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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CECIL CHATTER: Name Games; Patriot’s “Recommendations” in Cecil County Council Races

February 27, 2012

Dirty Web Trick Targets Diana Broomell in County Exec Race While searching around the Web, we came across a website that misappropriates the name of Cecil County Commissioner Diana Broomell (R-4), who is running in the Republican primary for Cecil County executive, and links her name to a Wikipedia definition of “obstructionism.” It’s not...
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New Regional Panel Leader Sides with Cecil County Mayors, Zang to Represent Towns; Bankrupt Council Gets New $, New Leader

February 24, 2012

The Upper Shore Regional Council, which was out of business and out of money during the tenure of Cecil County Commissioner James Mullin (R-1) as its chairman, has new leadership, new money in the bank and a new representative of Cecil County towns. The new chairman of the Council, which serves as a tri-county...
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Cecil Business Leaders PAC Endorses Tari Moore in GOP Primary for Cecil County Executive

February 22, 2012

A business political action committee, organized last year in dissatisfaction with the current leadership of Cecil County government, Tuesday endorsed Tari Moore in the Republican primary for county executive. The board of the group, Cecil Business Leaders for Better Government, voted unanimously to endorse Moore, a first-term County Commissioner from District 2, in her...
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Del. Mike Smigiel’s “Oh, Canada” Judgeship Campaign: Parlez Vous Cecil County?

February 21, 2012

Do French Canadians vote in Cecil County judicial elections? Del. Michael Smigiel (R-36) must think so, based upon some of his judgeship campaign materials that direct local voters to a Quebec phone number that is answered with a message in French. Be careful, Cecil County voters on a limited budget. If you call Smigiel’s...
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Cecil County Exec. Candidates Slow to Fundraise but McKnight Leads with Clark Turner Donations

February 15, 2012

Candidates for Cecil County Executive have been mostly slow to fundraise before the upcoming April Democratic and Republican primaries that will narrow the crowded field of candidates. But North East Mayor Robert McKnight, a Democrat, leads the pack with $7,000 in donations mostly linked to developer Clark Turner, according to a Cecil Times review...
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