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Rep. Jesse Petrea column: Legislators neutral on Skidaway incorporation issue

There has been much discussion recently over the proposal to incorporate Skidaway Island as its own city as residents prepare to vote on the issue March 19. In order for such a vote to take place, state law had to be passed. According to long established precedent in Georgia, when there is a grassroots movement …

Editorial: Tax revenue ramifications cloud incorporation debate

Editor’s note: This editorial is the first in series of pieces examining the issues involved with incorporation. Fear and loathing frame the local incorporation debates. But at the ballot box, Americans vote their wallets. The decision on cityhood, be it in two weeks on Skidaway Island or in the years to come elsewhere in Chatham …

Rep. Bill Hitchens column: Legislature moving ahead on new voting machines

The right to vote is one of the most valuable rights we have as Americans. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic system and an integral part of what makes our nation great. This legislative session, and most recently as this past week, our state’s 17-year-old voting system has been the issue of much debate …