Ralston blasts Georgia Senate leadership rift

ATLANTA-A push to overhaul Georgia taxes descended into a Republican feud Thursday as House Speaker David Ralston said the state won't be able to reach an agreement on a plan until the Senate figures out who's in charge.

With the clock running out on the legislative session, tempers flared at the state Capitol as daylong closed-door negotiations failed to break the logjam.

Ralston blamed the power struggle in the Senate where an eight-member committee has stripped many of the powers from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

"I'm at a point where I think I need to say that they need to resolve their leadership issues and they need to do it quickly or the people of Georgia are going to be the ones that suffer," Ralston told reporters late Thursday.

"I have tried this session to avoid meddling in the business of the Senate but we have come perilously close to their little experiment over there harming the people of Georgia."