Monday, November 12, 2012
The Oakland County executive proved he's a stand-up guy during an Election Night appearance in Royal Oak.
As Democrats celebrated election victories Tuesday in Michigan and across the country, the mood at the Emagine Royal Oak theater complex, where more than 200 Oakland County Republicans gathered, was a mixed bag. That is, until L. Brooks Patterson, 73, changed the energy of room. “He gave some remarks and then he told us he had a surprise for us – and then he stood up on his own,” said former Royal Oak Mayor Dennis Cowan. “Everyone burst into applause.” Patterson, elected to his sixth term as Oakland County Executive on Nov. 6, was injured in a crash in August that left him hospitalized at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac for five weeks after suffering almost a dozen broken bones. He returned to work in October using a wheelchair and …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Are you surprised at my tears, sir? Even President Barack Obama cries.
A video of President Barack Obama thanking his campaign staff went viral on Friday. The reason? It featured the reelected president welling up as he reminisced about his humble beginnings in Chicago. After a long, hard-fought campaign — undoubtedly the president's last — it's hard to begrudge the man a few wistful tears. But not everybody thinks Obama is genuine, even in this YouTube video of an unguarded moment in front of close-knit young staffers. So we put it to you: What do you think of the president's tears? For the latest Royal Oak news and information, "like" Royal Oak Patch on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our daily newsletter.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A majority of Troy residents voted to remove embattled Troy Mayor Janice Daniels from office Tuesday.
The people of Troy voted 52 percent to 48 percent to recall Mayor Janice Daniels on Tuesday. The votes were 20,763 to 18,993, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Clerk, with all precincts reporting. The recall effort drew support from Southeastern Oakland County where County Commissioner Craig Covey, who currently represents the southern part of Royal Oak, helped raise funds for the recall effort against Daniels. Covey got involved in part because of homophobic remarks to made Troy high school students, reporters, and on Facebook. Daniels comments hurt the entire region, Covey said. It all started with a Facebook status update containing a gay slur that then-private citizen Daniels posted on her wall in June of 2011. …
The final results are in and 67 percent of voters say 'yes' to the public safety millage.
Voters in Royal Oak went to the polls Tuesday to choose a judge to serve them in the 44th District Court as well as decide on a public safety millage and a school district building and site sinking fund tax proposal. Voters also chose representatives to serve them on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and in the Michigan House. The races are in addition to the presidential contest and a slew of state ballot proposals and decisions on federal, state and county-level offices. 10:30 p.m. – At the Royal Oak Elks Lodge, Derek Meinecke celebrated with more than 100 supporters, including Judge Terence Brennan and retiring Judge Daniel Sawicki. Of 24,542 votes cast in the the 44th District Court race for Sawicki's seat, 13,358 were for …
Oakland County voters elected an executive, clerk, sheriff and treasurer at the polls Tuesday.
5:30 AM: All precincts have been counted. Check the table above for final unofficial vote tallies. 1:20 AM L. Brooks Patterson kept his lead, with 499 of 522 precincts reporting. Also, Andy Meisner, Michael Bouchard and Jessica Cooper are continued to lead their opponents. Challenger Lisa Brown was stil leading incumbent County Clerk Bill Bullard. 11:52 PM With 75 percent of ballots counted, voter turnout looks to be about 65 percent in Oakland County. 10:40 PM: With more than half the precincts in Oakland County reporting, incumbents L. Brooks Patterson, Andy Meisner, Michael Bouchard and Jessica Cooper are continuing to lead their opponents. Challenger Lisa Brown is stil leading incumbent County Clerk Bill Bullard. 9:13 PM: Some …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Exit polls show voters backing Barack Obama; national media give the state's 16 electoral votes to the president.
The polls have not been closed long, but based on exit polls results several media organizations have declared President Barack Obama the winner of Michigan's 16 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican and native son Mitt Romney. NBC, NPR, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post all have declared Obama the winner. Media outlets also have called the overall race for Obama. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and in recent elections has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Michigan. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. The economy was a key …
Michigan's voting goes until 8 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close earlier.
Michigan voters have until 8 p.m. Eastern to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key swing states ends as much as an hour earlier, and exit polling could provide an early clue whether President Obama or Mitt Romney is closer to the White House. The earliest key state to watch is Virginia, where polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern. Voting ends 30 minutes later in the swing states of Ohio and North Carolina. As Michigan's polls close, the swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls, too. Nevada and Iowa, two other swing states that could prove pivotal in this year's presidential election, close voting at 10 p.m. Eastern. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
Reports on the party's Facebook page say callers from out-of-state give incorrect polling and candidate endorsement information.
Oakland County Democrats report tonight that they're getting "robocalls" with wildly inaccurate election information from people who claim to represent the Obama for America campaign and their own party. On the party's Facebook page, Birmingham resident Nancy Skinner posted a video she shared on YouTube.com with a caller saying that her polling place is the First Baptist Haitian Church, which doesn't exist in Birmingham. Patch has confirmed that the phone number mentioned in the call belongs to an Obama for America field office and has contacted the campaign to determine whether the calls actually came from Obama for America. Others who posted said they received calls from Seattle, WA claiming that Oakland County Democrats are …
Planning to vote in Royal Oak today? Make sure you know where you're headed.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
It's Election Day! All across Michigan, voters are heading to the polls to cast ballots in national, state and local races. Before you head to your polling place in Royal Oak, take a look at this checklist to make sure you have everything you need to successfully exercise your constitutional right. All polls are open 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Your precinct may have changed due to redistricting. Use this chart to find your polling precinct in Royal Oak. If you are unsure of your precinct number, use the Publius guide above. Michigan voters are required to show photo ID, either a driver's license or state issued ID, at the polls. If you forget, or do not have an acceptable form of ID, you can still vote, but must sign a brief affidavit stating …
Monday, November 5, 2012
On Nov. 6, Royal Oak voters will face yes or no vote on six statewide proposals ranging from a new bridge to Canada to the emergency manager law.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Royal Oak voters will have to make many decisions in the November election, including yes or no votes on six state proposals on issues that range from a new bridge to Canada to collective bargaining. Here are the six state proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot in Michigan. For more information on the state ballot proposals, go to Vote411.org and to Ballotpedia. How would you vote on these proposals? RELATED: