Voters were faced not with a choice, but with an opportunity to rubber-stamp decisions that increasingly do not give their liberty any consideration whatsoever, blogger Mark Hankins writes.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Land O' Lakes Patch readers say the method for selecting the president should be changed to reflect the popular vote. A state-by-state effort is in the works to do just that.
This year's election may be over, but there is a movement under way that would change the way the U.S. president is chosen in the future. And that change is something some Land O' Lakes residents might be pleased with. "I think the Electoral College is obsolete and should be abolished," Patch reader keynote commented on a recent story about the system for electing U.S. presidents. "With all the amendments and winner-takes-all state laws, it's no longer performing the function the Founding Fathers intended. It was supposed to help give small states a voice, but it obviously no longer does that," Patch reader Ann wrote. An effort to change the system has been in the works since 2006,when a bipartisan coalition of former congressmen launched …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Extremist positions and lack of sensitivity lost the election for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, blogger Dr. Marc Yacht says.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Here are a few stories that have people talking this week.
We love when our readers comment on stories—we want to know what you think about what we're reporting on, and we also want to engage the community in conversations about what matters. Here are a few stories that sparked conversation this week. Have something to say? Don't be shy. At Patch we believe an informed, engaged community is a better community.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
As votes continue to be counted in Florida, many are curious how the now-narrow margin of the popular vote in the 2012 presidential election will turn out.
Even though the state's 29 electoral votes won't make a difference in the outcome of the Presidential election, once again Florida has a race on its hands that is too close to call. Obama held a razor-thin thin edge over Gov. Mitt Romney Wednesday, with 200,000 votes were left to be counted in Florida. All precincts have reported results, but provisional and absentee ballots are still being counted. Though it won't change the outcome of the election, many are curious as to how the popular vote in the state—and the nation—will end up, once each vote is taken into account. As of 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 7, President Barack Obama had a narrow popular vote lead nationwide, according to the Huffington Post. As of that report, Obama led …
Florida once again has a race on its hands that is too close to call.
Even though Florida's 29 electoral votes won't make a difference in the outcome of the Presidential election, Florida once again has a race on its hands that is too close to call. President Barack Obama held a razor-thin thin edge over Gov. Mitt Romney, even as 200,000 votes were left to be counted in Florida. Obama won enough battleground states to win re-election even if he doesn't win Florida. All precincts have reported results, but provisional and absentee ballots still needed to be counted. That includes 9,000 ballots that were still being counted Wednesday in Pinellas County. It isn't yet clear when a winner in Florida's Presidential race may be declared. Obama held a 0.58% lead on Wednesday afternoon. If the margin falls below 0.…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
We asked our Facebook fans how they felt about the president's re-election. Here's what they had to say.
President Barack Obama will get another four years, but not by Pasco's doing. Former Gov. Mitt Romney won the county with 52.5 percent of the vote. A total of 110,563 ballots were cast in Romney’s favor in Pasco. Obama came in second with 96,360 ballots cast in his favor, which works out to 45.81 percent, according to the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office. The county has traditionally voted Republican in presidential races, including wins for GOP candidates in 2008 and 2004. When asked how they felt about the win, Land O' Lakes readers had this to say on our Facebook page: Not good at all, things will only get worse! —Joy Coykendall Scared.—Shannon Young Can't wait until he proves us wrong! He believes in working together and as …
As President Barack Obama prepares for another four years, we want to hear your thoughts on the direction of the country.
The votes have been counted–in most states–and the speeches made. Gov. Mitt Romney had to concede and President Barack Obama gets to celebrate victory. Now it’s time to look ahead to the next four years and the challenges we face, not as Democrats, Republicans or Independents, but as Americans. That’s where you come in Tampa Bay! We want to hear your thoughts on the obstacles our country faces and your ideas for tackling them. What are your hopes for the next four years? What concerns do you have? What problems are America’s biggest? How would you solve them if you were president? Share your thoughts, ideas and solutions in the comments section.
He showed up at the sheriff's victory party after meeting his supporters at the polls earlier today.
Jason Smith spent all day Tuesday campaigning for Kim Bogart for Pasco County Sheriff. Tuesday night, Smith showed up at Sheriff Chris Nocco's victory party after leaving Bogart's event, waving his "white Nocco shirt of surrender." Smith was surrounded by Nocco supporters at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex Tuesday afternoon, exchanging playful jabs. Over time, the competition became friends. "It's kind of a cool thing," Smith said.
The sheriff, appointed to the position about a year and a half ago, won Tuesday's election by a landslide.
The voters of Pasco County have spoken. And Sheriff Chris Nocco says their voices have been heard. “People like that we’re tough on crime,” Nocco told the large crowd gathered at the Verizon building in New Port Richey Tuesday night. The evening started as a night of support, but quickly turned to a victory party as results came in shortly after early results started coming in, showing the sheriff with a hefty lead over challenger Kim Bogart. “It all starts with God,” Nocco said, thanking his supporters, volunteers, deputies, family, and especially his wife, Bridgette. Sen. Mike Fasano told the many volunteers who campaigned for Nocco that they could take the day off tomorrow. And the newly elected sheriff had a special message for a group…