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Finally, special election set to replace state Rep. Christian Coomer — and it will be Dec. 18 and not part of the runoff.

Finally, special election set to replace state Rep. Christian Coomer — and it will be Dec. 18 and not part of the runoff.

    Some voters in Bartow and Floyd counties will go the polls for the fifth time this year to decide who takes the House District 14 season vacated by Christian Coomer. Voters already have taken part in the primary, the runoff and the general election. A runoff is set for Dec. 4 for at… Read more

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Updated: Robert Brady named new elections clerk for Floyd County; should be on the job Thursday. Also: Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) new House Majority Whip.

Updated: Robert Brady named new elections clerk for Floyd County; should be on the job Thursday. Also: Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown) new House Majority Whip.

  Robert Brady, currently the elections supervisor in Sumter County, will be the new elections clerk in Floyd County, according to WRGA Says Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord: “He comes to us with six years of experience in that position. He is also retired from AT&T on the technology side of their operation and will bring some… Read more

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Updated: Georgia governor’s race: The latest vote count and updates on legal challenges. What the Abrams and Kemp campaigns are saying. New: Counties told to recheck rejected absentee ballots.

Updated: Georgia governor’s race: The latest vote count and updates on legal challenges. What the Abrams and Kemp campaigns are saying. New: Counties told to recheck rejected absentee ballots.

. The latest from the Secretary of State’s office: On November 14, 2018, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones issued an order directing Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden to ensure that each Georgia county’s certified election results include the counts for absentee ballots where the date of birth was omitted or incorrect. To comply with… Read more

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Georgia governor’s race: Provisional votes inch Kemp, Abrams closer with deadline set for Friday. How to check your provisional ballot. Latest updates.

Georgia governor’s race: Provisional votes inch Kemp, Abrams closer with deadline set for Friday. How to check your provisional ballot. Latest updates.

The latest: As counties continue to certify their votes, the distance between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams tightens but the gap remains wide enough to prevent a Dec. 4 runoff between the two. A federal judge has extended the counties’ reporting deadline to Friday afternoon. The latest vote totals:  As of Wednesday morning,… Read more

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Obituary: Remembering state Rep. John Meadows,  R-Calhoun. Calling hours, funeral services set for Saturday at Calhoun First Baptist Church.

Obituary: Remembering state Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun. Calling hours, funeral services set for Saturday at Calhoun First Baptist Church.

  Georgia State Rep. John Dudley Meadows, III, age 74, of Calhoun, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at his residence. John was born on Aug. 28, 1944, in Gordon County to the late John Dudley Meadows Jr. and Doris Esther Scott “Scottie” Meadows. John was a graduate of Calhoun High School, Class of… Read more

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Politics: Federal judge resets deadline for final Georgia vote count until Friday hours after secretary of state set a deadline for this evening.

Politics: Federal judge resets deadline for final Georgia vote count until Friday hours after secretary of state set a deadline for this evening.

A week after the last votes were cast in the state’s tight gubernatorial election, the final vote count has been extended until Friday. On Monday, federal court Judge Amy Totenberg ordered a delay in certifying the vote until Friday.  As of Tuesday morning, the vote count was as follows: Brian Kemp: 50.26% or 1,976,614 votes… Read more

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Politics: Floyd, Bartow, Polk and Gordon certify election results. Other counties have until Tuesday. Provisional ballots counted. Latest updates.

Politics: Floyd, Bartow, Polk and Gordon certify election results. Other counties have until Tuesday. Provisional ballots counted. Latest updates.

    Local, state results / Election headlines / Who’s already won / What’s next: local House race / Radio Wednesday Board of Elections officials in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon and Polk counties have certified election results from Nov. 6, including provisional ballots. Those results have been uploaded to the Secretary of State. The latest results uploaded as… Read more

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Bartow, Gordon, Polk results: Complete results for local races. SPLOST passes in Polk County. Republicans dominate all races.

Bartow, Gordon, Polk results: Complete results for local races. SPLOST passes in Polk County. Republicans dominate all races.

    STATE RESULTS (as of 11:30 p.m.) With 83% precincts reporting (3,133,650 votes), Kemp leads Abrams 54-45%. TONIGHT’S RESULTS Statewide, local elections results from the Secretary of State Office: Tonight’s Georgia vote Bartow County elections results: Bartow Gordon County elections results: Gordon Polk County elections results: Polk or check WGAA For Floyd County results… Read more

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Final election day updates: House candidate says ‘I had a heart attack’ Monday, ‘still in the game.’   Tonight’s three viewing party locations.

