Politics

Department of Justice Releases Strategy Memo to Address Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

Department of Justice Releases Strategy Memo to Address Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to address the rising public health challenges caused by the national prescription opioids and heroin epidemic, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch issued a memo this week announcing the department’s three-part prevention, enforcement and treatment strategy.  The memo lays out action items, institutionalizes best practices, and builds on existing efforts by U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other Department of Justice components. Additionally, Attorney General Lynch sent...
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Commissioners Recognize Economic Development Week

Commissioners Recognize Economic Development Week

When the current group of commissioners took office in 2014, one of their main objectives was the expansion of economic development efforts across the county. In keeping with their mission, commissioners joined with members of the Department of Economic Development (DED), and the Navy’s Technology Transfer Office of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft...
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Governor Hogan Announces Expansion of Defense Company

Governor Hogan Announces Expansion of Defense Company

As part of a weeklong economic development mission to Israel, Governor Larry Hogan today met with executives of defense giant ELTA Systems Ltd. and announced that the company’s U.S. affiliate, ELTA North America, is tripling its footprint in Maryland and adding up to 50 new jobs over the next two to three years. The...
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Maryland Announces More Than $12 Million in Highway Safety Grants

Maryland Announces More Than $12 Million in Highway Safety Grants

On September 19, 2016, Governor Larry Hogan announced over $12.5 million in federal highway safety funds granted to more than 80 agencies and organizations across Maryland to help strengthen and expand the state’s efforts to save lives on Maryland roads. The funds will be distributed by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office...
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Governor Larry Hogan Reaffirms State’s Commitment to Fighting Cancer, Hosts Blood Drive

Governor Larry Hogan Reaffirms State’s Commitment to Fighting Cancer, Hosts Blood Drive

On September 15, 2016 Governor Larry Hogan reaffirmed the state’s commitment to fighting cancer by highlighting the recently updated Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and by signing an Executive Order that renews the Council on Cancer Control. The governor made today’s announcement outside of the State House, where he is hosting a blood drive...
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Huge Success Charles County Republican Headquarters Grand Opening

Huge Success Charles County Republican Headquarters Grand Opening

Several hundred people came to the Grand Opening which was held 10 Sept 2016 at the new Charles County Republican Headquarters at 4459 Crain Highway, White Plains, MD (Merchant Square Shopping Center). There was great music played by the Dr Robert Band, the BBQ was running all afternoon, and we raised upwards of $1000.00....
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Governor Hogan Announces New Tablet Program for Low-Income Marylanders with Disabilities

Governor Hogan Announces New Tablet Program for Low-Income Marylanders with Disabilities

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that Maryland Relay, a public service provided by the state to assist people who are unable to use a standard telephone to make and receive calls, is now accepting applications for no-cost tablets through the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program. The announcement coincided with the start of “Telecommunications for...
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Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on 15th Anniversary of September 11 Terror Attacks

Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on 15th Anniversary of September 11 Terror Attacks

Governor Larry Hogan today released the following statement on the 15th anniversary of September 11 terror attacks: “The events of September 11, 2001, changed our nation forever. In one tragic day, we witnessed the best and worst of human nature. In the face of true evil, everyday Americans became heroes as police, firefighters, and...
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Two Lexington Park Men Arrested for Possession of Heroin

Two Lexington Park Men Arrested for Possession of Heroin

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Deputy R. Steinbach from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to a parking lot in the area of a hotel on Three Notch Road in Lexington Park for the report of subjects using controlled dangerous substances in a vehicle, parked in the back parking lot. The driver, Daniel West Welling, 21,...
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Governor Larry Hogan Delivers Closing Address at Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference

Governor Larry Hogan Delivers Closing Address at Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference

On August 20, 2016, Governor Larry Hogan delivered the closing address of the 2016 Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) summer conference in Ocean City. After spending the past 19 months traveling across the state and meeting with local governments, constituents, and business owners, the governor highlighted the significant progress already made and discussed new initiatives...
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What’s a Donald Trump Rally Really Like?

What’s a Donald Trump Rally Really Like?

