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 …
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 …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
District 6 represents part of Sandy Springs. State Senate candidate Josh Belinfante comments on Medicaid and the transportation tax.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
In a Sandy Springs Patch blog on Monday, Josh Belinfante, a District 6 State Senate candidate, gives his take on "Georgia's Looming Budget" including Medicaid and the transportation tax. He wrote: Unlike the other candidates in the Republican primary, I will not call for raiding the general fund to pay for transportation. Facts show why that idea is seriously flawed: the proposed improvements at Georgia 400 and 285 alone are projected to cost $112.5 million in just state dollars. Click here to read the entire blog.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Republican candidates representing parts of Sandy Springs from District 6 State Senate and District 11 Congressional races participated in a forum, Tuesday.
Tax reform was the hot topic at Tuesday’s Cobb County Republican Women’s Forum for the candidates for the District 6 State Senate and District 11 Congressional races. Tuesday’s forum was the first of three hosted by the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club. A three-person panel posed two questions to the candidates. Panelists included Joe Dendy, chairman of the Cobb County Republican Party; Joe Kirby, Marietta Daily Journal columnist; and Diane Webb, Cobb County State Court Clerk. Sandy Springs resident William Llop and Michael Opitz are both competing to represent Georgia's 11th Congressional District. When asked what two specific areas they’d target to improve the job market, both candidates said the answer lies with tax reform. “We …
William Llop, a CPA and Sandy Springs native, asked the Mayor and City Council for support, during the public hearing segment of last week’s City Council meeting.
Grassroots Georgia Congressional candidate William Llop needs 15,000 votes from Sandy Springs residents in the Republican Primary on July 31. Llop, a CPA and Sandy Springs native, asked the Mayor and City Council for support during the public hearing segment of last week’s City Council meeting. “I think we all agree that we have no idea where our money goes when we send in our taxes, in April,” he said. “It’s time for someone to go to Washington that understands math.” Llop is running in the 11th Congressional District race against incumbent Phil Gingrey and candidate Michael Opitz. The District includes parts of Sandy Springs, portions of Cobb County and all of Bartow and Cherokee Counties. Llop expects about a 20 percent turnout in …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Do you think the president's speech swayed any undecided voters?
Our Patch live blog of the State of the Union has wrapped up, but that doesn't mean the discussion is over! The White House has offered to answer a few questions submitted by Patch users across the nation now that the speech is done. It's a great opportunity to take your question right to Washington without leaving home. The result will look something like this video of first lady Michelle Obama answering a fitness question. To submit your question, post it in the comments below with your real name, the town where you live and, if you'd like, your Twitter handle. You have until 11 a.m. Wednesday to post your question. And if you missed the live blog, just hit the "play" button above to review the lively discussion from your fellow Patch …
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Atlanta campaign chair describes Gingrich's appeal to South Carolina voters.
Former Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary on Saturday. Unofficial election results showed Gingrich with 40 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was in second place at 28 percent, and Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, in third place with 17 percent. "Newt's victory Saturday night in South Carolina is the result of focusing on jobs, conservative values, and his vision for historic change in the relationship between the federal government and its citizens," said Angelic Moore, Gingrich's Atlanta campaign chair. "He has always consistently talked about America's future as a congressman, Speaker of the House, and now as a presidential candidate. That is what appealed …