Politics

St. Mary’s County Commissioners Approve Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

St. Mary’s County Commissioners Approve Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have approved the $253,113,474 fiscal year 2020 General Fund budget. The figure represents a 10 percent increase over fiscal 2019, including other financing sources. Funding for education, county departments and elected officials, along with public safety, accounts for nearly 82 percent of the General Fund budget. The adopted...
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Governor Hogan Signs Measures to Add Marylanders to Health Insurance Rolls, Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Governor Hogan Signs Measures to Add Marylanders to Health Insurance Rolls, Raise Tobacco Age to 21

Governor Larry Hogan signed a number of critical health care and crime prevention measures, including legislation that will add more Marylanders to the health insurance rolls, and raise the minimum age tobacco can be sold to 21 amid an epidemic of teen vaping. The governor also signed Laura and Reid’s Law, which introduces tougher...
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FOP Letter to the Editor

FOP Letter to the Editor

The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #7 for St. Mary’s County submitted the following letter to the editor: Dear Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #7 for St. Mary’s County is writing you this letter to address the issue of the pay disparity between our agency, the Maryland State...
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Franchot to Celebrate Small Business Appreciation Week

Franchot to Celebrate Small Business Appreciation Week

Comptroller Peter Franchot will visit small businesses throughout Maryland next week in recognition of Small Business Appreciation Week, which runs from May 5-11. “From Oakland to Ocean City, small businesses are the beating heart of our state’s economy,” said Comptroller Franchot. “These companies create jobs, provide necessary services, invest in local communities, drive innovation...
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Governor Hogan Signs Important Crime and Public Safety Measures Into Law

Governor Hogan Signs Important Crime and Public Safety Measures Into Law

Governor Larry Hogan signed into law several important measures to improve public safety. These are among 195 bills the governor signed today alongside Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones. “We are very proud to enact these critical public safety measures to continue to make our state safer,” said...
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Calvert County, Md., Receives AAA Credit Ratings for Fourth Consecutive Year

Calvert County, Md., Receives AAA Credit Ratings for Fourth Consecutive Year

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announces the county has, for the fourth consecutive year, received AAA credit ratings from three independent credit rating agencies. Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Services and S&P Global Ratings assigned Calvert County their highest ratings due to the county’s strong economy, robust revenues and sound financial management....
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Pres Release: “Maryland’s Fight for $15 Coalition” Statement on Override of Hogan’s Veto: Maryland Minimum Wage Bill

Pres Release: “Maryland’s Fight for $15 Coalition” Statement on Override of Hogan’s Veto: Maryland Minimum Wage Bill

Ricarra Jones of Maryland’s Fight for $15 Coalition released the following statement on behalf of the Coalition after the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the minimum wage bill: “We are thrilled the Maryland General Assembly did what was needed in Maryland and overrode Governor Hogan’s veto today to...
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PRESS RELEASE: Governor Larry Hogan Uses Veto to Protect Maryland Jobs and Economy

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Larry Hogan Uses Veto to Protect Maryland Jobs and Economy

Governor Larry Hogan today vetoed Senate Bill 280 and House Bill 166 – Labor and Employment – Payment of Wages – Minimum Wage, saying it “could cost us jobs, negatively impact our economic competitiveness, and devastate our state’s economy.” Read the governor’s veto letter, which emphasizes three key points: This measure would cost Maryland more...
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Letter to the Editor – Maryland’s Move Over Law

Letter to the Editor – Maryland’s Move Over Law

Every day more than 16,000 Maryland law enforcement officers say goodbye to their families and head out to protect and serve their communities. As a police officer, both you and your family know the risks of the job when you’re sworn in to wear the badge – impaired drivers, weapons, domestic incidents gone wrong,...
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Out-of-State Drivers owe Maryland $102 Million in Tolls and the State Wants to Collect

Out-of-State Drivers owe Maryland $102 Million in Tolls and the State Wants to Collect

Out-of-state drivers have racked up $102 million in unpaid video tolls and fines in Maryland, and lawmakers pushing a bill through the General Assembly want them to pay up. HB105, debated in the House of Delegates Wednesday, would enable the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) to hire an outside debt collection agency to collect the...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Cabinet Appointment

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Cabinet Appointment

Governor Larry Hogan today announced Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio as the Secretary of Natural Resources. Haddaway-Riccio currently serves as a Deputy Chief of Staff in the governor’s office, where she advises on environmental-related issues. “Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio has been a strong member of my executive team since day one and has a proven track record of working to...
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Bailey Statement on Funding for the University System of Maryland Academic and Research Center

Bailey Statement on Funding for the University System of Maryland Academic and Research Center

