Monday, May 6, 2013
"I want to continue to move Watkinsville ahead in these tough economic times," he says.
Charles Ivie says he's liked his time as mayor of Watkinsville so much that he's hoping to stay on the job. But just don't call it that. "Because I don't consider this to be a job," Ivie said. "This is a place that I come to enjoy every moment of it." Ivie was first elected in Nov. 2011 and took office that following January, serving on the same council as he had decades before as a councilman. "I am seeking re-election because I want to continue to move Watkinsville ahead in these tough economic times," he stated in a news release. "I would also like to see the sewer extension in the Industrial Park and the Streetcape II project come to fruition." The city election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Along with the mayor's post, …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Brian Slowinski says his campaign will focus on what he believes is the No. 1 issue: the economy.
Sunday, February 10
Anyone looking for a break from elections after the exhausting run up to the 2012 presidential election is in for a disappointment. The 2014 mid-terms are already under way. As soon as US Congressman Saxby Chambliss announced he wouldn't be running for re-election in 2014, the mid-term campaign began. Wednesday, US Rep. Paul Broun announced that he would be running for Chambliss' seat in the senate in 2014, opening up his seat in the 10th Congressional District to which he had just been re-elected. On Friday, Conservative Republican Activist and tea party candidate Brian Slowinski announced that he would be running for Broun's seat. He did it via YouTube, saying that Broun had "gotten it right" with his adherence to the United States …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Niki Broun told a crowd in Gwinnett County that her husband was announcing his run for the the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss in 2014, according to a report.
Thursday, January 31
Niki Broun can't wait for her husband, 10th District U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, to throw his hat in the ring for the 2014 U.S. Senate race, according to a report in the ViralRead blog. A post picked up by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Niki Broun told the group Citizens Helping America Restore Government Ethics on Tuesday that her husband had her permission to run, and that he was announcing his candidacy. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced last week that he would not seek a third term, opening the way for a spirited primary among potential successors. Rep. Broun himself still isn't quite ready to take the plunge. The Athens Banner-Herald reported Wednesday that Broun's office doesn't plan an announcement on his prospective …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Oconee County elected officials will be sworn in at the Courthouse at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 9.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
If you plan to attend, please share photos from the event in our Neighborhood Gallery here oconee.patch.com/pics. See also: Jennifer Riddle Elected Oconee Tax Commissioner Melvin Davis Re-Elected Chairman of Oconee Board of Commissioners Scott Berry Wins Oconee Sheriff's Race
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Georgia residents are among people in more than 30 states petitioning the White House to dissolve the union in the wake of President Obama's re-election.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Residents of Georgia and more than 40 other states have filed petitions to secede from the United States. Residents of Alabama, North and South Carolina, New York, Michigan, Texas and other states have filed the petitions under the "We The People" program, featured on the White House website, according to the Huffington Post. The Georgia petition, which had nearly 30,000 signatures at midday Thursday, quotes from the Declaration of Independence: "...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government..." The petitions come in the wake of …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
According to unofficial results, Massey beat Nicole Brooks by 66 votes in the Nov. 6 Special Election.
Connie Massey has won her bid for Watkinsville council Post 2, according to unofficial results* provided by city election supervisor Julie Sanders. Massey, a picture framer, garnered 224 votes to jailer Nichole Brooks' 158. Of the 1,875 registered Watkinsville voters, 20 percent cast ballots in the city's election. Of that, roughly eight percent voted in advance. Massey will fill the seat formerly held by Henry Norman, who resigned in September when he moved outside of the city limits. She'll be sworn in immediately to serve out the remainder of the term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2013. Though a Special Election was held, Watkinsville managed to avoid a general election. Current councilmen Mike Link (Post 5 - mayor pro tempore) and …
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 …
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, according to projections.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, according to network projections. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the…
Voters in Georgia on Tuesday cast their ballot for Mitt Romney, giving him the state's 16 Electoral votes, according to early results.
In a move that fell in line with expectations, Mitt Romney was projected to win Georgia’s 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Democrat Barack Obama. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Republican candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Georgia and spent more time visiting the Peach State to raise money. The state has been a Republican stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key issue for many voters in Georgia state, which has had a higher than average unemployment rate. Turnout was strong in Georgia and early voting was almost as popular this year as four years ago. …
Oconee County voters back Mitt Romney for president and say "No" to the Georgia charter schools amendment.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Update: On Nov. 12, the Secretary of State's website updated general election information for Oconee County. The revised numbers show 17,889 or 80 percent of Oconee's registered voters cast ballots. The chart has been updated with the revised numbers. In 2008, 17,208 voters in Oconee County cast ballots, or about 84.4 percent of the 20, 397 registered voters in the county at that time. Four years ago, 12,120 votes, 70.57 percent, were cast for the Republican nominee, John McCain and 4, 825 or 28.09 percent for President Barack Obama. It comes as no surprise then that Oconee County heavily favored Romney in his bid for presidency nearly 3 to 1 (see details below). Most of the local races in the General Election were unopposed, as they were…