Final election day updates: House candidate says ‘I had a heart attack’ Monday, ‘still in the game.’ Tonight’s three viewing party locations.

THE LATEST Candidate says he had a heart attack on Monday; still in the race: This from Democratic state House District 14 candidate John Burnette: “Good morning, friends. I want to thank everyone for the prayers and well wishes. I had a heart attack (Monday) evening but feeling much better this morning. I will be… Read more

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Politics: A look at what former local state legislators Buddy Childers, Richard Marable and Preston Smith have been doing since leaving office.

Politics: A look at what former local state legislators Buddy Childers, Richard Marable and Preston Smith have been doing since leaving office.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net On this Election Day eve, we thought we would check in with some former state legislators who represented Northwest Georgia. We caught up with a few to see what they have been doing since leaving political office. E.M. “Buddy” Childers, now age 80, served in the Georgia House of Representatives for… Read more

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The Druck Report: Fear and loathing on the 2018 campaign trail — and why we’re declaring a winner today.

The Druck Report: Fear and loathing on the 2018 campaign trail — and why we’re declaring a winner today.

    The headline, in part, is a tribute to Hunter S. Thompson’s narrative of the 1972 election of Richard M. Nixon to a second, albeit abbreviated, term as president. It was the first year we voted, by a mere six days. And yes, Nixon was “the one” as the campaign slogan stated. Forty-six years later,… Read more

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Campaign watch: All eyes on Election Day, polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Statewide, 1 million more advance/mail-in votes this election vs. previous record (November 2014).

Campaign watch: All eyes on Election Day, polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Statewide, 1 million more advance/mail-in votes this election vs. previous record (November 2014).

VOTING HEADLINES All eyes on Election Day. Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Northwest Georgia’s advance voting totals: 55,373. That includes Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Chattooga and Polk counties. Record early midterm vote in Georgia: Georgians cast 2,071,830 ballots in early voting, including 1,886,905 in-person and 184,925 by mail. That’s almost double… Read more

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Buzz: Rep. Christian Coomer sworn in to the Georgia Court of Appeals, resigns from Georgia legislature. 2019 Georgia Master Gardener training in January.

Buzz: Rep. Christian Coomer sworn in to the Georgia Court of Appeals, resigns from Georgia legislature. 2019 Georgia Master Gardener training in January.

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Campaign watch: Over 31,400 early voters so far across region; advance voting today in Floyd only, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Democrats, with some state nominees, to rally Sunday in Town Green.

Campaign watch: Over 31,400 early voters so far across region; advance voting today in Floyd only, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Democrats, with some state nominees, to rally Sunday in Town Green.

  VOTING HEADLINES A total of 10,956 votes cast in-person and mailed-in absentee in Floyd County through Saturday. Over 31,400 votes cast (both in-person and mailed-in) in Floyd, Bartow, Polk and Gordon combined through Saturday. Sunday voting in Floyd: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., elections office. In Floyd, another 457 people voted in advance on Saturday, boosting… Read more

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Updated: Early voting surge has some candidates worried. In the May primary, 10,234 Floyd residents voted. Through Tuesday, almost 7,000 here. Plus: Audio interview with state elections chief on early turnout.

Updated: Early voting surge has some candidates worried. In the May primary, 10,234 Floyd residents voted. Through Tuesday, almost 7,000 here. Plus: Audio interview with state elections chief on early turnout.

Above: Chris Harvey, the elections director for the Secretary of State’s Office, joined us at 8:40 Wednesday morning on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to talk about the surge in advance and mail-in voting this election cycle. UPDATE NOTICE: We’ll have Wednesday totals later this morning. The numbers below were as of… Read more

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Politics: Deal calls special legislative session on Nov. 13 to ‘lead the way in spurring rapid economic recovery for Southwest Georgia communities’ ravaged by Hurricane Michael.

Politics: Deal calls special legislative session on Nov. 13 to ‘lead the way in spurring rapid economic recovery for Southwest Georgia communities’ ravaged by Hurricane Michael.

    Media release: Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday notified House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle that he plans to call for a special legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. The special session is set to convene on Tuesday, Nov. 13. “Georgia was severely impacted by Hurricane Michael and many communities… Read more

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