Category Archives: Politics

Attorney, parent J.J. Walker Seifert to seek one of seven seats on the Rome City Schools board this fall.

Attorney, parent J.J. Walker Seifert to seek one of seven seats on the Rome City Schools board this fall.

Media release: Local attorney and mom of middle schoolers J.J. Walker Seifert announces her intent to run for one of the seven Rome City School Board seats on the Nov. 7 ballot. As a mom, a community activist and a supporter of educators and administrators, JJ has a passion to be an active educational leader and… Read more

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Senate approves Georgia’s Wray as FBI director. Isakson speaks to Senate, urging a yes vote. Perdue also votes yes.

Senate approves Georgia’s Wray as FBI director. Isakson speaks to Senate, urging a yes vote. Perdue also votes yes.

  U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Tuesday to confirm Christopher Wray of Georgia to be director of the FBI. Prior to the vote, Isakson delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to support Wray (see above video). Wray was confirmed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 92-5. “At a time when we are… Read more

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Elections: This could be a November to remember for Rome voters with seven school board sets, three city commission posts and two tax extensions on the ballot.

Elections: This could be a November to remember for Rome voters with seven school board sets, three city commission posts and two tax extensions on the ballot.

Qualifying opens three weeks from today for three Rome City Commission seats as well as all seven spots on the city Board of Education. Rome voters also will help decide the fate of extensions of both the special tax for government projects as well as the penny tax-per-dollar for city and Floyd County education projects… Read more

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Perdue chides ‘everything that’s wrong with Washington’ as ‘skinny repeal’ fails.

Perdue chides ‘everything that’s wrong with Washington’ as ‘skinny repeal’ fails.

Media release: U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) on the Senate’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, which he supported. The effort ultimately failed tonight by a vote of 49 to 51. “Throughout this entire process, we have witnessed everything that’s wrong with Washington. The Senate had a real opportunity to dismantle the most damaging parts… Read more

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Politics: Senate, by a 51-50 vote, begins steps to dismantle ‘Obamacare.’ Comments from Isakson, Perdue.

Politics: Senate, by a 51-50 vote, begins steps to dismantle ‘Obamacare.’ Comments from Isakson, Perdue.

With the Senate voting 51-50 thanks to a tie-breaker cast by Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate moves ahead with plans to begin dismantling “Obamacare.” From U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.: “Repealing the failing Obamacare law that has driven up costs and eliminated choice for many Georgia families is a commitment of mine because hardworking… Read more

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Isakson on John McCain’s diagnosis: ‘John McCain is an American hero and one of the greatest Americans of my generation.’

Isakson on John McCain’s diagnosis: ‘John McCain is an American hero and one of the greatest Americans of my generation.’

  Media release: At the request of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his family, Mayo Clinic released the following statement today: “On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma… Read more

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Closer look at the Ag Center proposal and what it would mean for farmers, the community and tourism.

Closer look at the Ag Center proposal and what it would mean for farmers, the community and tourism.

  On the radio: Carey Harris, who is speaking on the ag center proposal, joins us at 7:40 this morning on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM and online at wrga.streamon.fm. Hear the presentation: You can watch a Facebook Live update on the ag center by clicking here and here (the most-viewed videos of… Read more

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Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens won’t see third term in 2018.

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens won’t see third term in 2018.

Insurance Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens will not seek a third term as Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner in 2018. It is the latest in a series of key statewide offices to open next year; others include lieutenant governor as Casey Cagle runs for governor as is Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Hudgens’ letter: “After… Read more

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Education: School systems plan to have two separate career academies, but will ‘exchange’ resources

Education: School systems plan to have two separate career academies, but will ‘exchange’ resources

Officials with Floyd County Schools and Rome City Schools did not reach any agreement this week to propose a new joint college and career academy on the list of projects for the proposed extension to the education special local option sales tax (ESPLOST) on the November ballot. The two school systems met late this week to discuss… Read more

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Floyd School Board, reacting to city’s surprise proposal of a joint special tax-funded career academy, presents expanded plan with enhanced partnerships.

Floyd School Board, reacting to city’s surprise proposal of a joint special tax-funded career academy, presents expanded plan with enhanced partnerships.

  On radio today: Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. John Jackson and Chairman Chip Hood will join us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition at 7:40 a.m. Listen at WRGA 98.7 FM or online at wrga.streamon.fm. The presence of a college and career academy on the education special tax package to go before voters Nov. 7… Read more

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Your Two Cents: Since 1999, Rome/Floyd voters have approved $483 million in ‘special’ and education taxes; that would top a half-billion dollars if either proposed extension OK’d.

Your Two Cents: Since 1999, Rome/Floyd voters have approved $483 million in ‘special’ and education taxes; that would top a half-billion dollars if either proposed extension OK’d.

This is the latest in a series of reports between now and the Nov. 7 election on the proposed extension of the penny tax for specific government services/needs and the penny tax for needs presented by the county and city school systems. That’s why we’re calling it ‘Your Two Cents.’ By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Over the last 18 years,… Read more

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Politics:  Rome attorney Emily Matson announces candidacy for open superior court seat in 2018.

Politics: Rome attorney Emily Matson announces candidacy for open superior court seat in 2018.

Media release: Rome attorney Emily Matson announces her candidacy to succeed retiring Judge Tambra P. Colston on the Superior Court of Floyd County. The non-partisan election will be placed on the 2018 primary ballot. Qualifying is in March. “I am running for Superior Court because I want to apply my experience, passion and local values to serve in… Read more

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Politics: Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis to seek second term.

Politics: Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis to seek second term.

Wendy Davis, Rome City Commissioner, intends to seek re-election this November.   She was first elected to the board in 2013. “I ran for this position because I felt that Rome needed new energy to keep our community moving forward, and I believed I was the kind of leader who could spark change,” says Davis. “We… Read more

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Updated: Barry Henderson resigns after nearly 20 years as Floyd County Coroner  for “health and personal” reasons

Updated: Barry Henderson resigns after nearly 20 years as Floyd County Coroner for “health and personal” reasons

Barry R. Henderson has resigned his post as Floyd County Coroner effective immediately. Henderson, who was just re-elected in November 2016, has served as coroner since being appointed by Gov. Roy Barnes in 1998 to serve the remaining term for former coroner. He was officially elected to the office in 2000 and re-elected every term since.… Read more

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