Category Archives: Politics

Aftermath: As Tom Graves announces he won’t seek a new House term in 2020, speculation centers on his next plans and who runs for the 14th District seat.

Aftermath: As Tom Graves announces he won’t seek a new House term in 2020, speculation centers on his next plans and who runs for the 14th District seat.

THE LATEST The AJC has some interesting chatter on the Graves’ announcement aftermath. Speculation that Tom Graves might run for the U.S. Senate seat Johnny Isakson leaves Dec. 31; Kelly Loeffler takes office Jan. 1 but will have to run in November for the final two years of Isakson’s term. Who might run for the… Read more

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Cartersville’s Justice Robert Benham to step down from Georgia’s Supreme Court on March 1.

Cartersville’s Justice Robert Benham to step down from Georgia’s Supreme Court on March 1.

Cartersville native Robert Benham is retiring from the Georgia Supreme Court as of March 1. That means Gov.  Brian Kemp will appoint a replacement before Benham’s term ends on Dec. 31, 2020. Benham, age 73, has served on the court for nearly half his life. Media release: Justice Robert Benham announced today that he will… Read more

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Kemp announces Kelly Loeffler as Georgia’s next U.S. senator. Latest updates, reaction.

Kemp announces Kelly Loeffler as Georgia’s next U.S. senator. Latest updates, reaction.

Kemp names Georgia’s next U.S. senator: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp make if official Wednesday morning, naming Kelly Loeffler to the U.S. Senate seat Johnny Isakson will leave on Dec. 31. You can watch the announcement in the above Facebook Live video. Kemp’s statement: “From the farm to the New York Stock Exchange, Kelly Loeffler has lived… Read more

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Isakson’s farewell address in the Senate. He stresses the need for bipartisanship, ‘to find common ground’ and solve problems.

Isakson’s farewell address in the Senate. He stresses the need for bipartisanship, ‘to find common ground’ and solve problems.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., delivered his farewell address on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Georgia’s senior U.S. senator kept mostly to one topic during his final major address to colleagues – and the country. He repeatedly stressed the need for bipartisanship and for getting things done. Isakson said party, race or… Read more

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Updated/The Druck Report. Brian Kemp and the Senate choice — there’s a reason we call him governor. New: Formal announcement set for Wednesday.

Updated/The Druck Report. Brian Kemp and the Senate choice — there’s a reason we call him governor. New: Formal announcement set for Wednesday.

  Kemp to name Georgia’s next U.S. senator on Wednesday: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has scheduled a 10 a.m. Wednesday briefing to fill the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Dec. 31. Isakson is retiring because of mounting health issues. Kemp is expected to appoint Kelly Loeffler to the… Read more

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AJC: Kemp to name businesswoman Kelly Loeffler as Georgia’s next U.S. senator.

AJC: Kemp to name businesswoman Kelly Loeffler as Georgia’s next U.S. senator.

The AJC is reporting Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to pick Atlanta businesswoman Kelly Loeffler as Georgia’s next U.S. senator. The formal announcement is expected next week.   The appointment of a replacement for retiring U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson,  R-Ga., is going to be Gov. Brian Kemp’s toughest call in his first year in office… Read more

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Politics: Updates on Georgia’s new voting system and those with disabilities. Reminder of tonight’s presidential debate (9 p.m., MSNBC).

Politics: Updates on Georgia’s new voting system and those with disabilities. Reminder of tonight’s presidential debate (9 p.m., MSNBC).

Rome’s Vincent Olsziewski responding to question about new voting machines in this Facebook Live post from Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis. Olsziewski is a national leader in the disability rights community and chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Disability Caucus. He has been a leading voice advocating for the new voting system to preserve the dignity of secret… Read more

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Politics: Rome’s Olsziewski, Davis to attend Democrats’ Wednesday night debate in Atlanta. Rome Young Republicans elect new officers. TEA Party meets today.

Politics: Rome’s Olsziewski, Davis to attend Democrats’ Wednesday night debate in Atlanta. Rome Young Republicans elect new officers. TEA Party meets today.

Two Rome residents have seats at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate from Tyler Perry Studios. Vinny Olsziewski, who has managed local campaigns for years in our area, also is a national leader in the disability rights community and chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Disability Caucus. He has been a leading voice advocating for the new voting… Read more

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Politics: Audit of Bartow’s use of paper-ballot system in Nov. 5 municipal elections ‘gets high marks for accuracy.’ Kemp sets application deadline for U.S. Senate seat.

Politics: Audit of Bartow’s use of paper-ballot system in Nov. 5 municipal elections ‘gets high marks for accuracy.’ Kemp sets application deadline for U.S. Senate seat.

