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 …
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, about 25 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, Kennesaw voters also will be voting in the 11th District Congressional race…
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 …
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
There's a gathering in North Cobb.
It's the final debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 general election. Cobb Democrats and Republicans tonight will host watch parties in Kennesaw, East Cobb and Smyrna. The two Republican parties begin at 8:30 p.m. While some Democrats will meet at 7 p.m. at Varner's Restaurant & Tavern, 725 Concord Rd. SE, those in East Cobb will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Delkwood Grill & Bar, 2769 Delk Rd. 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.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tell us your impressions of the second presidential debate.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Cobb Democrats and Republicans are hosting debate watch parties tonight in Kennesaw, East Cobb and Smyrna.
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 Delk Rd. …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Here are details on Thursday's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The first and only vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan is set for 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. Where to Watch the Debate in Kennesaw: El Nopal Mexican Restaurant, 3100 Creekside Village Dr. NW, Kennesaw, 8 p.m. Below is more detailed information on Thursday night's debate, as well as the schedule for upcoming debates, all of which are presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD): …
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, October 3, 2012
Voter registration deadline is fast approaching. Make sure you're registered so that you can cast your vote in the presidential election on Nov. 6.
The deadline to register to vote in Georgia's general election is only one week away. Georgia residents must register to vote by Oct. 9 to be able to vote. Unsure if you're registered? Visit the Georgia Secretary of State website. What's on the ballot? Voters will decide if the state can override local school boards' decisions on rejection of charter schools. The measure, House Resolution 1162, would mean amending the state's current constitution. The ballot will also allow voters to indicate support or opposition for stopping unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators. Georgians will also be able to vote on two tax-related issues: adoption of an income tax credit for home energy costs and a reduction of sales taxes on products …