Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Longtime Georgia Democrat Doug Stoner lost his District 6 Senate seat to Republican newcomer Hunter Hill in Tuesday's election.
One Smyrna incumbent will not be returning to the Georgia State Senate. Longtime Democrat Doug Stoner was defeated by Republican newcomer Hunter Hill in the District 6 Senate race during Tuesday's election. As the election-day voting tally rolled in, Hill overcame Stoner, and gradually added to his margins to win by 3,066 votes. The final, unofficial results show that Hill collected 35,299 votes, or 52 percent, to Stone's 32,233 votes, or 48 percent. Stoner lead among Cobb voters with 20,412 votes, or 59 percent, to Hill’s 14,312 votes, or 41 percent. Fulton County's reporting was delayed, and the final, unofficial results didn't roll in until late Wednesday morning. Hill had a clear win in Fulton County, collecting 20,987 votes, 63.92-…
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 …
Longtime Georgia Senate Democrat Doug Stoner competes against Republican newcomer Hunter Hill for the District 6 State Senate seat in Tuesday's election.
The State Senate District 6 race between incumbent Senator Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna) and Republican newcomer Hunter Hill is expected to be a tight one in Tuesday's election. The Senate disctrict was redrawn last year, and now stretches from Smyrna-Vinings through Sandy Springs into Buckhead. Republicans make up 55 percent of the current district. Stoner, a Kennesaw State graduate and a longtime Senate Democrat first elected in 2002, has been a favorite among prominent business leaders in Metro Atlanta. Hill, a Vinings resident and a West Point grad, ran against Stoner in 2008 and beat out other Republican candidates Josh Belinfante and Drew Ellenburg in the 2012 primary, with 52.26-percent of 8,956 total votes. See Also
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 …
Monday, October 15, 2012
More than 3,000 people have cast early ballots so far in Fulton County.
The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections is encouraging registered voters to cast their ballots early for the General Election. Advance voting begins Monday, Oct. 15, and continues through Friday, Nov. 2. Fulton County voters can cast their ballots at any one of six locations: Voters can cast their ballots Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday voting will be offered at all six locations on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registered voters can request an absentee ballot by mail by filling out an absentee ballot application and e-mailing it to Elections.Absentee@fultoncountyga.gov or faxing it to the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections (404-730-8839 or 404-730-7024). The application is …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Family Voting Day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
By Alicia Phillips Fulton County’s Family Voting Day offers registered voters the opportunity to cast their ballots prior to the General Election and on a day that may be more convenient for their schedules. It also provides an opportunity for children to learn more about the voting process. Children who accompany registered voters to the polls on Family Voting Day will be given an opportunity to cast a ballot in a mock election for their favorite cartoon character. Family Voting Day will be held on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Buckhead Library, 269 Buckhead Avenue. Come join the rest of the Buckhead Patch fans on Facebook! It's Patch and Facebook together. Doesn't get much better than that.
Enter search terms into one or more fields to find out about donations from Buckhead, and scroll below the search area to read more details.
Thee three ZIP codes that cover most of Buckhead — 30305, 30306, 30324 and 30326 — have donated more than $1.3 million to President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, according to the Federal Election Commission. Overall, Obama has raised a little more than $600,000 in the area since April 2011 and Romney has raised a little more than $750,000 in the same time period. Though Romney beat out Obama in money donated, Obama recieved 2,213 donations in that time period. Romney recieved 803. What do you think of the data? Do you see something that looks interesting? Tell us in the comments area below.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Register to vote online or at the Fulton Board of Elections main office
The deadline to register to vote in Georgia's general election is Tuesday, Oct. 9. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote at the Fulton Board of Elections main office at 130 Peachtree St., Suite 2186, Atlanta. The office phone number is (404) 612-7020. Unregistered residents can also register to vote at RocktheVote.org. Applications can also be mailed to the Georgia Secretary of State at Box 105325, Atlanta GA 30348-9562. Election Day is Nov. 6, and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you don't know which precinct you're zoned for, check your Voter Precinct Card or visit the My Voter Page on the Georgia Secretary of State website.
Monday, October 8, 2012
If you have a question for the candidates, submit it in the comments section below and it could be asked during the televised Oct. 16 Town Hall Presidential Debate.
If last Wednesday’s presidential debate left you with more questions than answers, here’s your chance for the presidential candidates to address the issues that most matter to you. The next presidential debate will be a town hall meeting format at Hofstra University in Long Island, where voters will ask President Obama and Mitt Romney about domestic and foreign policy. Patch is asking you, our readers, to participate by submitting questions for the candidates. All you have to do is post your question in the comments section below and we’ll send it to the Commission on Presidential Debates. The Commission is partnering with Patch's parent company Aol, along with Google and Yahoo, to take questions from web users across the country. Don’t …
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 …