Senator Jack Bailey released the following statement today after the Governor’s inclusion of $11,953,000 in Maryland’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget to complete the design and begin construction of the University of Maryland Academic and Research Center at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, also known as the ‘Third Building’ at the Regional Higher Education...
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Judge Karen Abrams selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Judge Karen Abrams selected to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Former Maryland Circuit Court Judge, the Honorable Karen Abrams, has been selected by the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women to receive the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Judge Abrams’ community activities have included membership on the following boards: United Way of St. Mary’s County, St. Mary’s Nursing Center Foundation, Calvert Marine Museum and Calvert...
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David Weiskopf Appointed County Attorney for St. Mary’s County

David Weiskopf Appointed County Attorney for St. Mary’s County

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have appointed David Weiskopf County Attorney. Mr. Weiskopf has served as Acting county Attorney since October 5, 2017. He has been with St. Mary’s County Government since July 15, 2008 when he was hired as Deputy County Attorney. “We are pleased to officially appoint David as our next...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Over $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Over $3.5 Billion “Building Opportunity Fund” School Construction Initiative

Governor Larry Hogan announced a major initiative to make a historic investment in school construction projects across the state. Called the Building Opportunity Fund, the governor unveiled plans to submit legislation during the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly to provide $1.9 billion in new school construction funding over five years. This proposed new funding...
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VIDEO: Sheriff Cameron Elected to Historic Fourth Term

VIDEO: Sheriff Cameron Elected to Historic Fourth Term

Tim Cameron was re-elected on Election Day to a historic fourth consecutive term as Sheriff of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. No other Sheriff in St. Mary’s had reached that milestone in the office’s 381-year history. Only one other Sheriff served four terms in St. Mary’s County in that span, but those were non-consecutive terms....
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Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for St. Mary’s County

Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for St. Mary’s County

Governor / Lt. Governor Vote for 1 (36 of 36 election day precincts reported) Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage Larry Hogan and Boyd K. Rutherford Republican 7,216 21,971 0 29,187 76.8% Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull Democratic 2,383 5,870 0 8,253 21.7% Shawn Quinn and Christina Smith Libertarian...
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Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Charles County

Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Charles County

Governor / Lt. Governor Vote for 1 (43 of 43 election day precincts reported) Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage Larry Hogan and Boyd K. Rutherford Republican 7,873 22,421 0 30,294 49.6% Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull Democratic 8,628 21,646 0 30,274 49.6% Shawn Quinn and Christina Smith Libertarian...
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Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Calvert County

Unofficial 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Calvert County

Governor / Lt. Governor Vote for 1 (23 of 23 election day precincts reported) Name Party Early Voting Election Day Absentee / Provisional Total Percentage Larry Hogan and Boyd K. Rutherford Republican 6,176 21,923 0 28,099 76.0% Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull Democratic 2,484 5,968 0 8,452 22.9% Shawn Quinn and Christina Smith Libertarian...
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Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

Important Election Information for the 2018 General Election

For the 2018 General Election, voters may vote in person or by absentee ballot. To vote in person, voters who reside in St. Mary’s County may vote before Election Day at a designated early voting center in St. Mary’s County or on Election Day at the polling place for their residence in St. Mary’s County. Early...
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Letter to the Editor: Endorsement of Sheriff Tim Cameron by Richard Fritz, State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County

Letter to the Editor: Endorsement of Sheriff Tim Cameron by Richard Fritz, State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County

As State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County, I fully support and endorse Sheriff Tim Cameron’s reelection bid for Sheriff of St. Mary’s County. Over the past twelve years, as State’s Attorney, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Sheriff Cameron and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Department, and I highly...
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Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election is Approaching

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election is Approaching

The deadline to request a 2018 Gubernatorial General Election absentee ballot for mail delivery is Tuesday, October 30.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the general election for internet delivery is Friday, November 2. Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot. A voter who wishes to vote by absentee ballot may request an absentee ballot...
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VIDEO: St. Mary’s County Candidates Forum for Sheriff, 2018

VIDEO: St. Mary’s County Candidates Forum for Sheriff, 2018

The St. Mary’s County League of Women Voters and the NAACP held a Candidates Forum at the Lexington Park Library on October 2, 2018. The candidates running for sheriff in St. Mary’s County are incumbent Tim Cameron, a Republican; and Ted Belleavoine, the Democratic challenger. 
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See What New Laws Went Into Effect in Maryland this Week

See What New Laws Went Into Effect in Maryland this Week

Scores of laws passed during this year’s General Assembly session go into effect Monday. Some key new laws Oct. 1 include measures to: Ban spoofing phone calls Stop the distribution of electronic cigarettes to minors Create a new extreme risk protective order (red flag) that will take guns away from alleged abusers Shrink the period...
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Important 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Deadlines

Important 2018 Gubernatorial General Election Deadlines

Important deadlines for the upcoming 2018 Gubernatorial General Election are approaching. The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address, and request an alternate polling place for this election is 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. To vote in the upcoming general election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are...
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