Politics

Kelly Crosby Receives People’s Choice Award for St. Mary’s County Government

Kelly Crosby Receives People’s Choice Award for St. Mary’s County Government

On January 29, 2014, Corporal Kevin Meyer of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office submitted the following in support of his recommendation for Kelly Crosby to receive the People’s Choice Award for St. Mary’s County Government. As a result, Kelly was selected. Following Corporal Meyer’s recommendation are comments from deputies and Sheriff’s Office employees who...
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Marijuana Paraphernalia a Sticky Issue Under new Bill

Marijuana Paraphernalia a Sticky Issue Under new Bill

Zooming down the highway late one night, a man is exhausted, not really paying attention to the speed limit. His friend accidentally left a small baggie of marijuana in his car, along with some paper to roll it into joints, which sits in a tiny pile on the passenger seat. Police officers pull him...
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Charles County Commissioners Meeting Agendas for April 15 & 16, 2014

Charles County Commissioners Meeting Agendas for April 15 & 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL NOT BE HOLDING PUBLIC SESSION. THE COMMISSIONERS WILL BE REPRESENTING THE COUNTY AT OTHER MEETINGS AND WILL CONDUCT INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS AS SCHEDULED. THIS AGENDA IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting THE COUNTY...
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Guest Commentary: The Legislature Forgot Mental Health Again

Guest Commentary: The Legislature Forgot Mental Health Again

By Herbert Cromwell Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland In passing legislation to raise Maryland’s minimum wage, the General Assembly included a provision to increase reimbursement for community-based developmental disabilities providers 3.5% each year for four years starting July 1, 2015. The intent is to ensure that these providers are able to pay competitive...
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O’Malley Will Sign Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana

O’Malley Will Sign Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana

After a long-waged political battle, Gov. Martin O’Malley has indicated he will sign a bill that removes criminal penalties for possession 10 grams of marijuana or less. The General Assembly OKed the measure on the last day of 90-day session Monday. With no debate, the Senate voted Monday 34-8 to approve the bill, SB...
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Hot Pot Debate Ends in Close House Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana

Hot Pot Debate Ends in Close House Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana

Following hours of hot debate, negotiation and shouting, the House of Delegates Saturday approved removing criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in a 78-55 vote. The measure already approved by the Senate, SB364, would make possessing 10 grams of marijuana or less a civil offense, like a parking ticket. A first-time offender...
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House Democrats appear likely to approve decriminalizing marijuana

House Democrats appear likely to approve decriminalizing marijuana

A wave of support among House Democrats for decriminalizing marijuana is apparently forcing the House Judiciary Committee to reverse itself and approve a Senate bill, SB364, removing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The committee earlier this week had turned the legislation into a two-year study of the issue, but Del....
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Minimum Wage Hike to $10.10 Passes Senate; House Must Approve Changes

Minimum Wage Hike to $10.10 Passes Senate; House Must Approve Changes

A bill to hike the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 has reached its final hurdles after a flurry of attempts from lawmakers Friday to amend the already fragile legislation. The Senate gave preliminary approval to the legislation, HB295, a chief priority of Gov. Martin O’Malley,  that would boost Maryland’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2018. After...
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State Roundup, April 4, 2014

State Roundup, April 4, 2014

BUDGET AGREEMENT: House and Senate negotiators working out their differences in the $38.7 billion state budget reached agreement Thursday evening, eliminating provisions on stormwater fees and “House of Cards” property, writes Jeremy Bauer-Wolf for MarylandReporter.com. A joint conference committee on the budget agreed to provide up to $18.5 million in film tax credits, significantly more than the...
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Letter to the Editor from Ellen Sauerbrey on Prevailing Wage

Letter to the Editor from Ellen Sauerbrey on Prevailing Wage

Letter to the Editor, In a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars, Maryland counties will be forced to pay more for school construction as well as roads, wastewater treatment plants and other public works projects thanks to the legislature taking a bad law and making it even worse. The 2014 General Assembly has passed legislation...
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Two Letters with Differing Opinions on Candidate Sue Kullen for Delegate

Two Letters with Differing Opinions on Candidate Sue Kullen for Delegate

Letter from Alicia Yowell Sue Kullen is not a far left leaning Democrat as her opponents have tried desperately to portray her. I have known Sue for over 30 years and we have had many political conversations over the years. I would consider myself more on the liberal side and Sue tactfully will always...
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MDA Reminds Marylanders to Protect Waterways & Chesapeake Bay

MDA Reminds Marylanders to Protect Waterways & Chesapeake Bay

Follow New Lawn Fertilizer Law Now that spring is finally here, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) reminds homeowners and lawn care professionals that responsible lawn care practices can make a big difference for the health of streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland’s new lawn fertilizer law took effect October 1, 2013, and...
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Leonardtown Election and Deadline for Filing as Candidate

