Friday, February 15, 2013
A look at top stories from Patch sites across Georgia.
President Obama Visits Metro Area - Decatur Patch On Thursday, the president visited the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center and made remarks at the Decatur Recreation Center. View photos from the President's visit on Decatur Patch. Radio Shack Robbed at Gunpoint - Buckhead Patch Atlanta Police are investigating a robbery at the Radio Shack on Piedmont Road near Sidney Marcus Boulevard on Wednesday. According to witness statements given to the police, the suspect entered the Radio Shack at 2625 Piedmont Road with his face covered while an employee was waiting on a customer. A couple of minutes after the customer left the store, the suspect walked up to the counter, showed a silver handgun and demanded money. Buckhead Patch …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
A look at top stories from Patch sites across Georgia.
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Thursday, February 14
Football Coming to Kennesaw State - Kennesaw Patch Score one for Kennesaw State. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Wednesday approved Kennesaw State’s request for a football program. "Touchdown," Kennesaw athletic director Vaughn Williams said. The decision comes a little more than one month after the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia decided to take Kennesaw State’s request for a football program "under further study." Kennesaw Patch has more on this story. -- Metro Residents Excited Over Obama Visit - Decatur Patch Almost everybody in Decatur is buzzing over the president's visit. He'll arrive at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta in the late morning, stop at the Learning Center and make …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
President Obama makes his address Tuesday. Share your reaction.
President Obama made the first State of the Union speech of his second term Tuesday (February 12). And there was lots of news coverage and analysis. "We can’t just cut our way to prosperity," the president said in Washington. Also, as the New York Times noted, there was no new stimulus plan, no mission to Mars, no ambitious plan to address the hangover from the housing market crash. Here's a sample of news coverage of the president's speech: -- What did you think of the president's State of the Union address? What do you expect of his second term? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Another firearms show is scheduled soon in Gwinnett. Share your thoughts.
With another gun show scheduled soon in Gwinnett County, it's time to note a significant feature of such events. Background checks apparently are not required in Georgia and several other states, according to available information. Large numbers of people flocked to the Gwinnett fairgrounds last weekend for a gun show. The current national discussion of gun control and safety (due to the December shooting in Newtown, Connecticut) was obviously a reason. However, it also appears to be easier to purchase a firearm in Georgia and other states at a gun show than through a traditional retailer. This is due to the so-called "gun show loophole." -- Should the "gun show loophole" be closed? What are your thoughts on gun rights? Share your thoughts…
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Republicans want electoral votes allocated by congressional districts. Share your thoughts.
Updated 11:07 a.m., January 26 Republicans in Virginia and some other battleground states are seeking to change their Electoral College processes to counter recent victories by Democrats. According to the Washington Post and other media outlets, the plan would allocate all but two electoral votes by congressional districts won, and the last two by statewide popular vote. In almost all states, including Georgia, the electoral vote is now apportioned solely by the statewide popular vote. -- Do you favor the proposed changes in Virginia and other states? Share your comments below. Under the new plan, President Obama would have won just four of Virginia's 13 electoral votes in the past election, rather than all of them. And according to the …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Conway posts a statement in response to 'many' emails. Share your thoughts.
Adding to the local and national discussion on guns, Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway has released a statement in support of citizens' right to legally use firearms. "I encourage all law abiding citizens to acquire and maintain the skills to safely carry a firearm in order to protect themselves and others," the statement reads. Conway issued the statement under the heading 'The 2nd Amendment." The U.S Constitution's Second Amendment says, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Also, it was in response to "the many emails received," the website says. The statement comes just over a month after the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Details emerge about the president's plan, which he is scheduled to announce Wednesday. Share your thoughts.
Wednesday, January 16
Updated 1:37 pm, January 16 The president's proposal includes several executive actions, according to the Washington Post. --- A ban on assault weapons and a call for universal background checks are among the gun-control proposals that President Obama will announce Wednesday morning, according to media reports. CNN.com has reported that the president will also seek a ban on high capacity magazines in his 11:45 a.m. news conference. -- What are your thoughts on the president's proposals? Have you taken any action since the Newtown shooting fallout? Share your thoughts in the comments below. The president is calling for the measures in response to the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 students and six adults. The …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
President Obama is scheduled to be on 'Meet The Press' on Sunday morning. What will he propose?
The crucial "fiscal cliff" financial scenario for the United States has come down to the last two days of 2012. No deal is done, but both President Obama and congressional leaders say they are working toward a solution. If no deal emerges, automatic tax increases would go into effect in 2013 for most Americans, which would reduce their spendable income. Also, widespread spending cuts would go into effect, which would affect many federal programs. CNN.com reported that Obama is scheduled to appear on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday (10 a.m., EST). He is widely expected to call for an immediate vote by Congress on a scaled-back plan that would only extend middle class tax breaks and unemployment benefits, if the congressional negotiations …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Who had the best speech of the Democratic National Convention? Do you rate the president's speech as the best, or not? Take our poll or comment.
President Barack Obama may have had to change his location -- shutting out thousands of people from seeing him live -- but inside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., he still captured the devotion of many. He accepted the Democratic Party's nomination, and then went on to tell the American people that he's done much to get the country back on track, leading with the federal assistance to automakers. And, there's a key difference with before and now, he added: "I'm no longer just a candidate; I'm the president." -- Did you like the president's speech? Did it make a connection with you? Let us know in the comment section. -- Since he's been in office, the president said jobs have been created, trade agreements signed that benefit…
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The requirement that most Americans must buy health insurance or pay a fine is ruled constitutional as a tax.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Updated 10:51 a.m. In a 5-4 decision Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care law in a splintered, complex opinion that appears to give President Obama a major victory, according to USA TODAY. Basically. the justices said that the individual mandate -- the requirement that most Americans must buy health insurance or pay a fine -- is constitutional as a tax. How do you think this will affect the November presidential election? Tell us in the comments below. Chief Justice John Roberts -- a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush -- provided the key vote to preserve the landmark health care law. The controversial health care bill was first introduced to Congress in 2009, and Obama signed it into law in…