Category Archives: Politics

New ad up to find candidates to be Floyd’s next chief elections clerk. Qualification regarding professional certification has been softened a bit.

New ad up to find candidates to be Floyd’s next chief elections clerk. Qualification regarding professional certification has been softened a bit.

The search for another candidate to serve as Floyd County’s chief elections clerk is under way with some differences in the job description from the March ad. The search follows last week’s County Commission decision to ignore the recommendation of the elections board to appoint Deputy Clerk Vanessa Waddell and instead “cast a wider net”… Read more

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Buzz: Voccio to address Floyd County Democrats on Thursday. Cartersville, Rome newspapers pick up honors at Georgia Press Association convention. New tech lab for Georgia Northwestern.

Buzz: Voccio to address Floyd County Democrats on Thursday. Cartersville, Rome newspapers pick up honors at Georgia Press Association convention. New tech lab for Georgia Northwestern.

The Floyd County Democratic Party will welcome Dr. Gary Voccio, Health Director for the Northwest Health District, to the monthly meeting on Zoom this Thursday from 7-8 pm. Voccio will offer updates on COVID-19 in our area and field questions from the audience. A short business meeting at 7 p.m. will precede Voccio at 7:15. For… Read more

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Headlines ahead: Rome’s open container test starts Thursday. Lots of politics, including Saturday rally. First Friday concert gets ‘electric.’

Headlines ahead: Rome’s open container test starts Thursday. Lots of politics, including Saturday rally. First Friday concert gets ‘electric.’

    Editor’s note: Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, any community listing or community gathering media release must include the following information. If not, the item will not be published on our websites or on our social media. All items below were submitted before the change. We’ve since asked for updates from organizers and those notes… Read more

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Campaign Watch: Huge month for fall, 2022 elections kicks off Friday night. What to know.

Campaign Watch: Huge month for fall, 2022 elections kicks off Friday night. What to know.

  THE LATEST Wendy Davis kicks off congressional campaign Friday night: The rally is set for 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Rome Riverwalk on West Third Street in Rome. Davis is one of several Democrats who’ve announced plans to challenge Marjorie Taylor Greene in the 2022 race for the 14th Congressional District. What’s also interesting:… Read more

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Commentary: Floyd County Commission ignores elections board recommendation to name Vanessa Waddell chief elections clerk, cops out by reopening search.

Commentary: Floyd County Commission ignores elections board recommendation to name Vanessa Waddell chief elections clerk, cops out by reopening search.

  In early June, the three-member Floyd County Board of Elections unanimously supported deputy elections chief and interim director Vanessa Waddell to permanently lead the office. Following the calamity known as the 2020 election cycle — pandemic, primary delays, vote-by-mail, recounts, missing votes, the death of another key clerk, the eventual departure of the chief… Read more

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Update: More changes proposed for Floyd County elections operation — and rumblings about how the commission might handle recommendations on some personnel moves.

Update: More changes proposed for Floyd County elections operation — and rumblings about how the commission might handle recommendations on some personnel moves.

  Update: Keep an eye on this story later today. There is some push back developing over some of the personnel change, according to our political sources. It took a year-plus of chaos but more changes appear on the way for the Floyd County elections office. Squirreled away in the cramped first-level offices of the… Read more

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Campaign Watch: The latest on Rome, Cartersville candidates. GOP rally, meeting updates. Calendar with qualifying, registration deadline, advance voting news.

Campaign Watch: The latest on Rome, Cartersville candidates. GOP rally, meeting updates. Calendar with qualifying, registration deadline, advance voting news.

    Rome City Commissioner Jamie Doss on re-election to Ward 2 this November: “I really have a strong desire to seek re-election but I haven’t made a decision at this point.” Cartersville City Councilman Gary Fox is seeking a new term in the ward 5  seat.  “It has been an honor serving the citizens of the… Read more

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AJC: State Rep. Trey Kelley of Cedartown to vacate House leadership post but remain a legislator.

AJC: State Rep. Trey Kelley of Cedartown to vacate House leadership post but remain a legislator.

The latest: AJC’s Greg Bluestein reports state Rep. Trey Kelley leaving House Majority Whip post. We’re awaiting updates from Kelley and his staff. Here’s the initial update. Georgia House Majority Whip @RepTreyKelley, one of the top Republicans in the statehouse, sent an email to colleagues tonight saying he’s stepping down from his leadership post. He… Read more

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Justice Department files suit against Georgia ‘to stop racially discriminatory provisions of new voting law.’ Kemp vows to fight back.

Justice Department files suit against Georgia ‘to stop racially discriminatory provisions of new voting law.’ Kemp vows to fight back.

  Expected since Senate Bill 202 was passed and later signed by the governor, the Justice Department is suiting Georgia over provisions of new voting restrictions. A media release with the formal state from the Justice Department follows. Gov. Brian Kemp, who signed SB 202 into law, responded: “This lawsuit is born out of the lies… Read more

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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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