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 …
Monday, November 5, 2012
People have criticized the showing of "Seal Team Six," the movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying it is an attempt to help the president in his reelection bid. What do you think?
"Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden," a made for TV movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, was shown Sunday night on the National Georgraphic Channel. Some have said it was an attempt to aid President Barack Obama in his reelection bid. According to a story in Reuters, however, a TV executive rejected the claims. Although ackowledging that the proximity of the election was not lost on them, David Lyle, chief executive of National Georgraphic Channel, told Reuters that it was shown because it was thought to be of interest to viewers. The movie chronicles the mission to kill OBL, something touted as one of the successes of the Obama presidency. Supporters of Gov. Mitt Romney have called it a "two-hour pro-Obama campaign …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
And just who will be surprised?
Nobody expected the last days of the campaign to be impacted by anything but a man made October surprise – and there were many of those predicted. Donald Trump tried one on President Barack Obama last week, and that appears to have fallen flat. Attorney Gloria Allred has been hinting at one for Gov. Mitt Romney in recent days, but nobody appears to be very interested in that either. But Hurricane Sandy, now that was a surprise that nobody was expecting. As everybody hunkers down to withstand what is being described as “the storm of the century,” media outlets such as Bloomberg Business Week have been speculating on just how much of an impact the storm will have on the election and the two campaigns. While obviously the most critical issue …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Donald Trump is offering $5 million to a charity of President Barack Obama's choice if the president will release his passport applications and college records.
After a lot of hype about an announcement he had that would have a significant impact on the election, businessman and one-time potential candidate for president himself, Donald Trump, made his big announcement on Wednesday. It turned out to be not as much of an announcement as it was a challenge. On YouTube, Trump asked the president to release his college and passport applications and records. If he does, Trump pledged to donate $5 million dollars to the charity of Obama's choice. Well, OK then. A different kind of "October surprise," to say the least. So what do you think about Trump's announcement? Something likely to have an impact on the election, or just Trump's way of keeping his own name in the news?
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 …
Monday, October 22, 2012
With 29 states, including Georgia, already voting, just how much of an influence is the final debate likely to have on the election?
The final debate before the official 2012 Election Day will be tonight, but just how many votes will it really affect? According to a story on NBC News, both campaigns have been working hard on the early vote, something that the Obama campaign did very well on in 2008. With 29 of the 31 states that vote early with the polls already open, many voters have already made up their minds and voted that choice. NBC reports that early voting is already on a par, possibly exceeding, 2008 levels when the Obama campaign was crediting with being able to take advantage of getting early voters to the polls. It reports that the Romney campaign is on to the secret this time around, however, and is already working feverishly on a ground game to do the same…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney took pot shots at each other again Thursday night at the Albert E. Smith Annual Dinner, but this time it was in jest - sort of.
If you missed the stand up comedy routines of President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney at the Albert E. Smith Annual Dinner on Thursday, you missed something worthwhile. After seeing them go at each other in a not so nice way in Tuesday's debate, it was a refreshing change to see a lighter side of both candidates. The jabs, however, were still there. The delivery was just less caustic. If you missed it, you can click on each of the YouTube videos attached. The general consensus on the debates seems to be that Romney took the first one and Obama the second - giving them a tie. So before we get into Monday's tie-breaker, who do you think wins in the stand-up area? Who was the better stand up comic at last week's Albert E. Smith Annual …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
David Staples talks to Patch about his memories of Lilburn, why he is running for the Public Service Commission and what he does if he ever has spare time.
Lilburn native David Staples is running for the District 5 seat of the Public Service Commission. Patch caught up with this Parkview High alumnus, who's now living on a farm in Cobb County, about why he's taken a fancy to politics. The Public Service Commission doesn't get a lot of attention, usually, but there's still critical things it does in the public's interest -- like keep a watch on energy and telecom businesses. Staples, 31, who is a husband and father, says he wants to be a part of making Georgia better. He is challenging incumbent Stan Wise, who has served since 1995. (To learn more about his campaign, see David Staples' campaign website.) Question & Answer 1. What do you remember most about growing up in Lilburn? "I used to …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
They sparred for about 90 minutes. With each Pres. Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney getting in a few jabs.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Oct. 16, taking place at Long Island's Hofstra University.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
After Joe Biden and Paul Ryan sparred throughout last week's Vice Presidential Debate, the nation's voters are looking forward to President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney's second debate: a town hall event focusing on foreign and domestic policy. You can watch the debate live on Patch and comment with fellow Patch readers beginning at 8:45 p.m. tonight. The second presidential debate between Obama and Romney is set for 9 p.m EST on Tuesday, Oct. 16. This time, Long Island will play host at Hofstra University. Check below for more information on the Hofstra debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate, while Patch sites across Georgia will host a live blog for readers to …