as House speaker (10 Georgia lawmakers want House Speaker Ralston to resign) (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The group of about 10 lawmakers calling for David Ralston to resign from his position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives is led by state Representative David Clark of Buford, who was just named chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee by Ralston last month.

Ralston rejected the calls from the group to resign, saying that he has done nothing wrong.

Clark was the only committee chairman to call for Ralston's resignation.

Instead of calling for his resignation, a number of high-profile state leaders praised Ralston's decade-long track record of providing what they thought to be solid leadership for the state through his powerful position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones of Milton (who is sometimes considered a rival of Ralston), former Georgia governors Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal, current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, and Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Jones of Gainesville were some of the high-profile state leaders that called to express praise and support for David Ralston to continue in his position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Wow! This is why we need fresh leaders. At the end of the day democrat or republican, they support each other to the detriment of the masses. I know some will say aren't the clients included in the masses and I would say probably not if you can afford to pay a lawyer $20,000 to keep having your case delayed/and perhaps eventually dismissed.
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Old 02-23-2019, 02:49 AM
 
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Default GPB Political Rewind: Former Governors Back Ralston Amid Calls To Resign

Friday's episode of the GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting) public policy show "Political Rewind" discussed the ethical controversy surrounding Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, David Ralston.

The show also discussed how Speaker Ralston has gotten support from former Georgia governors Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal (both lawyers), as well as from current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

The show also discussed the comments that former Georgia House Minority Leader and 2018 Gubernatorial Race runner-up Stacey Abrams made about Speaker Ralston's ongoing ethical controversy.

Political Rewind: Fmr. Govs Back Ralston Amid Calls to Resign (Georgia Public Broadcasting Radio & News, Friday 22 February 2019)

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On this edition of Political Rewind, as David Ralston faces calls for his resignation from GOP colleagues, Gov. Kemp and former Govs. Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal have voiced their support. We discuss the future for the state house speaker.
Friday's episode of "Political Rewind" also discussed:

> How an important group of non-profit rural and urban healthcare leaders declared their support for Georgia Governor Brian Kempís plan to pursue waivers for a limited expansion of Medicaid

> How a Republican legislator has introduced a bill to establish a hate crimes law in Georgia, a jurisdiction which remains one of only five states in the nation not to have any hate crimes laws on the books

> A new attempt to legalize horse racing in the state of Georgia, efforts which have gotten nowhere in the past

> And how a longtime GOP state senator is on the verge of jumping into the 7th district congressional race... A race which was decided by only about 430 or so votes in 2018, and a race which is slated to be one of the hottest and most competitive congressional races in the country during the upcoming 2020 presidential election cycle.
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:53 AM
 
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Wow! This is why we need fresh leaders. At the end of the day democrat or republican, they support each other to the detriment of the masses. I know some will say aren't the clients included in the masses and I would say probably not if you can afford to pay a lawyer $20,000 to keep having your case delayed/and perhaps eventually dismissed.
I agree that we need fresh leaders.

But the thing to keep in mind is that for many people, a figure like David Ralston is as close to that fresh leadership as one might get because of how Ralston has generally been really good at helping to keep the state out of the type of embarrassing social controversies that can severely damage the state's image, reputation and economy.

That by no means gives Ralston a pass for his ethically suspect behavior as a criminal defense attorney in his North Georgia law practice.

But it does put into perspective that many people (including current and past Georgia governors, the business community, moderate Republicans and Democrats, progressives, etc.) will be willing to accept this behavior as a shortcoming from Ralston if it means keeping the state out of the kind of extremely harmful national and international PR calamity that many of the less moderate figures in the legislature are often willingly trying to guide the state into for personal political gain.
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Old 02-23-2019, 05:26 AM
 
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Wow! This is why we need fresh leaders. At the end of the day democrat or republican, they support each other to the detriment of the masses. I know some will say aren't the clients included in the masses and I would say probably not if you can afford to pay a lawyer $20,000 to keep having your case delayed/and perhaps eventually dismissed.
Agreed.
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Old 02-23-2019, 11:00 AM
 
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More Georgia lawmakers call for Ralston to resign as House speaker (10 Georgia lawmakers want House Speaker Ralston to resign) (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The group of about 10 lawmakers calling for David Ralston to resign from his position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives is led by state Representative David Clark of Buford, who was just named chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee by Ralston last month.

Ralston rejected the calls from the group to resign, saying that he has done nothing wrong.

Clark was the only committee chairman to call for Ralston's resignation.

Instead of calling for his resignation, a number of high-profile state leaders praised Ralston's decade-long track record of providing what they thought to be solid leadership for the state through his powerful position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones of Milton (who is sometimes considered a rival of Ralston), former Georgia governors Roy Barnes and Nathan Deal, current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, and Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Jones of Gainesville were some of the high-profile state leaders that called to express praise and support for David Ralston to continue in his position as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.
Ralston keeps a lid on things down there. I wouldn't be surprised if the more extreme elements would like to see him resign.
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Old 02-23-2019, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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I agree that we need fresh leaders.

But the thing to keep in mind is that for many people, a figure like David Ralston is as close to that fresh leadership as one might get because of how Ralston has generally been really good at helping to keep the state out of the type of embarrassing social controversies that can severely damage the state's image, reputation and economy.

That by no means gives Ralston a pass for his ethically suspect behavior as a criminal defense attorney in his North Georgia law practice.

But it does put into perspective that many people (including current and past Georgia governors, the business community, moderate Republicans and Democrats, progressives, etc.) will be willing to accept this behavior as a shortcoming from Ralston if it means keeping the state out of the kind of extremely harmful national and international PR calamity that many of the less moderate figures in the legislature are often willingly trying to guide the state into for personal political gain.
Exactly. Until someone proves Speaker Ralston has broken the law, I'm fine with his job performance as Speaker of the House and do not think his law practice activities should taint his leadership under the Gold Dome.
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