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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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Cecil County Business Leaders Create PAC for 2012 Candidates

November 29, 2011

A bipartisan coalition of business leaders has formed a political action committee to support political candidates in Cecil County for the 2012 elections that will “promote the economic viability” of the county. The group, dubbed “Cecil Business Leaders for Better Government,” has scheduled a kick-off event on Dec. 7 at Mick’s Crab House on...
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Cecil County Environment: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Bay Pollution

November 15, 2011

It may be the Cecil County environmental equivalent of “don’t ask, don’t tell” when the county submits to the state of Maryland a mandated preliminary plan on curbing pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. Cecil County Director of Public Works Scott Flanigan told the County Commissioners on Tuesday that lawyers for statewide stormwater and wastewater...
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Cecil County Tourism Chief Seeks Separate Agency, and Pay Raise

November 15, 2011

Sandy Maruchi Turner, Cecil County’s tourism co-ordinator, asked the County Commissioners Tuesday to break off tourism promotion programs from the county’s Economic Development department and create a separate agency, with a pay raise for the new “department head.” Turner told Cecil Times after the commissioners’ worksession that she was more familiar with the figure...
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Governor Names Bill Manlove, former Cecil County Commissioner, to School Board

November 8, 2011

Governor Martin O’Malley has named William Manlove, a former long-time Cecil County Commissioner, to a vacant seat on the county school board. Manlove served four non-consecutive terms on the County Commissioners’ panel, becoming President of the board before he retired in 2008. He also ran an unsuccessful campaign for the House of Delegates in...
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Cecil County Businesses Rate Commissioners: Broomell Worst, Moore Best, for Business

November 8, 2011

A new Cecil County Chamber of Commerce survey of its members found that County Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) was deemed the most “‘unsatisfactory” commissioner while Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) had the highest “excellent” ranking. There were 129 respondents to the Chamber survey—an admittedly small sample of the county’s many business operators. But Chamber members...
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