Category Archives: Politics

Changes: Darlington will continue to close campus, use distance learning through April 13. Secretary of State to mail absentee ballots to 6.9 million voters for May 19 primary.

Changes: Darlington will continue to close campus, use distance learning through April 13. Secretary of State to mail absentee ballots to 6.9 million voters for May 19 primary.

  Darlington School has announced that it will extend the closure of campus while facilitating distance learning through at least April 13. “We have continued to closely follow decisions made by the local, state, and federal government in addition to the CDC and WHO,” said Head of School Brent Bell in a letter to the… Read more

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Politics: A time out for local candidates, parties although some events will go on with a slightly different format. Georgia’s Presidential Primary postponed until May 19; votes already cast will count.

Politics: A time out for local candidates, parties although some events will go on with a slightly different format. Georgia’s Presidential Primary postponed until May 19; votes already cast will count.

  Political headlines: Advance voting for the presidential preference primary is over, at least  until late April. It will mix with the May 19 state and local primary. The 1,770 votes cast March 2-14 will count. No additional advance voting for the time being. Rome TEA Party, conservative coalition meeting set for Tuesday is canceled.… Read more

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Politics: Local House members OK state spending plan that cuts teacher raises to $1,000, half of what governor sought.

Politics: Local House members OK state spending plan that cuts teacher raises to $1,000, half of what governor sought.

    With unanimous support by the Northwest Georgia delegation, the Georgia House on Tuesday approved the 2020-21 spending plan that cuts the teacher pay increase to $1,000, half of what was sought by Gov. Brian Kemp. The final vote was 134 yes, 55 no with local votes in support from representatives Katie Dempsey, Eddie… Read more

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Politics: Who’s on the ballot May 19, Nov. 3 as qualifying ends for state, local offices. Floyd School Board candidates go unopposed as do superior court judges, district attorney. Week closes with 614 advance voters..

Politics: Who’s on the ballot May 19, Nov. 3 as qualifying ends for state, local offices. Floyd School Board candidates go unopposed as do superior court judges, district attorney. Week closes with 614 advance voters..

    THE LATEST Some updates on the May 19 ballot: No Democrats entered the sheriff’s race so the winner will come from the three Republican hopefuls on the May 19 ballot; we expect a July runoff. Nine Republicans qualified to run for U.S. House 14; the eventual winner faces Democrat Kevin Van Audsal. Two… Read more

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Politics: Advance voting in Presidential Preference Primary resumes on Monday; adds Garden Lakes site. Also next weekend: Saturday, Sunday voting.

Politics: Advance voting in Presidential Preference Primary resumes on Monday; adds Garden Lakes site. Also next weekend: Saturday, Sunday voting.

  PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY Advance voting resumes Monday on weekdays through March 20. Saturday voting ahead March 14.  See dates/times and places for each county below. In Floyd: 614 advance voters last week. More than 97,000 Georgians had voted last week.  SAMPLE BALLOTS Democrats — only three choices left who are still in the hunt: Please… Read more

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Politics: Dempsey seeks new term in the Georgia House. Free running for coroner in Bartow County.

Politics: Dempsey seeks new term in the Georgia House. Free running for coroner in Bartow County.

  Media release: State Rep. Katie Dempsey, chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources, announces her campaign for re-election to the Georgia House. Dempsey currently serves on the following House standing committees: Economic Development & Tourism; Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications; Health & Human Services; Higher Education; Transportation; and Rules. It was rumored that Dempsey… Read more

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Politics: Advance voting for Presidential Primary begins Monday. So does qualifying for state, local races. Key party meetings Tuesday, Thursday.

Politics: Advance voting for Presidential Primary begins Monday. So does qualifying for state, local races. Key party meetings Tuesday, Thursday.

      This is a huge week in politics. What’s ahead: Qualifying begins for office, Monday through Friday. Advance voting gets under way for the presidential preference primary. Where to vote. GOP U.S. House candidates (round one) at the Floyd County Republican Women’s meeting Tuesday. Democrats meeting the candidates Thursday evening. Presidential preference primary:… Read more

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Politics: Justin Hight announces his candidacy for Chief Magistrate of Floyd County.

Politics: Justin Hight announces his candidacy for Chief Magistrate of Floyd County.

