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 …
Friday, September 21, 2012
A seventh grader wants to know what happened to education being "all about the children."
Friday, September 21, 2012
By Autumn Smith My name is Autumn Smith. I am a 7th grade scholar at Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood. I recently attended the Georgia Black Caucus-Annual Legislative Conference. As the meeting began, I had respect for all of the adults there; I looked up to each and every one of them. Sadly, I have to say my perspective changed. First I’d like to tell my story. I live in a neighborhood where the behavior, education, and parent resources aren’t up to the standards I have been taught to expect. Therefore, I went in search of a good school. I found Clifton Elementary, which is a technology magnet school. While I was there, my grades rose and I felt happy and confident about my school. I went to Clifton from 3rd grade all the way to 5th …
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, August 22, 2012
Check out these Patch headlines from communities not far from Alpharetta and Milton.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Sneiderman Granted $500,000 Bond - Dunwoody Patch DeKalb County judge Gregory Adams set bond for Andrea Sneiderman at $500,000 during a hearing Tuesday in her murder trial. Wearing a purple blouse and black pant suit, and with her hair pulled back in a ponytail, Sneiderman smiled as she heard Adams issue his ruling. If she makes bond, Sneiderman will also have to wear an electronic ankle bracelet until her trial, live with her parents, and turn in her passport and her children's passports. She hugged her attorneys and smiled as she left the courtroom. Sneiderman's next court appearance was set for Sept. 6. For more on this story visit Dunwoody Patch. Boy in DFCS Custody, Father Arrested - Canton-Six Patch The father of Elijah Cole, the …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
TSPLOST, sheriff, tax commissioner on today's ballot.
It's Election Day, and the fates of TSPLOST, along with the Fulton County's sheriff and tax commissioner, are now in your hands. Join Alpharetta-Milton Patch later today for a live statewide blog on TSPLOST, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute election results. Not sure where to vote? Check your polling place here. In the meantime, here's a rundown of what Fulton County voters will see on their ballots: TSPLOST: To say that the 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects across the region is polarizing is an understatement. Voters will vote "yes" or "no" for it today. Proponents say there is no other way to fund much-needed projects that will alleviate traffic congestion, while opponents say the tax isn't about …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The state Senate District 21 candidates have opposing views on the Republican Primary ballot question on casino gambling in Georgia.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of several stories from the state Senate District 21 candidates' debate sponsored by the North Fulton & Friends Tea Party, and held at the Crooked Creek HOA Clubhouse on July 10. Each will be accompanied by video with more complete remarks by the two men. Candidates for state Senate District 21 are on opposite sides of the casino gambling question being posed on the Republican Primary ballot. Brandon Beach said he will vote "No" to casino gambling, while Chip Rogers plans to vote "Yes." Ballot Question: Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education? Rogers said he would not stand in the way of a developer taking advantage of existing Georgia Lottery system to build a video gaming casino…
While Brandon Beach said he supports local control of schools through local school boards, Chip Rogers backed restoration of the state charter commission and any parental control.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of several stories from the state Senate District 21 candidates' debate sponsored by the North Fulton & Friends Tea Party, and held at the Crooked Creek HOA Clubhouse on July 10. Each will be accompanied by video with more complete remarks by the two men. The Republican candidates for state Senate District 21 made it clear on where they stand on charter schools in Georgia. Chip Rogers said he was for parental control in almost any form, while Brandon Beach doesn't want some state commission to make decisions on local schools. "Not only do I support charter schools, I support educational freedom in every form," Rogers said. "Now the question is very simple," he said. "Who makes the decision on what is best …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
During Monday's Rotary Club of Sandy Springs luncheon, Jim Durrett, executive director of Buckhead CID and a MARTA board member, offered need-to-know information on TSPLOST.
Whether you are for it or against it, TSPLOST has become a part of daily conversation. On Monday, the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs’ guest speaker explained the basics of the measure during the club’s weekly luncheon. Keep reading to see how much Alpharetta and Milton are expected to get annually as their local shares if the referendum passes, then add your comments. Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District and a MARTA board member, said without a clear understanding of TSPLOST, voters could be discouraged by language on the ballot, on July 31. Something like, “Will you agree to a one percent sales tax to improve transportation in Atlanta and the state of Georgia” is ambiguous, he said. He offered the …