Category Archives: Politics

Politics: Six weeks from election day, advance voting spots just about nailed down (starts Oct. 12).

Politics: Six weeks from election day, advance voting spots just about nailed down (starts Oct. 12).

  The Floyd County Board of Elections and Registration met Tuesday — six weeks out from election day and under three weeks away from the start of advance voting — to begin deciding issues that should already be set. Among them: Advance voting locations are now mostly set. Poll worker training and recruitment. Attending were… Read more

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at age 87. Her death sets up a huge political battle with weeks to go before the November election.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at age 87. Her death sets up a huge political battle with weeks to go before the November election.

  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away Friday at the age of 87. She was the second woman to sit on the High Court, appointed by President Clinton in 1993, and was well-known as a champion for women’s rights. Her death comes just weeks before the November election, setting up a huge political… Read more

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Letter details Elections Board’s reprimand of Robert Brady following argument over absentee ballot release: ‘Your disrespectful and derogatory treatment of a Floyd County citizen was wholly unacceptable.’

Letter details Elections Board’s reprimand of Robert Brady following argument over absentee ballot release: ‘Your disrespectful and derogatory treatment of a Floyd County citizen was wholly unacceptable.’

    Floyd County has released a copy of the formal reprimand against Elections Chief Robert Brady following a test exchange with community advocate Larry Morrow during an Aug. 18 board meeting where Morrow was seeking additional information on when area residents could expect to receive absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 general election. Hometown… Read more

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Politics: Sample ballots now available for upcoming election. GPB sets online, on air TV debates. How to get an absentee ballot — and track it. Political calendar.

Politics: Sample ballots now available for upcoming election. GPB sets online, on air TV debates. How to get an absentee ballot — and track it. Political calendar.

Sample ballots now available: The Floyd County ballot is below. Please go to the Secretary of State’s website and click the MVP portal. Enter your basic information and the ballot for your area will be available in the lower left box. On Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Van Ausdal, former Democratic nominee for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District,… Read more

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In context. The election year from hell takes two more turns: Van Ausdal’s out; Graves is quitting;  and what to do about the Nov. 3 vote — and a special election?

In context. The election year from hell takes two more turns: Van Ausdal’s out; Graves is quitting; and what to do about the Nov. 3 vote — and a special election?

In context: You only thought this was the election year from hell. What started with a statewide switch to new voting machines morphed into a delayed while under way presidential preference primary, the mailing of more than 6 million absentee ballot applications because of the ongoing pandemic, a second primary delay; absentee ballot challenges; long… Read more

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New duplex development proposed for Summerville Park along Redmond Road. City Commission to discuss rezoning request during Monday’s meeting, as well as $1.72 million TAD for Tennis Center hotel.

New duplex development proposed for Summerville Park along Redmond Road. City Commission to discuss rezoning request during Monday’s meeting, as well as $1.72 million TAD for Tennis Center hotel.

A new duplex development proposed for Summerville Park along Redmond Road at Raymond Avenue goes before the Rome City Commission on Monday for rezoning request. Property owner Daniel Lee (Jay) Stephenson is requesting rezoning from Low Density Traditional Residential and Office-Institutional to Duplex Residential to be able to construct up to four duplexes (eight units)… Read more

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Politics: Kevin Van Ausdal drops out of U.S. House two months before election. Democrats hope to name new candidate. New: What’s likely next in the race.

Politics: Kevin Van Ausdal drops out of U.S. House two months before election. Democrats hope to name new candidate. New: What’s likely next in the race.

  Saturday update: A new AJC report says a divorce and impending move to Indiana are behind the personal reason’s Van Ausdal withdrew from the race on Friday. Van Ausdal had hoped to continue his campaign from out of state, but the Constitution stipulates they must live in the same state where they are running, although they do not… Read more

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Politics: Graves leaving Congress in October, before his term ends in early January.

Politics: Graves leaving Congress in October, before his term ends in early January.

  In context: U.S. Rep. Tom Graves stunned the Northwest Georgia district by announcing in December he wouldn’t seek a new term. That touched off a Republican free-for-fall with eight GOP candidates in a twice-delayed primary and a jarring runoff. Now comes word that Graves will leave office in October and not when his term… Read more

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Politics: Floyd GOP opens campaign headquarters tonight. Tracking our absentee ballot application (and how to apply for one).

Politics: Floyd GOP opens campaign headquarters tonight. Tracking our absentee ballot application (and how to apply for one).

