Category: Politics

Why we should remember what happened in the 2008 Democratic primary

Hillary Clinton led Barack Obama in dozens of polls of Democratic primary voters from late 2006 into early 2008. According to this huge list at RealClearPolitics, Obama didn’t once break 40 percent in any major polls until the end of…

Live blog of the Iowa Caucus(es)

I don’t know if I really ought to try this or not, but I’m going to be live blogging off and on all evening. I will be at home listening to some music, hopefully editing some photos, and following the…

Savannah’s struggle against violence captured in new video: “End Gun Violence: Step Forward”

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It’s been an ugly 18 months or so for crime in Savannah, especially shootings. About 50 people have been murdered so far in 2015 in the jurisdiction of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, about twice the number in 2014. The…

Republican Matt Bevin becomes Kentucky’s 62nd governor – photos from the Inauguration Day Parade

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So I happened to be in Kentucky on Tuesday for the inauguration of the new governor, Republican Matt Bevin. Pundits and polls had thought that Bevin was headed to defeat on election day last month, but he sailed to an…

Live blog of the 2015 Savannah runoff election

Live blog of the 2015 Savannah municipal elections

Not exactly endorsements, but some things to think about before Savannah city elections on Tuesday

I don’t do formal endorsements of political candidates — and I’m not sure that any would want my formal endorsement! — but here’s an extended and somewhat idiosyncratic post taking a look at Savannah’s mayoral and aldermanic races. Some of…

What’s next for Savannah-Chatham County police merger?

The Savannah City Council today adopted the last police merger agreement that passed the Chatham County Commission. That “framework” establishes a further process for evaluating costs and will require at least another vote next year to finalize the merger (which…

Check out Friday’s “emergency” meeting by Savannah City Council

As most readers of this blog probably know, a 5-4 majority on the Chatham County Commission voted last Friday to end talks with the City of Savannah regarding the decade-old police merger and instructed County Manager Lee Smith to reconstitute…

PAC with close ties to Savannah Chamber endorses Mayor Jackson, four incumbent aldermen, four new faces

The Savannah Area Business Political Action Committee, which is closely associated with the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, has endorsed Mayor Edna Jackson and four incumbent aldermen for re-election. The group has also endorsed Brian Foster for the open Alderman At-Large…

The full video + 9 takeaways from the first Savannah mayoral forum

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Thanks very much to the Savannah Jaycees for hosting the mayoral forum on Monday night, and thanks to WTOC for streaming it live and posting the embeddable video that you can watch here. Takeaways (these are of course my personal…

Six takeaways from first poll of the Savannah mayoral race

The Savannah Morning News on Friday published the results of an automated phone survey by Rosetta Stone Communications of 400 likely voters about their preferences in the city’s upcoming mayoral election. The four candidates are Eddie DeLoach, Edna Jackson (I),…

What are the chances that Edna Jackson will be reelected mayor of Savannah?

So what are Savannah mayor Edna Jackson’s chances for reelection in November? Short answer: very high. We could find examples in relatively recent history of incumbent Savannah mayors losing their reelection battles (Rousakis and Weiner in the 1990s), and we…

Hey Savannah voters, do you even know what city council district you live in?

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After the 2010 Census, municipalities around the country had to redraw voting district lines. The city of Savannah was not obligated to do that for the 2011 citywide elections, but we do have new aldermanic districts for the 2015 vote.…