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On the May 1st Georgia Gang IAG CEO Phil Kent and co. discuss the latest in Peach State politics, from Nathan Deal’s busy week to Delta’s big deal with Atlanta. Watch it all on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to keep up with the most recent episodes of the show.

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An Airline Industry Coup for Delta

Delta Air Lines, fresh from cutting a massive deal with the city of Atlanta that keeps the company’s headquarters in Georgia’s capital city (with it promising not to support a second airport), has scored an industry coup by ordering 75 Bombardier CSeries 100 aircraft.

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Georgia Power pushes for solar power

It wasn’t terribly long ago when critics hit Georgia Power for holding back the expansion of solar power in the state. Today though, all you’ll hear from them is crickets as the utility company continues to push for new ways of generating solar energy across Georgia.

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Viewpoint: How three Georgians helped Trump likely win GOP nomination

  As Donald Trump celebrates victory in the Indiana presidential primary, he can thank three Georgians who impacted his campaign, in significant but different ways, as he has ploughed toward the Republican presidential nomination. I’m referring to three movers-and-shakers who have worked with each other in the political arena over the past couple of decades: Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Atlanta businesswoman Rayna Casey and pollster and attorney Matt Towery with Atlanta’s Hall Booth Smith firm. After the Iowa caucuses, Gingrich – from his national soapbox as a Fox News Channel analyst— began positively noting that Trump was gaining traction by tapping into massive voter dissatisfaction with America’s direction. The former speaker still predicted, even after mainstream media criticism of Trump’s insults toward other candidates, that the New York businessman could ultimately be the leading candidate for the GOP. Trump naturally listens to the former speaker’s political advice aired on Fox News, even though Gingrich can’t endorse anyone. And Gingrich obviously listens to Towery— even praising him in a March 3 Washington Times oped piece and citing Towery’s now-famous 2014 “Why Trump Should Run” column. But more about that later. Casey, a former Buckhead Coalition vice president and Georgia Lottery Corp. board member, is a major donor, fund-raiser and advisor to various GOP candidates. She jumped on the Trump train as state co-chair to prepare for Georgia’s March 1 “SEC Presidential Primary.” It was Casey, for example, who negotiated the contract with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority for Trump’s huge February rally and is a Trump campaign favorite for an at-large national delegate slot when the state... read more

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Up next: Georgia’s May 24 primary election

With all of the attention directed at the 2016 presidential nomination contests, it would be easy to overlook a much more immediate election here in Georgia. Even though Georgians participated in the presidential preference primary on March 1, Georgia’s Democratic and Republican primary to determine the parties’ nominees for federal, state and local positions has yet to occur.

Have convention questions? Here are some answers

The first place that voters saw the prospect of an open or contested GOP Convention was here in The Evans Report. Pundits scoffed at the possibility and party officials ignored it (“Why is a brokered convention so scary anyway?,” Dec. 4, 2015. Read it at http://bizj.us/1kek8e).

Now, with each passing primary or caucus, the prospects for an open or contested GOP Convention continue to mount.

Dixie’s culture wars

The movement among social conservatives to enact state “religious liberty” laws, which would allow businesses or individuals to refuse to provide services to same-sex couples, began last year in Indiana, but it has become a mostly Southern controversy.

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State Board re-elects chairman

Terry Barnard was elected to a third, one-year term as chairman of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles Tuesday by his colleagues on the board, the first time a chairman has won for more than two consecutive years.  The feat comes as the board adjusts to major changes, such as the creation of the Department of Community Supervision that took over the job of monitoring parolees. Legislation last year created more transparency in agency operations, and Barnard met a second legislative challenge this year fueled by Savannah-area politicians blaming the board for releasing violent felons without local input. His administrative changes quelled that assault on the board.  For the Board of Pardons and Paroles, having such strong leadership sees their ship RISING…

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