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 …
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 …
Friday, August 17, 2012
270 to Win has been mapping out presidential elections since 2004 and has a contest for people to guess how the map will look this November.
With the 2012 presidential election fast approaching, a Brookhaven resident's website aims to foster more interest in the workings of democracy--while offering some big prizes, too. Brookhaven's Allan Keiter started 270 to Win in August of 2004. "I got the idea after what happened in 2000 with the Bush-Gore thing," he said. "Not many people were familiar with the whole Electoral College concept before then and I figured we're probably in for another close race in 2004. I didn't see anything close to what I'd envisioned on the web, so basically I hired some programmers and created [270 to Win]." 270 is the number of Electoral College votes needed for a presidential candidate to win the race. Though the site drew interest in its early years…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
More candidates entered the contests for Brookhaven's first-ever city elections.
Brookhaven's first-ever mayoral election now has two candidates. Sandy Murray qualified on the last day of Brookhaven's qualification period and joins J. Max Davis on the ballot for mayor. Murray, who has experience as the president of the Ashford Alliance Council, Rotary Club of Midtown Atlanta and Women Business Owners of Atlanta, started a business called Computer Essentials in the 1980s to help train people and develop software in the relative infancy of PCs. She also started Abrakadoodle, which teaches art to preschool and elementary-aged children, in 2003. She has lived in the Brookhaven area since 2003 and recently was running for state representative in District 80, as seen on her website. The race for District 3 of City Council …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Among others, Rebecca Chase Williams joins District 1, and BrookhavenYES' Russell Mitchell qualified for District 2.
Five more candidates qualified on Tuesday for Brookhaven's Nov. 6 election, including a BrookhavenYES board member. J.D. Clockadale and Rebecca Chase Williams have qualified for District 1. Williams is a member of Citizens of North DeKalb, as is J. Max Davis, who thus far is the only announced candidate for mayor. District 2 now has candidates of its own: Larry Hurst and Russell Mitchell. Mitchell was on the board of directors for BrookhavenYES, and also is a member of Citizens of North DeKalb, representing the Drew Valley community. A mix-up has been fixed: Bates Mattison, who had originally qualified for District 4, has been moved to District 3. Julia Russo joins him in that district. ***** Up To Date List Of Candidates Who Have …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Candidates for mayor and City Council of Georgia's newest city began their campaigns on the first day of qualification.
Qualification for candidates seeking the offices of Brookhaven's mayor and city council began on Monday, August 13. On the first day of the three-day qualifying window, these candidates qualified: Mayor of Brookhaven (term ends 2015): J. Max Davis City Council, District 1 (term ends 2015): Alan Cole, Kevin D. Fitzpatrick, Jr. City Council, District 3 (term ends 2015): Hope Bawcom, Ben Podgor, Erik Steavens City Council, District 4 (term ends 2013): Joe Gebbia, Bates Mattison, Kerry Witt No one has qualified yet for district 2, term ending 2013. Patch will continue to provide updates as more candidates qualify for the election over the next two days. You might also be interested in: Davis Running For Mayor Of Brookhaven. No Timetable Yet …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Newcomer Marshall Orson appears to have ousted incumbent Don McChesney in the race to represent Druid Hills, North Druid Hills and Brookhaven on the DeKalb County board of education.
Newcomer Marshall Orson appears to have ousted incumbent Don McChesney for a seat on the DeKalb County Board of Education. Orson, a Druid Hills Middle School parent, will represent Druid Hills, North Druid Hills and Brookhaven on the DeKalb County board of education. "I'm grateful to the voters for their support," Orson told Patch late Tuesday night. "I look forward to the opportunity to work on behalf of all the children of DeKalb." McChesney, a retired Gwinnett County educator, beat out Orson and "Coach" Ella Smith in the 2008 election and has served as the District 2 board representative since January 2009. With all precincts reporting, Orson recieved about 62-percent of the vote. Absentee ballots have yet to be counted. Orson is the co…
Monday, March 5, 2012
Sunday Sales will be on the Ballot for DeKalb County Voters on Tuesday.
Monday, March 5, 2012
With many state municipalities having already voted for Sunday sales in November 2011, including Chamblee, Brookhaven voters will finally have the opportunity to cast their vote for or against the measure on Super Tuesday. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the Secretary of State website to locate your polling place. How will you vote? Tell us in comments. Join the conversation on the Brookhaven Patch Facebook Page.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Between the two candidates that visited Brookhaven in the last year, which would you have ultimately liked to see/have seen in the White House?
We're not crazy. We know Herman Cain has long dropped out of the race to the White House. But he was the first of two candidates in the 2012 election season so far to visit Brookhaven - both at PDK. Although considered an underdog by many, Cain had been gaining steady momentum before the drama of alleged sexual relationships plagued his campaign. Today Rick Santorum visited Brookhaven. And while he stepped into Newt Gingrich's territory, Santorum had a respectable crowd to help in his last-ditch attempt to garner Georgia votes before Super Tuesday. If Cain hadn't dropped out of the race, between the two candidates that visited our community, who would you likely have voted for? Tell us in comments.