Political

  Savannah candidates speak at climate change forum

With a little under a month to go before Chatham County’s Municipal, voters got to hear from City Council candidates about an important topic Tuesday night.

Early voting starts Monday in Ga., S.C.

  Lowcountry elected officials meet with state representatives to discuss issues

Steven Reed’s historic win makes news across the world

Public forum held for Tybee city council candidates

Voter registration deadline in Ga. is Monday

  Tybee Island holding candidates forum

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  Savannah community gathers for mayoral, at-large candidate forums

  Richmond Hill voters to decide on tax options in November

2 Ga lawmakers to introduce laws for vaping, e-cigarette use

  Municipalities Candidate Meet & Greet being held for Chatham County

  Federal judge temporarily blocks Georgia abortion law

  Tybee Island voters hear from 3 hopefuls at mayoral forum

National Voter Registration Day: Where you can get registered in Southeast Ga.

Tuesday, Sept. 24 is National Voter Registration Day and one organization will be hosting several local events to help people with the registration process.

Gov. Kemp to take applications online for Isakson’s senate seat

A special election will be held in November 2020 to find Senator Johnny Isakson's replacement. Until then, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp will appoint someone to serve and is now revealing how he will select that person.

Inspector General reviewing allegations in letter from lawmakers studying state housing agency

The Office of Inspector General said they have received a letter from the House Legislative Oversight Committee studying the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority about concerns they received from a constituent wishing to remain anonymous.

Democratic presidential hopefuls speak to SC voters at historic venue

For the first time ever, a special meeting was held at the Galivants Ferry Stump just for presidential candidates.

Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders visits CofC

State lawmakers continue to tackle affordable housing crisis, tour new development

  Gov. Brian Kemp visits Swainsboro to announce rural strike team

  House of Rep. passes bill that would ban seismic testing on our coasts

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates sound off on abortion bill

Mark Sanford claims Republicans are burdened by ‘Trump fatigue,’ suffering from an identity crisis

Graham responds to Trump’s ousting of National Security Adviser Bolton

Sen. Lindsey Graham posted his reaction Tuesday to news that President Donald Trump had forced out National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Georgia lawmakers again consider gambling to pay for HOPE

Georgia state lawmakers are again exploring the idea of new legalized gambling to help fund the HOPE scholarship program

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro campaigns in the Lowcountry

Castro will share the debate stage in less than two weeks with some strong candidates. He says he’s ready for debate number three.

  Georgia’s Johnny Isakson to resign U.S. Senate seat at end of 2019

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., issued a statement Wednesday regarding the end of his service in the U.S. Senate.

Beto O’Rourke calls for tighter gun control measures during stop in the Lowcountry

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is calling for tighter gun control measures.The democrat took the stage Monday night at the College of Charleston for a town hall that was open to the public.

  Pooler mayor announces he will not run for re-election

Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb announced Friday during a city council meeting that he will not be running for re-election.

SC business owners meet with members of SC Congressional delegation

On Thursday evening, members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation and business owners got together for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Washington Night.

  Chatham Board of Elections to consider creating new precincts, polling locations in Pooler

With the November election just a few months away, Chatham County Board of Elections members are looking at the possibility of making some adjustments to precincts and voting locations in a growing area of the county.

Qualifying opens for upcoming general elections in Chatham Co.

Monday, Aug. 19 is the first day to qualify for the November general election. Local races will decide the mayor as well as multiple aldermen positions.

Campaigning in SC Elizabeth Warren says plans have bipartisan appeal, the key is talking

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is portrayed as one of the most progressive Democrats in the race for the party’s nomination, but at a campaign event in Aiken, she said her plans can appeal to both sides of the aisle the trick is just communication.

  Protesters gather in Forsyth Park to advocate for more stringent gun laws

Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action demonstrated at the Forsyth Park fountain on Saturday. They say tougher gun safety measures are needed to tackle gun violence across the country.

  Pete Buttigieg campaigns in the Lowcountry

Many South Carolinians and even some Georgians filled the gymnasium at Whale Branch Middle School in Seabrook on Saturday to listen to Buttigieg’s vision for the country.

Andrew Yang makes stops in the Lowcountry during campaign visit

A presidential hopeful made a visit to the Lowcountry on Thursday.

Georgia’s Abrams announces voter protection program

Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has announced a multimillion-dollar initiative to staff and fund voter protection teams in battleground states across the country ahead of the 2020 elections.

  Garden City mayor announces re-election campaign

Garden City Mayor Don Bethune officially announced on Tuesday that he would be running for Mayor again on Nov. 5.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to campaign in the Lowcountry

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will be in the Lowcountry this weekend for campaign events.

  Lowcountry rallies against gun violence, highlights support for Latino community

What was described as a prayer vigil against the recent gun violence in El Paso and Dayton turned into so much more.

Georgia faces tight timeline for replacing voting system

Georgia election officials have no time to spare as they replace 30,000 outdated voting machines ahead of the presidential primaries.

  U.S. Rep. Rick Allen tours Montgomery County High School

A common challenge rural communities across Georgia and the U.S. face is a lack of broadband internet service.

  Filing begins for Town of Bluffton’s 2020 elections positions

The office of the mayor and two town council-member positions are open for this years’ election.

  Bluffton residents can check voter eligibility before November

Ahead of Bluffton’s municipal election in November, the town wanted to make sure residents know whether or not they are able to vote.

