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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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CECIL COUNTY CHATTER: Pipkin’s Birthday Gift, Cecil County Commish Secrets Out in Delaware

November 2, 2011

CECIL CHATTER: Sen. E.J. Pipkin’s Birthday Gift: GOP Leadership So state Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-36) hit the big 55 on Tuesday, 11/1/11, and fielded a lot of birthday greetings on his Facebook wall. But the best present he got was selection by fellow Republicans as their leader in the state Senate for the 2012...
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Bainbridge Pollution Too Severe for Housing Development; Cecil County Commissioners Face Another Appointee Conundrum

November 1, 2011

Pollution at the abandoned Navy training center at Bainbridge, near Port Deposit, is so severe that it would be “cost prohibitive” to build housing on the site, Cecil County Commissioners were told Tuesday. At the same time, another Cecil County Commissioners’ appointments controversy looms over the Bainbridge Development Corporation (BDC) board, with two key...
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Cecil County Faces $600 Million Tab for Bay Pollution Cleanup; New Flush Rules for Homeowners

November 1, 2011

Cecil County Commissioners got the preliminary bill Tuesday on how much it will cost to comply with state and federal mandates to limit pollution flowing to the Chesapeake Bay: nearly $600 million and counting. The cost per household is calculated at about $16,000, although individual property owners with septic systems could face higher costs...
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Cecil County Commissioners: Broomell, Hodge Take Road Trip; Ethics Code Redux

October 25, 2011

Was Willie Nelson’s song, “On the Road Again,” playing on the car radio when Cecil County Commissioner Robert Hodge (R-5) took Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) on a road trip Monday to see his properties in the county? Broomell has raised questions about whether Hodge’s ownership of properties in the Route 40 area might be...
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