Media release: Georgia’s new paper-ballot system gets high marks for accuracy in risk-limiting audits of last week’s election conducted Tuesday by the Secretary of State’s Office, Bartow County election workers and two nationally recognized organizations. “An important part of the new voting system is the ability to audit with the use of paper ballots. This… Read more

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Impeachment hearings begin at 10 this morning on networks, cable channels. Watch it live here (webcast). Plus: Quick thoughts on the process from GPB’s Political Rewind (panelists include Wendy Davis, Brian Robinson).

Impeachment hearings begin at 10 this morning on networks, cable channels. Watch it live here (webcast). Plus: Quick thoughts on the process from GPB’s Political Rewind (panelists include Wendy Davis, Brian Robinson).

  Watch it live on your computer: “On Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m., the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will hold an open hearing with the Honorable Ambassador William B. Taylor, Chargé d’Affaires Ad Interim, Kyiv, Ukraine and Mr. George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs. This is the first… Read more

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Newcomers Bojo, Cochran win as does returning commissioner Askew. Incumbents Collins, Stevenson and McDaniel re-elected; ‘brunch bill’ easily passes. Election analysis plus commission profiles.

Newcomers Bojo, Cochran win as does returning commissioner Askew. Incumbents Collins, Stevenson and McDaniel re-elected; ‘brunch bill’ easily passes. Election analysis plus commission profiles.

  There’s a different feel coming to the Rome City Commission in January. Three new faces — Bonny Askew, a former commissioner, and newcomers Jim Bojo and Mark Cochran will join the nine-member board following their wins in Tuesday’s election. Cochran finished second in the Ward One vote and Bojo third, defeating incumbents Bill Irmscher… Read more

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Regional election results: Cartersville re-elects Santini as mayor; brunch bill passes. Updates from cities in Bartow, Gordon and Polk counties.

Regional election results: Cartersville re-elects Santini as mayor; brunch bill passes. Updates from cities in Bartow, Gordon and Polk counties.

BARTOW COUNTY: Results from the elections office (click) In Cartersville: Matt Santini won a new term as mayor, defeating two challengers. Santinia, 1238; Butler, 248; and Jackson, 57. The Brunch Bill also passed,  1095 to 447. Turnout: 11.3%. Said Santini in a later post: “I’m rarely at a loss for words but I am this evening.… Read more

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‘Equipment all in place’ for today’s election; precincts open until 7 tonight. Our results coverage starts just after that.

‘Equipment all in place’ for today’s election; precincts open until 7 tonight. Our results coverage starts just after that.

  ELECTION DAY, today, precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. What to know: Floyd County Elections Supervisor Robert Brady says “the equipment is in all in place” for today’s vote at six precincts (five locations in all). As of Monday afternoon, there was no change in the number of ballots received by mail — 37 of… Read more

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Elections: It all comes down to some basic choices for Rome voters on Tuesday: Four more years or time for a change? Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Elections: It all comes down to some basic choices for Rome voters on Tuesday: Four more years or time for a change? Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.

ELECTION DAY, Tuesday, Nov. 5. Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. In context: It would have been tough to script more drama than there really is in the 2019 Rome city elections. A string of headline-making decisions by city commissioners. Two disqualified candidates. Forgoing the usual advance voting locations for one that’s not exactly public transportation… Read more

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Elections: Turnout of less than 20% predicted in city elections. Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Weather: Sunny, high near 67.

Elections: Turnout of less than 20% predicted in city elections. Polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Weather: Sunny, high near 67.

ELECTION DAY, Tuesday, Nov. 5. Precints open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Election Day forecast: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Predicted voter turnout: Floyd Elections Supervisior Robert Brady: “I am not sure if it will follow typical patterns or not since this is my first election as supervisor in Rome and Floyd County. I would like… Read more

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Election: After strong turnout for weekend voting (240 ballots), advance voting this week at two sites: county administration building and the health department.

Election: After strong turnout for weekend voting (240 ballots), advance voting this week at two sites: county administration building and the health department.

  Weekend advance voting sees 240 ballots cast at the Rome Civic Center. Maybe that brunch bunch is on to something. Between 1 and 5 p.m Sunday, 113 people voted in advance at the Rome City Center. That’s on top of 127 people at the Civic Center on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.… Read more

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Elections: 113 people voted in advance on Sunday;  127 ballots case on Saturday. Two voting stations open this Monday-Friday.

Elections: 113 people voted in advance on Sunday; 127 ballots case on Saturday. Two voting stations open this Monday-Friday.

    Weekend advance see 240 ballots cast at the Rome Civic Center. Maybe that brunch bunch is on to something. Between 1 and 5 p.m Sunday, 113 people voted in advance at the Rome City Center. That’s on top of 127 people at the Civic Center on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.… Read more

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