Thursday, November 8, 2012
Share your thoughts on the matter in our Question of the Week comment section below.
Months of campaigning, complaining and one-upping have lead us to this week during which we choose a President to carry us through the next four years. But, some have questioned the ability of either side to clean up what's been deemed "a mess." What do you think? Are the issues more likely to be resolved by one party or the other? Will the American people fair better over the next four years because of this election?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Local incumbents keeps their seats in the State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
It was a long night Tuesday, but when the votes were all totaled U.S. Congressman Tom Price, Sen. John Albers and the Roswell bond referendum all came out on top. Albers, also a Republican, bested Democrat Akhtar Sadiq with 65.62 percent of the vote in the State Senate District 56 race. Albers told Patch in his next term he has three specific initiatives he'll focus on: State House District Republican incumbent Harry Geisinger faced no challenger in the race for his District 48 seat. He received 97.80 percent of the vote. Albers will serve for another two-year term. The only other contested state house race inlcudes the House District 46 seat. State Representative John Carson (R-Marietta) defeated Democratic challenger Kevin "Big Kev" …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters across the county will consider a new sales tax, elect new state representatives and possibly put some new faces on the Holly Springs City Council.
UPDATE: 2:15 p.m.: Poll manager at the Dixie precinct (Woodstock High School) said turnout has been steady, with no more than a 5 minute wait! UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: Voters on Woodstock-Towne Lake's Facebook page indicate several reasons as to why the came out to vote: change in leadership, "4 more years" of President Barack Obama, the economy, jobs, immigration, the national budget, civic duty and "protecting our Amercian freedoms as outlined in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence." UPDATE 1:00 p.m.: First-time voter Jamie McCord of Woodstock said she was "excited" to cast her ballot in the presidential race at the Deer Run precinct, located at Towne Lake Community Church. Another male voter who lives in Woodstock, who did not …
Do you know where you should go to cast your vote? Here's how to find out.
Do you know where to go to vote on Election Day 2012? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info embed above to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. Another option is the "My Voter Page" on the Georgia Secretary of State's website. It provides a portal that will not only tell you where to go to cast your ballot and when the polls are open (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.), but a link to directions to your polling place, and links to which local, state and national candidates are up for election in your district as well as a sample ballot. Once you go to the page, follow the prompts to enter your first initial, last name, county and birthday, and then hit submit. During the year…
Charter school amendment appears headed for win.
UPATE 5:50 pm If you are in line to vote at 7 pm, you will get to vote even though the polls close then. Tens of thousands of Fulton County voters have already cast ballots today. Turnout is especially high for today’s General Election, as it is in most Presidential election years. It's too early to know how this year compares to 2008. In the evening after traditional work hours, peak turnout is anticipated, and tens of thousands of additional voters could exercise their right to vote. Fulton County elections officials released a statement advising that voters who are in line at 7 pm will be allowed to vote under Georgia law. As provided by Georgia law, voters who are over age 75 or who have a disability are eligible to ask to move ahead …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Monday night was the final face-off for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney before the election. Who do you think won? And do you think it will affect the election?
The presidential candidates met tonight for their third and final debate in the campaign season. This time, the topic was foreign policy. What did you think of the discussion? Was anyone a clear winner? And will it affect the outcome of the election? Coming to us on a mobile device? If you can't see the blog above, you can review the discussion at this RSS feed.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Did either candidate get a bounce? Let us know what you think. And if you missed the debate, you can review the discussion on our live blog below.
Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama faced off for the second time on Tuesday. The candidates debated in a town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy. The debate was held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and was sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The moderator was CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. Who do you think did the best job of making his case to the American people? Tell us what you think in the comments area below. See Also: So Who Won the First Presidential Debate? Biden-Ryan Vice Presidential Debate: Who Won?
Friday, October 12, 2012
Do you expect upcoming Presidential and Vice Presidential debates to sway your vote?
The consensus after last week's Presidential debate was that Republican candidate Mitt Romney won the debate with President Barack Obama. But does that really matter? A recent article in The Washington Post states that analysts differ on the question. Some point to debates with John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, which Kennedy clearly won on style and which may have moved the close election in his favor. Others say a debate win is only a temporary victory. What do you think? This week, Vice Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will take on each other on Thursday at 9 p.m. at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Obama and Romney will meet again on Oct. 16 and 22. Will you be watching?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The proposed one-percent sales tax will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Cherokee County leaders continue the push out information on a proposed one-percent sales tax voters will consider on Nov. 6. County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens participated in two forums with Cherokee Bank and Cherokee Tribune to inform voters about the proposal. Ahrens is also making the rounds to make presentations during city council meetings. Ahrens presented his measure to Woodstock leaders on Monday and will be at the Ball Ground City Council meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposal. The chairman noted he felt the forums "have done their jobs" and most participants asked good questions. One of the major hurdles is informing voters that the tax is not "asking for a new single dollar." Ahrens said the proposal simply …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The five plaintiffs want a Fulton Superior Court judge to order all Georgia school districts to stop using public funds and resources to campaign against the state charter school amendment.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Fulton and Gwinnett County school districts have been sued by a group of Georgia taxpayers who accuse them of using taxpayers' funds and resources to campaign against the state charter schools amendment that is on the General Election ballot, WABE's Michelle Wirth reported online and on air late Monday afternoon. The five plaintiffs, who are seeking class action status to represent all Georgia taxpayers, want an injunction barring the defendants to continue engaging in political activity in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools authorized by the Georgia General Assembly with HR 1162. The two school systems were chosen to represent all 180 school districts in the state. The five plaintiffs and their attorney…