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Alabama stunner: Democrat Doug Jones beats Republican Roy Moore in tight Senate showdown.

Alabama stunner: Democrat Doug Jones beats Republican Roy Moore in tight Senate showdown.

Call it the southern stunner — although supporters on either side have their own quick narratives about Alabama’s historic vote on Tuesday. Democrat Doug Jones, a long shot at best given the state’s overwhelming support of Republican candidates, edged embattled Roy Moore by slightly more than 20,000 votes to win the Senate seat. The vote… Read more

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Tax reform package passes U.S. Senate, 51-49, with Isakson and Perdue voting in favor. House and Senate will meet to reconcile bills before sending to President.

Tax reform package passes U.S. Senate, 51-49, with Isakson and Perdue voting in favor. House and Senate will meet to reconcile bills before sending to President.

The U.S. Senate voted 51-49 in favor of a major tax reform package during the wee-hours of the morning. Georgia’s U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) both voted to support the measure. According to Isakson, highlights of the Senate bill for individuals and families include: Doubling the standard deduction, Doubling the child… Read more

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Rome’s Gretchen Corbin nominated to be the next president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp.

Rome’s Gretchen Corbin nominated to be the next president and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp.

Media release: Gov. Nathan Deal has nominated Gretchen Corbin of Rome to serve as President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corp. following the announcement of current President and CEO Debbie D. Alford’s departure. Pending approval of the Georgia Lottery Corp. Board of Directors, this change will take effect on Jan. 1. Deal also nominated… Read more

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Commentary: Jim O’Hara offers a pretty stark commentary on Tuesday’s vote — and its one of many conversations about who really won and lost, and what’s ahead.

Commentary: Jim O’Hara offers a pretty stark commentary on Tuesday’s vote — and its one of many conversations about who really won and lost, and what’s ahead.

From Hometown Headlines: We spotted Jim O’Hara’s Facebook post Saturday morning, featuring a column he submitted to the Rome News following Tuesday’s vote in Rome and Floyd County. O’Hara was among 15 candidates for seven seats on the Rome Board of Education. We contacted Jim about posting the column here as it continues one of… Read more

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SPLOST, ELOST win easily. Commission: Doss, Davis, Quick. School board: Beeman, Byington, Collins, Davis, Fisher, Jackson, Uldrick.

SPLOST, ELOST win easily. Commission: Doss, Davis, Quick. School board: Beeman, Byington, Collins, Davis, Fisher, Jackson, Uldrick.

IT’S A FINAL: City Commission: Jamie Doss, Wendy Davis earn new terms on the Rome City Commission. Randy Quick takes the third seat in Ward 2, replacing Sue Lee. School board: Re-elected are Elaina Beeman, Faith Collins. Elected (after appointment): Will Byington. Newcomers: John Uldrick, Jill Fisher, Melissa Davis, Alvin Jackson. SPLOST: Wins with almost… Read more

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Light vote through 4 p.m.; just 4,244 ballots cast at  most of the 25 precincts. Why today’s vote is among the more critical we’ve had in years. City, county residents to decide fate of $143.8 million in tax extensions. Updates all day.

Light vote through 4 p.m.; just 4,244 ballots cast at most of the 25 precincts. Why today’s vote is among the more critical we’ve had in years. City, county residents to decide fate of $143.8 million in tax extensions. Updates all day.

  With less that three hours to go, it appears we’re headed for a very light turnout.  .Through 4 p.m., with most of the 25 precincts reporting, at least 4,244 voters had been cast today. Add more than 3,000 advance votes and we could be heading toward at least 10,000 total. Safe bet right now:… Read more

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It all comes down to Tuesday’s vote — and a look at recent election trends. Plus: Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Candidate profiles, Q&A; closer look at $143.8 million in tax extensions. Sample ballots.

It all comes down to Tuesday’s vote — and a look at recent election trends. Plus: Precincts open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Candidate profiles, Q&A; closer look at $143.8 million in tax extensions. Sample ballots.

