Category Archives: Politics

Vanessa Waddell, the steady hand in Floyd’s elections office for more than 20 years, recommended to serve as elections chief.

Vanessa Waddell, the steady hand in Floyd’s elections office for more than 20 years, recommended to serve as elections chief.

  Her face has been the constant one people have seen at the Floyd County elections office for more than two decades. Pending a final approval from the Floyd County Commission, Vanessa Waddell will soon drop the “interim” from her elections chief title. She was recommended for the post by the elections board on Tuesday… Read more

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Democrat Wendy Davis announces bid for District 14 congressional seat; will not seek a third term on the Rome City Commission this fall. Statement and analysis.

Democrat Wendy Davis announces bid for District 14 congressional seat; will not seek a third term on the Rome City Commission this fall. Statement and analysis.

    Media release: Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis announces she has entered the race for Congress in Northwest Georgia’s 14th District. “We need a true Northwest Georgia voice for our communities in Washington,” said Davis. “I’ll focus on getting results for our families, not chasing national attention with embarrassing, erratic conspiracy theories.” While a Rome… Read more

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Buzz: Floyd elections board meets Wednesday, likely to discuss new elections chief. Floyd Democrats set barbecue for Saturday. Honors for Cartersville museums.

Buzz: Floyd elections board meets Wednesday, likely to discuss new elections chief. Floyd Democrats set barbecue for Saturday. Honors for Cartersville museums.

The Floyd County Board of Elections will meet on Wednesday, May 19, in the Commissioner’s Caucus Room, Suite 204, at the Floyd County Administration Building at 12 E, Fourth Ave. The board will meet at noon to discuss personnel matters (the board is finalizing choices for a new chief election’s clerk).  The meeting is open to… Read more

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Floyd Elections Board agrees to let elections clerk resign rather than press announced termination; search continues for a replacement.

Floyd Elections Board agrees to let elections clerk resign rather than press announced termination; search continues for a replacement.

  The Floyd County Board of Elections has agreed to change the termination of elections chief Robert Brady into a scenario where he’ll be allowed to resign. The board held a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday to review “personnel matters.” The outcome was the announced change, termination to resignation, which all comes as a search… Read more

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Election ‘reform’ or ‘Jim Crow 2.0’? Now the courts will decide as Northwest Georgia delegation joins legislative majority in passing voter changes; Kemp signed it the same afternoon.

Election ‘reform’ or ‘Jim Crow 2.0’? Now the courts will decide as Northwest Georgia delegation joins legislative majority in passing voter changes; Kemp signed it the same afternoon.

  In they voted: Senate: Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, and Bruce Thompson, R-White, voted in favor with the majority. (34 to 20). House: Katie Dempsey, Matt Gambill, Trey Kelley, Eddie Lumsden, Mitchell Scoggins voted in favor with the majority (100-75). GPB News reports: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed a massive overhaul of election laws,… Read more

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David Nahmias to become next Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Georgia. Michael P. Boggs to become Presiding Justice.

David Nahmias to become next Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Georgia. Michael P. Boggs to become Presiding Justice.

  Media release: Presiding Justice David E. Nahmias was unanimously elected by his colleagues today to become the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He will succeed Chief Justice Harold D. Melton, who will resign from the Court on July 1, 2021 after 16 years of distinguished service as a justice. The Court… Read more

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As state Senate approves proposal to end ‘no excuse’ absentee balloting, Hufstetler among 4 GOP members not voting. ‘I hope to be able to vote for it when it comes back’ to the Senate, he says.

As state Senate approves proposal to end ‘no excuse’ absentee balloting, Hufstetler among 4 GOP members not voting. ‘I hope to be able to vote for it when it comes back’ to the Senate, he says.

While the Senate passed the proposal to end “no excuse” absentee voting, four senators — including Rome’s Chuck Hufstetler — were excused from the vote. Also opting out, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan. Said Hufstetler, R-52, in a comment Tuesday morning: “I was off the flooring working on a finance bill. They had the votes (to… Read more

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In November’s presidential election, 75% of Floyd voters cast ballots in advance or absentee. On Monday, local legislators unanimously supported drop box restrictions, more ID for absentees and reduced weekend voting.

In November’s presidential election, 75% of Floyd voters cast ballots in advance or absentee. On Monday, local legislators unanimously supported drop box restrictions, more ID for absentees and reduced weekend voting.

  Northwest Georgia’s House members were unanimous in supporting the vote restrict drop boxes,  require identification for absentee voting and reduce weekend voting. Their votes come after all three were widely accepted in the Nov. 3 general election. Per the Secretary of State’s office report on election totals for the Trump/Biden vote: In Floyd County,… Read more

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Senate votes 57-43 to impeach Trump on charges of inciting Capitol riot but falls short of needed 67 votes. Ossoff, Warnock voted to impeach.

Senate votes 57-43 to impeach Trump on charges of inciting Capitol riot but falls short of needed 67 votes. Ossoff, Warnock voted to impeach.

U.S. Senate votes to acquit former President Donald Trump in second impeachment trial. Vote: 57 guilty, 43 not guilty. Two-thirds vote of 67 was needed to find him guilty. Form the AJC: The latest impeachment charge — authored by U.S. Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Ted Lieu of California — alleged… Read more

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First Democrat announces bid to unseat Greene in 2022. Move comes hours after House votes to remove Greene from committees. 11 Republicans joined Democrats. Loudermilk votes no.

First Democrat announces bid to unseat Greene in 2022. Move comes hours after House votes to remove Greene from committees. 11 Republicans joined Democrats. Loudermilk votes no.

THE LATEST Let’s bring the fight against extremism. I’m running to represent Georgia Congressional District 14. Follow me and donate to our campaign. Together we can bring civility back to our political discourse. https://t.co/Yt641L5L8F — Marcus Flowers For Georgia (@MarcusO_Flowers) February 5, 2021 Just hours after Greene’s expulsion from two House committees, the first public… Read more

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Politics: Cartersville Sen. Bruce Thompson eyeing labor commissioner’s post? Rosemary Greene named Bartow-Gordon superior court judge. SNL laser-focused on the other Greene.

Politics: Cartersville Sen. Bruce Thompson eyeing labor commissioner’s post? Rosemary Greene named Bartow-Gordon superior court judge. SNL laser-focused on the other Greene.

We’ve picked up word that state Sen. Bruce Thompson is preparing a possible run for state Labor Commissioner — a job now held by fellow Republican Mark Butler. A few GOP insiders told us Thompson, a military veteran and insurance agent from the northwest Georgia city of White, was calling activists and donors about a potential… Read more

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Commentary: Northwest Georgia created a political Frankenstein now in the national spotlight. What will we do about it?

Commentary: Northwest Georgia created a political Frankenstein now in the national spotlight. What will we do about it?

  There’s a click you can make on Facebook that allows you to “unfollow” someone but stay friends. It lets you avoid the rhetoric you’d rather not see but still have access to the person in case there’s a need or a reason to be in touch in rhe future. That’s been our policy with Marjorie… Read more

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Committee assignments for the local legislative delegation for this session.

Committee assignments for the local legislative delegation for this session.

  Below are the House committee assignments and how the Northwest Georgia delegation did. Full list. House Majority Whip: Trey Kelley, R-Cedartown Human Resources.  Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, chair Insurance, Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, chair. Members, Matthew Gambill, R-Cartersville Economic Development and Tourism, Matthew Gambill, vice chair Members: Dempsey Judiciary, Mitchell Scoggins, R-Cartersville, secretary. Special Committee on Access… Read more

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