Thursday, May 16, 2013
This is a first for the Census Bureau since it began publishing voting statistics on eligible citizen in 1996. Read how Georgia stacks up.
Black voters in Georgia cast their ballots at a higher rate than white voters in the 2012 presidential election, according to recently released Census data. About 65 percent of eligible blacks voted in Georgia, compared to 62 percent of eligible whites, the data showed. This outcome mirrors what is happening nationally, where eligible black voters also outpaced eligible white voters at the polls, 66 percent to 64 percent. It was a first since the Census Bureau began publishing voting statistics based on eligible citizen population in 1996, the Census Bureau said in a report released May 8. "Blacks have been voting at higher rates, and the Hispanic and Asian populations are growing rapidly, yielding a more diverse electorate," said Thom …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The agency apologized last week for automatically sending Tea Party and similar groups through multiple hoops before the 2012 election.
President Obama this week said efforts by IRS employees to target new conservative groups for extra scrutiny were "outrageous," echoing many administration critics who charged that the measures were politically motivated. "I have got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it, and we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened on this," Obama said in a news conference Monday. The Wall Street Journal reported that an Inspector General's report concludes there was widespread targeting of conservative-linked groups for aggressive questioning, but that no one outside the IRS was involved in establishing the practice. (The report was released Tuesday.) Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, an appointee of President George W. …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Education reform had its place in the president's address this week, and on Thursday he will visit an Atlanta-area school. If you had the chance to talk to him, what would you ask?
On the heels of his first State of the Union address since re-election, President Barack Obama will be heading to Georgia where he plans to visit an early learning center on Thursday. Few details have been released about his visit to the Atlanta area on Feb. 14. However, Patch has confirmed that Obama will make a stop at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga. His stop here is one of only two metropolitan areas he plans to visit following his State of the Union speech. In the speech, the president set forth a plan for education reform: highlighting the need for top-quality preschool for every American child; promoting high schools that prepare students for jobs in demand, such as science and engineering; and …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
President Barack Obama delivering the annual address tonight (Feb. 12). Visit White House SOTU site to learn how to participate.
Tuesday, February 12
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address is tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 12). It will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on major television networks. Here’s some tips for enhancing your SOTU experience from www.WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU:
Do you think the president’s address will be a unifying one that will help move the country forward?
Tuesday, February 12
Advance information from various news organizations indicates President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday will be different to his inaugural address last month. According to ABC News. It is expected to focus primarily on jobs and the economy and will outline new initiatives. He is, however, expected to touch on immigration, gun violence and climate change. ABC News reports new initiatives will call for more spending to get the economy moving, but the spending is expected to be modest and will likely be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. What are you looking for in the president’s speech? What do you think he could say to help unify the country?
Monday, February 11, 2013
The President will stop at the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center.
President Obama will visit the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur on Thursday during his visit to the Atlanta area. The visit was announced Friday with few details, but College Heights Principal Suzanne Kennedy sent a note to parents about the President's plans to drop into the school at 917 S. McDonough St., according to Decatur Metro. The time for the President's visit has not been announced. No classes will be held for pre-K through 12th grade students in the City Schools of Decatur Monday-Friday because of winter break, but the 0-3 Tuition Program at College Heights will operate, according to an email from the school. Some readers say pre-K will meet at the school that day, too. Obama gives his state of the …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A federal appeals court says recess appointments made by the president to the National Labor Relations Board were an unconstitutional use of executive power.
Tuesday, January 29
A challenge to President Barack Obama’s recess appointments of three members to his National Labor Relations Board proved successful. According to CNN, a three-judge panel unanimously ruled Friday that the president violated the Constitution when he made the appointments. "Allowing the President to define the scope of his own appointments power would eviscerate the Constitution's separation of powers," the judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said. "An interpretation of 'the recess' that permits the President to decide when the Senate is in recess would demolish the checks and balances inherent in the advice-and-consent requirement, giving the President free rein to appoint his desired nominees at …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Today the 57th presidential ceremony for President Barack Obama takes place followed by a full day full of inaugural festivals.
On Monday, Jan. 21, President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term as president. Actually, his official swearing in takes place Sunday, Jan. 20, as set out in the U.S. Constitution. But since Jan. 20 is a Sunday, a second swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Jan. 21, followed by the inaugural festivities, will be held on Martin Luther King Day. Starting at 11:30 a.m. (ET) - viewers of the Presidential Inauguration will be treated to all the pomp and circumstance, including a ceremonial swearing in, inaugural address, parade and national anthem sung by Beyonce. The inauguration will be carried on all major networks. Obama's first inauguration stirred up a lot of excitement, but that may have ebbed somewhat for his second term. Will…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Following is a rundown with dates and times for the 2013 inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Saturday, January 19
Sunday is a big day for Falcon fans, but it's also an eventful day for our country as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden participate in the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremony scheduled for Jan. 20 at 8:15 a.m. From a parade, two swearing-in ceremonies to glitzy balls, the next few days will be packed with presidential pomp. Do you plan on watching the events? SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 Vice President Biden’s Official Swearing-In Location: Naval Observatory Start Time: 8:15 AM ET President Obama’s Official Swearing-In Location: White House - Blue Room Start Time: 11:55 AM ET Historically, Inaugural Ceremonies are not held on a Sunday because Courts and other public institutions are not open. This year, in accordance with the …
Friday, January 18, 2013
President Obama said the laws, including universal background checks and a renewed ban on assault rifles, would lead to "fewer atrocities like the one that happened in Newtown."
Friday, January 18
Alongside Vice President Joe Biden and a group of children who had written in support, President Barack Obama signed a proposal to Congress on Wednesday to strengthen United States gun laws. These included universal background checks, limiting the number of bullets in a clip and renewing a ban on military-grade assault rifles. "If America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown," the president said. Obama listed some specific measures, including a 10-round limit on magazines for firearms, and asked Congress to confirm Todd Jones to fill the long-dormant role of chief for the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco and Firearms — and briefly mentioned other …