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Dougherty School Board Chair Carol Tharin endorses Melissa Strother for School Board seat

Strother and Aaron Johnson will face off in the May 20 Democratic primary

School board chair Carol Tharin throws her weight behind Melissa Strother in Dictrict 4

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Billy Mathis is the lone candidate for the District 3 post on the Lee County Commission

Billy Mathis, who is returning to the Lee County Commission, says all taxpayers should be treated equally

When Billy Mathis stepped down from the Lee County Commission in 2006, he thought he was done with local political office. With his children grown, he’s returning to the commission, saying it’s a chance to “give back to the community.”

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Mike Sabot is challenging for a seat on Lee County Commission

Mike Sabot says the Lee County Commission faces tough financial issues

Mike Sabot and incumbent Dennis Roland face off in the May 20 GOP primary for the District 1 seat on the Lee County Commission.

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Senate candidate Karen Handel promotes her 4-point plan

Karen Handel says she would work to repeal Obamacare, cut spending, implement a Fair Tax and cut red tape

Karen Handel is one of several candidate vying for the GOP senatorial nomination in the May 20 primary elections.

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Dennis Roland seeks re-election to handle unfinished Lee County business

Dennis Roland is seeking a new term on the Lee County Commission

Lee County Commissioner Dennis Roland says the needs of the more rural northern segment of the county are different from those of the more heavily populated southern part.

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David Brokamp says servant's heart led him to Lee County School Board race

Sumter EMC executive says the motivation to seek office is his three children in the Lee School System

David Brokamp, who has three children in the Lee County School System, is seeking the District 1 seat on the School Board in a nonpartisan election May 20.

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Gov. Nathan Deal signs SB 349 into law at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (Video)

The new law will enhance the quality of services provided by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Deal signs new law, talks about Port of Savannah Project and an attack by GOP gubernatorial challenger David Pennington

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss looking to next stage of life (Video)

The Georgia senior senator will leave Congress in January after 20 years at Capitol Hill

Sen. Saxby Chambliss says he’s looking forward to spending more time with family and exploring post-Senate options, but first he has some work to finish in Congress.

Three seeking county commission seats in Lee County

Two seats available on the Lee County Board of Education

The candidates were unable to qualify Monday because a notary public was not available at the GOP site

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Medical marijuana bill passes Georgia House

With a vote of 171-4, a proposal to allow for the use of medical marijuana in Georgia passes the state House of Representatives.

Georgia Supreme Court to hear appeal in Baker County School Board case

Two Baker County women contend the chair of the School Board is ineligible to hold the office

Last year, a Superior Court judge denied an attempt by Nettie Lilly and Janet Anderson to have Baker County School Board Chair Sharon Heard removed from office. The case will be heard Monday in oral arguments before the Georgia Supreme Court.

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Immigration may be next up for U.S. House

Path to citizenship will have rocky road in the House, Rep. Jack Kingston says

Rep. Jack Kingston said jobs and the overreach of government are the top things on the minds of people he meets on the Senate campaign rail.

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Southwest Georgia congressional delegation mixed on reactions to State of the Union address (VIDEOS)

Republicans are critical of President Obama for what they see as job-killing policies

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has a positive reaction to the president’s speech, while U.S. Rep. Austin Scott is critical, as are Georgia’s two U.S. senators.

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Jeff Sinyard will not seek re-election to Dougherty County Commission chairmanship

Dougherty County Commission chair will give up office at end of the year

Dougherty County Commission Chair Jeff Sinyard says he will not seek re-election this year.

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U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston rebuts perk claim

Savannah Repblican says he never intended to get rid of congressional franking.

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