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Tawes Political Crab-Gab Fest Brings Candidates to Shore; Cecil County’s Infamy Draws Punditry

July 19, 2014

CRISFIELD—What a difference a year makes in the political landscape of the Upper Eastern Shore, but some things never change at one Shore political institution: the J. Millard Tawes annual crab and clambake here. The beer was still icy, the crabs and fried clams were warm and plentiful, and the still-surviving candidates after an...
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Cecil County Exec Proposes Charter Changes to Give Her More Time–and a Heavy Hammer– on Budget; Cuts Time For County Council, Citizen Input

July 9, 2014

COMMENTARY Cecil County Executive Tari Moore has proposed the first changes to the county’s governing Charter, adopted by voters in 2010, that would give her an extra month to draft her annual budget but would cut two weeks from the time that the County...
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Updated Vote Counts Confirm Primary Election Results; Smigiel Blames Harris for his Delegate Seat Loss

July 7, 2014

Updated results from the June 24 primary elections, including provisional ballots and two rounds of absentee vote counts, confirm the initial election night results in Cecil County contests and the fight for a Delegate seat in District 36—with incumbent Michael Smigiel losing his seat...
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Broomell to be Removed from Drug Panel for ‘Disruption;’ Claims Foes ‘Lying’ and ‘Profiting’ from Crisis

July 2, 2014

(With Exclusive Cecil Times Video) The Cecil County Council is taking steps to remove Councilor Diana Broomell (R-4) from the county’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, at the request of health officials, after a recent meeting of the panel was abruptly adjourned after Broomell...
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Judge Orders Rozanski to Stay Away from McCanick; Rozanski Admits ‘I Bit Him’ in Election Day Nose Attack

June 30, 2014

A District Court judge on Monday ordered Walter Rozanski, who admitted biting a political foe on the nose during an Election Day argument, to stay away from the victim and said that independent witnesses backed up the victim’s account of the incident. Judge Floyd...
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Absentee Ballot Counts Confirm Del. Smigiel Still Lagging, Loser of Dist 36 Seat in Annapolis

June 26, 2014

Absentee ballot counts in state District 36 on Thursday confirm that incumbent Republican Del. Michael Smigiel of Cecil County is going down to defeat, just as it was indicated on election night, to a Caroline County candidate, Jeff Ghrist, in the Republican primary election....
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Cecil County Election: Adams Wins GOP Primary for Sheriff; Sutton Strikes Out in Third Bid for Office

June 25, 2014

Cecil County Republican voters overwhelmingly chose Scott Adams for Sheriff on Tuesday, rejecting the third try for the job by Chris Sutton. Sutton had previously run twice as a Democrat but switched to the Republican party before filing this time as a candidate to...
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State Senate: Hershey Defeats Sossi in Dist. 36 GOP Grudge Re-match; Norman Carries Dist. 35

June 25, 2014

Newly appointed state Senator Steve Hershey won the Republican primary for the seat, defeating former Delegate Dick Sossi in a grudge re-match of their bitter delegate seat fight four years ago. Hershey, of Queen Anne’s County, was appointed several months ago to the Senate...
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Cecil County Elections: Rollins Wins State’s Attorney Race, Judge Sexton Wins Bipartisan Support for Circuit Court

June 25, 2014

Cecil County State’s Attorney E.D. (Ellis) Rollins III won re-election Tuesday in the Republican primary while sitting judge Brenda Sexton won overwhelming support to remain on the Circuit Court bench in a non-partisan contest. As a result, both Rollins and Judge Sexton will retain...
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GOP Central Committee: ‘Liberty’ Faction Gets 2 Seats, ‘United’ Slate Wins Majority

June 25, 2014

The Cecil County Republican Central Committee, which has been controlled for the past four years by a majority tied to the former Smipkin political machine, will face an overhaul with a new majority that ran on a “United Republican” slate. But two candidates who...
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Dist. 36 Delegates: Cecil GOP Voters Oust Smigiel; Caroline County’s Ghrist Plays 4-County Jumpshot to Top Incumbent

June 25, 2014

Cecil County Republican Michael Smigiel apparently lost his bid for re-election Tuesday in a redrawn District 36 House of Delegates contest, losing in his home county as well as falling short throughout the four-county district to Caroline County opponent Jeff Ghrist in the Republican...
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Cecil County Council Election: Broomell, Dunn Ousted; Bowlsbey, Patchell, Schneckenburger Win GOP Primary

June 24, 2014

In a stunning rebuke, Cecil County voters Tuesday ousted incumbent County Councilors Diana Broomell and Michael Dunn, while Joyce Bowlsbey won the Republican nod to return to her District 2 seat. George Patchell and Dan Schneckenburger won the GOP nominations in Districts 4 and...
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Cecil County Election: Councilor Broomell’s Ally Rozanski Allegedly Bites Nose of Political Foe McCanick in Election Day Fracas

June 24, 2014

Election day poll workers in Cecil County usually stock a supply of sunscreen, water bottles and signs to wave on behalf of their preferred candidates outside polling places. But an incident Tuesday morning indicates that hockey faceguards might also be in order: a candidate...
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State Delegate Dist. 36 Race: Three Hoops, Four Basketballs and a Caroline County Jumpshot

June 16, 2014

COMMENTARY The 36th District, covering four counties on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore, is like no other legislative district in the state and this year the contests for state Delegates are the political equivalent of “March Madness” in college basketball. But in the Republican primary’s...
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Cecil County State’s Attorney Hired Son for Job Same Day Dad Sworn in; Primary Campaign Challenger Questions Nepotism

June 13, 2014

Cecil County State’s Attorney E.D.E. (Ellis) Rollins III, who is seeking re-election to his post, hired his son as an investigator– who began work the same day his father was sworn into office– although he lacked the law enforcement experience of previous occupants of...
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