[Editor’s Note: this is the best analysis of the issue’s political ramifications I have seen.]

ATLANTA — A small-town newspaper’s story about a freshman legislator prompted the most unusual display of political damage control seen in two decades at the Georgia House of Representatives.

A strident libertarian in office less than two weeks who has introduced a handful of nonconventional bills received a serial lecture Friday morning from a parade of Republican leaders intent on distancing the party from his proposals before they go viral on the Internet. 

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