Category Archives: Politics

Summerville Park residents expand fight to prevent Sleep Inn from being built on Martha Berry at Charlton Street.

Summerville Park residents expand fight to prevent Sleep Inn from being built on Martha Berry at Charlton Street.

A new Facebook group page from neighbors in Summerville Park has been created, focusing opposition to plans to build a 52-room Sleep Inn from Choice Hotels on ptoperty already zoned for such use. Called Summerville Park Neighbors, the page includes the following: “Choice Hotels has granted a franchise to a local developer who plans to… Read more

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Trump crosses demilitarized zone to become first sitting president in North Korea; meets with Kim Jong Un.

Trump crosses demilitarized zone to become first sitting president in North Korea; meets with Kim Jong Un.

  One for the history books: The saying goes that “only Nixon could go to China” in a historic meeting decades ago. On Sunday, Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to “step across the border at the demilitarized zone into North Korea” as he wrapped up his trip to Asia. Said Trump of… Read more

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Hufstetler named chair of Senate study committee on Evaluating and Simplifying Physician Oversight of Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Hufstetler named chair of Senate study committee on Evaluating and Simplifying Physician Oversight of Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

Media release: State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R– Rome) has been appointed by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan to serve as chair of the Senate Study Committee on Evaluating and Simplifying Physician Oversight of Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. “I am honored to be chosen to chair this Study Committee and look forward to looking… Read more

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Presidential politics: Georgia’s presidential primary set for March 24. Trump announces bid for second term; 40 watch at Floyd GOP event. Next: Back-to-back Democratic debates.

Presidential politics: Georgia’s presidential primary set for March 24. Trump announces bid for second term; 40 watch at Floyd GOP event. Next: Back-to-back Democratic debates.

  Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger sets Presidential Preference Primary Date as Tuesday, March 24.  Presidential candidates: Trump announces re-election in Orlando Tuesday night. The Floyd County Republican Party held a watch party at Moe’s barbecue to watch the announcement from Orlando. Around 40 people attended, says Mickey Tuck (also sent the photo). The Georgia… Read more

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City Commissioner Evie McNiece to run again in Ward 3; decision expected to open the door for several newcomers for Ward 1 seats.

City Commissioner Evie McNiece to run again in Ward 3; decision expected to open the door for several newcomers for Ward 1 seats.

  Rome’s upcoming City Commission elections — already forecast to be the most competitive we’ve seen in years — are a little bit clearer this morning. But maybe not for long. City Commissioner Evie McNiece had a decision to make about seeking a fourth four-year term on the board. First elected in 2007 to represent… Read more

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#savedowntownrome: At least one person to address City Commission on Monday about downtown parking. Hometown poll draws 1,400 responses in 10 hours (vote now).  Commission caucus at 5 p.m. Monday to address parking.

#savedowntownrome: At least one person to address City Commission on Monday about downtown parking. Hometown poll draws 1,400 responses in 10 hours (vote now). Commission caucus at 5 p.m. Monday to address parking.

SUNDAY UPDATES Citizens ask to address City Commission on Monday: At least one person has requested five minutes to speak before the Rome City Commission at Monday evening’s meeting. Downtown businessman Jay Shell — who opened 333 on Broad a decade ago, moved to Brewhouse Music & Grill and now with partner Dr. Trent Pault has… Read more

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Politics: Bryan Johnson announces his candidacy for opening superior court judgeship in 2020.

Politics: Bryan Johnson announces his candidacy for opening superior court judgeship in 2020.

In context: The race for the next opening on Floyd County’s superior court bench has its first declared candidate. Bryan Johnson, a partner in Cox, Byington, Twyman & Johnson and incumbent municipal judge, announces his candidacy to fill the seat J. Bryant Durham will retire from in December 2020. Durham last week announced he won’t see a… Read more

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Politics: The most interesting 12 months in local politics is about to begin — and a big part of it hinges on a decision due by May 25. Plus the May 2020 primary could be a shocker.

Politics: The most interesting 12 months in local politics is about to begin — and a big part of it hinges on a decision due by May 25. Plus the May 2020 primary could be a shocker.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Much like college football, its always election season in Northwest Georgia. Within the next 12 months, we’ll see a Rome City Commission election, the presidential primary and then the local/state primary — all by May 19, 2020. Even closer — three months away — is the deadline for qualifying for the… Read more

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Superior Court Judge J. Bryant Durham Jr. to retire as current term ends in December 2020; voters will pick his replacement in next year’s elections.

Superior Court Judge J. Bryant Durham Jr. to retire as current term ends in December 2020; voters will pick his replacement in next year’s elections.

In context: J. Bryant Durham, currently the longest tenured superior court judge in the Rome Judicial Circuit, is not seeking a new term next year and plans to retire as the current term ends. Voters will select the new superior court judge in the 2020 elections. Media release: Chief Judge J. Bryant Durham Jr., Superior… Read more

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Buzz: Diane Lewis, chair of the Floyd County Republican Party, earns ‘Rising Star Award.’ Ready for a little Avenging against Thanos? Rome, Cartersville theaters selling tickets for April 25 preview showing.

