Wednesday, November 7, 2012
They say women's rights were at stake in the 2012 election.
One day after President Barack Obama defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney, securing a second term in the White House and earning support from the majority of Hillsborough County voters, female voters in Tampa Bay reacted to the news with one emotion: Relief. "My first reaction was, 'Thank God,' said Susan Long, a Seminole Heights civic activist. "We are going to keep health care for young adults and old people. All those things like Planned Parenthood will be there, and reduced cost birth control and cancer screenings, which Mr. Romney wanted to eliminate." Long, who wore a button for two weeks that said "Women for Obama," said Romney's stance on women's issues should have deterred them from voting for him. "I don't understand how any…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The site is Northeast United Methodist Church, 6400 N. 15th St. in Seminole Heights.
It's sticky and black, and it caused Kimberly Overman concern. The "Road Closed Wet Tar" signs on 15th Street near Northeast United Methodist Church, a polling location on Election Day in Seminole Heights, seemed to have appeared overnight. Overman, a canvasser with President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, wondered if voters - who had the option of parking in the church's lot at 6400 N. 15th St. - would be confused because of the signs. Would they drive off instead of voting? "The problem is, the city had to call HARTline to re-route the busline, yet they don't do anything to help voters try to get to this site," Overman said. "It says, 'Road Closed, Wet Tar.' It's confusing. People are having difficulty getting around it." So …
Voters came by in a constant stream at the C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library on Tuesday morning.
The line of voters at C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library snaked toward the parking lot on Tuesday morning. Some voters gripped umbrellas. Others wore caps or ponchos, or huddled under the library's entrance in an attempt to stay dry before casting their vote on Election Day. Melvin Doyle, a Tampa resident of 66 years, said he was voting on Tuesday, rain or shine. The retiree said the lackluster economy was the issue he was most adamant about. "I don't have a problem with the weather," he said, holding an umbrella. "People need to come out so we can work together. Some people don't know what he (President Barack Obama) meant when he said 'change.' We have someone (in office) who wants to do something."
The line remained steady at the C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library at 2607 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The line began at 6 a.m. Voting wouldn't officially start for another hour, but that didn't deter Seminole Heights and east Tampa residents from waiting outside the C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library at 2607 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on an overcast Tuesday morning. As rain fell on both poll workers and voters, cars lined 26th Street near a cemetery. Election signs buckled from the raindrops and leaned toward the ground. Standing on the corner of 26th Street and East 33rd Street, poll worker Loretha Barthel said Seminole Heights residents often vote at the Blythe library, and were prepared for wet weather on Election Day. "People had chairs and umbrellas when I got here at 6:30 a.m.," she said. "They were lined up and ready to go. …
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Saturday, October 27, 2012
The Seffner residents arrived at 2 p.m. to get a spot in the front of the line.
Three Hillsborough County School District employees arrived at Land O' Lakes High School at 2 p.m. Saturday to make sure they were among the first inside for Mitt Romney rally. "We know we need to get (President Barack) Obama out," Donna Posey said. "This country can't last another four years with him." Posey and her husband, Robert, of Seffner, said they wanted to avoid the lines and ensure they got a good spot once inside, she said. The Poseys were joined by friend and former colleague Kathy Giel of Seminole Heights, a retired Hillsborough school district employee. And while they were waiting patiently at the front of the line to enter John Benedetto Stadium, where gates opened at about 4:30 p.m., about a dozen members of the Pasco …
Monday, October 22, 2012
President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney debate one last time Monday night in Boca Raton.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Tell us who you think won: Obama vs. Romney: Who Won the 3rd Debate? Tonight is the big battle in Boca Raton, as Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama debate in Florida for their final presidential candidates' forum This is the third and final presidential debate, and it will air at 9 p.m EST on Monday, Oct. 22. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day. The questions are suppose to cover foreign policy, but as we've found out in each of the debates, any topic can come up. Whether you're in Boca or sitting on a Banyan tree, you can join Patch for a live chat tonight starting at 8:45 p.m. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live…
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Gov. Mitt Romney and his supporters continued to tout his strong debate performance from Wednesday night, in hopes to build momentum before the November election.
Off the heels of a strong debate performance Wednesday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hammered home his plan Friday at St. Pete Pier Park in front of thousands of supporters. “I enjoyed that debate a couple nights ago,” Romney said with a big smile. He said he was able to ask the president directly about his "failed" jobs and economic policies. He said if Obama is re-elected and the current debt rate continues, “That would be $20 trillion, if he would be re-elected,” Romney said. “That would put in jeopardy the American Dream. I’m going to make sure we cut and cap federal (spending)." Ann Romney, who introduced her husband Friday, said the debates gave Americans the chance to “see the real Mitt Romney.” “I was so thrilled at the …
Friday, September 28, 2012
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Sunday, September 9, 2012
The free quiz takes an in-depth look at your stance on a range of issues, then compares them to candidates' responses.
Election season has heated up with voters casting ballots in Florida's primary election on Tuesday. Based on the conversations we're seeing on Patch, there are a wide variety of issues that concern Seminole Heights readers when it comes to who will end up in the White House. But do you really know which presidential candidate best matches your stance on those issues? A new website launched earlier this year to help voters match up with their ideal candidate, and it's quickly gaining popularity through social media channels. In fact, according to iSideWith.com's homepage, more than a million people have taken the free quiz to determine their ideal candidate since it launched in March. The quiz covers everything from social issues to …