  Floyd County Republican Party opens headquarters today from 6-8 p.m. The office is at 420 Broad St. The guest speaker is Republican U.S. House hopeful Marjorie Taylor Greene as members of the local party continue to embrace her campaign. It started with Greene’s recent rally at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds as she was introduced and… Read more

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Politics: Poll from Van Ausdal campaign shows Greene in the lead — but below traditional GOP high water marks. Earlier: Greene’s third social media showdown.

Politics: Poll from Van Ausdal campaign shows Greene in the lead — but below traditional GOP high water marks. Earlier: Greene’s third social media showdown.

THE LATEST Van Ausdal campaign posts poll results in 14th Congressional District race: An interesting release Wednesday from Democratic House hopeful Kevin Van Ausdal’s campaign. It is about a campaign-commissioned internal poll — i.e., keep a grain of salt handy — but so far at least, it hasn’t drawn a response from Republican Marjorie Taylor… Read more

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Politics: Nearly 800,000 absentee ballot requests already in Georgia with two months to go. How to get an absentee ballot. Election calendar.

Politics: Nearly 800,000 absentee ballot requests already in Georgia with two months to go. How to get an absentee ballot. Election calendar.

GPB News reports some big numbers already for absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 general election. They include: Nearly 800,000 Georgians, or about one in nine active voters, have already requested an absentee ballot. At least 582,000 are on a “rollover” list of voters who checked a box to receive an absentee ballot for every election in a given… Read more

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Politics: Elections Board meets at noon to hear about absentee ballot assist. Floyd Democrats hold virtual meeting tonight. Recap of presidential debate times, places. Elections calendar.

Politics: Elections Board meets at noon to hear about absentee ballot assist. Floyd Democrats hold virtual meeting tonight. Recap of presidential debate times, places. Elections calendar.

Noon today: A special called meeting of the county’s Board of Elections. The agenda includes discussion of a third-party contract available through the Secretary of State’s office for assistance in processing absentee ballots. The meeting will be in the community room, second floor, Floyd County Administration building. This evening: Floyd County Democratic Party monthly meeting,  7-8… Read more

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Politics: Presidential, VP debate times, topics announced. Latest state poll on the presidential race. More on how to apply for your absentee ballot today; requires basic information and two minutes. Floyd Democrats ‘meet’ Thursday. Who’s on the ballot. Political calendar.

Politics: Presidential, VP debate times, topics announced. Latest state poll on the presidential race. More on how to apply for your absentee ballot today; requires basic information and two minutes. Floyd Democrats ‘meet’ Thursday. Who’s on the ballot. Political calendar.

Presidential, VP debate dates, moderators announced: The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), today announced the moderators for the 2020 general election presidential and vice presidential debates. The moderators, and the schedule and locations for the debates (as previously announced), are as follows: Sept. 29: First presidential debate: Chris Wallace, Anchor, Fox News Sunday Tuesday, Sept. 29,… Read more

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Now posted: A website to request absentee ballots from the Secretary of State. Included: Answers to key questions (such as, ‘Any registered Georgia voter is eligible to request and cast an absentee ballot.’)

Now posted: A website to request absentee ballots from the Secretary of State. Included: Answers to key questions (such as, ‘Any registered Georgia voter is eligible to request and cast an absentee ballot.’)

  The Secretary of State’s office has launched a website to help handle record numbers of voters expected to cast an absentee ballot in this year’s presidential election. The site is available at ballot request.sos.ga.gov. (We gave it a test run and was finished in two minutes; basic and easy to do). Below are some of… Read more

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Politics: Precinct workers, others to have protective gear for Nov. 3 vote. GOP convention ends tonight. Elections board meets at noon today.

Politics: Precinct workers, others to have protective gear for Nov. 3 vote. GOP convention ends tonight. Elections board meets at noon today.

  PPE equipment en route for poll workers, elections officials: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is working with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to keep Georgia’s poll workers and elections officials safe from COVID-19. Raffensperger coordinated with county elections officials to request masks, face shields, gloves, and disinfecting wipes to protect both elections staff and… Read more

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Politics: Update on absentee requests for Nov. 3. Republican National Convention continues; link to schedule. Elections board meets Thursday. Fall election calendar.

Politics: Update on absentee requests for Nov. 3. Republican National Convention continues; link to schedule. Elections board meets Thursday. Fall election calendar.

  About absentees: The best bet continues to be requesting your own absentee ballot (see MVP section on Secretary of State’s election pages and our breakout below) but these will work just as well — and are prestamped for return postage. The state estimates half of the 5 million voters on Nov. 3 will vote… Read more

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