State lawmaker, brother of church shooting victim, urging others to take action after mass shootings

State Representative JA Moore (D-Berkeley) was shocked after this weekend’s mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

  Rep. Buddy Carter weighs in on recent mass shootings

Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter spoke with WTOC on Monday on what he thinks needs to be done to prevent mass shootings. His comments come after two deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that happened over the weekend.

  ACLU visits Savannah film meeting to discuss potential impacts of ‘Heartbeat Bill’

The backlash of the Heartbeat Bill has production companies threatening not to bring their business to the state of Georgia if the bill goes into effect.

Understanding adverse childhood experiences and their long term impacts

First Sergeant Walter “Shawn” McDaniels has been with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department for more than 15 years.

  Mueller dismisses Trump’s claims of Russia probe exoneration

The Capitol Hill appearance, Mueller's first since wrapping his two-year Russia probe, unfolded at a moment of deep divisions in Congress and the country, with many Americans hardened in their opinions about the success of Trump's presidency.

LINK: Read the redacted Mueller Report

Read and download the the full redacted Mueller Report.

  Store owned by Alderman Thomas evicted from Savannah Mall

The store owned by District 6 Alderman Tony Thomas has been evicted from the Savannah Mall.

Former Congressman, SC Gov. Mark Sanford mulling run for president

Former Congressman and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is considering a run against Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020.

Lawmakers push to close wage gap in S.C.

Lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills earlier this year that aim to make pay based on factors like effort, responsibility, and skill.

  Gov. Kemp tours Quick Start facility in Pooler

The governor says the site allows state leaders to promote the Coastal Empire even more.

Attorney General, US Senators, tour Federal Correctional Institution in Edgefield

There are about 2,000 prisoners housed at the medium-security federal correctional institution in Edgefield.

  ‘Margie’s Law’ now in effect, requiring healthcare facilities to inform patients of dense breast tissue

Under the new law - House Bill 62 - doctors will be required to notify patients if they have dense breast tissue.

New GA law aims to prevent crimes related to abuse

There is a new law in Georgia that was created in hopes of saving the lives of children like Elwyn and Mary Crocker - two Effingham County teenagers who were found buried in their family’s backyard.

New laws take effect July 1 in Ga.

Several new laws will go into effect Monday in Georgia.

  Beaufort city leaders pleased after offshore drilling ban clears House

The offshore drilling ban Beaufort city leaders pushed for has now cleared the U.S. House and is moving on to the Senate.

  County by county breakdown of top googled Democratic candidates

Google is giving an inside look into which Democratic debate candidates the American public is researching.

Teacher group returns to State House nearly two months after rally

Nearly two months after the May 1st rally, SC For Ed returned to the State House.

Governor says state making progress combating opioid crisis

Governor Henry McMaster (R-South Carolina) sat in on the House Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee’s meeting Tuesday morning.

Ga. senators urge removal of ship-to-shore cranes from next proposed round of China tariffs

Two U.S. Senators from Georgia have written to the Trump administration asking to remove important port equipment from the proposed fourth round of tariffs on Chinese imports.

22 presidential candidates head to South Carolina for Clyburn’s fish fry

One of the biggest events so far for Democratic candidates’ kicked off Friday night in Columbia.

  Zoning amendment pertaining to campaign signs canceled in Savannah

City staff put together amendments for council to consider that would change zoning pertaining to campaign signs at this week’s regular council meeting, but the motion was cancelled.

  GA senator pushing for healthy lifestyle incentives

Senator David Perdue submitted the Personal Health Investment Today, or "PHIT" Act.

  Biden’s words on segregationist senators draw rivals’ fire

Biden didn't back down Wednesday and was particularly defiant in the face of criticism from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who said the former vice president should apologize.

  Re-election launch watch party held Tuesday in Savannah for President Trump

Watch parties gathered across the Coastal Empire as President Donald Trump announced his re-election campaign, Tuesday night.

  Congressional softball game to raise money for fight against cancer

The women of Congress prepare for a showdown with the press, but it’s all in good fun.

New requirements for rideshare drivers in effect in South Carolina

If you hailed an Uber or Lyft ride over the weekend you may have noticed something different on the vehicle you got into you.

  New voting precincts possibly coming to Chatham County

The next time some Chatham County voters head to the polls, it could be in a new location.

Governor Brian Kemp takes tour of ‘Employability’

Employability helps adults looks for a job who have developmental disabilities.

Organization says they would have preferred hand marked ballots for new voting system

Lynn Teague with the League of Women Voters said she’s glad the new voting system for South Carolina has a paper trail.

South Carolina upgrades to new paper-based voting system

For the first time in 15 years, the state of South Carolina is getting a new voting system.

South Carolina upgrades to new paper-based voting system

For the first time in 15 years, the state of South Carolina is getting a new voting system.

  Current Tybee councilman enters name into mayoral race

Another member of Tybee Island City Council throwing her hat into the ring to run for mayor.

  Congressman Carter tours Tiny House Project in Savannah

A Tiny House community will soon serve 72 homeless veterans in Savannah.

  State Representative Weston Newton provides legislative update in Bluffton

A state representative met with his constituents over pizza Wednesday.

Carolina Panthers officially become ‘two states, one team’

Adrian McCrorey says the city of Rock Hill is buzzing after the Panthers officially announced they were moving to town.

LGBT advocates sue Trump’s HHS, SC for discriminating against same-sex foster parents

LGBT advocates have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the state of South Carolina on behalf of a lesbian couple who were discriminated against by a government foster care agency for failing to meet it’s religious criteria.

  Tybee councilwoman announces plans to run for mayor

Tybee Councilwoman Shirley Sessions has officially announced her plans to run for mayor of Tybee Island.