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Political Rewind: Legislators remember Speaker Ralston; Nancy Pelosi leaves U.S. House leadership
Calvin Smyre, @CalvinSmyre, former representative, ambassador designate to the Bahamas
Rep. Chuck Efstration, @ChuckEfstration, 104th District (R)
Jim Galloway, @JimJournalist, former political columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, @mmo_mary, 82nd District (D)
1. Legislators remember the life and legacy of Speaker David Ralston.
- Former state Rep. Calvin Smyre worked in the legislature for 48 years and worked closely with Ralston. despite the fact the two disagreed politically.
- State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver worked closely with Ralston on a sweeping mental health reform bill this year. Ralston became emotional on the House floor after it was passed.
- State Rep. Jon Burns was elected Speaker of the House ahead of the next legislative term. With some turnover due to the midterm elections, Oliver says this next session is full of unknowns.
2. U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi is stepping down from her leadership role as Speaker of the House.
- After nearly two decades as the leader of U.S. House Democrats, Pelosi announced she'd remain in her House seat, but would not continue as speaker.
- Pelosi was elected speaker in 2006 under President Bush, the first time Democrats had held a majority in 12 years.
- Her husband, Paul, was assaulted in their San Francisco home while she was away, in an act of seemingly political violence. The assault has since been surrounded by conspiracy theories.
Monday on Political Rewind: The AJC's Patricia Murphy joins the panel.