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Savannah’s Top Crime Gun Is…

January 26, 2023 Savannah’s top gun company The largest share of guns that Savannah police recover from crime scenes are made by one company: Glock. That is according to 2020 to 2021 data released this month by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which Savannah is a member of, and national group Everytown for Gun Safety. Glock is the top firearm recovered from crime scenes in Savannah and several U.S. cities. The company’s pistols are low cost and easy to use (“simply point…

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Okefenokee, early spring, and bees’ disease

– January 24th, 2023 – Okefenokee at a crossroads Georgia regulators are moving forward with the permitting of a controversial strip mine near the Okefenokee even as they’re looking into a problem with how the mining company collected its data. (See the full story here.) Twin Pines Minerals drilled 385 boreholes to help figure out how water will flow as the area is strip mined for titanium dioxide. But the company failed to get the required state licensing for its geologist…

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Local Political Parties Challenge Themselves

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 Something happening here Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, tensions between insurgents and the old guard are roiling the political establishment in Coastal Georgia. The ferment is swelling as both political parties gear up for county assemblies next month, during which delegates will be chosen to attend state conventions or state committee meetings this summer, The Current’s Craig Nelson reports. In a voice vote at a meeting of the Chatham County GOP in Savannah last week, supporters…

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Mining Plan Scrutiny, Doc Shortage

Sunday Solutions — Jan. 22, 2023 From the Okefenokee Swamp to the Savannah River, there’s plenty to talk about this week in Coastal Georgia. For your second cup, we’ll explore the scary collision of marketing, college athletes and disrespect. Let’s roll. Regulators, miners and public scrutiny You may have read where the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has opened a 60-day comment period for public review of the Draft Mining Land Use Plan for the much debated titanium dioxide mine near the…

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Coastal Prison Spotlighted In Trans Inmate Lawsuit

January 19, 2023 Lawsuit: GA prisons fail trans inmates UPDATE: Ashley Diamond, the transgender woman who sued the Georgia Department of Corrections, decided not to go forward with the trial, according to a court document on Wednesday. Her lawyers and the GDC are working on an official dismissal, the document showed. Jury selection is underway in a lawsuit brought by a transgender woman who says she has endured at least eight sexual assaults in a Savannah-area prison, has been denied gender-affirming…

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Vogtle delay, Twitter block, and gas stoves

– Jan. 18, 2023 – Clarification: An item in last week’s newsletter about the QCells solar factory failed to note that U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff sponsored the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act. U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock was a co-sponsor. Vogtle misses another goal The infamously delayed and over budget nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle got more delayed and more costly with a recent failed test on one of its two new units. Add about two months to the timeline and…

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Carter Takes Aim at Taxes, Abortion

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 “Let’s get to work,” Coastal Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter declared after the tumultuous election of Kevin McCarthy as the new speaker of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. And last week, Carter did, starting with highly symbolic legislative measures that have little chance of passage in the Democrat-led Senate but served to appeal to conservative voters on hot-button issues. Carter introduced legislation that would eliminate the IRS and the current tax code and replace them with a national…

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Your Priorities, New State Budget

Sunday Solutions — Jan. 15, 2023 On Thursday, new and old state officials have been sworn and re-sworn for new terms. Now there’s likely to be a bit more swearing as the legislature considers Governor Brian Kemp’s new budget and members put a few more topics on the table. We’ll dedicate today’s note to what you told us last week about priorities and add few more reads for your dinner conversations. What you said Last week we offered our second annual…

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Camden Libel Suit Falters, Gun Law Takes Effect

January 12, 2023 New chief sworn in In a packed auditorium in the Savannah Cultural Arts Center, a mix of uniformed police officers, their families, city bureaucrats and elected officials gathered to watch Savannah’s 30th police chief’s swearing-in on Tuesday evening. Chief Lenny Gunther, 46, took his oath of office on a Bible held by his son. He spoke to the attendees after a standing ovation.  “Our community has demanded and deserves a chief that understands it, loves it, and will…

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Spaceport spending, new solar factory and death of a whale calf

Clarification added Jan. 11: U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff sponsored the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act. U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock was a co-sponsor. $12 million and counting In a landslide referendum result in March, Camden County voters rejected the idea of building a commercial spaceport. Despite that big thumbs down from voters, and in part because of it, the tax money keeps flowing for the spaceport. That’s because the county is embroiled in four spaceport-related lawsuits, with outside attorneys representing Camden…

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New Leaders Take Charge

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 State lawmakers get to work Effingham County’s Jon Burns became speaker of the state House of Representatives yesterday, as the 157th Georgia General Assembly kicked off the new legislative session in Atlanta. With his swearing-in as leader of the 180-member House, Burns is now the Georgia state government’s second most powerful lawmaker, after Gov. Brian Kemp. “Kicked off” is the operative phrase here, since much of the chatter under the Golden Dome yesterday was focused 2,200 miles…

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