Category Archives: Politics

Campaign Watch: As legislative session now set for Nov. 3, ‘Fair Redistricting in Georgia’ Zoom discussion set for Sept. 28. Plus: Latest candidate forums; voter deadlines; Nov. 2  precinct change.

Campaign Watch: As legislative session now set for Nov. 3, ‘Fair Redistricting in Georgia’ Zoom discussion set for Sept. 28. Plus: Latest candidate forums; voter deadlines; Nov. 2 precinct change.

From the League: “Please join us for this virtual panel where we will discuss fair redistricting in Georgia. Questions may be submitted in advance to Terri Morgan at terrilmorgan1036@gmail.com. Speakers include: Lee Cagle, Professor, West Georgia University Jack Genberg, Senior Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center Karen Davenport, Board Member, Fair Districts GA Register in… Read more

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Campaign Watch: Now posted — the NAACP’s forum with Rome City Commission candidates from Tuesday evening. Next up: More forums with the commission, School Board and Cave Spring hopefuls.

Campaign Watch: Now posted — the NAACP’s forum with Rome City Commission candidates from Tuesday evening. Next up: More forums with the commission, School Board and Cave Spring hopefuls.

  Tuesday: More than 60 people tuned in via Zoom to hear the NAACP’s Rome Branch sponsor a meet the candidates night for Rome City Commission candidates. A copy of the broadcast is now available from the chapter’s Facebook page. Please see below: NEXT: Sept. 28: One Community United presents a forum with Rome City Schools… Read more

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Campaign Watch: NAACP meeting the candidates night set for Tuesday; League of Women Voters offers candidate forums (by Zoom) for Rome City Commission, School Board and Cave Spring City Council

Campaign Watch: NAACP meeting the candidates night set for Tuesday; League of Women Voters offers candidate forums (by Zoom) for Rome City Commission, School Board and Cave Spring City Council

    Tuesday: NAACP’s Rome Branch sponsors meet the candidates (via Zoom) for Rome City Commission beginning at 5:30 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Candidate names below. The League of Women Voters Rome-Floyd County is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting active informed participation of citizens in their government. To that aim, the public is invited… Read more

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Politics: Elections board meets at midday with a full agenda. Advance voting for municipal elections begins Oct. 12. Also 2022 election updates as GOP candidate enters House 14 race.

Politics: Elections board meets at midday with a full agenda. Advance voting for municipal elections begins Oct. 12. Also 2022 election updates as GOP candidate enters House 14 race.

  The Floyd County Board of Elections will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Community Room located in the County Administration Building at 12 E. Fourth Ave. Caucus will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the meeting immediately following. Board members are scheduled to discuss the upcoming municipal elections as well as early voting. There’s also a closed… Read more

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Campaign Watch: Rally set for this morning to get state to reopen Rome Career Center, closed since the first wave of the pandemic.

Campaign Watch: Rally set for this morning to get state to reopen Rome Career Center, closed since the first wave of the pandemic.

  Rally planned for this morning to reopen state Labor Department offices: Georgia might be “open for business” but labor department offices remain closed, which is the focal point of a rally set for this morning at 462 Riverside Parkway beginning at 10 a.m. At issue: “The Georgia Department of Labor Career Centers have been… Read more

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Rome elections: 7 seeking 3 seats on City Commission; 9 in the hunt for 7 School Board posts. Plus: First candidate statements; COVID statements.

Rome elections: 7 seeking 3 seats on City Commission; 9 in the hunt for 7 School Board posts. Plus: First candidate statements; COVID statements.

Qualifying has ended for the Nov. 2 municipal elections in Rome for seats on the City Commission and School Board. The wrap-up: WHO’S IN Rome City Commission, three seats, Ward 2: Top three vote-getters win the seats. Elaina Beeman LuGina Brown Carrie Eady Jamie Doss (incumbent) Tyrone Holland Victor Hixon Randy Quick (incumbent) Rome Board… Read more

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Cave Spring, Polk County cities also set for Nov. 2 municipal elections.

Cave Spring, Polk County cities also set for Nov. 2 municipal elections.

CAVE SPRING Six people have qualified to run for the three City Council seats this fall. Incumbent Charles Jackson is challenged by Stacey Royston. Incumbent Nellie McCain is challenged by Jason West. Incumbent Nancy Fricks is challeged by Steve Pierce. Aragaon: Daniel Johnson Dickie Gazaway Stephen Wilson Cedartown City Commission Sam Branch Matt Foster Jessica… Read more

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Qualifying: Two new City Commission candidates as of midday Friday; qualifying ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Cave Spring ballot set.

