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Hornberger Budget Cuts Property Tax Rate Slightly, Keeps Income Tax Boost; $1 Extra for Schools, Cuts Library Operations

April 5, 2021

NEWS ANALYSIS Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger submitted her first budget to the County Council on 4/1/2021, proposing about a 1-cent cut in the property tax rate while keeping income tax rates at the level set by her predecessor, Alan McCarthy. She also slashed operating funds for county libraries and bestowed the hefty sum...
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Cecil County Council OKs 4 Hornberger Ethics Panel Picks: Rejects Democrat-Come-Lately, OKs Anti-LGBTQ Rights Pastor Goins; Council Social Media War Erupts as Gregory Attacks Coutz

February 18, 2021

NEWS ANALYSIS For more than a month, the Cecil County Council has been locked in a procedural power struggle with new County Executive Danielle Hornberger’s administration over her firing of all five members of the county’s Ethics Commission, whose terms still had months or...
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Cecil County Council Tiptoes, Mostly, on Questions to Hornberger Picks to Replace Ethics Panel; Last-Minute Party Switch, Score-Settling

February 11, 2021

The Cecil County Council interviewed the five nominees from County Executive Danielle Hornberger to take over the county’s Ethics Commission at a Tuesday (2/9/2021) worksession, with members posing questions that mostly tiptoed around some of the key questions surrounding Hornberger’s decisions—and actions that could...
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Cecil County Council Makes Strategic Retreat on Ethics Panel Fight with County Exec, But Delays Decisions; Nominee Goins Stirs Political Pot

February 4, 2021

The Cecil County Council made a strategic retreat Tuesday evening (2/2/2021), voting to rescind its previous refusal to consider five nominations by new County Executive Danielle Hornberger to the county’s Ethics Commission after she summarily fired all five sitting members. Faced with a threat...
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Cecil County Council Rejects Hornberger Plan to Overthrow Ethics Commission; Stands up for Council Powers in First Confrontation with New Exec

January 21, 2021

The Cecil County Council, in the first open revolt of its kind since the 2012 creation of Charter government, stood up for its powers Tuesday (1/19/2021) and rejected what one Councilor called an attempt by County Executive Danielle Hornberger to “strongarm” the Council to...
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Cecil Co Exec Hornberger Fires Ethics Panel, Replaces Lawyers w/ Pal, Parler Fan, Unknowns; Council to Vote Yes or No

January 17, 2021

Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger fired the five-member county Ethics Commission on Thursday (1/14/2021) via email, despite the fact that all of them had months or years left on their terms in office under appointments previously approved by the County Council. The commission has...
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Hornberger Hires Annapolis GOP Political Consultants for Key Cecil County Jobs, Despite Little Relevant Experience

December 10, 2020

NEWS ANALYSIS New Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger may have gotten her political dream team when she installed two Annapolis Republican political consultants as members of her administration: a consultant who specializes in financial disclosures required of political campaigns to become county finance director...
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Danielle Hornberger Sworn-in as Cecil County Exec; County Staff Purge Led by Schneckenburger, Administrator Nominee

December 7, 2020

NEWS ANALYSIS Even before Danielle Hornberger raised her hand and took the oath of office as Cecil County’s new County Executive on Monday (12/7/2020), some county department heads were already locked out of their computers and within an hour or two ousted from the...
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UPDATED: Cecil County Votes: Long Lines, Absentee Ballot Deluge; Hornberger Prevails for County Exec, Heath Tops School Board

November 4, 2020

Cecil County voters braved long lines winding around polling places on Tuesday and during a week of early in-person voting, with wait times averaging an hour or so, in a high-stakes election of national...
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Judge Rules Danielle Hornberger Stays on Cecil Co Exec Ballot, Despite “Troubling” Irregularities in Campaign Filings; Says McCarthy Should Have Sued Sooner

August 18, 2020

A visiting Circuit Court judge ruled late Tuesday (8/18/2020) that Danielle Hornberger can remain on the Republican ballot line in the election for Cecil County Executive, saying that current Executive Alan McCarthy should have filed his challenge to the validity of her candidacy sooner....
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State Prosecutor Opens Criminal Probe in Hornberger Campaign Case, Court Told; Ex-Election Aide Denies Forgery; Judge to Rule Next Week

August 14, 2020

A day-long hearing in a Cecil County Circuit Court case seeking to void Danielle Hornberger’s apparently winning campaign for County Executive in the Republican primary election brought new allegations of potential document forgeries and additional revelations of behind-the-scenes contacts between Hornberger and a local...
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Hornberger Sent ‘Replacement’ Disclosure Form After Cecil County Exec GOP Primary; Had “Ballot Harvesting” Plan, Documents Show

August 10, 2020

A CECIL TIMES Special Report—Part 1 Danielle Hornberger, apparent winner of the Republican primary election for Cecil County Executive, sent a “replacement” financial disclosure statement to the county Board of Elections in early July, more than a month after the election and seven months...
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Cecil County Exec McCarthy Sues Danielle Hornberger, Election Board, Claims ‘Fraud;’ Elections Deputy Leaves Post

July 27, 2020

A CECIL TIMES Special Report Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy has filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the results of the June Republican primary, saying that his winning rival, Danielle Hornberger, failed to qualify for the ballot and that some documents were falsified and...
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Initial Tally in Cecil Co GOP Primary Strongly Favors Hornberger for County Exec, Gregory for Council; More Votes to be Counted

June 2, 2020

In the first-ever, mostly mail-in primary election in Cecil County history, political novice Danielle Hornberger held a compelling lead over incumbent Alan McCarthy for County Executive in the Republican primary, while incumbent Jackie Gregory was solidly ahead in the contested GOP primary for County...
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Cecil County Councilor Jackie Gregory Violated Ethics Code, Commission Finds; Stops Teaching in Schools Under Panel Order

May 29, 2020

Cecil County Council member Jackie Gregory (R-5) violated county ethics rules with “an appearance of a conflict of interest” by holding a job as a substitute teacher for county schools at the same time as she served on the County Council and voted on...
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