Leonardtown Election and Deadline for Filing as Candidate

Election of three (3) Council Members of the Town of Leonardtown will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Notice is hereby given that an election of three (3) Council members of Leonardtown shall be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, and that the polls shall be open at the Town Office, 41660 Courthouse...
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Maryland Republican Party Denounces the Non Vote on Pay Raises

Maryland Republican Party Denounces the Non Vote on Pay Raises

Today the Maryland Republican Party denounced the legislature’s decision not to vote on their own pay raises during this session, effectively leading to a 15.7% pay raise for legislators over the next four years. Maryland Republicans in the House and Senate repeatedly tried to get an up or down vote on this issue, but...
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Capital Budget Will Trigger Property Tax Increase

Capital Budget Will Trigger Property Tax Increase

According to Delegate Herb McMillan, this Capital Budget will trigger a property tax increase. The Capital Budget is funded with property taxes; but spending has reached a point where property taxes will have to be increased to fund the capital budget (or subsidized by the General Fund to pay for the increased spending). As...
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Calvert Library Showing “Gravity”

Calvert Library Showing “Gravity”

On Wednesday, May 7, join Calvert Library Prince Frederick for an Academy Award winning film that defies gravity. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this critically-acclaimed science fiction thriller. When things go awry during an astronaut’s final spacewalk, she is left struggling to survive without any contact with Earth. Winner of seven academy...
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Charles County Charter Board Scheduled to Meet on April 10 and 24

Charles County Charter Board Scheduled to Meet on April 10 and 24

Public hearing to be held on April 28 The Charter Board will meet on Thursday, April 10 and Thursday, April 24, at 6:30 pm, at the County Government Building in the Government Building Conference Room, 200 Baltimore Street in La Plata. A public hearing will be held on Monday, April 28, at 6:30 pm,...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioners to Hold April Public Forum

St. Mary’s County Commissioners to Hold April Public Forum

The St. Mary’s County Commissioners will hold their April Public Forum at the Northern Senior Activity Center, at 29655 Charlotte Hall Road, in Charlotte Hall, at 6:30 p.m. )Tuesday, April 1, 2014.    
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Calvert BOCC Vice President Weems Running for Second Term

Calvert BOCC Vice President Weems Running for Second Term

County Commissioner Steven R. Weems was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2010 and currently serves as board vice president. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Frostburg State University. Commissioner Weems is a businessman with over 25 years of experience in business. His current business endeavor, Wemyss Liquors in St....
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Calvert Commissioners Send Letter Regarding Dominion to FERC

Calvert Commissioners Send Letter Regarding Dominion to FERC

Letter to FERC regarding Senators Mikulski & Cardin’s Request March 18, 2014 The Honorable Cheryl A. LaFleur, Acting Chair The Honorable Philip D. Moeller The Honorable John R. Norris The Honorable Tony Clark Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 888 First Street NE, Room 11H Washington, DC 20426 Re: Docket No. CP13-113-000, Dominion Cove Point LNG,...
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MFRW to Hold Board of Director’s Meeting in Solomons

MFRW to Hold Board of Director’s Meeting in Solomons

The Maryland Federation of Republican Women, a statewide organization, is having their Annual Spring Board of Director’s Meeting & Conference at the Holiday Inn Solomons on April 11-12, 2014. On the evening of the 11th, the public is invited to a special Republican Governor Primary Candidate Forum, sponsored by the MFRW. All governor candidates...
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Candidate For Calvert County Commissioner Withdraws from Race

Candidate For Calvert County Commissioner Withdraws from Race

County Commissioner Candidate, Nance Pretto Simmons issued the following statement: “It is with extreme sadness and reservation that I am withdrawing my candidacy for county commissioner due to a sudden personal development. I wish my fellow candidates (many of whom I have told personally) the very best of luck! May you always run the...
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Harford County Executive Craig on Governor’s Budget

Harford County Executive Craig on Governor’s Budget

Today, Harford County Executive and Republican candidate for governor, David R. Craig released a statement on Governor Martin O’Malley’s plan to use $100 million from the pension system to close a deficit in his budget. “It’s unfortunate that the Governor treats the pension system as his own piggy bank. And more disappointing is the...
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Maryland Delegate George on the Md Health Exchange

Maryland Delegate George on the Md Health Exchange

Renews calls for federal prosecutor to investigate influence of large corporate donors in procurement process Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron George has issued the following statement regarding the O’Malley/Brown administration’s decision to abandon the Maryland Health Exchange for a Connecticut model: “We cannot allow the O’Malley/Brown administration to get away with wiping this scandal under...
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Every GOP Budget Cut Clobbered by Dems

Every GOP Budget Cut Clobbered by Dems

Republican legislators applied their usual persistence in trying to trim the Maryland budget Wednesday and were rewarded with their usual result: Every one of the dozen amendments they offered to reduce spending were defeated by overwhelming Democratic majorities. Cut about 2% of spending across the board, allowing spending to grow by just 1% —...
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