Qualifying: Two new City Commission candidates as of midday Friday; qualifying ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Cave Spring ballot set.

  In context: With today being the final day to qualify, Rome also will have contested School Board and City Commission races. UPDATES THROUGH MIDDAY FRIDAY: Rome City qualifying: –School board: Incumbent Faith Collins qualified as did challenger James Asbury. So far, other incumbents Alvin Jackson Sr., Jill Fisher, Dr. Melissa Davis, Will Byington and… Read more

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Campaign Watch: With 9 months to go before the May primary, the Chuck Hufstetler/Luke Martin state Senate race will draw state attention. Plus: Qualifying for municipal elections open Monday.

Campaign Watch: With 9 months to go before the May primary, the Chuck Hufstetler/Luke Martin state Senate race will draw state attention. Plus: Qualifying for municipal elections open Monday.

  While the projected Wendy Davis/Marjorie Taylor Greene congressional showdown  in November 2022 is getting a ton of buzz, there’s a new undercard if you will: Chuck Hufstetler vs. Luke Martin in the May 2022 GOP primary for state Senate. There are a ton of what-if’s out there between now and next year’s races but… Read more

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New ad up to find candidates to be Floyd’s next chief elections clerk. Qualification regarding professional certification has been softened a bit.

New ad up to find candidates to be Floyd’s next chief elections clerk. Qualification regarding professional certification has been softened a bit.

The search for another candidate to serve as Floyd County’s chief elections clerk is under way with some differences in the job description from the March ad. The search follows last week’s County Commission decision to ignore the recommendation of the elections board to appoint Deputy Clerk Vanessa Waddell and instead “cast a wider net”… Read more

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Buzz: Voccio to address Floyd County Democrats on Thursday. Cartersville, Rome newspapers pick up honors at Georgia Press Association convention. New tech lab for Georgia Northwestern.

Buzz: Voccio to address Floyd County Democrats on Thursday. Cartersville, Rome newspapers pick up honors at Georgia Press Association convention. New tech lab for Georgia Northwestern.

The Floyd County Democratic Party will welcome Dr. Gary Voccio, Health Director for the Northwest Health District, to the monthly meeting on Zoom this Thursday from 7-8 pm. Voccio will offer updates on COVID-19 in our area and field questions from the audience. A short business meeting at 7 p.m. will precede Voccio at 7:15. For… Read more

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Headlines ahead: Rome’s open container test starts Thursday. Lots of politics, including Saturday rally. First Friday concert gets ‘electric.’

Headlines ahead: Rome’s open container test starts Thursday. Lots of politics, including Saturday rally. First Friday concert gets ‘electric.’

    Editor’s note: Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, any community listing or community gathering media release must include the following information. If not, the item will not be published on our websites or on our social media. All items below were submitted before the change. We’ve since asked for updates from organizers and those notes… Read more

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Campaign Watch: Huge month for fall, 2022 elections kicks off Friday night. What to know.

Campaign Watch: Huge month for fall, 2022 elections kicks off Friday night. What to know.

  THE LATEST Wendy Davis kicks off congressional campaign Friday night: The rally is set for 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk on West Third Street in Rome. Davis is one of several Democrats who’ve announced plans to challenge Marjorie Taylor Greene in the 2022 race for the 14th Congressional District. What’s also interesting:… Read more

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Commentary: Floyd County Commission ignores elections board recommendation to name Vanessa Waddell chief elections clerk, cops out by reopening search.

Commentary: Floyd County Commission ignores elections board recommendation to name Vanessa Waddell chief elections clerk, cops out by reopening search.

  In early June, the three-member Floyd County Board of Elections unanimously supported deputy elections chief and interim director Vanessa Waddell to permanently lead the office. Following the calamity known as the 2020 election cycle — pandemic, primary delays, vote-by-mail, recounts, missing votes, the death of another key clerk, the eventual departure of the chief… Read more

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Update: More changes proposed for Floyd County elections operation — and rumblings about how the commission might handle recommendations on some personnel moves.

Update: More changes proposed for Floyd County elections operation — and rumblings about how the commission might handle recommendations on some personnel moves.

  Update: Keep an eye on this story later today. There is some push back developing over some of the personnel change, according to our political sources. It took a year-plus of chaos but more changes appear on the way for the Floyd County elections office. Squirreled away in the cramped first-level offices of the… Read more

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