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Cecil County Campaign $: Patchell, Schneckenburger Raise Quick $ for Council Races; Willick Gives $ to ‘Consultant’ Patterson; Dunn Replaces Campaign Aide Facing State Prosecutor Probe

April 21, 2014

New reports to the state Board of Elections by recently-filed candidates for Cecil County offices show that two County Council candidates have quickly assembled substantial campaign warchests while a minimally-financed incumbent Councilor has removed his campaign treasurer, who is barred under state election rules from service due to her involvement with a PAC that...
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Cecil County Sheriff Election: ‘Team’ Focus in GOP Primary– Chris Sutton Pushes ‘Top Tier Targets’ in War on Drugs

April 15, 2014

A Cecil Times Special Report In the 2014 elections for Cecil County Sheriff—always one of the most hotly contested races in local politics—there is a new watchword among the leading candidates in the June Republican primary: “team.” While past election campaigns have focused on...
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Cecil County Sheriff Election: ‘Team’ Focus in GOP Primary– Scott Adams Promotes ‘Partnerships’ to Solve Drug Crisis

April 13, 2014

A Cecil Times Special Report In the 2014 elections for Cecil County Sheriff—always one of the most hotly contested races in local politics—there is a new watchword among the leading candidates in the June Republican primary: “team.” While past election campaigns have focused on...
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General Assembly OKs Salary Boosts for Cecil County Sheriff, Orphans Court Judges

April 8, 2014

The Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation boosting future salaries for the Cecil County Sheriff and the three judges on the county’s Orphans Court, but the sheriff will still be paid less than law enforcement heads in many other smaller counties with less crime...
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Cecil County Council Ponders Susquehanna River Sediment, “Co-ordination” as Tool to Challenge State, Federal Mandates

April 1, 2014

Ah, it was all sweetness and light, cheerful cooperation and goodwill at the Cecil County Council’s worksession on Tuesday—gotcha, on April Fool’s Day. After yet another battle royale over approval of the Council’s past meeting minutes, the panel got down to some interesting information...
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Cecil County Drug Problems: Health Officials Cite Treatment Progress; Broomell Challenges Drug Panel but Cop in the Room Restrains Outbursts

March 25, 2014

Under the watchful eyes of a Cecil County Sheriff’s Deputy summoned to keep order at a County Council worksession on Tuesday, Councilor Diana Broomell (R-4) challenged, in largely polite terms, the efficacy of the county’s drug addiction treatment advisory panel while county health officials...
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Cecil County Council GOP Candidates: Anti-Government ‘Campaign for Liberty’ Faction vs. Problem Solvers, Economic Development Backers

March 21, 2014

Republicans running for the Cecil County Council in this year’s June primary election squared off Thursday night in a political forum, with two chief factions emerging in the contests– local education and economic development backers and problem-solvers contrasted with allies of the state and...
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Cecil County Roads Need $2 Million in Urgent Storm Repairs; Broomell Objects to ‘Growing Government’ with Asphalt

March 19, 2014

It’s been a rough winter on Cecil County roads, as multiple snowstorms and freezing temperatures have buckled pavement and opened up crater-sized potholes on many streets and highways. So county roads officials are asking to tap reserve funds to pay for emergency repairs as...
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Cecil Whig, Shore Newspapers Sold; Mystery Surrounds Eclectic Family with Camping, Wine Interests– to Dabble in News

March 14, 2014

The Cecil Whig is being sold by a Texas-based media company, which was owned primarily by foreign banks and investors, to a multi-state US family-led operation with no news background but a financially profitable string of businesses tied to recreational vehicles and a multi-millionaire...
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Cecil County Exec Moore Proposes New Budget to Freeze Property Tax Rates Again, Boost Schools Aid and Target Drug Abuse Programs

March 3, 2014

Cecil County Executive Tari Moore proposed a new Fiscal 2015 budget that would freeze property tax rates, add one new Sheriff’s deputy to the force and boost public schools spending by 3.5 percent, including a rising share of teacher pension costs dumped on the...
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Cecil County Politics: Battles Brew in Council, State’s Attorney, and Delegate Races as Candidates File for 2014 Elections

February 25, 2014

Several hotly contested races are shaping up, especially in the June Republican primary, for Cecil County offices and state legislative seats as the clock ran down for individual candidates to file for office Tuesday evening. A fight between a splinter “liberty” group and other...
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Cecil County Council Behaves Politely, for a Change, Under the Watchful Eye of the Law

February 25, 2014

What a difference a Deputy in the room makes. After a raucous Cecil County Council worksession last week at which Councilor Diana Broomell shouted at another lawmaker to “shut up,” on Tuesday the voices were hushed, the tone polite and Broomell even raised her...
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Political Paranoia on Shocking Display at Cecil County Council; Broomell Loses Control

February 21, 2014

COMMENTARY “Paranoia strikes deep, Into your life it will creep; Starts when you’re always afraid, Step out of line, the man come and take you away…” –Buffalo Springfield song, “For What It’s Worth” There were many people at the Cecil County Council’s 2/18/14 worksession...
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‘Good Mike’ Dawson Withdraws from Cecil County Council Race to Unify Opposition to Broomell; May Seek Other Office

February 17, 2014

Michael W. “Good Mike” Dawson has withdrawn his candidacy for the Cecil County Council seat now held by Diana Broomell, throwing his support to fellow Republican George Patchell in an effort to unify opposition to Broomell. Dawson, whose family has generations-deep roots in the...
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Five Shades of Grey: Broomell Bondage of Cecil County Council–Election Rants on Horses, Ethics

February 12, 2014

News Analysis The Cecil County Council has been tied up in knots— some might say a “Five Shades of Grey” political bondage—by recent take-colleagues-as-prisoners attacks by Cecil County Councilor Diana Broomell (R-4), full of salacious verbiage with little if any factual substantiation on issues...
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