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This week, an internal fight among Democrats about the future of their party culminated in Atlanta, with the election of a new party chair.  Meanwhile, Republican members of Congress were trying to decide whether to hold town hall meetings in their districts -- meetings that might be filled with voters who are angry about the policies of the new Trump administration.

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A group of state Senate Republicans has proposed legislation that they say protects the people's religious rights. 

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The measure says the state government should follow the pattern set out in the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

That law says the Federal government must show a "compelling government interest" before it can restrict someone's exercise of religion.

The new bill is not as broad as the one vetoed by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal last year. 

Jeffrey Sprecher, chairman of the Intercontinental Exchange, New York Stock Exchange and 2017 chair-elect of the Metro Atlanta Chamber spoke about the importance of opposing discriminatory bills at the chambers annual meeting on Wednesday.
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The Metro Atlanta Chamber said it will keep fighting any religious freedom legislation that gets introduced in Georgia's Legislature next year.

SunTrust Bank executive vice president and Metro Atlanta Chamber chair Jenner Wood said even the discussion of religious liberty bills like the one Governor Nathan Deal vetoed earlier this year, is not healthy for business.

 Participants gather around candles at a vigil honoring victims of a mass shooting in Orlando Florida
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In the hours after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed attended a candlelight vigil held in Midtown and promised to meet with leaders of Atlanta's LGBT community to talk about where and how to provide security to clubs, businesses and other establishments that serve the community. 

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R-Georgia), speaking with Denis O'Hayer in the WABE studios on May 17, 2016.
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Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is proposing a major overhaul of the board that governs MARTA, in exchange for something MARTA has long wanted:  state funding. The proposed change would be a step in developing a larger, regional transit system for the Atlanta area.  

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