If you turn on the news, you would think the attendees of a Donald Trump rally were an amalgamation of white supremacists and people with an IQ hovering around 50. But what are these people really like? And what is the rally itself like? Southern Maryland News Net took a trip to Ashburn, Virginia on...
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Commissioners Celebrate the Spirit of Aviation

Commissioners Celebrate the Spirit of Aviation

It was President Franklin Roosevelt who first proclaimed August 19 National Aviation Day in the United States. Since then the day has been recognized annually to celebrate our nation’s great history and development of the aviation industry. In carrying on the tradition the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County held a ceremony to recognize the...
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MetCom Receives $945,000 Grant from MDE

MetCom Receives $945,000 Grant from MDE

The St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom), has been awarded a grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to upgrade its methane gas co-generation system at the Marlay-Taylor Treatment Facility. The $945,000 grant will be used for engineering design, construction and start-up services related to the upgrade. According to David Elberti, MetCom...
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Hoyer Announces Assistance to Firefighters Grant for Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department

Hoyer Announces Assistance to Firefighters Grant for Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer announced today that a $271,620 federal grant has been awarded to the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The funding will be used for new equipment, such as self-contained breathing apparatus. “I’m proud to represent the brave men and women of the Leonardtown Volunteer...
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St. Charles Companies Announces Substantial Completion of Infrastructure for Energy Center

St. Charles Companies Announces Substantial Completion of Infrastructure for Energy Center

The St. Charles Companies announced today that the largest single public water and sewer infrastructure project in the history of Charles County has reached substantial completion. The water and sewer infrastructure will support a 725 megawatt natural gas fueled, combined cycle power plant in St. Charles’ Piney Reach Industrial Park, upgrade water and sewer...
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An Open Letter to the Citizens of Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties,

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties,

I am writing this letter to convey the great honor you have given me while serving as your representative in the Maryland House of Delegates. Always attempting to take your elective franchise with the utmost sincerity, I have tried to execute my obligations with the integrity and diligence such a responsibility deserved. Being your...
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Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Orlando Terror Attack

Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Orlando Terror Attack

On June 12, 2016, Governor Larry Hogan released the following statement in response to the terror attack at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday morning: “The First Lady and I are shocked and saddened by the senseless violence this morning at a nightclub in Orlando. We offer our most sincere condolences to the family...
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Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Approves FY 2017 Budget

Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Approves FY 2017 Budget

The Calvert County, Maryland, Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) yesterday approved a $246.8 million balanced budget by a vote of three to two. The budget includes increases to real property and local income tax rates to take effect July 1, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017, respectively, as well as a resolution to annually reevaluate...
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Letter to the Editor – Regarding Calvert County Tax Increase

Letter to the Editor – Regarding Calvert County Tax Increase

Sadly, our county commissioners are not doing the job their positions stipulate. They are not acting in the best interest of Calvert County’s citizens, who elected them in office. Many of their decisions and behaviors draw the suspicion that they act only as agents for the government itself, or that of financiers on Wall...
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Governor Larry Hogan Rescinds 72 Executive Orders

Governor Larry Hogan Rescinds 72 Executive Orders

Governor Larry Hogan today signed Executive Order 01.01.2016.06, rescinding 72 obsolete executive orders issued by previous administrations over the last 46 years. The removal of almost five decades of gubernatorial directives that are either outdated or superseded by legislation reflects the ongoing effort of the Hogan administration to modernize and streamline state government, including...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioners Promote Boating Safety

St. Mary’s County Commissioners Promote Boating Safety

National statistics indicate an average of 700 people die each year in boating related accidents nationwide and nearly 70% of these deaths are caused by drowning. With the summer season about to begin the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County observed National Safe Boating Week with a proclamation ceremony. Boating experts indicate the vast majority...
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Governor Larry Hogan Signs 144 Bills into Law

Governor Larry Hogan Signs 144 Bills into Law

Governor Larry Hogan today was joined by Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch for a bill signing ceremony at the State House in Annapolis, which included a number of bills aimed at protecting Maryland citizens and modernizing Maryland’s criminal justice system. In total, the governor signed 144 bills...
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Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Balances FY 2017 Budget

Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Balances FY 2017 Budget

The Calvert County, Maryland, Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), will present its proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget at a public hearing Tuesday, May 24, at the Calvert Pines Senior Center in Prince Frederick at 7 p.m. The $246.8 million balanced budget adheres to the BOCC’s priorities for supporting an excellent public school system, maintaining...
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Maryland Governor and General Assembly Provide $1 Million for New Facility

Maryland Governor and General Assembly Provide $1 Million for New Facility

The National Sailing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Speaker of House of Delegates Mike Busch and Senate President Mike Miller through the Maryland State Legislature have provided a grant of $1 million toward the goal of $10 million that will fund construction of a new facility. “We...
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Hoyer Attended Christmas in April Events in Southern Maryland

Hoyer Attended Christmas in April Events in Southern Maryland

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer attended Christmas in April Events on Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties, where community volunteers rehabilitated the homes of low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners to improve their living conditions. Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties both have local Christmas in April volunteer organizations that...
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