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Politics: Advance voting at 150 people as of Thursday evening (since Monday). Plus: Last forum this evening for Rome City Commission candidates. What to know.

Politics: Advance voting at 150 people as of Thursday evening (since Monday). Plus: Last forum this evening for Rome City Commission candidates. What to know.

  THURSDAY:  37 people voted in advance Thursday at the health department, boosting the total since Monday to 150 or 0.78 percent of the 19.179 people eligible to vote in the Nov. 5 Rome election. Advance voting resumes Friday at the health department from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tonight: 2019 Political Forum for Rome/Floyd… Read more

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Update: 39 advance voters on Tuesday. Plus: Weekend voting set for Oct. 26-27 at civic center; second early voting site discussed. Tonight: Democratic presidential candidates’ debate.

Update: 39 advance voters on Tuesday. Plus: Weekend voting set for Oct. 26-27 at civic center; second early voting site discussed. Tonight: Democratic presidential candidates’ debate.

    Tonight at 8 p.m. Next Democratic presidential debate. Watch on the cable channels. TUESDAY EVENING: Another 39 people voted in advance on Tuesday at the Floyd County Health Department on East 12th Street. That brings the total turnout to all of 70 people of the more than 19,000 eligible to vote in the… Read more

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Updated: Miscommunication between City of Rome and Floyd Board of Elections office puts weekend early voting in limbo. Meeting planned for Tuesday to discuss matter with state elections office.

Updated: Miscommunication between City of Rome and Floyd Board of Elections office puts weekend early voting in limbo. Meeting planned for Tuesday to discuss matter with state elections office.

MONDAY UPDATES: We received the following update from Floyd County Elections Clerk Robert Brady on Monday concerning weekend voting for the Nov. 5 Rome City Commission election: The Call by legal definition in O.C.G.A. 21-2-2(3) is: “Call” or “the call,” as used in relation to special elections or special primaries, means the affirmative action taken by… Read more

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Politics primer: Advance voting begins; candidate information; election calendar; five most recent political headlines. Plus: Bartow County update.

Politics primer: Advance voting begins; candidate information; election calendar; five most recent political headlines. Plus: Bartow County update.

  Early voting for the Nov. 5 municipal begins today at the Floyd County Health Department Building at 16 E. 12th St., weekdays through Friday, Nov. 1. The hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each weekday. We’re awaiting final word on weekend voting on Oct. 26-27. More than 19,000 city residents are eligible to vote… Read more

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Updated: Two midlevel administrators have left the city of Rome following an investigation; both had been on leave prior to resigning. Brunson: I filed for retirement because of health issues.

Updated: Two midlevel administrators have left the city of Rome following an investigation; both had been on leave prior to resigning. Brunson: I filed for retirement because of health issues.

UPDATED We talked with Tim Brunson around Friday afternoon about leaving the city. Brunson says he opted to retire after 31.5 years with the city and signed the required paperwork on Friday morning. Citing declining health, Brunson, 55, says he felt that was the best option for him. He’s supposed to be off his feet… Read more

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Ahead of the headlines: A year after Al Hodge’s ‘retirement’ announcement, puzzle pieces still missing. Expanding redevelopment? North Rome wants in.  Plus: Who’s scripting the final days of Campaign 2019?

Ahead of the headlines: A year after Al Hodge’s ‘retirement’ announcement, puzzle pieces still missing. Expanding redevelopment? North Rome wants in. Plus: Who’s scripting the final days of Campaign 2019?

  Next week marks the first annivesary — if you want to call it that — of Al Hodge’s stunning retirement announcement from the Rome Floyd Chamber. Spin it as they might, supporters of the move to seize economic development from the chamber are still arranging deck chairs. Stoked by a surprise County Commission vote… Read more

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Politics: Early voting starts Monday at the Floyd County Health Department, ends Nov. 1. Updated links to candidate questions, video; new forum; and election calendar.

Politics: Early voting starts Monday at the Floyd County Health Department, ends Nov. 1. Updated links to candidate questions, video; new forum; and election calendar.

  Early voting for the Nov. 5 municipal will be held at the Floyd County Health Department Building at 16 E. 12th St., beginning Monday, Oct. 14, and ending Friday, Nov. 1. The hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each weekday with no Saturday or Sunday voting planned at this time. More than 19,000 city… Read more

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Politics: Candidate profiles, Q&A for the Ward 1 Rome City Commission hopefuls. Topics: Downtown, economic development, transparency. Also: Today’s the last day to register to vote in Nov. 5 election.

Politics: Candidate profiles, Q&A for the Ward 1 Rome City Commission hopefuls. Topics: Downtown, economic development, transparency. Also: Today’s the last day to register to vote in Nov. 5 election.

Among the items on the Nov. 5 ballot will be six seats on the Rome City Commission, which include three seats in Ward 1 and three seats in Ward 3. Candidates running for Ward 1 include Jim Bojo, Mark Cochran, Bill Imscher (incumbent), Milton Slack (incumbent) and Sundai Stevenson (incumbent). Candidates running for Ward 3… Read more

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Politics: Candidate profiles, Q&A for the Ward 3 Rome City Commission hopefuls.

