Politics

Kemp says he can’t delay vote; Raffensperger hints he might

Gov. Brian Kemp says he doesn’t believe he can order a delay in Georgia’s May 19 party primary elections under the current state of emergency.

DHS: Pandemic measures cut illegal border crossings by half

Georgia primaries postponed until May

  Early voting underway in Bryan Co.

Early voting underway for Georgia presidential primary

  Joe Biden claims first primary win in South Carolina

High voter turnout reported in the Palmetto State, only a few polling issues

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Tom Steyer withdraws from presidential race after third-place finish in S.C. primary

POLITICS EXPLAINED: Winning the most votes does not mean you win the South Carolina primary

  Beaufort Co. sees good turnout for Presidential Primary

  Comfortable voting day at Levy Community Center in Hardeeville

What S.C. voters should know before heading to the polls Saturday

President Trump fires up S.C. supporters the day before state’s Democratic Primary

  South Carolina Primary this Saturday

Voters can cast their ballots in the South Carolina primary Saturday. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Everything you should know before the Trump rally in N. Charleston Friday

President Donald Trump is coming to the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday night

LIST: Where to see candidates for president as they cross S.C. this week

In anticipation of the South Carolina Democratic Primary on Saturday, many of the candidates vying for the presidency will be in our state.

  Rep. Jim Clyburn endorses Joe Biden before S.C. Democratic primary

The most influential Democrat in South Carolina and the state’s highest-ranking black member of Congress announced Wednesday morning that he is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden.

Democrats band together to knock Sanders during debate clash

Candidates square off in Democratic presidential debate showdown in Charleston

  Liberty Co. residents test new voting system

  Democratic candidates work to sway undecided voters ahead of S.C. debate

Beaufort Co. sees thousands of early voters

Emanuel AME shooting survivor says she will vote for Biden or Buttigieg

Political experts explain importance of South Carolina primary

The political world will shine its spotlight on South Carolina this week as numerous candidates make their final push before the state’s Democratic primary on Saturday.

Buttigieg to take on Sanders in Charleston debate by laying out differences

Pete Buttigieg has a plan in place for Tuesday’s democratic presidential debate in downtown Charleston: lay out the differences between him and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Democratic presidential debate preparations underway at Gaillard Center in Charleston

CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute are co-hosting the 10th Democratic presidential primary debate. The debate is on Tuesday at the Gaillard Center at 8 p.m.

Monday is the last day to register to vote in upcoming Ga. primary

If you want to vote in the upcoming Georgia primary, you must be a registered voter and Monday is the last day to register.

  Tom Steyer campaigns in the Lowcountry ahead of SC primary

Democratic Presidential candidate and businessman Tom Steyer spoke to supporters in Yemassee ahead of the South Carolina primary.

Politics Explained: Should South Carolinians care about the Nevada Caucus?

With all the votes in Nevada are cast, will the results impact South Carolinian’s decisions a week later?

  Mayor Van Johnson honored at last commission meeting as county employee

An emotional Chatham County commission meeting for some as Mayor Van Johnson attended his final as a county employee.

  New early voting location added in Pooler

Chatham County is preparing for a busy election year starting with early voting for March’s Presidential Preference Primary.

  Effingham Co. Sheriff to run for re-election

Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie held a meet and greet reception Thursday night at The Local on Laurel in Springfield.

President Donald Trump holding rally in North Charleston

President Donald Trump is expected to hold a rally in North Charleston next week.

  Port Wentworth city council holds first meeting with newly appointed member

After weeks at a standstill, the Port Wentworth city council was finally able to get down to business. They welcomed their new District 1 councilman at a special meeting Wednesday night.

  Plans to hire new Savannah City Manager on track despite council’s decision to hire new search firm

The plan to hire a new city manager for Savannah is still on track despite the city council’s recent decision to pick a new search firm.

  Hampton County Council discussing possible secession of Yemasee

Hampton County Council is meeting in an executive session Tuesday tonight to discuss the possible secession of Yemasee.

  Chatham Co. District Attorney Meg Heap announces she’s running for re-election

Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap announced she will run for re-election.

  Statesboro’s mayor highlights talking points ahead of State of the City address

Statesboro’s mayor will deliver his first State of the City address Tuesday night.

Gov. Brian Kemp appoints new Port Wentworth council member

Governor Brian Kemp appointed Honorable Donald H. Hodges as Port Wentworth’s District 1 council member on Monday.

Georgia Secretary of State’s office delivers new voting machines

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office completed the deliveries of the new secure paper-ballot system to all 159 counties on Friday.

  Zena McClain announces run for Chatham County District Attorney

Another hat has been thrown into the race for Chatham County District Attorney.

  Savannah holds voting machine workshop with new devices

Every county in Georgia has to use the state’s new voting machines in every election this year.

  Democrats shift focus to South Carolina

With New Hampshire in the rear view mirror, and the 2020 presidential election growing closer, the focus for democratic candidates shifts to the Palmetto State.

How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Democratic Party leaders and activists are describing widespread missteps in planning and implementation that made the Iowa caucuses a historic disaster.

Election officials holding training sessions on how to use new voting machines

Chatham County election officials want to make sure voters know how to use the new voting machines ahead of the primaries.

Final voter information forum being held in Beaufort County

Beaufort County election officials are hosting their last of four forums to spread information ahead of the South Carolina primaries.

Gov. Kemp, state superintendent proposing testing changes in Ga. public schools

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and the state superintendent have announced a plan to cut five mandatory standardized tests for public school students.

