Monday, February 25, 2013
In-person balloting on the Cobb school sales tax referendum is available at the main office; satellite voting starts March 11.
Advance voting for the Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum begins today. The formal referendum date is March 19, but voters wishing to cast early ballots may so do at the Cobb Elections main office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Satellite advance voting takes place March 11-15 at the following locations: Voters also may choose to vote by mail, and requested ballots also will be mailed starting today. Voters can apply for a ballot on the Cobb Elections website and have it mailed to them. A sample ballot also is available on the Cobb Elections website, but that feature has been experiencing some technical difficulty. The SPLOST IV referendum would collect $717 million in a one-cent sales tax …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday, but heard a strong dose of anti-tax sentiment.
As expected, the Cobb Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a resolution to call for a March 2013 referendum to extend the Education SPLOST. But the job of selling voters on a $717 million school construction and maintenance project list figures to be a challenging one, given Cobb's recent SPLOST track record. The one-cent sales tax, if approved by voters, would begin in January 2014 and would be collected through December 2018. But before the vote, representatives of a local taxpayers group and the Georgia Tea Party spoke out against a March referendum. And the chairwoman of the school board's SPLOST citizen oversight panel predicted that the finalized SPLOST IV "notebook" (see attached PDF) will fail at the polls. The board voted only…
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The move, which is gathering steam, is being done in the wake of President Obama's re-election.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Residents of Georgia and more than a dozen other states have filed petitions to secede from the United States, according to media reports. Residents of Alabama, 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 already has more than 4,000 signatures, reads in part: "...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 President Barack Obama winning a …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The numbers for Republicans and Democrats compared to 2008 stayed fairly consistent.
Cobb County and Georgia overall stayed fairly consistent in party voting between the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012. Below is a breakdown of how you and your fellow Georgians voted Tuesday to give the Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Peach State’s 16 electoral votes in his loss to incumbent Democrat Barack Obama. Georgia 2012 (from the Huffington Post) Mitt Romney—2,070,221 (53.4%) Barack Obama—1,761,761 (45.4%) Other—45,056 (1.2%) Georgia 2008 (from the New York Times) John McCain—2,048,244 (52.2%) Barack Obama—1,843,452 (47%) Other—28,805 (.7%) Cobb County 2012 Mitt Romney—171,464 (55.49%) Barack Obama—132,526 (42.89%) Gary Johnson—4,999 (1.62%) Registered voters—415,314 Ballots cast…
Voters in a few states sent both issues skating to the left Tuesday, but was the landmark election a fluke or a sign of federal legislation to come?
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The U.S. took a big hop to the left in Tuesday’s elections. Voters in three states—Maine, Maryland and Washington—approved same-sex marriage, joining the lot that already includes Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Meanwhile, though it remains illegal in Minnesota, voters there rejected a constitutional amendment to ban it. Washington and Colorado threw another left-leaning punch by being the first two states to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use for those 21 and older. It is unclear how these measures will be handled at the federal level, where it remains illegal. President Obama, who grabbed a sweeping Electoral College victory Tuesday to push him into a …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
About 60 percent of voters sided with Republican and political novice Brad Wheeler Tuesday over incumbent Democrat Alison Bartlett.
In a clear victory Tuesday, political newcomer and 20-year Powder Springs resident Brad Wheeler will take over as the West Cobb representative on the county Board of Education. “The schools are the heart of your community,” the 57-year-old Republican and retired teacher and coach told Patch by phone shortly before midnight, “and I care a lot about it.” With all 26 of the seat’s precincts reporting, roughly 60 percent of voters sided with Wheeler over incumbent Democrat Alison Bartlett, who will finish out her first four-year term until Wheeler takes over in January. Bartlett’s 40 percent equaled 15,931 votes, while Wheeler grabbed 24,145. “There are some great things that happened (while I was on the board), and I hope they keep moving …
The race was one of only a few contested races in the county.
Cobb County Republican Sheriff Neil Warren won another term late Tuesday night, beating Democratic challenger Gregory Gilstrap. Warren led by almost 60 percent with all 153 precincts reporting. That's the same percentage that Warren beat Gilstrap in 2008. The sheriff’s race was one of only a few contested races in Cobb County. Many elections were decided in the primary. Warren was sworn-in as interim sheriff in December 2003, following the previous sheriff’s resignation, and was elected as the county’s 42nd sheriff in November 2004. Tasks assigned to the sheriff's office include courthouse security, county jail operations and execution of criminal warrants. In 2011, Warren said deputies served more than 24,000 criminal warrants, 45,000-…
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…
Residents cast their ballots for various local, state and federal elections on Tuesday.
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