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…
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 …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Mayor Reed receives national attention on Meet the Press.
Mayor Kasim Reed, who is a native of Southwest Atlanta, has received national attention from his weekend appearance on Meet the Press when he was left to defend the President's policies while also setting Paul Ryan's record straight. In the show Peggy Noonan, made an emotional statement that the choice of Paul Ryan as VP was an "admiral choice" and that Ryan is an "admirable man." Many circles are giving Mayor Reed kudos for pushing back against her and laying Paul Ryan's voting record on the table, as to ask the question of how admirable is he really. The YouTube video has received over 55,000 views and has help to continue to push Mayor Kasim Reed into the national political spotlight.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Rep. Pat Gardner appears to have defeated Rep. Rashad Taylor in the battle to represent portions of Virginia-Highland, Midtown, southeast Atlanta and southwest Atlanta
Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) appears to have defeated Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta) to secure a seat in the state legislature. Both incumbents faced off in a battle for the District 57 seat after legislators redrew district boundaries statewide last year. With all 20 precincts reporting, Gardner received 62.08-percent of votes. Taylor received 37.92-percent of votes. Gardner, 72, has represented District 57 for nearly 12 years. Taylor, 31, currently represents District 55, which includes portions of Northwest and Southwest Atlanta. The new District 57 boundaries run from Morningside to SW Atlanta, including portions of Virginia-Highland, Midtown and neighborhoods east of Downtown Atlanta.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Timothy Johnson of the Frederick Douglass Foundation shares his thoughts on how Republicans can beat President Obama.
Here is the last part of the Atlanta Young Republicans meeting in which Timothy Johnson of the Frederick Douglass Foundation spoke to more than a dozen local Republicans about ways they could beat Obama in the upcoming election. Though there was not too much excitement shown for their candidate Mitt Romney, the room was alive when focused on beating Obama. Timothy Johnson's message was a clearly focused on getting young people comfortable in their own skin. Telling them to be confident as they speak of the Republican party and its ideals. He and his organization go around the country teaching some of the long forgotten history of the Republican party and its major role it played in ending slavery. Part 1 can be seen here if you missed it.
Monday, July 16, 2012
At the last Atlanta Young Republicans meeting, dozens showed up to discuss how they could win in November.
Atlanta Young Republicans held their June meeting with the special invited guest, Timothy Johnson, at 5 Seasons Brewery in Midtown. Timothy Johnson is an outspoken Republican supporter and former vice-chairman of the Republican party. He is the President and creator of The Frederick Douglass Foundation, which teaches across the country the true history of the Republican Party and the major role influential Blacks played in it. His first message to the group was to be "politically direct, instead of politically correct." He wants young republicans to not be scared to speak the truth on how they feel about issues. In the 2nd part of the video, Mr. Johnson explains how the Republican party was the party of anti-slavery and not the Democrats…
Monday, July 2, 2012
You need to be aware of these dates before the July 31 primary.
Monday, July 2, 2012
On July 31, residents of the Cascade and SW Atlanta area will go to the polls and vote in the primary. Here are some important dates for voters: July 2: The last day to register and be eligible to vote in the primary. July 9-27: Advance voting begins at the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections 130 Peachtree Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 14 and 21: Saturday voting at the Voter Registration and Elections main office. July 23-27: Additional sites for early voting will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fulton County North Annex 7741 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30350 and the Fulton County South Annex 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349 July 31: Primary held, with polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Rep. Pat Gardner reintroduces herself to Cascade Patch
Rep. Pat Gardner has been the proud State Representative from the 57th District for the past 11 years. Since the redistricting, which has pitted her against fellow Democrat Rep. Rashad Taylor, Gardner has spent much of the spring and summer getting to know her new constituents in parts of Southwest Atlanta. Rep. Pat Gardner, like Rep. Taylor, took timeout in her schedule to reintroduce herself to our Patch Readers in this video. Rep. Gardner is currently running for re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives' District 57 seat. More information on Rep. Pat Gardner and her schedule can be found at her website, www.PatGardner.org NOTE: Patch will hold on Online Forum with each of the candidates in the coming weeks to give our …