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Supreme Court hears Spaceport case, DNR board mum on Okefenokee

– October 5, 2022 – Rocket docket The Georgia Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Thursday regarding the validity of the March 8 referendum in Camden County about Spaceport Camden. By a nearly 3-1 margin voters rejected the idea of the county buying land for its planned small rocket launch facility. County officials contend the state constitution doesn’t support direct democracy in this case, and officials of other counties are interested in how the case plays out for county-level…

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Storm, Elections Seasons Collide

October 4, 2022 Cautionary tale As Hurricane Ian swept north through Florida last week and headed towards Coastal Georgia, politicians from the governor on down did their parts, issuing warnings, guidance, and reassurance. In the end, no one appeared to have dropped the ball. Yet with a slight shift in the storm’s path, it easily could have been different, The Current’s Craig Nelson and Mary Landers write. Going forward, the crucial question for state and local officials is what lessons can…

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Every Voter’s Voice, New Approaches

Sunday Solutions – Oct. 2, 2022 October brought fall temperatures and ushered Hurricane Ian up to South Carolina. Here’s hoping you are only a bit windblown from a monster that sadly terrorized the western coast of Florida. Now you need a different storm plan: We’ve got 5 full weeks until the General Elections. Gear up. A voice for every voter Americans like to say every vote counts, but the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities sponsored an event last week to go…

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Stormy Weather, Pooler & Pot Penalties,

September 29, 2022 Storm warning Before diving into the Undercurrent newsletter, we would be remiss not to remind readers to take necessary precautions as Hurricane Ian bears down on the Southeast. Sign up for your county’s emergency management text alerts. Follow the instructions of local authorities. Public safety update: The Savannah River Bridge in Savannah and Sidney Lanier Bridge in Glynn County will close at 9 a.m. Thursday until the storm has passed and each bridge has passed an inspection, according to…

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Ian Updates, Info, Places to Watch

Sept. 28, 2022 – Tropical Edition By now, you’ve probably seen the ever-changing computer models for Hurricane Ian. As of this writing, Ian was headed for central Florida and had not yet made up its mind about how to handle Georgia. However, it’s pretty clear that Coastal Georgia could get at least 6 to 10 inches of rain. A second landfall is likely along the coast, bringing higher storm surge tides to continue testing our resilience. Prepare for that now. Higher…

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Chatham DA on safety, policies

September 27, 2022 DA: Traditional ‘tough on crime’ isn’t keeping you safe Shalena Cook Jones on Sunday fervently defended her record as Chatham County’s district attorney, hitting back at suggestions that she and her office are soft on crime and criminals. It was one of the Democratic DA’s first public accountings of her office’s drastically different approach to criminal justice since taking office in January 2021, The Current’s Craig Nelson and Jake Shore report. Crime is increasing because of “policies that…

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Landfill Permits Under Fire

Sunday Solutions – Sept. 25, 2022 Break out the party hats! We’re turning 2! And for the occasion, Sunday Reads has changed to Sunday Solutions. It’s important for all of us to consider solutions for all our common predicaments. We’ll do our best to highlight ideas and information you can use to work toward a solution of your own. And we’re looking to be a Terrific Two, not a Terrible Two…we’ll let you tell us how we do. County fights state…

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Savannah Succeeds in Homicide Metric

September 22, 2022 Barometer of police success? Savannah is soaring over other cities when it comes to a key policing metric: solving murders. So far in 2022, the Savannah Police Department is reporting a homicide clearance rate — the rate at which police solve a crime — of 79%. In the three years prior, the rate was over 80%. The numbers surpass police departments from big cities like New York and Los Angeles to similarly-sized ones like Charleston, S.C., and Knoxville,…

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Changing seasons and an Okefenokee visitor

Sept. 21, 2022 It’s the autumnal equinox on Thursday, the start of fall. And not a minute too soon for heat-weary coastal residents. Another seasonal note: the Atlantic hurricane season remained quiet for its typical mid-September activity peak but roared awake this week with Hurricane Fiona crashing into Puerto Rico. We’ll take a look at issues related to both these seasons, but first we turn to a recent high profile visitor. Let’s go. Interior Secretary tours Okefenokee At the end of…

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Debates, Free Gas, Immigration

September 20, 2022 Cue the watch parties In what is expected to be a highlight of the 2022 midterm elections — not only in Georgia but nationwide — will take place in Coastal Georgia. After their campaigns wrangled for months, Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker confirmed this week they would appear at one debate together on Oct. 14 in Savannah. No less significant for Coastal Georgia: Republican Rep. Buddy Carter and his Democratic opponent for the First District seat in the U.S.…

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Swamp Mining, School Funding

Sunday Reads – Sept. 18, 2022 Last week seemed quiet until Friday when the Okefenokee got a visit and state senators stayed overtime in Savannah to hear pleas for more school buses, better food and equitable resources in Georgia schools. We’ve added a calendar so you can find your local representatives any time you’ve got something to say about their work. And ProPublica brings it all together in a hard look at how literacy rates affect voter turnout. Swamp gets a…

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