Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Democratic Incumbent Simone Bell voted in for another term in District 58 of the Georgia House of Representatives.
It’s been a fast and furious election season finish for Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) Not because she was in a hotly contested race Tuesday because she wasn’t. With all 26 precincts reporting, the Incumbent from District 58 garnered 87 percent of the votes to defeat Republican challenger Earl Cooper of Midtown. Almost 20,000 votes were cast. The backwards L-shaped district stretches from Virginia-Highland down to Fort McPherson in the southwest part of the city. Since winning a special election in 2009, Bell has served three sessions in the Georgia House of Representatives, but she entered Election Day 2012 doing all she could to make sure the next session doesn’t begin with the Republicans holding a the two-thirds “supermajority” threshold…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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?
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Passion and civic pride set the tone on the CAU campus Tuesday as hundreds of students register to vote.
Article submitted by Gloria Locke, Photos by Darlene Whittington Passion and civic pride set the tone on the CAU campus Tuesday as hundreds of students came together in red and black to participate in the process of becoming registered voters. Armed with the theme, “The Movement Must Continue,” the university dedicated its opening convocation to the civil rights struggle and voter registration. Following the lead of campus leaders, the students were first inspired by an igniting message from civil rights icon, Dr. Joseph Lowery who reminded the gathering that the right to vote for African Americans literally came into being as a result of the blood, sweat and tears of past generations. In view of changes to voter ID requirements and other …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Bell, incumbent, was in hotly contested race with Ralph Long.
UPDATED: With 24 of 24 precincts reporting, Simone Bell has 55.69 percent of the votes cast vs. Ralph Long's 44.31 percent. Georgia House District 58 is shaping up to be the race to watch. The backwards L-shaped district stretches from Virginia-Highland down to Fort McPherson in the southwest part of the city. Simone Bell is the incumbent running for re-election in the district against Ralph Long. Long, who was elected to represent District 61, found himself redistricted out of his seat when the city was realigned. The race has been hotly contested with both candidates making the rounds at different community meetings and neighborhood gatherings in East Atlanta, Virginia-Highland, Old Fourth Ward and Reynoldstown. There's added wrinkle for…
Monday, July 30, 2012
The former mental health lobbyist said extending health insurance to the uninsured is a statewide issue.
Editor's note: Early voting continues for the July 31 General Primary that pairs Democratic State Representatives Pat Gardner (57) and Rashad Taylor (55) against each other in the District 57 race. The newly redrawn district includes a portion of Virginia-Highland. A profile of Taylor will be available this week. After a career of teaching and mental health advocacy, Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta) decided to go into politics when her daughter was diagnosed with what was then called a pre-existing condition. Related Stories: Video: Rep. Gardner "In her Own Words" Video: Rep. Gardner Press Conference - "Anti-Gay Baiting" The refusal of insurance agencies to cover her daughter aggravated Gardner, who felt that the policy of refusing those with …
Acknowledging transparency and tax problems, Rashad Taylor says he's a leader in the State House
Editor's note: The July 31 General Primary pairs Democratic State Representatives Pat Gardner (57) and Rashad Taylor (55) against each other in the District 57 race. The newly redrawn district includes a portion of Midtown all the way down to Cascade and parts of SW Atlanta. A profile of Gardner can be found here. For Rashad Taylor, going into politics was inevitable. Having grown up in Washington, D.C., Taylor moved to Atlanta to attend Morehouse College. “Politics may have been born into me,” he said. Elected as a state representative for District 55 in 2008, Taylor has wasted no time climbing the political ladder. In 2009, he was elected Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, beating three other caucus members without a runoff. “My …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Michael Johnson takes on Rep. John Lewis for the District 5 United States House of Representatives.
Michael Johnson says the time is now for a change in the United States Congress, and he is attempting to make that change by winning the District 5 seat from Rep. John Lewis. Michael was born here in the 5th district on June 21, 1968, to Miller Johnson, Jr. and Charlotte Mize Johnson. His father graduated from Turner High School and Morehouse College and his mother graduated from Howard High School and Spelman College. Mr. Johnson says that he looks forward to working with the President to lower unemployment and foreclosure rates, which are both high in District 5, as well as finding a solution to keep social security available and viable. For more on Michael Johnson's Platform visit his website.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
John Lewis says there is currently a plan to suppress the minority vote all across the United States.
Rep. John Lewis, who is the United States Congressman from the 5th District of Georgia, partook in the Shrine of the Black Madonna's Candidate Forum over the past weekend. The Honorable Congressman made news when he announced that he believes, "there is a deliberate, systematic attempt to suppress the vote (in this election)." Rep. John Lewis, speaking in front of dozens of Southwest Atlanta supporters said that Republicans are, "trying to steal the election, even before it gets started." State legislatures across our Union have introduced a variety of "Voter Law" bills which have come under scrutiny because of their limiting nature. Some of the Voter Laws have been called a "Poll Tax" by civil rights leaders like John Lewis. Even here …