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 …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Tuesday's ballot includes a Georgia constitutional amendment to re-establish a state commission to approve charter schools. Your job is to decide if that's a good idea.
There are not a lot of statewide issues on the ballot Nov. 6, but one has the potential to affect school districts, parents and children throughout Georgia. It's Amendment 1, and the ballot will say it "Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options." The question voters will answer yes or no to is, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?" So what does a yes vote mean? If the amendment passes, the state will create a commission that can approve charter schools in local communities, even if local school boards oppose them. Supporters of the amendment believe this is necessary…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Want to avoid lines on election day? DeKalb and Fulton counties have several polling places open on Saturday, Oct. 27.
With the Nov. 6 Election Day fast approaching, many people are trying to beat the lines and vote early. So far, more than 58,000 voters have cast early ballots in DeKalb County and more than 63,000 in Fulton County, according to elections officials. If you have a hard time getting away from work to vote, consider Saturday voting. Registered voters can cast ballots in DeKalb and Fulton County. Don't forget to take an official photo ID with you. If DeKalb, you can vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at these locations: If you live in Fulton County, you can vote from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the following locations: No early voting will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 3, or Monday, Nov. 5. Have you voted already? Do you plan to vote before…
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 …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Debate Watch 2012 is a series of campus viewing parties for each of the presidential and vice presidential debates during this election season.
Emory University's nationally ranked Barkley Forum debate team and a consortium of student groups will continue the debate watch series with the VP Debate on Thursday, Oct. 11. Debate Watch 2012 is a series of campus viewing parties for each of the presidential and vice presidential debates during this election season. The group will meet at 8:30 p.m., before the vice presidential debate is aired at 9 p.m., at Harland Cinema of the Dobbs University Center, 605 Asbury Circle. More info on Debate Watch 2012 is available on the Emory University website.
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 …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Patch polled elected officials and activists in both parties to find out how they felt about their recent conventions. Both sides felt their own party got a boost, but Democrats expressed stronger feelings about the momentum they say Obama got.
Patch tapped our panels of influential Democrats and Republicans for twin polls, which were conducted this week. The results are unscientific. Democrats and Republicans were polled separately, with people from each party asked to focus on their own presidential candidate's performance and their own party's convention. Patch received responses from 31 Democrats and 56 Republicans. Do you have a suggestion for future polls of influential Republicans and Democrats? Tell us in the comments area below this article.
Monday, August 27, 2012
This online free quiz takes an in-depth look at your stance on a range of issues, then compares them to candidates' responses.
The selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as Republican candidate Mitt Romney's running mate has put the presidential race back on the front burner. And based on the conversations we're seeing on Patch, there are a wide variety of issues that concern readers in our community and elsewhere when it comes to who will end up in the White House. But do you really know which presidential candidate best matches your stance on those issues? A new website launched earlier this year to help voters match up with their ideal candidate, and it's quickly gaining popularity through social media channels. In fact, according to iSideWith.com's homepage, more than a million people have taken the free quiz to determine their ideal candidate since it launched…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
What's your opinion of Paul Ryan?
Emory University political scientists Merle Black, national political expert, and Alan Abramowitz, election forecasting expert, discuss the pros and cons of Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Democrat incumbent Simone Bell to face Republican Earl Cooper in November
The Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections officially certified the results of the July 31 primary on Monday including House Districts 58/59 and Senate Districts 6/56. House District 58 stretches from Virginia-Highland all the way to Fort McPherson and includes most of the Midtown Neighborhood south of 10th Street and east of Piedmont Avenue. Following the election, Democrat incumbent Simone Bell was declared the unofficial winner with 55.69 percent of the votes cast vs. fellow State Rep. Ralph Long's 44.31 percent. She will now face Republican Earl Cooper in November. District realignments caused a voting problem on Election Day for voters in Reynoldstown, which is now split between District 58 and District 59. Some …