Candidate profiles, Q&As  / In-depth looks at the tax proposals / Radio interviews / Sample ballots  With voting starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday, what can we expect? Turnout could be trending on the light side, given that 3,103 people voted in advance of election day. That represents people from both the cities of Rome and… Read more

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Updated: Almost $5,800 in contributions to education tax supporters. Plus: Who contributed; where it went. Almost $15,000 donated to ‘pro-SPLOST’ campaign.

Updated: Almost $5,800 in contributions to education tax supporters. Plus: Who contributed; where it went. Almost $15,000 donated to ‘pro-SPLOST’ campaign.

  The last round of financial disclosure forms on Tuesday’s ballot are out, including those for the SPLOST and education tax tensions. Here’s what we found for campaign contributions and expenditures through mid October (or 15 days prior to the election) for the two tax extensions on the ballot. The information comes from the State… Read more

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Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $63.8 million government tax extension with County Manager Jamie McCord, Sammy Rich. Plus: SPLOST debate between Danny Price and Randy Smith.

Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $63.8 million government tax extension with County Manager Jamie McCord, Sammy Rich. Plus: SPLOST debate between Danny Price and Randy Smith.

Below please find almost 30 minutes of questions and answers about the proposed $63.8 million government tax extension. Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord and Rome City Manager Sammy Rich joined the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Oct. 132 to take questions on the proposal. You’ll find that interview in two segments below.… Read more

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Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $80 million education tax extension with Dr. John Jackson, Floyd Schools, and Lou Byars, Rome City Schools.

Hometown Radio: Q&A on the $80 million education tax extension with Dr. John Jackson, Floyd Schools, and Lou Byars, Rome City Schools.

  Below please find almost 30 minutes of questions and answers about the proposed $80 million education tax extension. Dr. John Jackson, superintendent of Floyd County Schools, and Lou Byars, superintendent of Rome City Schools, joined the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Oct. 12 to take questions on the proposal. You’ll… Read more

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Area congressmen split on Puerto Rico, storm, fire aid vote. Loudermilk: ‘$36.5 billion emergency funding bill … is not offset through cuts’ in government spending.’ Graves: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the millions of Americans in Puerto Rico and elsewhere’ hit by recent disasters.

Area congressmen split on Puerto Rico, storm, fire aid vote. Loudermilk: ‘$36.5 billion emergency funding bill … is not offset through cuts’ in government spending.’ Graves: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the millions of Americans in Puerto Rico and elsewhere’ hit by recent disasters.

  Two House members from Northwest Georgia were on opposite sides of the vote last week to extend aid to Puerto Rico, other storm-ravaged parts of the United States and to West Coast fire victims. The measure passed the House by a 353-69 majority– including U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, who represents Floyd, Polk, Gordon… Read more

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Election headquarters: Advance voting starts Monday. Latest political calendar. Sample ballots. Candidate profiles.

Election headquarters: Advance voting starts Monday. Latest political calendar. Sample ballots. Candidate profiles.

Election calendar / Candidate profiles, Q&As  / In-depth stories on the tax proposals / Sample ballots The calendar Getting published: Any announcement that is “open to all candidates” must now be accompanied by copies of the emails or notices sent to all candidates. We will not share any announcements without such information following some issues… Read more

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Ready for ‘bullet voting’? Rome commission, school board races could see some picking only their one or two favorites, opting out of their remaining votes (three seats in the commission race, seven on the school board side).

Ready for ‘bullet voting’? Rome commission, school board races could see some picking only their one or two favorites, opting out of their remaining votes (three seats in the commission race, seven on the school board side).

    Be wary of a legal voting tactic that will decide several seats on the Rome City Commission and Rome School Board when votes are counted the night of Nov. 7. “Bullet voting” is openly being pushed at some meetings in a bid to get “our candidates” elected. The question is, how many “ours”… Read more

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