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 …
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 …
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 …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Speaking from party's national convention, Georgia senator also says it's time for those who were initially were lukewarm on Romney to "get on board."
TAMPA, FL -- As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney prepares to give the most important speech of his life Thursday night, U.S. Senate Johnny Isakson offered up a bit of advice to party's nominee: Focus on your strengths Isakson, who is in Tampa for the Republican National Convention, told Patch that Romney has had numerous successes in his career — as a businessman, former governor of Massachusetts and head of the Salt Lake City Olympics. And he shouldn't be shy about letting people know about those achievements, Isakson said. "He is a very accomplished man who has done very, very many things and has been successful," the senator said. "He’s been maligned a lot by many in the other party and many on the outside, but he’s the …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The District 1 seat that represents most of Roswell and parts of Alpharetta has two candidates, while District 4 in South Fulton has four qualifiers.
Three non-partisan seats on the Fulton County Board of Education are up for election this summer, but only one is in North Fulton. Linda G. Shultz, the incumbent in District 1, will face a challenge by Robert Goodman. Schultz, a website consultant, qualified for the election on May 23, with Goodman, a retiree, filing a day later. District 1 Linda G. Schultz of Roswell, incumbent Robert Goodman of Roswell District 3 Gail Dean of Sandy Springs, incumbent District 4 Linda Bryant of Atlanta, incumbent Retina Burton of Atlanta Anna Croley of Fairburn Paula J. Ward of Atlanta
Monday, March 5, 2012
On the Sunday before Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney stopped at a Snellville, Ga., high school for a bit of campaigning and breakfast.
It's not every day that a presidential candidate stops by a Snellville, Ga., high school, and serves pancakes while he's there. But, that was Mitt Romney on the Sunday before a critically important Super Tuesday, when 76 Georgia delegates will be up for grabs. In a last-minute effort to secure a win, Romney's campaign announced Saturday that they were hosting a pancake brunch at Brookwood High School the following day. One campaign volunteer said about 1,500 people signed up. However, closer to 2,000 people showed up, according to the fire marshal, and some 500 people were forced to stand outside in the cold. No pancakes for them, but speakers were set up so they could hear what was going on inside. Romney, along with his wife, Ann, and …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
UPDATED 2 P.M.: Ann Romney brought a message of family values to Smokejack's in downtown Alpharetta during lunchtime today, with an overflow crowd clamoring to see her. Romney told supporters her husband will win the nomination and beat President Barack Obama, statements that brought applause from the crowd that was predominantly made up of women. "This is our message. This is what we are going to do and this is our purpose," she said. "Our purpose is to go out and save America. And I'm proud to get that out every single day." The campaign may be tough, but she said it hasn't been her toughest battle. "I will tell you that my battle with MS is a little tougher than this battle. I can make it. I won the other battle. I can win this battle. …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be in downtown during the lunch hour at Smokejack restaurant.
Looking to talk politics at lunch on Thursday? Your best bet might be Smokejack BBQ in downtown Alpharetta, as Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will be there. She is scheduled to be at the restaurant from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, just five days before Georgia voters will go to the polls on Super Tuesday, March 6, to pick their candidate. You can sign up to attend her campaign stop in Alpharetta on the Romney campaign site. She also plans to attend the grand opening of the Romney Georgia campaign headquarters at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Do you think the president's speech swayed any undecided voters?
Our Patch live blog of the State of the Union has wrapped up, but that doesn't mean the discussion is over! The White House has offered to answer a few questions submitted by Patch users across the nation now that the speech is done. It's a great opportunity to take your question right to Washington without leaving home. The result will look something like this video of first lady Michelle Obama answering a fitness question. To submit your question, post it in the comments below with your real name, the town where you live and, if you'd like, your Twitter handle. You have until 11 a.m. Wednesday to post your question. And if you missed the live blog, just hit the "play" button above to review the lively discussion from your fellow Patch …