Saturday, February 2, 2013
Do you believe Obama's gun control proposals will help prevent school shootings?
Another school shooting took place in Atlanta Thursday, the Huffington Post reports. A student opened fire at Price Middle School, shooting a 14-year-old in the neck before being stopped by an armed officer at the school. The wounded boy was taken to a nearby hospital and later discharged, the website reports. The school does have metal detectors, and it’s unclear how the weapon got inside, Fox Atlanta reports. This incident is the latest school shooting in recent months. Most notably, 26 people, mostly elementary school children, were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. in December. The Newtown shooting sparked a nationwide debate over gun control. President Obama made several proposals regarding the topic in …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
President Barack Obama was reelected this week.
President Barack Obama won a second term this week, winning by a wide margin in the electoral colllege and winning more than 50 percent of the popular vote. The 2012 election was unique for many reasons. It was the first presidential election since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. The ruling allowed unlimited donations to flow to so-called super PACs. Slate reported that the super PACs spent a total of $1 billion on the campaign. Obama was reelected despite a relatively high unemployment rate of 7.9 percent. Business Week noted that not since FDR has a president been reelected with such a high unemployment rate. The result was not a surprise to everyone. The New York Times' Nate Silver predicted Obama had a better than 90 percent …
Monday, November 5, 2012
CNN's interactive map allows voters to predict which candidate will win each state and see who reaches 270 electoral votes first.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Follow CNN's instructions and click on a state to choose Obama, click again to choose Romney. Or, click on a state and use the buttons in the right-hand column to make your selections.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Northwest suburban Democrats will watch the State of the Union address at Durty Nellie's in Palatine Jan. 24.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Northwest suburban Democrats will gather on Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., at Durty Nellie's Pub, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, to watch President Obama give his annual State of the Union address. The President's speech is scheduled for 8 p.m. "More than 100 people attended last year's event, and we're expecting a good turnout again," stated Matt Flamm, one of the organizers of the event, in a press release. Food and drink will be available for purchase. The event is co-hosted by Obama for America, Northwest Suburbs of Chicago for Obama!, Palatine Township Democrats, Wheeling Township Democrats, Tenth Congressional District Democrats, and Central & Western Lake County Democrats. Information submitted by Northwest Suburbs of …
Sunday, May 1, 2011
U.S. forces have killed Osama bin Laden following a firefight in Pakistan.
Osama Bin Laden has been killed after a firefight in Pakistan Sunday. President Barack Obama addressed the nation at about 10:35 p.m. Obama confirmed that bin Laden was killed in a U.S. operation. Obama said bin Laden was hiding in a compound deep inside Pakistan. He said last week the CIA had gathered enough intelligence that he authorized a targeted action against the compound. A small team of Americans carried out the operation, after a firefight bin Laden was killed and his body secured. The President said that no Americans were injured or killed in the operation. "The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al-Qaida," Obama said. "Yet his death does not mark the end of our …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Several Democratic Party organizations held a State of the Union party at Durty Nellie's Tuesday, Jan. 25.
A crowd of about 150 filled Durty Nellie's Tuesday night. Unlike most evenings the attraction was not a rock band, but President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. The crowd watched the address on huge screens and cheered when the the speech struck a chord. The State of the Union party was sponsored by several Democratic organizations. "I liked that the tone wasn't partisan," said 50-year-old Palatine resident Merri Bizjack. "I consider myself a centrist. I wish people would see that that's who he is. He is very practical and pragmatic." Obama began by addressing the shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., in which six people were killed and 13 injured. Among the wounded was Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Obama said that …
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Students performed Dec. 11 for White House Holiday Open House.
How many high school band students, or instrumentalists of any age, can say they performed at the White House? Seven local students and their director now have that distinction. The Palatine High School Brass Ensemble played a very special out of town concert Saturday, Dec. 11. The group was invited by the White House to perform for the annual Holiday Open House for members of the White House staff and their guests. "This performance is one of the very top highlights of my 31 year career. It was an honor and a privilege to perform at the White House," said Band Director and Music Department Chair Raeleen Horn. They played several sets of 21 traditional Christmas songs over the course of two hours, she said. The members of the Brass …