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Politics: Q & A with Floyd County Clerk of Superior Court candidates Joe Costolnick and Barbara Penson

Politics: Q & A with Floyd County Clerk of Superior Court candidates Joe Costolnick and Barbara Penson

  Among the items on the June 9 Republican primary ballot will be Floyd County Clerk of Superior Court. Two Republican candidates are on the ballot including Incumbent Barbara Penson and challenger Joseph (Joe) Costolnick. The winner will face Democrat Moriah Medina in the Nov. 3 general election. The interviews and profiles were complied and written by Natalie Simms.… Read more

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Politics: Advance voting begins Monday; what you need to know. Plus, what’s on the ballot and profiles on local candidates.

Politics: Advance voting begins Monday; what you need to know. Plus, what’s on the ballot and profiles on local candidates.

    Advance voting starts Monday.  What to know: Floyd County: Early voting will take place at the Rome Civic Center beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 18, and continuing until Friday June 5. Hour of operation are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 4… Read more

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Politics: Advance voting starts Monday; what to know. Also: 250,000 absentee ballots already in for the June 9 primaries.

Politics: Advance voting starts Monday; what to know. Also: 250,000 absentee ballots already in for the June 9 primaries.

    Advance voting starts Monday.  What to know: Floyd County: Early voting will take place at the Rome Civic Center beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 18, and continuing until Friday June 5. Hour of operation are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 4… Read more

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Politics: Sheriff’s candidates to talk mental health at May 19 forum by NAMI. Advance voting begins Monday.

Politics: Sheriff’s candidates to talk mental health at May 19 forum by NAMI. Advance voting begins Monday.

    Floyd County sheriff’s candidates to talk mental health May 19: A forum with Republican sheriff’s hopefuls Tom Caldwell, Ronnie Kilgo and Dave Roberson is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 19 courtesy of the National Alliance on Mental Health/Rome chapter. The forum, designed to address mental health issues, will be broadcast live via NAMI’s… Read more

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Politics: With a month to go, what you need to know about the June 9 primary: Avalanche of absentee ballot requests, advance voting updates.

Politics: With a month to go, what you need to know about the June 9 primary: Avalanche of absentee ballot requests, advance voting updates.

    Absentee, advance or in person, the June 9 primary is a month from today. This already is one for the history books with the pandemic-based delays, merged votes and the major push to vote-by-mail because of safety concerns. Now it is moving back to the basics — that is, the candidates in some… Read more

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Pandemic and politics: Bartow County, coronavirus the focal points in AJC column on a state Senate race, who spread COVID-19 among lawmakers and what’s next.

Pandemic and politics: Bartow County, coronavirus the focal points in AJC column on a state Senate race, who spread COVID-19 among lawmakers and what’s next.

    Phoro: State Sen. Bruce Thompson, a Republican from White, donated convalescent plasma at the Rome office of Blood Assurance last month following his hospitalization at Northside in Canton and later recovery at his family home on Saint George Island in Florida. Facebook photo. Bartow County politics are a big part of the focus… Read more

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Politics: 1 million absentee ballots requested so far for June 9 primary. Reminder: U.S. Senate Democratic candidates (vs. Perdue) debate Sunday at 5:30 p.m. House 14 candidates are Monday at 3 p.m. live stream, 8 p.m. TV broadcast.

Politics: 1 million absentee ballots requested so far for June 9 primary. Reminder: U.S. Senate Democratic candidates (vs. Perdue) debate Sunday at 5:30 p.m. House 14 candidates are Monday at 3 p.m. live stream, 8 p.m. TV broadcast.

    More than 1 million Georgians requested absentee ballots, shattering all previous records. Says Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger:  “Our goal was to keep voters safe and take the pressure off of our in-person voting locations. We have more than achieved that goal.” Raffensperger took steps in response to the COVID-19 infection designed to protect voters… Read more

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Politics: Nearly 13,600 absentee ballots already in at the Floyd elections office for the June 9 primaries.

