Friday, March 8, 2013
The United 4 Kids Campaign also will produce commercials leading up to the March 19 education sales tax referendum.
Two Kennesaw business owners are featured in a new video released this week in favor of the March 19 Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum. The United 4 Kids Campaign is working on passing the sales tax extension, which would fund $772 million in construction and maintenance costs for the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools between 2014-2018. The speakers in the video are Jay Cunningham of Superior Plumbing and John Loud of Loud Security Systems, both based in Kennesaw. They repeat many of the points made by school district officials and others in support of the SPLOST referendum, especially the Cobb district's debt-free status and the county's property tax exemption for homeowners age 62 and over. "Vote yes for continued …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Cobb Taxpayers Association is organizing Sunday's event at the Marietta Square.
Opponents of the upcoming Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum announced today they will hold a rally this weekend. The Cobb Taxpayers Association said a "Rock the E-SPLOST" rally will take place from 12-1 p.m. Sunday at the Marietta Square. Among the speakers are former Cobb Commission Chairman Bill Byrne, who lost his bid to return to his old job in last year's elections and Kim Euston, the former chairwoman of the Cobb Board of Education's Facilities and Technology Committee, which conducts SPLOST oversight. Also fighting the Education SPLOST extension is the Cobb-based Georgia Tea Party. “This rally represents the culmination of a tremendous grassroots effort to defeat the E-SPLOST,” CTA president Lance Lamberton said in a statement. “…
Monday, February 25, 2013
In-person balloting on the Cobb school sales tax referendum is available at the main office; satellite voting starts March 11.
Advance voting for the Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum begins today. The formal referendum date is March 19, but voters wishing to cast early ballots may so do at the Cobb Elections main office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Satellite advance voting takes place March 11-15 at the following locations: Voters also may choose to vote by mail, and requested ballots also will be mailed starting today. Voters can apply for a ballot on the Cobb Elections website and have it mailed to them. A sample ballot also is available on the Cobb Elections website, but that feature has been experiencing some technical difficulty. The SPLOST IV referendum would collect $717 million in a one-cent sales tax …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Cobb Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday, but heard a strong dose of anti-tax sentiment.
As expected, the Cobb Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a resolution to call for a March 2013 referendum to extend the Education SPLOST. But the job of selling voters on a $717 million school construction and maintenance project list figures to be a challenging one, given Cobb's recent SPLOST track record. The one-cent sales tax, if approved by voters, would begin in January 2014 and would be collected through December 2018. But before the vote, representatives of a local taxpayers group and the Georgia Tea Party spoke out against a March referendum. And the chairwoman of the school board's SPLOST citizen oversight panel predicted that the finalized SPLOST IV "notebook" (see attached PDF) will fail at the polls. The board voted only…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The move, which is gathering steam, is being done in the wake of President Obama's re-election.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Residents of Georgia and more than a dozen other states have filed petitions to secede from the United States, according to media reports. Residents of Alabama, New York, Michigan, Texas and other states have filed the petitions under the "We The People" program, featured on the White House website, according to the Huffington Post. The Georgia petition, which already has more than 4,000 signatures, reads in part: "...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government..." The petitions come in the wake of President Obama winning a second …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The numbers for Republicans and Democrats compared to 2008 stayed fairly consistent.
Cobb County and Georgia overall stayed fairly consistent in party voting between the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012. Below is a breakdown of how you and your fellow Georgians voted Tuesday to give the Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Peach State’s 16 electoral votes in his loss to incumbent Democrat Barack Obama. Georgia 2012 (from the Huffington Post) Mitt Romney—2,070,221 (53.4%) Barack Obama—1,761,761 (45.4%) Other—45,056 (1.2%) Georgia 2008 (from the New York Times) John McCain—2,048,244 (52.2%) Barack Obama—1,843,452 (47%) Other—28,805 (.7%) Cobb County 2012 Mitt Romney—171,464 (55.49%) Barack Obama—132,526 (42.89%) Gary Johnson—4,999 (1.62%) Registered voters—415,314 Ballots cast…
Voters in a few states sent both issues skating to the left Tuesday, but was the landmark election a fluke or a sign of federal legislation to come?
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The U.S. took a big hop to the left in Tuesday’s elections. Voters in three states—Maine, Maryland and Washington—approved same-sex marriage, joining the lot that already includes Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Meanwhile, though it remains illegal in Minnesota, voters there rejected a constitutional amendment to ban it. Washington and Colorado threw another left-leaning punch by being the first two states to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use for those 21 and older. It is unclear how these measures will be handled at the federal level, where it remains illegal. President Obama, who grabbed a sweeping Electoral College victory Tuesday to push him into a …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
And Republican newcomer Randy Scamihorn, a retired military officer turned educator, will take over in Northwest Cobb for Lynnda Eagle, who didn’t seek reelection after her first term.
In a clear victory Tuesday, political newcomer and 20-year Powder Springs resident Brad Wheeler will take over as the West Cobb representative on the county Board of Education. “The schools are the heart of your community,” the 57-year-old Republican and retired teacher and coach told Patch by phone shortly before midnight, “and I care a lot about it.” With all 26 of the seat’s precincts reporting, roughly 60 percent of voters sided with Wheeler over incumbent Democrat Alison Bartlett, who, at 50, is wrapping up her first four-year term. Bartlett’s 40 percent equaled 15,931 votes, while Wheeler grabbed 24,145. “There are some great things that happened (while I was on the board), and I hope they keep moving forward,” said Bartlett, a …
Here are a few of the sights and sounds from precincts around Kennesaw.
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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 …