Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Georgia House Majority Whip has been an outspoken proponent of Amendment 1
Republican Incumbent Edward Lindsey was easily elected for a fifth term with Tuesday’s victory in the race for the District 54 State House seat. And the Georgia House Majority Whip was hoping to bring along the passage of the charter school amendment with him. A strong proponent for Amendment 1, the Buckhead resident defeated Democratic challenger Lynn Brown McKinney Tuesday by garnering 63 percent of the vote with all 18 precincts reporting. Almost 22,000 votes were cast. Lindsey should be pleased because it appears Georgia voters gave the state more authority over charter schools on Tuesday, likely passing a constitutional amendment empowering a commission to overrule local school districts that reject charter school petitions. About an …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Charter school amendment appears headed for win.
UPATE 5:50 pm If you are in line to vote at 7 pm, you will get to vote even though the polls close then. Tens of thousands of Fulton County voters have already cast ballots today. Turnout is especially high for today’s General Election, as it is in most Presidential election years. It's too early to know how this year compares to 2008. In the evening after traditional work hours, peak turnout is anticipated, and tens of thousands of additional voters could exercise their right to vote. Fulton County elections officials released a statement advising that voters who are in line at 7 pm will be allowed to vote under Georgia law. As provided by Georgia law, voters who are over age 75 or who have a disability are eligible to ask to move ahead …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Wednesday numbers for advanced voter turnout in Sandy Springs and Fulton were lower that originally reported by the County.
Fulton County incorrectly doubled the number of Wednesday's early voters in a daily report on the turnout. The number of voters at the six Fulton locations on Wednesday was 8,663, not 16,966, which was reported to the media. Sandy Springs numbers incorrectly showed 2,641 at the North Fulton Service Center, but 1,329 actually came according to the corrected update. Alicia Phillips, Public Affairs Officer, said it was a one-day occurrence and not a systemic problem. Early voter turnout has increased steadily since polls opened on Oct. 15. Fulton County reports that 63,593 voters have cast ballots so far. A total of 8,485 voted Thursday in Fulton County, including 1,391 at the North Fulton Service Center on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Proponents and opponents of the state charter school amendment debated its merits on Tuesday, nearby Sandy Springs in Johns Creek.
Supporters and opponents of Georgia's charter school amendment, on the ballot this November, pleaded their cases at a voter info forum held at Johns Creek High School on Tuesday evening. Amendment 1, or HR 1162, would give a state-appointed commission authority to authorize and fund state charter schools if voters approve the legislation, or vote "Yes," on Nov. 6. Supporters of the amendment say it creates another avenue for charter start-ups; charter applicants have more flexibility on where to locate; and parents will have more local control. Opponents of the legislation say it creates another level of bureaucracy; state charter students would get more funding than students in traditional or local charter schools; and parents will not…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A State Senate candidate forum and charter school amendment debate was held nearby Sandy Springs on Tuesday. See Below.
Politicians and community leaders showed up at Johns Creek High School on Tuesday for a Voter Information Night & Candidate Forum, sponsored by the school's PTSA. The evening included a meet-and-greet, informational tables, a forum with District 56 candidates, State Sen. John Albers and challenger Akhtar Sadiq, and a discussion on the charter school amendment. State Senate District 56 includes Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton and Sandy Springs. See also: State Senate Candidates Talk Jobs, Education.
State Sen. John Albers & challenger Akhtar Sadiq faced off at Tuesday night forum. They are running for office in District 56 which includes Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton and Sandy Springs.
Bringing jobs to Georgia and improving education were on the minds of State Senate candidates at a voter information forum at Johns Creek High School Tuesday night. State Sen. John Albers (R-District 56) faced his Democratic challenger, Akhtar Sadiq, during a question-and-answer session moderated by Johns Creek City Council Member Ivan Figueroa. State Senate District 56 includes Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton and Sandy Springs. When asked what his top priorities would be if re-elected, Albers said he would continue what he had already been doing – creating jobs. He said that would be accomplished by lowering taxes and reducing regulatory burdens. He pointed out that he had participated in a commission to lure jobs to Georgia. …
A total of 2,641 early voters cast ballots on Tuesday at the North Fulton Service Center in Sandy Springs.
On Tuesday afternoon early voters waited an average of 20 minutes to cast ballots, according to Fulton County. A total of 2,641 voters turned out at the North Fulton Service Center, bringing the total so far this week to 5,427 early voters. Since advanced voting started on Oct. 15th, 62,390 people have been to the polls in Fulton County. Voting locations Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday Voting will be offered at all six locations on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The event drew more than 100 businessmen and politicians to the Dunwoody Terraces South building Monday evening for A Dunwoody Chamber event.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) spoke to more than 100 hundred business and political leaders from Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, Monday, at the office complex Dunwoody Terraces South. The Senator preached an austerity budget moving forward that focused on cutting spending and rejiggering "entitlement programs," such as Social Security. Isakson was the lead speaker for a gala of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, which installed new officers Monday for the coming year. The names were not immmediately available Monday. Isakson talked largely about ways to get federal spending in line: programs like food stamps and Medicaid need to be reined in - he said - and programs like the above-mentioned Social Security needs to be tweaked so …
Monday night was the final face-off for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney before the election. Who do you think won?
Monday, October 22, 2012
Monday night was the final face-off for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney before the election. Who do you think won? And do you think it will affect the election?
The presidential candidates met tonight for their third and final debate in the campaign season. This time, the topic was foreign policy. What did you think of the discussion? Was anyone a clear winner? And will it affect the outcome of the election? Coming to us on a mobile device? If you can't see the blog above, you can review the discussion at this RSS feed.