Property tax rate hearings scheduled |

The city of Savannah has scheduled three public hearings regarding its proposed property tax rate.

Although the tax rate will remain the same as the current rate, the hearings are required by the state when the total value of property throughout the city increases and the rate is not reduced to a recommended “rollback rate” to keep tax revenue flat.

The city’s tax digest increased 3.22 percent this year, compared to a 1.33 percent increase in 2013, representing the first back-to-back digest increase since 2009, according to a memo City Manager Stephanie Cutter sent to the City Council on Thursday.

“This good news should be tempered by the fact that our tax digest has still not returned to pre-recession levels,” Cutter said.

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Chatham County voters’ turnout slow but steady in Tuesday’s runoff |

Voting was slow but steady

at most Chatham County polling locations Tuesday as voters elected a new school board president and helped determine a handful of party nominees ahead of the November general election.

After just more than 23 percent of the county’s voters cast ballots during the May 20 primary, just less than 20 percent of its 129,463 registered voters participated in the runoff Tuesday.

That turnout was a little better than election officials anticipated for the runoff that in addition to determining Joe Buck’s successor as president of the public school system’s board also helped determine nominees for the Republican and Democratic candidates for the 1st District congressional seat and the state schools superintendent, as well as the Republican nominee for Saxby Chambliss’ Senate seat.

“Runoffs are generally slower than their associated elections or primaries,” said Russell Bridges, Chatham County elections supervisor. “Most of the people who vote in the primary — where it was light earlier this year — aren’t necessarily likely to vote in the runoff. Maybe it’s because the (races) they care about are already decided or whatever it may be, runoffs (in Chatham) just never have the same kind of turnout.”

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AP: Buddy Carter wins race to replace Jack Kingston in U.S. House |

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Buddy Carter has won the Republican nomination to replace GOP Rep. Jack Kingston in the U.S. House.

Carter, a state senator from Pooler, defeated Savannah surgeon Bob Johnson in a Tuesday runoff in the 1st Congressional District, which covers southeast Georgia from the coast to the Florida line. Carter counted on his political experience and connections, while Johnson courted tea party voters.

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Jack Kingston loses GOP Senate runoff to David Perdue |

ATLANTA — David Perdue squeaked to the lead in the Republican Senate runoff Tuesday over Jack Kingston in the race to succeed Saxby Chambliss.

Perdue had 50.71 percent to Kingston’s 49.29 percent at 11 p.m. when Kingston conceded. The difference was just 6,000 votes out of 480,000 tallied by then.

Voters said they were fed up with the situation in Washington and wanted a change. Perdue, a political newcomer convinced them he was better able to bring change than Kingston, a 22-year veteran of Congress.

Perdue won the May 20 primary, with Kingston coming in second out of seven candidates, locking them into a nine-week runoff in which they bludgeoned each other with negative ads with the assistance of well-financed political-action committees.

“You know, these intramural scrimmages are no fun,” Perdue quipped to supporters. “You beat up on your teammate, and then you’ve got to go into the locker room and talk to ‘em again. But I want to tell you, they make you better.”

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Savannah resident Brian Reese earns Democratic nod in 1st Congressional District |

After placing second in a very tightly contested May 20 Democratic primary, Brian Reese cruised to his party’s nomination for Georgia’s 1st Congressional District.

Reese garnered about 63 percent of the vote in the Tuesday runoff with Amy Tavio to oppose Republican Buddy Carter in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in the district that includes 17 southeast Georgia counties.

Reese, 42, of Savannah trailed Tavio, a Richmond Hill real estate agent, by only 26 votes in the primary but apparently picked up supporters among those who voted for third-place finisher Marc Smith.

“We’re feeling very good,” Reese said Tuesday. “If our lead holds up we’re feeling very confident in our chances to take this congressional seat.”

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Jolene Byrne wins Savannah-Chatham school board president runoff |

Jolene Byrne was elected president of the Savannah-Chatham Public school board by receiving 73 percent of the unofficial returns in the runoff Tuesday night.

“This is what we hoped for,” Byrne said.

Her term will begin in January 2015. She will replace Joe Buck, who has reached his term limit after eight years in office.

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The education of David Perdue: An outsider runs for Senate |

The cramped campaign RV had just emerged from a dusty side road after its second Chick-fil-A stop of the day when it disgorged David Perdue, a former Fortune 500 executive who, on this musky afternoon, was beseeching a few dozen Griffin retirees to vote for him in Tuesday’s Senate runoff.

The rain pattered outside while two camera-wielding trackers waited to pounce on a miscue within as Perdue stepped to the front of the cramped room. This isn’t how he expected to spend the tail end of his lucrative business career, and it certainly isn’t how his wife, Bonnie, expected to spend her first years as a grandma.

If he prevails Tuesday, he’ll credit the process — the Education of David Perdue — with preparing him for November. But that doesn’t make him any more comfortable with it.

“I’ve learned the vocabulary,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m more careful about code words. And I’m trying to better communicate so people understand what it’s all about. I’ve learned a lot about the political process. And, frankly, I’m troubled with it.”

“This is not fun. I’m sorry,” David Perdue said at a recent campaign event in Jefferson — the third of nine stops for the day. “Somebody said, ‘Aren’t you having fun?’ Yeah, if I get elected. But I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think I could make a difference.”

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Perdue takes the GOP Senate runoff | Online Athens

Kingston told supporters that when he called Perdue to concede he had a simple message for the victor about the general election.

“Don’t call me. I’m on your team,” Kingston recounted. “This is so much bigger than David Perdue or Jack Kingston. It is about taking over the U.S. Senate and turning America around.”

Wednesday morning will be the first day of the general-election campaign. Perdue must immediately shift his sights from attacking his fellow Republican to blasting Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn. She’ll be fighting back, and both sides will have large financial commitments from political-action committees.

“Tomorrow it becomes more of a national race with a lot of outside groups weighing in, but we plan to keep our nucleus,” Kingston said.

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The Marietta Daily Journal – Loudermilk sets his bar high He s headed to Washington after one sided win over Barr

As of midnight, with all precincts in every county reporting, Loudermilk had received a total of 34,641 votes or 66 percent compared to Barr’s 17,794 votes or 34 percent.

Loudermilk’s lead was smaller in Cobb County, which he won with 59 percent of the vote to Barr’s 41 percent. Loudermilk took home 13,591 votes in Cobb County, while Barr received 9,314. In total, 22,905 of the 52,435 votes that had been tallied at press time were cast in Cobb County.

Loudermilk said he felt “awesome” after his win, though he added the victory was still sinking in.

“My heart goes out to everybody that went to the polls and elected me to this position,” he said. “It’s people responding to a positive message that there is hope for America we get our nation back on track.”

The newly-elected congressman attributed his victory to a positive message and style of campaigning.

“I think (my) message resonated with people more than the negative attacks we’ve seen,” Loudermilk said.

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