Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Long lines were reported for early voting. How long did you have to wait in line to vote?
It seems to have been a long time coming, but Election Day 2012 is finally here. Early voting closed Friday last week and right up until the end some precincts reported long lines. In Gwinnett County, Ga. there were reports of some people waiting up to eight hours to cast early ballots. In other states, it was even worse. In Florida, officials had to open up the polls for another four hours to make sure everybody got to vote. But today, there are no other options. Anybody who wants to vote, but hasn't yet, is going to have to get in one of those lines and wait their turn. Whether you are voting today or voted during the early voting period, how long did you have to wait in line? How did 2012 lines in your precinct compare to 2008?
Friday, November 2, 2012
The debate on which presidential candidate to vote for has been decisive, so what is going to happen Nov. 6 or 7 when some people learn their candidate didn't win?
Come Tuesday at 7 p.m. it is all over bar the shouting. But just how loud is the shouting going to be? The 2012 election season has been one of the most devisive on record according to most accounts. Even the discussion here on Patch has got heated on many occasions. Those who support President Barack Obama are solid in their support of him. The same goes for those who support the challenger, Mitt Romney. But at least one set of supporters is going to come away disappointed. The big question is, how is the country going to handle it? Usually there are threats by some that they will leave the country if their guy doesn't win. This year, however, there have even been threats of riots. Will you accept the will of the people, settle down and …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
As information continues to emerge, more and more news outlets are beginning to ask whether it will impact the president’s re-election campaign.
As more information surfaces on the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, news organizations are starting to question whether it will impact the president’s chances for re-election. Even before Fox News released a story Friday that the CIA was denied two requests to send in reinforcements during the attack and eventually told to stand down, The Huffington Post asked whether all this is the smoking gun - or will it be attributed to the fog of war? The Huffington Post acknowledges that an investigation is definitely required, but is urging that the investigation be bi-partisan. But are any investigations bi-partisan anymore? Although The Huffington Post makes reference to “the usual spin from news sources such as Fox …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Some are saying Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be taking responsibility, but others say she is taking the fall for the president. What do you think?
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made big news earlier this week when she took responsibility for the security, or lack of it, at the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, died as a result of an attack on the outpost on Sept. 11. Online WSJ reported that in a recent interview Clinton said, “I take responsibility. “I’m the Secretary of State with 60,000-plus employees around the world.” This comes after weeks of the White House first blaming a YouTube video for the attack and then finally acknowledging that it was a terrorist attack. Information also surfaced that Stevens was concerned about security and reportedly asked for this to be stepped up, but his …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Did the debate help make up, or change, your mind about who you will vote for in November?
Going through Twitter and Facebook, it would appear that Mitt Romney won the debate - if you were going to vote for him anyway. President Barack Obama, however, was the clear winner - if he was your man going in. But that really doesn't matter in the long run. It's that small number of voters who are undecided that will make the difference. So, if you were undecided, did this debate help sway you either way? And if so, which way? And let's just throw it out there for everybody, decided or not, who do you think won the debate and why?
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Even though the 2012 elections are right around the corner, candidates are already looking at 2016.
With all the negative publicity both presidential candidates are receiving, many Repubicans and Democrats seem less than eager to vote in the coming elections. The phrase "lesser of two evils" is heard often. Ignoring present elections and who may or may not be the incumbent in 2016, who would you choose as the 2016 dream team? Who would you nominate for president, vice-president, secretary of state, secretary of defense? Would you choose a familiar face, like Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan or Hillary Clinton for president? Or someone new? The New York Times offers some thoughts on possible democratic candidates, including Clinton, Massachussetts governor Deval L. Patrick and Chicago's Rahm Emanuel. Tell us your choice in the comment section!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
After a video was leaked exposing comments Mitt Romney made at a fundraiser, one has now surfaced that the Romney camp says shows that the president's agenda is one of redistribution of wealth.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Earlier in the week, news outlets were consumed by a leaked video of presidential candidate Mitt Romney saying 47 percent of Americans do not pay income taxes and are therefore dependent on the government. Now, according to a report in The Huffington Post, another video, reportedly pushed by The Drudge Report, allegedly shows President Barack Obama claiming he supports "redistribution." Romney has been standing by his 47 percent statement, claiming it shows the difference between he and Obama, with Obama supporting a "government-centered" society. "I know there are some who believe that if you simply take from some and give to others then we’ll all be better off. It’s known as redistribution. It’s never been a characteristic of America," …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
There are strong opinions on both sides of the Charter School debate. This is the opinion of seven former members of the Georgia Charter School Commission.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
What is best for Georgia students? That is the question that should always be front and center when discussing education reform. One-third of Georgia students do not graduate high school, so our education system clearly needs to be improved—for the benefit of our children, our families, our communities, and our economic future. Too often debates about education reform are centered on money and power. We wish to re-focus the debate toward what is best for students. On November 6, Georgians will vote on a constitutional amendment that would allow parents and other community members to start public charter schools—and to have the decision whether to allow these schools to open made by an independent and neutral observer. Charter schools are …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Would you base your vote on an endorsement from a Hollywood celebrity?
Friday, September 7, 2012
Although it is common knowledge that most Hollywood celebrities lean Democratic, there is a portion of Tinsletown that does support Republican candidates. But does it really matter? After what has now become known as “Eastwooding” for candidate Mitt Romney by Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood, and a resounding endorsement of President Barack Obama by actress Eva Langoria, there is little doubt that candidates welcome the “star power.” It isn’t, however, always from whom you would expect. Eonline reported that Nicki Minaj captured the headlines recently for her support of Romney in a rap song. There have been split allegiances in families such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie supporting the Democratic platform and their parents …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The Democratic National Convention kicks off Sept. 4 in Charlotte, N.C. Are you expecting to have your questions answered by the Obama/Biden ticket?
After what has been dubbed a successful Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. last week, the president and the Democratic Party now get their turn. The Democratic National Convention kicks off in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4. During the three-day convention, a case will be made to the American people that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden need, and deserve, four more years to get the country back on track. The argument being made is that the president inherited the worst economic situation since the Great Depression, but that it is moving in the right direction. Obama is expected to note that social issues are high on the Democratic agenda and for the first time the party will be making support for gay mariage part…