Ga. senators propose bill to add daylight saving referendum to General Election ballot

Georgia senators have introduced a bill that would allow state residents to voice their opinion on ending time changes in the state.

  Port Wentworth special-called meeting called off, two council members absent

The turmoil in Port Wentworth continues as their special-called city council meeting was cancelled Thursday night due to there not being enough members there to make a quorum.

  Georgia Democrat Teresa Tomlinson outlines bid for US Senate

Former Columbus mayor and senate candidate Teresa Tomlinson made several stops in Southeast Georgia Thursday. She is one of three Democrats running to challenge incumbent US Senator David Perdue in November.

  Bloomberg campaign office opens in Savannah

The results from the Iowa caucus may not be final, but one democratic candidate is already looking ahead to Super Tuesday, and the Georgia primary just a few weeks later.

Savannah native, Rev. Raphael Warnock, launches U.S. Senate campaign

Reverand Raphael Warnock, a Savannah native and Senior Pastor of Atlanta’s Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, announced Thursday he has launched his candidacy for the U.S. Senate special election.

  Savannah-Chatham Day held at the Ga. Capitol

Thursday is Savannah-Chatham Day at the Capitol. It is a chance for special interest groups, local governments and elected leaders throughout the county to get some face-time with state leaders.

Port Wentworth mayor suspends the interim city administrator

The Port Wentworth mayor has suspended Steve Davis, the interim city administrator.

  Deadline to register to vote in South Carolina primary is Jan. 30

The South Carolina primary is coming up. Democrats in the state choose their presidential nominee on February 29.

  Richmond Hill council members receive training in Atlanta

Richmond Hill city leaders received some training and resources to better serve the community.

Doug Collins (R-Ga.) announces bid for U.S. Senate

Representative Doug Collins announced his bid for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday with many political experts saying the move could divide the state party at the ballot box in November.

Deadline approaching for South Carolina presidential primary voter registration

The deadline to register to vote in the South Carolina presidential primary is Jan. 30.

  GA lawmakers looking at upcoming state budget

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp gave his report on the amended fiscal year 2020 budget and the 2021 budget to state leaders last week, touting the state's record low unemployment, above-average increases in personal income and job growth.

  Sarah Riggs Amico outlines her bid for US Senate

Sarah Riggs Amico said her business experience of more than 15 years separates her from other Democrats looking to challenge US Republican Senator David Perdue in November.

Chatham County in need of hundreds of poll workers for upcoming elections

In order to serve the thousands of voters expected at the polls this year, the Chatham County Board of Elections is in need of hundreds of poll workers.

  Chatham Co. Commissioner Ellis announces bid for chairman position

Another candidate has joined the race to become Chatham County Commission Chairman, a seat that’s up for grabs this fall.

  Port Wentworth city council meeting skipped by some members for second time

For the second time in as many months, Port Wentworth’s city council meeting didn’t happen.

  Ga. legislature considering limiting dual enrollment

The state of Georgia is considering a bill that would limit dual enrollment for high school students.

  New voting machines arrive in Chatham County

More than 800 brand new voting machines arrived in Chatham County from Atlanta on Friday.

  Savannah’s new city council holds first meeting

A new session is underway in the State Legislature in Atlanta and Thursday, Savannah’s new city council reviewed what they want state leaders to work on and who they want to tell the legislature about it.

  Governor Brian Kemp gives State of the State address

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp gave his second State of the State address Thursday.

  S.C. preparing for Presidential Primary at the end of February

South Carolina is the fourth primary in the nation. It's the first in the south.

Ga. lawmakers will not vote on bill proposing incorporation of Chatham Co. islands

Two Georgia state lawmakers say they won’t move forward with a bill calling for a vote on incorporation of the Chatham County islands.

  Georgia governor outlines 2020 legislative priorities

A new legislative session kicks off in Georgia on January 13th. Lawmakers will debate, introduce, and pass bills until the end of March. How will state leaders tackle issues like crime, education, and healthcare? WTOC recently sat down with Governor Brian Kemp to discuss his legislative priorities.

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December

Lawmakers react to vote on War Powers Resolution

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has set a House vote on limiting President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran.

  Bryan County elections looking for more poll workers

As election season nears in Bryan County with the sheriff’s race in May, a “Secure the Vote” trailer will arrive in Richmond Hill and Pembroke on Friday.

  Port Wentworth City Council sworn in, new administration working to solve problems

Port Wentworth’s city council got sworn in Tuesday night.

  Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff outlines campaign for US Senate

Democrat Jon Ossoff is one of four vying to take on incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue. This week, Ossoff announced raising over $1 million in the final 3 months of 2019.

  Chatham County DA, commission chairman races add new candidates

Friday, two new names were entered into two big upcoming Chatham County political races for November.

Shirley Sessions sworn in as Tybee Island’s first female mayor

The new year brings a couple of changes to Tybee Island’s city council, including a new mayor.

  Richmond Hill has changes in store for 2020 strategic plan

Richmond Hill has big changes in store for the new year.

  New Statesboro council members preparing to be sworn in

Statesboro will mark a milestone in five days. The city will swear-in it’s first female council members.

  Van Johnson sworn in as Savannah mayor during Emancipation Proclamation service

Van Johnson was sworn in Wednesday morning as the 67th mayor of Savannah ahead of Thursday’s inauguration for all of City Council.

  New laws go into effect in Georgia

The new year brings in more than just New Year’s resolutions. It also brings some new laws in Georgia.