Wednesday, November 7, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Love 'em or hate 'em, the candidates' visits to the Tampa Bay area probably won't stop anytime soon. What do you think of politicians coming to your town?
With Florida a battleground state – and Tampa Bay considered key to the presidential election – campaigning has been nonstop in 2012. The showdowns started with the Florida Primary in January, when Republican presidential hopefuls started descending on Tampa Bay. They intensified when the Republican National Convention came to town last month, with GOP nominee Gov. Mitt Romney and his crew bringing major buzz and more than a little disruption to downtown Tampa. Things heated up again recently, as President Barack Obama stopped in Seminole, Ann Romney came to Largo and Paul Ryan, Romney's VP pick, visited Oldsmar Saturday. Campaign visits: Love 'em or hate 'em, but don't expect them to end anytime soon. No, with Florida a critical state in …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Politicians on both sides of the aisle are asking constituents whether they are better off now than they were four years ago. We want to know what the Tampa Bay area thinks.
It’s a simple question being asked all over America by Democrats and Republicans alike: Are you better off than you were four years ago? Although seemingly simple, the answer to the question is likely to have a big impact when people go to the polls in November. After all, the answer to the question is deeply personal and is likely to prove rather motivating for voters. To justify their stances on various issues, politicians on both sides of the aisle have stated their own answers to this question. Democrats say it’s getting better or is better. Republicans point to elevated unemployment numbers, high foreclosure rates and record numbers of people on food stamps and other forms of government assistance when answering this question with a …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Sarasota and state politicians react to today's Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
Today the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and its individual mandate, 5-4. Local and state officials were quick to offer a response to today's historic decision, using social media — Facebook, Twitter — and traditional media. Gov. Rick Scott: "The Justices have declared that the central provision of ObamaCare is a judicially mandated tax. A new tax pure and simple. This is just another burden the federal government has put on American families and small businesses, while the economy struggles to recover." Sen. Marco Rubio: "Now that we know #Obamacare is indeed a #jobkilling #Tax we should move to #RepealObamacare as soon as possible." State Rep. Rick Kriseman: "It is my hope that Rick Scott, Pam Bondi will now …
In a 110-page decision Thursday, the Supreme Court affirmed its support for a major health reform that will transform how care is delivered. Was the court correct?
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, ruled in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Thursday. The landmark decision is likely to affect every American for years to come. Most immediately, it will enable the health care reforms – passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama – to take effect. They had been mired in lawsuits in lower courts. What do you think? Was it the right decision for you and your family? Voice your views in the comments section below. Dubbed ObamaCare, the reform package mandates that everyone pay into the health care coverage system. It requires individuals not covered by an employer or the government to buy health insurance. The ruling focused on the constitutionality of President Obama's…