Politics

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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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Judicial Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Judicial Appointments

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointments of Pamela Knoop Alban, Elizabeth Sheree Morris, and Robert Jeffrey Thompson to fill three vacancies on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. The seats became vacant following the recent retirements of Judge Paul F. Harris, Jr., Judge Paul Goetzke, and Judge Michele Jaklitsch. The governor made the...
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2018 State of the County Video Report and Executive Summary now Available for Viewing

Citizens wanting to learn more about progress made by the county during the last fiscal year can view the 2018 State of the County video report. The 22 minute report highlights accomplishments made on projects and programs undertaken in 2017 and 2018. The report also looks ahead to projects currently underway, including the new...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces New Parental Leave Policy for State Employees; Provides 60 Days of Paid Leave

Governor Larry Hogan Announces New Parental Leave Policy for State Employees; Provides 60 Days of Paid Leave

Governor Larry Hogan today announced a new parental leave policy for Maryland state employees, which will provide up to an additional 60 days of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child under six years old. To provide more flexibility for working parents, the 60 days may be used any time within...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Health Insurance Premium Rate Decreases

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Health Insurance Premium Rate Decreases

Governor Larry Hogan today announced approval of an average 13.2 percent premium rate decrease for individual health insurance plans with an effective date of January 1, 2019. These rates reflect the impact of Maryland’s 1332 State Innovation Waiver, which creates a State Reinsurance Program to help stabilize Maryland’s individual health insurance market and prevent...
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Senate Passage of Opioid Legislation Includes Important Resources for Maryland

Senate Passage of Opioid Legislation Includes Important Resources for Maryland

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) applauded the Senate’s passage of the bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which will help address this public health epidemic and the ripple effects of the crisis on children, families, and communities. In addition, as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Van Hollen helped secure...
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New Regulations for Lawn Fertilizer Use to Take Effect in October

New Regulations for Lawn Fertilizer Use to Take Effect in October

The Maryland Department of Agriculture has announced that new regulations regarding the use of fertilizer products will take effect October 1 as a result of changes made to Maryland’s Lawn Fertilizer Law during the 2018 legislative session. The changes make regulations for organic fertilizer products consistent with those for synthetic products. Additionally, they give...
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Hoyer Hosts Discussion on Public Safety in Charles County

Hoyer Hosts Discussion on Public Safety in Charles County

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer joined Senator Chris Van Hollen  and local officials at a roundtable to discuss public safety needs and the opioid crisis in Charles County. “I thank Senator Van Hollen for organizing this important discussion on public safety today,” said Congressman Hoyer. “I appreciated hearing from local leaders, school administrators, clergy, law enforcement...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioners Honor U.S. Constitution

St. Mary’s County Commissioners Honor U.S. Constitution

The Constitution of the United States is recognized as the guardian of civil liberties. It embodies the principles of government in a Republic dedicated to rule by law.  September 17 marked the 231st anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution by the Constitutional Convention. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have issued a proclamation...
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Senate Passes Cardin Measures to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Senate Passes Cardin Measures to Fight Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin lauded Senate passage today of a package of bills to tackle the opioid epidemic facing the country. Included in the package are Cardin provisions that would expand the use of telehealth services for the treatment of opioid use, bundle payments for medication-assisted treatment under Medicare, study the expansion of successful peer support services and...
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Hogan Administration Announces $12 Million in Highway Safety Grants

Hogan Administration Announces $12 Million in Highway Safety Grants

As part of ongoing efforts to prevent traffic crashes and save lives on Maryland roads, Governor Larry Hogan today announced that $12 million in federal highway safety funds will be granted to approximately 90 agencies and organizations across the state with the goal of reducing crashes and related injuries and deaths. “The safety of our...
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Governor Larry Hogan Announces Maryland Reaches 10,000 Registered Apprentices

Governor Larry Hogan Announces Maryland Reaches 10,000 Registered Apprentices

Governor Larry Hogan and Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz today announced that Maryland has reached more than 10,000 registered apprentices currently earning and learning in the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program – the highest participation rate since 2008. The announcement was made during the September meeting of the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council (MATC),...
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Former Prince George’s County State Delegate Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Accepting Bribes and for Conspiracy

Former Prince George’s County State Delegate Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Accepting Bribes and for Conspiracy

U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced former Maryland State Delegate Michael Lynn Vaughn, 60, of Bowie, to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a bribery conspiracy in connection with a scheme in which he accepted bribes in exchange for influencing the performance of his official duties. A federal...
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Charles County Implements New Tow Program Tow Companies Requested to Submit Application for Tow Service Permit

Charles County Implements New Tow Program Tow Companies Requested to Submit Application for Tow Service Permit

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has begun the process of implementing legislation that was signed into law regarding tow services in Charles County. House Bill 1320, which passed in March 2017 and was initiated by Sergeant Jon Burroughs of the CCSO Traffic Operations Unit, ensures oversight and regulation of towing operations within Charles County....
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Bailey Receives Endorsement from Delegate Mark Fisher

Bailey Receives Endorsement from Delegate Mark Fisher

From Delegate Mark Fisher (R -District 27C) I am pleased to join Governor Larry Hogan and offer my endorsement of Jack Bailey for State Senate in District 29. We need a proven leader in Annapolis who will work with our delegation and with our governor. Jack has served the State of Maryland for 30...
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Federal Grant for Great Mills High School Announced

Federal Grant for Great Mills High School Announced

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) announced that St. Mary’s County Public Schools will receive nearly $190,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant program. Specifically, the grant will aid the ongoing recovery effort of...
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Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for St. Mary’s County 2018 Primary Election

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot for St. Mary’s County 2018 Primary Election

The deadline to request a 2018 Primary Election absentee ballot be received by mail is June 19, 2018. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary election for online delivery is June 22, 2018. Any registered voter in Maryland may request and vote by absentee ballot. A voter who wishes to vote...
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Bailey Receives Endorsement from National Rifle Association

Bailey Receives Endorsement from National Rifle Association

Jack Bailey, Senate candidate for District 29 (Calvert and St. Mary’s), has received the endorsement from the National Rifle Association. In addition, Jack Bailey received an AQ rating from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF). This rating is reserved for a pro-gun candidate based on responses to a candidate questionnaire. It is...
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Governor Larry Hogan Saves Marylanders $46 Million by Permanently Eliminating E-ZPass Transponder Fee

Governor Larry Hogan Saves Marylanders $46 Million by Permanently Eliminating E-ZPass Transponder Fee

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will permanently eliminate the $7.50 E-ZPass Maryland transponder fee for all new customers, putting $46 million back into Marylanders’ wallets over the next five years. In 2015, the governor announced major toll rollbacks across the state, resulting in $270 million in savings for our citizens....
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Jack Bailey Endorsed by County Commissioner O’Connor and Jarboe

Jack Bailey Endorsed by County Commissioner O’Connor and Jarboe

SMNEWSNET received the following press releases from County Commissioner John O’Connor and Tom Jarboe. ________ John O’Connor: As one of your County Commissioners I am pleased to offer my strongest endorsement of Jack Bailey for State Senate in District 29. St. Mary’s County needs a Senator who will understand the County Commissioners and the community. I...
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