Politics: Nearly 13,600 absentee ballots already in at the Floyd elections office for the June 9 primaries.

  Nearly 13,600 people already have voted in the June 9 primary based on the number of absentee ballots received through Tuesday morning at the Floyd County elections office. Why that number is important: That means turnout already is nearly 24 percent for the primary; usually Floyd sees 27 to 29 percent turnout, says Elections… Read more

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Politics: Secretary of State names Absentee Ballot Fraud Task Force. Bartow sees more than 10,000 absentee ballots so far. Polk County plans drop box.

Politics: Secretary of State names Absentee Ballot Fraud Task Force. Bartow sees more than 10,000 absentee ballots so far. Polk County plans drop box.

    Media release: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has created an Absentee Ballot Fraud Task Force to ensure no one undermines the integrity of the vote in Georgia during this time of crisis. Raffensperger has selected experts in election administration, investigation, and prosecution from around the state of Georgia to demonstrate that he takes… Read more

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Politics: Republican 14th Congressional District hopefuls to debate May 4, U.S. Senate Democratic candidates May 3 in Atlanta Press Club/Georgia Public Broadcasting series.

Politics: Republican 14th Congressional District hopefuls to debate May 4, U.S. Senate Democratic candidates May 3 in Atlanta Press Club/Georgia Public Broadcasting series.

  The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series will host a primary election debate for the Democratic U.S. Senate candidates on Sunday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. The debate will take place live via video in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting. The District 14 GOP House candidates will following Monday, May 4, at 3 p.m.… Read more

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Politics: Linda Liles, longtime aide to area congressmen, named to the Polk County Commission.

Politics: Linda Liles, longtime aide to area congressmen, named to the Polk County Commission.

  A familiar name in local political circles if not politics has been named to fill a vacancy on the Polk County Commission. WGAA 1340 AM/106.1 FM reports Linda Liles, a longtime aide to former U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey and later Tom Graves, was appointed to the post during a called meeting of the County… Read more

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Politics: Primary sample ballots are posted; what you need to know. The primary is June 9; absentee ballots available.

Politics: Primary sample ballots are posted; what you need to know. The primary is June 9; absentee ballots available.

    The sample ballots are posted for Georgia’s primary, even if they do include the May 19 date for the event that has now been shifted to June 9. Voter registration continues for the primary, ending May 11. Advance voting starts May 18 and ends the Friday before the primary. There will be a… Read more

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Politics: More than $3 million in contributions, loans in the 10-candidate 14th Congressional District race through March 31; $1.2 million in expenditures.

Politics: More than $3 million in contributions, loans in the 10-candidate 14th Congressional District race through March 31; $1.2 million in expenditures.

    The Federal Election Commission offers a very detailed look at the finances of all 10 District 14 congressional candidate through March 31. You can drill further into the file by clicking “view all” to track contributions and expenditures. Through last month, more than $3 million has been contributed or loaned to the candidates… Read more

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Politics: House District 14 candidates invited to join press club/GPB debate May 3-4. Latest voting dates to know. The Floyd ballot.

Politics: House District 14 candidates invited to join press club/GPB debate May 3-4. Latest voting dates to know. The Floyd ballot.

  The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series will host primary election debates for U.S. Senate and congressional districts including the 14th and Public Service Commission District 4. The debate series will take place on Sunday, May 3, and Monday, May 4. All debates will take place live via video in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting.… Read more

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Politics: Georgia’s primary pushed back to June 9 because of coronavirus concerns; had been set for May 19. Absentee ballot requests remain valid.

Politics: Georgia’s primary pushed back to June 9 because of coronavirus concerns; had been set for May 19. Absentee ballot requests remain valid.

    Media release: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that he is postponing the Statewide General Primary/Presidential Preference Primary Election until June 9. On Wednesday, Gov. Brian Kemp extended the current public health state of emergency until May 13. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Speaker of the House David Ralston concurred in the Governor’s… Read more

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