    Media release: Local Businessman, Justin Hight, announced today his candidacy for Chief Magistrate of Floyd County Magistrate Court.  Hight states, “After much thought and encouragement from my family and this community, I look forward to qualifying next week for the position of Chief Magistrate.  As Chief Magistrate I will work hard to make the… Read more

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Politics: The Bushnell Boys got some prime time under the Gold Dome on Thursday: Brad as doctor of the day; Bo as a Senate page.

Politics: The Bushnell Boys got some prime time under the Gold Dome on Thursday: Brad as doctor of the day; Bo as a Senate page.

    We’re calling it the Bushnell Gold Dome Takeover: But in reality, Dr. Brad Bushnell — Harbin Clinic Orthopedic and Sports Medicine surgeon — was in Atlanta on Thursday to serve as the Doctor of the Day. Joining him was son Bo Bushnell, a student at Berry College Elementary and Middle School, who served… Read more

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Shell to seek new term representing Coosa District on the Floyd County Board of Education.

Shell to seek new term representing Coosa District on the Floyd County Board of Education.

      Jay Shell, the District 3/Coosa Community representative on the Floyd County Board of Education, is seeking a new four-year term. In a Twitter post Wednesday night, Shell wrote, “Next week, I’ll qualify to run again for Floyd County School Board. It’s been the honor of my life to serve our kids and… Read more

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Politics: Advance voting starts Monday for presidential preference primary. Where and when to vote early.

Politics: Advance voting starts Monday for presidential preference primary. Where and when to vote early.

      Presidential preference primary: Here’s what to know about early voting, March 2-20 (election day is March 24). Downtown: 16 days to vote in the community room at the Floyd County Administration Building (yellow brick courthouse). Weekdays, March 2 through March 20, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. until… Read more

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Politics: Monday is final day to register to vote in Presidential primary. Advance voting begins next Monday, March 2. Good turnout for Saturday’s Floyd GOP Precinct meeting.

Politics: Monday is final day to register to vote in Presidential primary. Advance voting begins next Monday, March 2. Good turnout for Saturday’s Floyd GOP Precinct meeting.

Good turnout for Saturday’s Floyd County GOP Precinct Meeting to start “the process to organize the start of the 2020 GOP convention cycle.” Next up: The Floyd County Republican Convention is planned for March 21. Monday, Feb. 24 is the final day to register to vote for the March Presidential Preference Primary. Deadline is 5… Read more

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Politics: Loeffler makes the rounds in Northwest Georgia. Ed Tarver joins race for Senate seat. Voter registration for March 24 presidential primary ends at 5 p.m. Monday.

Politics: Loeffler makes the rounds in Northwest Georgia. Ed Tarver joins race for Senate seat. Voter registration for March 24 presidential primary ends at 5 p.m. Monday.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., made stops in Rome and Cartersville on Thursday, including a meet-and-greet at Swift & Finch on Broad Street. Loeffler, appointed to replace Johnny Isakson, faces election this November. She’s shown in the above photo with Rome businessman Randy Smith. Photo courtesy of Mickey Tuck. Ed Tarver to challenge Loeffler for… Read more

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The Druck Report: Elections Chief Robert Brady on what to know about new voting machines as presidential primary draws closer. Plus: Advance voting updates.

The Druck Report: Elections Chief Robert Brady on what to know about new voting machines as presidential primary draws closer. Plus: Advance voting updates.

>Please click here to hear an audio copy of the podcast. Advance voting for the March 24 presidential primary begins in just a few weeks. We’ll be using a new voting system that is mostly similar but somewhat different to what we’re used to. In part one, Floyd County Elections Chief Robert Brady walks us through… Read more

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Politics: Chief Magistrate Judge W. Gene Richardson announces bid for a new term.

Politics: Chief Magistrate Judge W. Gene Richardson announces bid for a new term.

  Media release: Today, Judge W. Gene Richardson announced for re-election to his post as Chief Magistrate of Floyd County. Judge Richardson has served as the Chief Magistrate of Floyd County since being appointed to the position by the judges of the Floyd County Superior Court in 2010. In announcing for re-election, Judge Richardson noted:… Read more

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Politics: Advance voting for presidential primary starts two weeks from today. Where to vote; sample ballots. Plus: Election calendar.

Politics: Advance voting for presidential primary starts two weeks from today. Where to vote; sample ballots. Plus: Election calendar.

  Early voting for the presidential preference begins two weeks from today and it will be a little different than what you’re used to from past elections. First, we’ll be using the new voting machines which really aren’t all that different from the previous ones. Please click the above box to hear our podcast with… Read more

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