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BULLETIN: Harry Hepbron, ex-Commissioner, Winery Owner, Files for Cecil County Executive

January 6, 2012

Harry Hepbron, a former two-term Cecil County Commissioner and the founder of the award-winning Dove Valley Vineyards and Winery in Rising Sun, filed his candidacy for Cecil County Executive Friday as a Republican. Hepbron, a plain-spoken businessman and farmer, enters an increasingly crowded field in the first-ever Cecil County Executive contest. Other Republicans contending...
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Cecil County “Amigos” Rush Vote on Clinic Ordinance; No Notice to Other Commish, Public

January 4, 2012

The “Three Amigos” faction of the Cecil County Commissioners rushed a vote Tuesday night to approve a controversial zoning ordinance provision aimed at limiting drug treatment clinics, without advance notice to two other commissioners or the general public. The handling of the matter raises questions anew about possible violations of the state’s open meetings...
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BULLETIN: Pritchard Files for Cecil County Exec.; Manlove Files for School Board

January 3, 2012

With about a week left for candidates to file for the 2012 election ballot, two new candidates filed paperwork Tuesday: Peter Pritchard, a Republican, for county executive and William Manlove, a Democrat, for election to the appointed seat he now holds on the county school board. The deadline for candidates to file for this...
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Paging Dr. Broomell: Cecil County Commissioners Differ on Diagnosis of Drug Clinics, Law, Litigation

January 3, 2012

The paramedics should have been on alert Tuesday morning as three Cecil County Commissioners elevated their blood pressure in a war of words over what constitutes a “clinic” and efforts by Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) to push through an ordinance aimed at limiting or blocking a proposed methadone drug treatment facility in the former...
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Cecil County Golf Course Creates “Disco;” Politically Connected Bittersweet Faces Liquor Review

January 2, 2012

When is a Cecil County golf course a disco and what do late night live music and dancing have to do with playing 18 holes on the grassy links in the sunshine? That was the issue before the Cecil County Board of License Commissioners (liquor board) recently as the three-member panel reviewed the troubled...
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Cecil County to Pay Big Bucks for Farm Preservation Easement

December 20, 2011

Cecil County will pay a private landowner for a Rising Sun-area farm preservation easement, the first installment of up to $2 million in new local government-paid incentives to preserve farmland. During a worksession Tuesday, County Commissioners briefly reviewed the proposal to purchase an easement on a 152 acre farm on Route 274 near Rising...
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House Redistricting: Cecil County Shifts Districts, Rudolph Gains Friendlier Turf, James Departs

December 18, 2011

When Del. David Rudolph (D-34B) eked out a tiny margin of victory in a three-way general election contest last year, his supporters breathed a sigh of relief and told themselves it wouldn’t happen again: “There’s always redistricting,” they hoped. Rudolph’s redistricting prayers seem to have been answered in the new maps proposed by a...
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Senate Redistricting: Cecil County Says Farewell to Nancy Jacobs; Cecil County Holds Majority over Harford in New Dist. 35

December 18, 2011

It was Cecil County voters who gave incumbent Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-34) her winning margin in the 2010 election, voting overwhelmingly in her favor while she narrowly lost her Harford County homebase. But proposed new redistricting maps would remove her from representing Cecil County and create a new two-county district with new representation. As...
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Cecil County Politics: A Tale of Two Dawsons — Same Name, Different Politics

December 15, 2011

What’s in a name? In Cecil County—and especially in Perryville—there has been a lot of confusion over the two Mike Dawsons. But one of them recently filed election documents intended to make his identity clear to local voters. Michael W. Dawson (MWD) was the Constitution Party candidate last year for state Delegate in District...
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Cecil County Ethics Code: Broomell Asks Do-Over, Again; Hodge Demands She Put up or Shut up

December 13, 2011

What part of you lost the vote—and the state Ethics Board also disagrees with you—does Cecil County Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) not understand? Like a child who refuses to accept a parent’s declaration of no cookies before dinner, it was déjà vu all over again Tuesday, as Broomell once again refused to accept defeat...
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Cecil County Budget Warning: Casino $ to Decline, Schools Face Aid Cuts, Property Values Drop Could Prompt Tax Rate Boost

December 13, 2011

Local impact aid revenues from the Hollywood Casino in Perryville are likely to be lower than previously expected and Cecil County schools face new cuts in state aid in Fiscal 2013, the county’s budget director warned county Commissioners Tuesday. Craig Whiteford, the budget director, outlined issues facing the county as Commissioners begin the budget...
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Cecil County Politics: Business, Bipartisan Leaders Seek Reform of Current Commissioners’ Board

December 8, 2011

There wasn’t a “Smipkin” in sight Wednesday night when a new business-oriented political action committee held its first official meeting in Elkton to organize a campaign against the current ruling majority of the Cecil County Commissioners. But there was a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 300 people, a bipartisan turnout of business owners, current and...
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Cecil County Commissioners Lob Appointments: Tennis, Anyone?

December 6, 2011

It was like an amateur tennis match Tuesday when the Cecil County Commissioners whacked around lists of appointees to several advisory boards and panels. At the end of the worksession match, the players and spectators were exhausted, their necks sore from following the conflicting balls lobbed back and forth, and some names on political...
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Cecil County Commish: Broomell Wears Many Hats but DPW, Artesian Say She Throws Hats in Rings Where They Do Not Belong

December 6, 2011

Cecil County Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) has acquired quite a wardrobe of hats during her year as an elected official—ethics law expert, drug addiction treatment program reviewer, zoning arbitrator, road code variance decider, and quipper in chief when other commissioners challenge her expertise. On Tuesday, she donned two new chapeaux: road deed inspector and...
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Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R) Explores Congress Run Against Dutch Ruppersberger (D); Uphill Fight but She Has a Unique 2012 Shot

December 5, 2011

State Sen. Nancy Jacobs (R-Cecil/Harford) said Monday she has formed an “exploratory committee” to consider a run for Congress and the 2nd District seat now held by Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger. If she does run, it would be a very tough uphill fight but the state and national political dynamics of 2012 suggest it would...
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