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Early runoff voting ending this week (Staff Blog)

Early voting for the July 22 primary runoff is under way, though there will be no Saturday voting this time around. Early voting will take place until July 18 at the board of elections and registration office, 284 Highway 119 South in Springfield. The old Marlow Elementary School, which was in use for general primary early voting, is not open for the runoff elections. If you voted in the Republican primary, you can vote in ...

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Last updated 1 week, 6 days ago.
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Primary runoff concerns (Staff Blog)

The primary runoff — for those races that weren’t settled in May’s general primary — is still a month away. Some of the candidates are starting to bare their teeth in their TV ads. And now the next wave of endorsements is starting to roll in. State Sen. Buddy Carter, the leading vote-getter in last month’s 1st Congressional District Republican primary, just picked up an endorsement from former opponent John McCallum, who finished a close ...

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Last updated 1 month ago.
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Story time with Bill Hitchens (Staff Blog)

When state Rep. Bill Hitchens spoke to the Rotary Club of Effingham County, he acknowledged he had his share of stories, and not just from his first term in the General Assembly. When he was a young state trooper, he was assigned to then-Gov. Jimmy Carter’s security detail. “I traveled with him, and I could tell a lot of stories,” he said. “I never dreamed he would wind up being president of the United States.” ...

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Last updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago.
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More strange bedfellows (Staff Blog)

Ain’t politics strange. After running a campaign in which she assailed the incumbent members of the House of Representatives who were seeking the open U.S. Senate seat, Karen Handel is now backing the survivor. Handel, who finished third in the primary to David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, threw her support behind Kingston on Wednesday. “I have had the unique opportunity over the last year to get to know all of the candidates very ...

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Last updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago.
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Freedom to carry may put burden on government (Staff Blog)

The Safe Carry Protection Act that expanded gun carry rights in the state could prove problematic for local governments. HB 60, which incorporated parts of the failed HB 875 into its language, was signed into law last month. And while its provisions allow guns in bars and even in churches — those that expressly permit members of their flock to carry — it could become a burden on local governments and how they run their ...

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Last updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago.
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