Timely newsletters arrive three times each week, plus we’ll send special editions as news may warrant.

  • Coast Watch brings a deep dive each Wednesday into timely environmental stories and research affecting Coastal Georgia.
  • Sunday Reads gives a roundup of in-depth news, shared ideas that present thoughtful solutions to our regional problems and other stories for your weekend reading.
  • Soundings takes a look each Tuesday at the characters and politics that make Coastal Georgia unique in Georgia.

Recent newsletters

Electric rate hike, property tax, and a swamp suit

– June 29, 2022 – Ga. Power wants a rate increase Georgia Power has asked regulators at the Public Service Commission to approve an increase in rates of 12% by 2025, Dave Williams of Capitol Beat reports. The hike would tag on more than $16 to the average residential monthly bill. That’s nearly $200 a year. The PSC won’t decide on the rate case until after the November general election in which two PSC seats — those of District 2 Commissioner…

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Battle Lines For November

June 28, 2022 Tumult ahead There’s only one issue roiling the political landscape now and that is the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to strike down the federally protected right to abortion. For women, in particular, the impact of the decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is incalculable, whatever position on abortion one may embrace. The Current’s Kate Griem and Sonia Chajet Wides have a detailed, often harrowing take on what the decision means for Georgia’s women. Politically speaking,…

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Post-Roe Care in Georgia, On To Nov. 8

Sunday Reads – June 26, 2022 A week of history and change. In the last 5 days, we’ve learned that any number of people — from courageous elections worker Lady Ruby to the U.S. Attorney General — dealt with and stood up against lies, crushing persuasion and harmful threats to bring us through the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol to a peaceful transition of power after the 2020 election. The Supreme Court reworked at least three long-standing legal directives and…

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An earthquake, another PSC election oddity and a sea turtle boom

– June 22, 2022 – Shaking in Stillmore You probably slept through it, but if you were awake around 4 a.m. Saturday morning and felt some shaking, you experienced the fifth highest magnitude earthquake recorded in Georgia. The US Geological Survey put the 3.9 magnitude quake’s epicenter in Candler County just east of Stillmore. Savannah’s city manager is blaming the earthquake for damage to a parking garage and paved brick plaza on Hutchinson Island near the Ferry Landing, Savannahnow.com reports. Responses from…

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Runoff is Here, Candidates Sprint

June 21, 2022 Runoff! Most of the action in today’s primary runoff is on the Democratic side of the aisle, starting with the contest between Joyce Marie Griggs and Wade Herring for the party’s nomination to face incumbent Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter in the general election in November. In the final hours of campaigning, Griggs and Herring know what matters in a primary: door-knocking and phone-calling to urge your supporters to the polls. Herring is stressing his differences with Griggs over…

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Glynn Policing, Runoffs & Residency,

Sunday Reads — June 19, 2022 Last week, we saw long-awaited movement in the cases of Glynn County Police officers charged with various types of misconduct in early 2020. There’s a new (and startling) report on and from Georgia teachers that shows the extent of burnout after the pandemic exacerbated problems already there. Another story chronicles a sad example of how misinformation can fuel upheaval in a school district and personal lives. In politics, we have an explainer on the odd…

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Job hunting and trail building

– June 15, 2022 – Spaceport leader job hunting As Spaceport Camden faces a summer of lawsuits, both state and federal, the county manager and project leader continues job hunting in Florida. Steve Howard was among three finalists interviewed for a county manager position in Seminole County on Friday. Seminole rejected all three. On Tuesday, Howard was among six finalists interviewed for the top job in Collier County. Howard didn’t mention the spaceport, even when asked about infrastructure plans he had…

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DA’s decision, Interns

Sunday Reads — June 12, 2022 Welcome to a new week! Early voting for runoff elections opens Monday. These are votes left from the May 24 primary that include state and local candidates who deserve your careful consideration just as much as they did last month. Voting time is short and during business hours at your county elections boards, so plan ahead or set your calendar now to vote on June 21. In the meantime, meet our interns and test your…

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A mine on hold, a trail slips away

– June 8, 2022 – Okefenokee mining on hold This time last week only a few miles and a few state permits stood between a titanium strip mine and the Okefenokee swamp. But on Friday the US Army Corps of Engineers reasserted its authority over the project proposed by Alabama-based Twin Pines Minerals at the edge of the largest blackwater swamp in the country. The Corps had stepped out of the picture in 2020 after the Trump Administration narrowed its authority…

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Voting Challenges Set Stage –

June 7, 2022 Dekalb County vote troubles reverberate in Chatham In a hint of possible election crises to come in November and beyond, skeptics about the voting process in Chatham County and elsewhere in Georgia have mounted an array of challenges to the outcome of the May 24 primary election. The cause? A programming mistake caused an inaccurate vote count in a DeKalb County Commission race. The speed with which individuals and groups in Chatham have invoked a technical problem with…

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‘Square one’ for Swamp Mine Plan

Sunday Reads — June 5, 2022 We’re coming off a short week, and schools are out, and vacations are starting, but there’s plenty of food for thought for the breaks. And, we’ve got a few interesting notes to share, too. ‘Square one’ for Okefenokee mine permits On Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did something that the Georgia legislature, state Environmental Protection Division, various conservation groups and hydrologists, and the Environmental Protection Agency hadn’t been able or willing to do:…

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