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Another Georgia Republican group demands 'religious liberty' pledge

The Georgia GOP might have backed down on a “religious liberty” pledge for gubernatorial candidates, but another Republican outfit is taking it on as a cause.

The Georgia Republican Assembly, a more conservative shadow organization of the state GOP, is asking  gubernatorial candidates who will attend its Saturday meeting to sign the exact same “religious liberty” vow rejected by the state GOP executive committee on Saturday.

The group’s president, DeKalb activist Alex Johnson, wrote to candidates and their top aides Monday that the state party’s move was “unacceptable both to Republican voters and to voters at large.”

Secretary of State Brian Kemp and state Sens. Hunter Hill and Michael Williams have all signaled support for the legislation. And both Hill and Williams are set to attend the weekend conference. As we’ve noted before, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle – the presumptive GOP frontrunner – has a more nuanced position on the issue.

Insider's note: This item was ripped from the Daily Jolt, which you can find here.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.