Buzz: Diane Lewis, chair of the Floyd County Republican Party, earns ‘Rising Star Award.’ Ready for a little Avenging against Thanos? Rome, Cartersville theaters selling tickets for April 25 preview showing.

  Floyd GOP’s Diane Lewis named ‘Rising Star.’ Diane Lewis of Lewis Chemical and the newly installed chair of the Floyd County Republican Party has also been honored with the “Rising Star Award” presented during Saturday’s 14th Congressional District Convention held in Dalton. How to assemble for an early showing of Avengers: Endgame? Here’s how:… Read more

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Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch, with guest Rome Commissioner Wendy Davis, explains this November’s city elections — using Hershey’s kisses and M &  Ms.

Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch, with guest Rome Commissioner Wendy Davis, explains this November’s city elections — using Hershey’s kisses and M & Ms.

Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis, an expert on politics on all levels, provides perhaps the clearest explanation we’ve yet to hear on what’s on the municipal ballot this fall. Davis, who joined Dr. Jon Hershey on this week’s edition of Georgia Highlands’ Community Watch program, broke out what’s becoming her best prop yet in diagramming… Read more

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Cave Spring votes say yes to package sale of distilled spirits, Sunday sales by the drink. Chattooga County approves new 1-cent tax.

Cave Spring votes say yes to package sale of distilled spirits, Sunday sales by the drink. Chattooga County approves new 1-cent tax.

Cave Spring voters approved all three issues on the ballot Tuesday: We don’t have totals, but the city of Cave Spring website has this update on Tuesday’s vote: March 19 City Distilled Alcohol Sales Vote Passed on all questions. Those questions were: Whether to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for… Read more

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Love Library Express won’t push downtown location — but operators are searching for other sites.

Love Library Express won’t push downtown location — but operators are searching for other sites.

  Story lines: Drew Haynes won’t continue the battle to open The Love Library Express on Tribune Street, citing city’s rush of new ordinances to prevent its opening. Another location for the Express is being scouted in North Georgia. The original store on Shorter Avenue remains in full service. Media release: The Love Library Express,… Read more

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Time to vote: Alcohol measures on Cave Spring ballot today; SPLOST vote before Chattooga County residents.

Time to vote: Alcohol measures on Cave Spring ballot today; SPLOST vote before Chattooga County residents.

  Reminder: Vote today in Cave Spring: The special vote, for registered voters in the city only, asks these questions: Whether to authorize the city issue licenses for the package sale of distilled spirits. Whether to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink. Whether to permit and… Read more

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Republican-controlled Senate rejects Trump’s national emergency declaration at the U.S./Mexico border; Isakson, Perdue vote with president.

Republican-controlled Senate rejects Trump’s national emergency declaration at the U.S./Mexico border; Isakson, Perdue vote with president.

From the Associated Press: “In a stunning rebuke, the Republican-controlled Senate has voted to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate voted 59-41 for a resolution to halt Trump’s emergency order. Trump has promised to veto it, and it is unlikely that Congress will have the votes to… Read more

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By a 7-1 majority with another no vote absent, the Rome City Commission agrees to 11-year pact to help direct economic development, including $450,000 for first three years. McNiece, Davis again question lack of details.

By a 7-1 majority with another no vote absent, the Rome City Commission agrees to 11-year pact to help direct economic development, including $450,000 for first three years. McNiece, Davis again question lack of details.

  By a 7-1 vote that technically is in our history book as a 7-2 decision, the Rome City Commission on Monday agreed to an 11-year pact with Floyd County and the Rome Floyd Development Authority to oversee future industrial growth in the community. All three are pledging $450,000 each over three years — a… Read more

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Politics: Dr. Brad Bushnell serves as Doctor of the Day for General Assembly; son Bo serves as page to Sen. Chuck Hufstetler. Isakson honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars — and meets Captain America.

Politics: Dr. Brad Bushnell serves as Doctor of the Day for General Assembly; son Bo serves as page to Sen. Chuck Hufstetler. Isakson honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars — and meets Captain America.

  U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, was honored on Wednesday by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States with its top legislative honor, the 2019 VFW Congressional Award. Isakson was selected as this year’s recipient for his efforts to help secure the passage of numerous VFW… Read more

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Politics: Floyd County Democratic Party meets Thursday at Holiday Inn Express. Voting under way in special election in Fairmount; election is March 19.

Politics: Floyd County Democratic Party meets Thursday at Holiday Inn Express. Voting under way in special election in Fairmount; election is March 19.

The Floyd County Democratic Party will hold its annual membership party on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express off U.S. 411. Entrance is $10. New and renewing members can also pay their $10 annual dues at the event. The party’s keynote speaker will be former Columbus mayor, Teresa Tomlinson. After… Read more

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