Endorsement: Dr. John LaFerla in 1st Dist. Congress Democratic Primary

April 1, 2012

Editorial Voters in Tuesday’s Democratic primary have several choices of candidates to take on the difficult, and probably thankless, task of trying to unseat Republican incumbent Andy Harris in the 1st District seat in Congress. But Dr. John LaFerla, a Chestertown physician, is the clear choice for Cecil County voters who want to see...
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Cecil County Exec: GOP Finance Reports Show Moore is $ Leader; Broomell Gets $ from Ethics Appointee; Dawson Gets Liquor Violator $

March 27, 2012

In the crowded Republican primary for Cecil County executive, current Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) is the top fundraiser while fellow Commissioner and candidate Diana Broomell (R-4) got money from an Ethics panel appointee she championed. And “Smipkin” political machine candidate Michael A. Dawson is primarily financed by a liquor licensee found guilty of selling...
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Cecil County Council: McCarthy Out Fundraises Mullin in Dist. 1 Campaign; Mullin Misplaces $16K

March 26, 2012

Dr. Alan McCarthy, who is seeking to oust incumbent County Commissioner James Mullin (R-1) in this year’s Republican primary, has raised $11,631 so far from donors and fundraising events while Mullin has done minimal fundraising but has a $16,200 mystery in his campaign reports: money showed up in January but disappeared in March, with...
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Democratic Candidates for Cecil County Exec: McKnight Tops in $

March 24, 2012

Robert McKnight, the mayor of North East and a Democratic candidate for Cecil County Executive, remained the top fundraiser of the campaign season so far while his two Democratic primary rivals ran low budget, self-financed efforts. The latest campaign finance reports, which covered the period from 1/12/12 to 3/18/12, are the last financial accounting...
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Cecil County Council: In District 5, Low Budget Campaigns, So Far

March 24, 2012

The race for Cecil County Council in District 5 so far is a low budget affair but newcomer candidate Keith Moore is taking full advantage of his own printing business to produce campaign materials in his bid to unseat incumbent County Commissioner Robert Hodge in the Republican primary, according to new campaign finance reports...
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Democrats Contend for Uphill Climb to Run Against Rep. Harris for Congress

March 22, 2012

CECILTON— Democrats hoping to take on the uphill battle to reclaim the Congress seat now held by Rep. Andy Harris (R-1) brought their spirited primary campaign to Cecilton Wednesday night. Dr. John LaFerla, a Chestertown physician, and Wendy Rosen, a Baltimore County businesswoman, answered questions from members of Cecil County and Kent County Democratic...
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Perryville Vets Housing Stirs Cecil County Debate; Kilby’s to Get $

March 20, 2012

A long-proposed project to develop housing for homeless veterans on the grounds of the Perry Point VA hospital in Perryville drew more questions before the Cecil County Commissioners Tuesday as the county’s housing director warned that proposed demands could siphon off housing aid from families in the county. David Mahaney, the county’s housing director,...
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CECIL CHATTER: State Flunks “Integrity” Test; Smigiel Abstains on Pay Boost

March 19, 2012

Maryland Gets D Minus Grade on “Integrity” Report Card Anyone with short, or long, memories of political scandals in Maryland knows that the state has a long and sordid history of corrupt elected officials. But a new study finds the state’s laws, regulations and access to public information contribute to a climate of ethical...
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Democratic Candidates for Cecil County Exec, County Council Gently Carve Out Turf at Forum

March 15, 2012

The Democratic primary election candidates for Cecil County Executive and two new County Council seats had some mostly gentle disagreements with each other during a candidate forum Wednesday evening, in contrast to some of the more embattled discord among members of the county’s current all-Republican government. The forum, sponsored by Cecil County Democrats and...
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Cecil County Commish OK Broomell Bid to Give New Ethics Panel Members’ Priority

March 13, 2012

The Cecil County Commissioners endorsed, by the usual Three Amigos majority vote Tuesday, a proposal by Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) to give longer terms of service to three new members of the county Ethics Commission, in a do-over of a vote taken months ago. The action amounted to yet another “do-over” of a previous...
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Cecil County Seeks Rent Hike Limits in Return for Support of New Subsidized Housing

March 13, 2012

Cecil County should require developers of new taxpayer-subsidized housing projects to agree to limit rent increases for low and moderate income residents, the county’s housing director told County Commissioners Tuesday. The proposal is in response to a massive rent hike for some tenants proposed by developers of the new Elkton Senior Housing project in...
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State Senate Panel Trims Pension Shift, but Still Hits Cecil County for $1.2 Million in 2013 Budget

March 12, 2012

ANALYSIS The state Senate is expected to vote this week on a revised proposal, approved by a Senate committee late last week, that would ease the devastating blow to county budgets proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to shift half of teacher, community college and library staff pension costs to the counties. But the bill...
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Cecil County Commish Dunn, Broomell Launch Partisan Snipes at Colleague Candidates

March 7, 2012

In the run-up to the April 3 primary election, in which all but one of the Cecil County Commissioners is a candidate for one office or another, expect the unexpected. On Tuesday, the lone non-candidate– the perpetually silent Michael Dunn (R-3)– suddenly launched a scripted diatribe against Commissioners Tari Moore (R-2) and Robert Hodge...
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Cecil County Executive Candidates Spar, Politely, at Forum

March 2, 2012

Nine of the ten candidates for Cecil County’s first County Executive fielded questions for two hours Thursday at a community forum, with most of the attention focused on Commissioners Diana Broomell (R-4) and Tari Moore (R-2). The tone was polite but at times pointed. There was a friends-and-family quality to some of the questioning...
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Cecil County Commish Will Not Cut per Pupil School Funds, but Protest State Pension Cost Shift to County

February 28, 2012

Cecil County Commissioners will provide at least the same level of per pupil schools spending in the upcoming county budget as provided this year, Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4) said Tuesday, even if the state passes on some of the costs of teacher pensions to the county. During last year’s budget deliberations, Broomell advocated “keeping...
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* I am grateful for your support and I heard your voices on issues that concern you. I will work hard to create jobs, expand economic development, back our law enforcement officers in the fight against crime and drugs, and support strong schools..

*We will work together to make Cecil County "The Best It Can Be."

(Auth: Friends of Alan McCarthy, Roger Owens, Treas.)