Georgia Gov. Seeks Input from State Christian Coalition. (People & Events)

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Georgia's new governor, Sonny Perdue, is eagerly soliciting input from the state branch of the Christian Coalition as Republicans prepare to take the reins of state government for the first time since Reconstruction.

Perdue's win was engineered by Ralph Reed, former head of the national Christian Coalition and now chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. Reed, who runs a political consulting firm near Atlanta, also helped U.S. Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) oust incumbent Sen. Max Cleland.

In early December, Georgia Christian Coalition officials sent an e-mail message to supporters signaling that Perdue wants their ideas.

"I received a call from the Governor's transition team last week requesting a meeting with me to discuss and plan how best to implement a pro-family agenda over the course of his administration" wrote Sadie Fields, chair of the Georgia Christian Coalition. "The Governor-elect is very in tune with our values, and wants to work with us on accomplishing our goals."

Fields listed several objectives, among them new restrictions on abortion, elimination of the capital gains tax and creation of "Choose Life" license plates. …