Political

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.

  Biden’s words on segregationist senators draw rivals’ fire

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

  Congressional softball game to raise money for fight against cancer

New requirements for rideshare drivers in effect in South Carolina

  New voting precincts possibly coming to Chatham County

Governor Brian Kemp takes tour of ‘Employability’

Continued Coverage

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

South Carolina upgrades to new paper-based voting system

South Carolina upgrades to new paper-based voting system

  Current Tybee councilman enters name into mayoral race

  Congressman Carter tours Tiny House Project in Savannah

  State Representative Weston Newton provides legislative update in Bluffton

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.

  Mueller’s public statement fuels calls for Trump impeachment

Special counsel Robert Mueller's first — and possibly last — public statement on the Russia investigation is fueling fresh calls on Capitol Hill to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, a step that Democratic leaders have so far resisted.

Tybee Island mayor not seeking re-election, running for Chatham Co. chairman

  Republican Convention being held this weekend in Savannah

Board of Elections looking to add new polling locations in Pooler

Senators pass bill that would create tax credits for sports teams

Vote on abortion bill delayed after chaos erupts in Alabama Senate

Uber bill spurred by student’s killing nears passage in SC

  Film industry won’t feel “catastrophic” impact from Heartbeat Bill, industry experts say

Some high profile Hollywood actors want the film industry to boycott Georgia because of the new law, but Gov. Kemp doesn’t think movie production will be impacted.

  Margie’s Law’ signed, requiring healthcare facilities to inform patients of dense breast tissue

Governor Brian Kemp signed Margie’s Law on Thursday.

Funding for some attack ads, mailers, still a mystery in SC

Some organizations who run attack ads around election time don’t have to say where they get their money from in South Carolina.

Cracking down on underage drinking in South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (SC DAODAS) says every year about 85 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol use. They say all of these deaths could have been prevented.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams won’t run for Senate in 2020

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams tells The Associated Press that she will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2020 despite being heavily recruited by national party leaders

  State Representative Carl Gilliard holding economic empowerment summit in Savannah

He holds summits like this one each year, bringing resources to our community to offer help with career development and other opportunities.

  Gov. Kemp signs bill that means new name, new authority for convention center in Savannah

About $20 million has already been set aside through state and local efforts to keep the design phase of the convention expansion on track.

SC family advocating for bill that would ban the sale of energy drinks to minors

A Midlands family is advocating for legislation to ban stores from selling energy drinks to minors.

SC House passes bill to ban abortions once heartbeat detected

Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives will discuss a bill that would make abortions illegal in our state as long as a heartbeat can be detected.

  Gov. Kemp announces investment project coming to Pooler

The governor says the company will bring more than 150 jobs and invest more than $170 million.

Lighted sign requirement removed from SC Uber safety bill

A Senate subcommittee voted Tuesday to scrap a requirement for a lighted sign and instead require drivers to display their license tag numbers on a sign on the front of their vehicles.

Grassroots group hoping to stop potential sale of Santee Cooper

Glenn Stephens retired last June after working for Santee Cooper for 35 years. He is now a part of the grassroots effort to pump the brakes on a potential sale of the only state-owned public utility.

Interim director discusses ‘hostile and toxic’ work environment at state agency

During his confirmation hearing Department on Aging interim director, Steven Morris read a letter from a long-time state employee who resigned this year.

  U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren campaigns in Lowcountry

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren was in the Lowcountry Monday for part of her 2020 presidential campaign.

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren hosting organizing event in Beaufort County

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is hosting an organizing event in Beaufort County on Monday, April 15.

  2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke makes stop in Lowcountry

Just last month, U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke announced he is planning to run for president.

Cross-over deadline at the State House

Some of the more controversial bills at the South Carolina State House will be facing more of an uphill battle.

Out of time: Several bills won’t make Wednesday’s crossover deadline to become law in SC

Time is running out for bills that could potentially become law in the Palmetto State.

  Local industry leaders say Heartbeat Bill should not affect film production in Savannah

With Georgia Governor Brian Kemp expected to sign House Bill 481 into law in the coming weeks, many with ties to the film industry are wondering what, if any, impact it could have on film productions coming to Savannah.

  Georgia lawmakers pass measure giving access for low-THC oil

The Georgia House and Senate reached an agreement Tuesday on access to low THC-oil for patients in Georgia. It’s unclear what the agreement means in terms of cultivation and dispensaries.

  Tuesday is ‘Sine Die Day’ at the Atlanta Capitol

It’s the final day for Georgia’s 2019 legislative session.Several proposals have already been passed and sent to Gov. Kemp, but there are a few bills that could be considered.

GA lawmakers denounce HBCU senate bill; another bill introduced

Some Georgia senators are now under fire from three Georgia historically black colleges, including Albany State University, after a proposal to consolidate the universities into a new state system.

Georgia House passes ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

Bucking intense opposition from abortion rights groups, citizens and doctors, the Georgia House has given final approval to a "fetal heartbeat" abortion ban outlawing almost all abortions in the state

  Governor Kemp comments on Heartbeat Bill controversy

A prominent Hollywood organization is encouraging other members of the film industry to oppose Georgia’s controversial abortion bill.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

  Savannahians heading to Capitol for ‘Pink Out the Halls’

Savannahians are packing their bags and heading to the Georgia Capitol Tuesday morning for “Pink Out the Halls."

  Rally for medical marijuana held in Beaufort

Supporters of major legislation to legalize medical marijuana in South Carolina gathered Monday night in Beaufort.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

VP Mike Pence coming to SC to campaign for Sen. Lindsey Graham

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to South Carolina to help Senator Lindsey Graham kick off his 2020 re-election campaign, officials announced Monday.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

Meet the candidates forum being held for Richmond Hill Special Election

Richmond Hill residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates running for city council.

  Crossover Day held at Georgia Capitol

All eyes are on state lawmakers as Georgians anxiously wait to see what bills will survive Crossover Day.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

WATCH: President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is testifying before the House Oversight Committee

President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is testifying before the House Oversight Committee

Georgia House approves new electronic voting machines

The bill passed Tuesday, largely along partisan lines with Republicans in support.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

  Ex-campaign worker filed lawsuit claiming Trump kissed her without consent; White house issued denial

The woman who filed the lawsuit says then-candidate Donald Trump "grasped her hand and did not let go" and kissed her on the corner of her mouth as she turned slightly away.

Early voting underway for Skidaway Island special election

Early voting begins Monday, Feb. 25 for a special election in Chatham County.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

Savannah mayor’s annual State of the City Address set for Tuesday

Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach will give his annual State of the City Address on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

Stacey Abrams to speak in Savannah on Thursday

Stacey Abrams will be in Savannah on Thursday as part of her post-campaign “Thank You” tour.

  Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration in State of the Union address

The president ticked through a litany of issues with crossover appeal, including boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs and combating childhood cancer, but he also appealed to his political base with his harsh rhetoric on immigration.

Trump touts ‘good’ relationship with North Korea’s Kim in State of the Union

The aim of the summit is to continue working toward peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

  Trump touts economy, warns of border danger in State of the Union; Abrams says ‘we owe more’ to working class in Dem. response

Pres. Donald Trump presented an optimistic vision of the nation, saying "our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before."

Local parties share hopes for State of the Union Address

Georgia’s own Stacey Abrams will deliver the official democratic response to the State of the Union Address Tuesday night.