Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The constitutional amendment grants the state authority to approve charter schools, whether local school boards want them or not.
Georgia voters gave the state more authority over charter schools on Tuesday, passing a constitutional amendment empowering a commission to overrule local school districts that reject charter school petitions. With all counties fully reporting, the hotly contested amendment had support of 58.5 percent of voters. See selected county results below. It was an emotionally charged issue that in some ways united Georgians across political and demographic lines. A Peach Pundit poll from late October had found "no significant difference [in support] based on whether a voter is a Republican or a Democrat, a male or a female, or based on race." Camille Cottrell, an Emory University instructor and card-carrying Democrat, is an example of the …
If you're unsure of your polling station, it's easy to find out where to cast your ballot today.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Today is Election Day, and some voters may not know where to cast their ballots. The first step is to check the precinct information on your voter registration card. If you don't have your card, you can find this information online. Visit the Georgia Secretary of State's office by clicking the My Voter Page link. You can check your voter registration status and other information, and type in your name, county and birthdate to confirm your precinct. Once you do this, you will see the name, location and address of your precinct, and a map and driving directions to your polling place. There also is a link to a sample ballot and a list of qualified candidates who will appear on it. All 153 precincts in Cobb will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. …
We want to know if you’ll be heading to the polls today, have cast your votes in early voting, or will be choosing not to vote at all.
The debates are over. The speeches have been made. And the campaign signs are in place. All that’s left now is for Georgians and voters across America to cast their ballots. Tens of thousands of voters in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties already have. In Paulding, 31,648 in-person ballots were cast early from the county’s 72,281 active voters, or 43.8 percent of voters; the nearly 2,600 absentee ballots mailed as of Monday moved the needle to about 49 percent. Cobb officials reported that through 15 of the 16 early voting days, about a quarter of the county’s 400,000-plus active registered voters had voted. And 12,271 votes had been cast in Douglasville through Oct. 27, the day when Saturday voting was offered across the state. But …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Everything you need to know to prepare to vote on Tuesday.
The early voting is over, absentee ballots should be turned in and the final polls have been taken. All that's left to determine the next president of the United States and a handful of state and local offices is Tuesday's general election. In Cobb, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all precincts. In Georgia, it's also state law to provide photographic identity in order to vote. According to Cobb Elections, 20 percent of the county's nearly 400,000 registered voters have already cast ballots. In addition to the presidential race involving Democratic incumbent Barack Obama, Republican challenger Mitt Romney and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, East Cobb voters also will be voting in the 6th District Congressional race. …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Not surprisingly, Republican respondents said Mitt Romney won and Democrats said Barack Obama won. But Democratic respondents were much stronger in their opinion.
Your view of Monday night’s presidential debate on foreign policy may come down to who you already supported for president. A Patch flash poll of influential Republicans and Democrats in Georgia found that opinions on who won generally fell along party lines: Republicans thought Gov. Mitt Romney was the winner and Democrats thought President Barack Obama prevailed. It was a strong contrast to the first time the candidates faced off on Oct. 3, when the consensus of both parties was that Obama looked bored or annoyed and that Romney succeeded in presenting himself as presidential. Republican respondents said they felt Romney won the final debate, with 26.7 percent saying it was “by a wide margin” and 40 percent “by a slim margin.” Another …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Cobb Democrats and Republicans are hosting debate watch parties tonight in Kennesaw, East Cobb and Smyrna.
Are you looking for local spots to watch the second debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney? Cobb Democrats and Republicans are hosting watch parties in Kennesaw, East Cobb and Smyrna. The three Republican parties begin at 8:30 p.m. The two Democratic parties begin at 7 p.m. If you can't attend any of the scheduled gatherings, return to Patch to watch a live stream of the debate. You can also join a Georgia-wide discussion of the Obama-Romney rematch. After tonight, there's just one more debate before election day. While Republicans will return to El Nopal at 8 p.m. Oct. 22, the East Cobb Democratic Alliance will host its final debate watch party at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Delkwood Grill & Bar, 2769 …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Patch polled Georgia elected officials and activists in both parties to find out who they felt won the debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.
A flash poll of influential members of Georgia’s GOP and Democratic parties found rare agreement on the question of who won Wednesday night’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. As a Democratic respondent put it, “Mitt is back in the race.” Patch tapped our panels of Democrats and Republicans who hold office, are former elected officials, candidates or party activists for twin polls that were conducted in the first hour after the debate ended. Patch received responses from 32 Republicans and 15 Democrats. The poll is not scientific. Of the GOP respondents, 87.5 percent said Romney won “by a wide margin” and 12.5 percent said he won by “a slim margin.” Democratic respondents were less emphatic about …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Republican presidential nominee spoke in Atlanta today, just days after controversial comments from an earlier campaign fundraiser appeared on a video.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A secret video obtained by Mother Jones magazine has rocked the political world. In that video, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims, are dependent on the government and will never vote for him. He went further, saying he wasn't worried about them. The magazine released a portion of the video Monday. In a late night press conference Monday, Romney said the comments were not "elegantly stated," but were part of a larger conversation about the role of personal responsibility. Romney went on to say the comments were a reflection on "the political process of winning an election, and, of course, I want to help all Americans — all Americans — have a bright and prosperous future." …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Speaking from party's national convention, Georgia senator also says it's time for those who were initially were lukewarm on Romney to "get on board."
TAMPA, FL -- As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney prepares to give the most important speech of his life Thursday night, U.S. Senate Johnny Isakson offered up a bit of advice to party's nominee: Focus on your strengths Isakson, who is in Tampa for the Republican National Convention, told Patch that Romney has had numerous successes in his career — as a businessman, former governor of Massachusetts and head of the Salt Lake City Olympics. And he shouldn't be shy about letting people know about those achievements, Isakson said. "He is a very accomplished man who has done very, very many things and has been successful," the senator said. "He’s been maligned a lot by many in the other party and many on the outside, but he’s the …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The former Cobb Commission Chairman, now Georgia's Attorney General, was an early supporter of Republican nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Sam Olens' national political profile has gotten a major boost. The former Cobb Commission Chairman, serving his first term as Georgia's Attorney General, has been chosen for a speaking role at the Republican National Convention later this month. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that the day and time of Olens' speech has not been announced. Olens was an early supporter of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who will be formalized as the GOP presidential nominee at the convention in Tampa Aug. 27-30. In the summer of 2011, Olens and Romney appeared together in Smyrna on a campaign stop. Jim Galloway of the AJC speculates that Olens may speak on health care, since he led Georgia's legal challenge against President Obama's…