Politics: Candidate profiles, Q&A for the Ward 3 Rome City Commission hopefuls.

Among the items on the Nov. 5th ballot will be six seats on the Rome City Commission which include three seats in Ward 1 and three seats in Ward 3. Candidates running for Ward 1 include Jim Bojo, Mark Cochran, Bill Imscher (incumbent), Milton Slack (incumbent), and Sundai Stevenson (incumbent). Candidates running for Ward 3… Read more

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Politics: Monday is final day to register to vote for the Nov. 5 election. Latest election calendar updates.

Politics: Monday is final day to register to vote for the Nov. 5 election. Latest election calendar updates.

>>Your 2019 election headquarters, Hometown Headlines. See all our political coverage here. We’re just a month away from the Nov. 5 election. Tomorrow is the final day to register to vote for the municipal election. The Rome ballot includes: Ward 1 Jim Bojo Mark Cochran Bill Irmscher Milton Slack Sundai Stevenson Ward 3 Bonny Askew Bill… Read more

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Politics: With election day exactly a month from today, Rome’s most exciting City Commission race just cranking up.

Politics: With election day exactly a month from today, Rome’s most exciting City Commission race just cranking up.

>>Your 2019 election headquarters, Hometown Headlines. See all our political coverage here. A month from tonight, it should be over. Rome’s most interesting City Commission election in years enters the final month today. Election Day is Nov. 5 although advance voting will start Oct. 14. One of the busiest weeks on the campaign trail is over… Read more

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Political calendar: Last day to register to vote is Monday; next candidates forum set for Oct. 17.

Political calendar: Last day to register to vote is Monday; next candidates forum set for Oct. 17.

  >>Your 2019 election headquarters, Hometown Headlines. See all our political coverage here. Monday: Final day to register to vote in the municipal elections if you’re a new or lapsed voter. You can register at the elections office today or Monday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday: Ward 1 candidate profiles and Q&A from Hometown Headlines’… Read more

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Politics:  McDaniel’s ‘Third World’ comment about parts of Rome triggers additional controversy with rival’s daughter, a chamber employee.

Politics: McDaniel’s ‘Third World’ comment about parts of Rome triggers additional controversy with rival’s daughter, a chamber employee.

This has been a tough week for Rome City Commission Ward 3 candidate Bonny Askew. His wife of nearly 40 years, Adrianne, is hospitalized with heart issues and he’s splitting his time between a busy week of campaign forums and meet-and-greets as well as caring for her. Now add to it a controversy over Ward… Read more

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Politics: Lumsden named legislator of the year by state firefighters, chiefs. Floyd GOP women meet today; candidates forum tonight. Floyd Democrats host meet the candidates on Thursday. Foundry offers a double: candidate meet-up and voter registration.

Politics: Lumsden named legislator of the year by state firefighters, chiefs. Floyd GOP women meet today; candidates forum tonight. Floyd Democrats host meet the candidates on Thursday. Foundry offers a double: candidate meet-up and voter registration.

  State Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee) was recently named as the 2019 Legislator of the Year by the Georgia State Firefighters Association and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs for his legislative efforts to protect private, nonprofit fire departments that provide services across the state. Lumsden was presented with the award on Friday, Sept. 27,… Read more

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Syndicated talk show host Erick Erickson goes off on Rome City Commission’s ‘school zone speed’ detection vote. ‘They want revenue… it’s all a scam, folks, it’s all a scam.’

Syndicated talk show host Erick Erickson goes off on Rome City Commission’s ‘school zone speed’ detection vote. ‘They want revenue… it’s all a scam, folks, it’s all a scam.’

  Rome’s City Commission got another black eye on Friday as syndicated talk show host Erick Erickson went on a rant about the Sept. 23 vote regarding speed detection cameras in school zones. Erickson, who’s program is now heard on WRGA 98.7 FM from 9 a.m. until noon weekdays, spent more than 15 consecutive minutes… Read more

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Politics:  Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch interviews with all nine City Commission hopefuls. Questions include economic development, crime and safety, downtown parking, minority business involvement.

Politics: Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch interviews with all nine City Commission hopefuls. Questions include economic development, crime and safety, downtown parking, minority business involvement.

  Video interviews with all nine Rome City Commission candidates, Wards One and Three. The candidates were interviewed by Dr. Jon Hershey and Greg Shropshire of Georgia Highland’s Community Watch program in a series of recordings conducted on Monday, Sept. 23, at Heritage Hall.  Produced by Jeff Brown, the five-part series is now available via YouTube.… Read more

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Politics:  Isakson’s Mass Violence Prevention Act seeks research into ‘why these acts occur and how to prevent them in the future.’

Politics: Isakson’s Mass Violence Prevention Act seeks research into ‘why these acts occur and how to prevent them in the future.’

  In context: Johnny Isakson vowed not to coast in his final months in office as he’ll retire Dec. 31, citing mounting medical issues. Georgia’s senior U.S. senator on Thursday underscored that with a proposal to fund a much-needed study of why mass shootings and related violence are occurring as well as developing prevention methods.… Read more

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