Category Archives: Politics

Updated: Hufstetler joins Deal, others in outlining income tax reductions.

Updated: Hufstetler joins Deal, others in outlining income tax reductions.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE Media reelase: State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, along with Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, House Speaker David Ralston, representatives and senators from across Georgia recently announced two bills aimed at reducing the state’s income tax percentage and saving taxpayer dollars. This is the largest single tax cut in Georgia for individuals… Read more

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Politics: Rome OKs opening door for a tax allocation district for mall area not ‘subjected to growth and development’ — the same strip that has seen the most development here since 2012.

Politics: Rome OKs opening door for a tax allocation district for mall area not ‘subjected to growth and development’ — the same strip that has seen the most development here since 2012.

The Mount Berry area has been the hottest development district in Rome/Floyd County in the past eight years. And yet the resolution approved by Rome city commissioners by a unanimous vote Monday night solidifying foundation work for a third tax allocation district ignores that. One of the key paragraphs in the resolution passed with basically… Read more

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Update: The body of male found near Exit 296 Cass-White Rd still unidentified. Autopsy underway, but appears to be no foul play.

Update: The body of male found near Exit 296 Cass-White Rd still unidentified. Autopsy underway, but appears to be no foul play.

8 p.m. update: Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton says he is still working to contact family members of the deceased man found early Saturday near Exit 296 (Cass-White Rd) at I-75. The man was found with a license and is in his 40s. The cause of death is still undetermined and his body has been… Read more

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(Updated) Politics: Nearly $80,000 contributed overall to two judicial candidates so far this season.

(Updated) Politics: Nearly $80,000 contributed overall to two judicial candidates so far this season.

Campaign finance reports: Some of the first reports are in and one of the races we’re spotlighting in 2018 is superior court judge. The latest reports show more than $78,200 in campaign contributions so far. Almost as impressive: Seeing the donors who are lining up behind each of the candidates. Emily Matson, superior court judge… Read more

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What we’re hearing: Another private school offering brewing in Rome/Floyd? Big re-investment in North Rome. Political season, like football, never ends.

What we’re hearing: Another private school offering brewing in Rome/Floyd? Big re-investment in North Rome. Political season, like football, never ends.

Another education option brewing in Rome/Floyd? Whatever the reason, there’s always a conversation under way about education options in Rome/Floyd County, from preschool through 12th grade. The community is known for its public school systems, its private schools and a hybrid combining home schooling and classroom instruction. Another option is in the discussion stages as… Read more

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Third close call since June for Congressman Barry Loudermilk who was on the train carrying GOP lawmakers to a retreat that collided with a garbage truck.

Third close call since June for Congressman Barry Loudermilk who was on the train carrying GOP lawmakers to a retreat that collided with a garbage truck.

  Barry Loudermilk is a spiritual man — and perhaps more so in light of three close calls since last June. The congressman, who represents Bartow, Cherokee and parts of Fulton and Cobb counties, had yet another incident on Wednesday. He and his wife, Desiree, were on a train carrying Republican lawmakers to a retreat… Read more

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State of the Union: Key takeaways from the speech; link to the full text and to the Democratic response. How to follow on Twitter, Facebook.

State of the Union: Key takeaways from the speech; link to the full text and to the Democratic response. How to follow on Twitter, Facebook.

  Complete text of what the president had to say: State of the Union Democratic response to the State of the Union: Democrats You can follow comments from across the board on Facebook and Twitter by searching for hashtag #sotu Click here for Facebook #sotu Click here for Twitter #sotu Highlights of the State of… Read more

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Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell running for sheriff in 2020 as Burkhalter completes final term.

Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell running for sheriff in 2020 as Burkhalter completes final term.

Media release: Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Operations Tom Caldwell announces his intent to run for sheriff in 2020 when current Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter’s term expires. “I am pleased to announce my candidacy for sheriff to succeed my longtime friend and one of the best to ever hold the position,” says Caldwell.… Read more

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Hometown Radio: Rep. Eddie Lumsden previews the 2018 General Assembly, announces he’ll seek a new term as well.

Hometown Radio: Rep. Eddie Lumsden previews the 2018 General Assembly, announces he’ll seek a new term as well.

State Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Armuchee, joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on Tuesday morning on WRGA 98.7 FM to discuss the 2018 General Assembly which begins Jan. 8 in Atlanta. Lumsden also confirms he will seek a new two-year term representing District 12, which includes Chattooga and parts of Floyd County in the state… Read more

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Why we’re excited about 2018, part V: Returning businesses, evolving education, more dining options, changes in politics and Rocket Wheeler back in the dugout.

Why we’re excited about 2018, part V: Returning businesses, evolving education, more dining options, changes in politics and Rocket Wheeler back in the dugout.

  This is the fifth and concluding chapter of “Why We’re Excited About in 2018.” Today, a series of updates on some key topics. In comebacks: Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop and The Gravy Boat: We received word of the closings of the Blue Ribbon Shoe Shop and The Gravy Boat within minutes of one another… Read more

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Isakson praises Senate’s passing of Trump’s tax package, 51-48. ‘When you take a risk, at the end of that rainbow is a reward.’

Isakson praises Senate’s passing of Trump’s tax package, 51-48. ‘When you take a risk, at the end of that rainbow is a reward.’

Senate approves Trump’s tax package 51-48. Media release: U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance with jurisdiction over tax reform, today applauded Senate passage of H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by a vote of 51-48. “I’m very proud to be a part of this Senate today… Read more

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Former N.J. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman to speak at Berry on Jan. 25 as part of Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership lecture series.

Former N.J. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman to speak at Berry on Jan. 25 as part of Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership lecture series.

  Media release: Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman will speak at 7 p.m., Jan. 25, as part of the Berry College Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership lecture series.  Her lecture “Women, Leadership, Power and Politics: Overcoming Obstacles,” will be in the Krannert Ballroom and is free and open to the public.… Read more

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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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