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Governor Deal Brokers A Peace Treaty In The Senate

I heard this morning that Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle is on his way back to getting power, and now Jim Galloway is reporting that Governor Nathan Deal has brokered a peace treaty between President Pro-Tem Tommie Williams, Majority Leader Chip Rogers, and Lt. Gov. Cagle.  A vote of no-confidence was to be held today, but both Sens. Williams and Rogers went to Governor Deal to intervene (a breach in the separation of powers, perhaps??) in the matter.  What resulted was a meeting between Cagle, Williams, Rogers, Sen. Ronnie Chance, and Sen. Don Balfour and apparently an agreement was worked out:

Cagle would chair a reconfigured five-member committee on assignments. The lieutenant governor would also have two appointments to that committee. Williams and Rogers would hold seats as well.

However, an agreement was reached that the committee would make no changes in the current chairmanship roster. Caucus elections this fall, after the November general election, would settle the matter.

Also, William and Rogers were guaranteed seats on this session’s budget conference committees.

Perhaps this peace treaty will keep everyone peachy through the remaining 38 days of the legislative session.  Maybe the war will end and the senate can get back to work on legislation rather than engaging in political in-fighting.  We’ll see, but speculation would be that changes are coming in the fall.  Stay tuned.

::UPDATE::

Nevermind, the proposal has been rejected by the Senate GOP Caucus according to Todd.

All’s Too Quiet on the Western Front

The first few months of 2011 was tumultuious in the Georgia Senate with a group of senators leading the charge to topple Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle as the leader of the Senate. That ended up being more of a flesh wound rather than a full-fledged coup d’etat. The Senate GOP Caucus civil war was the butt of most jokes for those who follow inside baseball in Georgia politics. Once the gavel slammed down on Sine Die to close the 2011 session of the Georgia General Assembly, it seemed like both sides retreated back to their camps and pretty much been mum on the issue since. It’s been quiet…all too quiet.

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