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State Delegate Dist. 36 Race: Three Hoops, Four Basketballs and a Caroline County Jumpshot

June 16, 2014

COMMENTARY The 36th District, covering four counties on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore, is like no other legislative district in the state and this year the contests for state Delegates are the political equivalent of “March Madness” in college basketball. But in the Republican primary’s “June madness,” an underdog player from Caroline County will get...
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Cecil County State’s Attorney Hired Son for Job Same Day Dad Sworn in; Primary Campaign Challenger Questions Nepotism

June 13, 2014

Cecil County State’s Attorney E.D.E. (Ellis) Rollins III, who is seeking re-election to his post, hired his son as an investigator– who began work the same day his father was sworn into office– although he lacked the law enforcement experience of previous occupants of the position. The hiring has become an issue in the...
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Cecil County Chatter: Election Board Polling Place Snafu; Cecil Business PAC Boosts $

June 11, 2014

SOME POLLING PLACES WRONG ON SAMPLE BALLOTS; EARLY VOTING BEGINS THURSDAY About 30 percent of Cecil County voters eligible to cast ballots in the upcoming primary elections received sample ballots that listed the wrong polling place at which to vote, Cecil County Board of Elections officials concede, blaming the snafu on a printer’s error....
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Dan Bongino Backs ‘Liberty’ Candidate for Cecil County Council, Past Backers Protest; Slates Heat Up County GOP Committee Contest

June 9, 2014

Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent who drew strong support among many Cecil County conservatives in his failed bid for a US Senate seat two years ago, has stuck his toe into Cecil County local politics this year by endorsing a controversial “Campaign for Liberty” candidate for County Council—much to the surprise and...
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Broomell Disses State Transit Visitors at Cecil County Council; Another Black Eye for County’s Image, Decorum

June 4, 2014

A team of state transit officials trekked to Elkton Tuesday to meet, yet again, with Cecil County officials about a proposed MARC train maintenance yard that would bring 90 jobs to the county and tie in to future plans to extend the commuter train line to Elkton—but before the visitors barely opened their mouths,...
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Deadline Tonight to Register, Change Party Affiliation for June 24 Primary Elections; Unaffiliated Voters Will Have No Voice in Several Key Local Races

June 3, 2014

Cecil County residents have until 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, 6/3/14) to register to vote or change their political party affiliation to be able to cast ballots in the Democratic or Republican primary election on June 24. People who have previously registered as “unaffiliated,” or not aligning with any political party, will be unable to...
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Feds to Seek State Permit this Month for Earleville Dump; Water Pipeline to Replace Local Polluted Wells Still Years Away

June 2, 2014

The US Army Corps of Engineers plans to formally apply for a state environmental permit later this month to allow resumed dumping of shipping channel dredge spoils at an Earleville dumpsite, with a “conditional” permit expected to be issued by October, state and federal officials said Saturday. The permit is expected to be contingent...
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Cecil County Sheriff Campaign: Adams Tops New Fundraising Report, Sutton Has Unpaid Bills; Slater Relies on One Chief Donor

May 29, 2014

As the Cecil County Sheriff’s race enters the home stretch before the June 24 primary elections, the Republican primary’s leading contenders are neck and neck in campaign finances. But the Scott Adams campaign has generated a strong wave of new contributions while three-time candidate Chris Sutton drew fewer new donations and had over $7,000...
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Cecil County Budget: Council Adopts Exec’s Budget with Few Changes, Property Tax Freeze– as Some Candidates Make Hay

May 22, 2014

NEWS ANALYSIS It was hardly a surprise when the Cecil County Council adopted, by a 3-2 majority vote Tuesday evening, a minimally revised version of County Executive Tari Moore’s proposed Fiscal 2015 budget. The key decisions had all been thrashed out at a worksession last week and another session Tuesday morning. But before the...
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Cecil County Health Dept. Drops Some Key Beach Testing, Pollution Monitoring in Cost-Cutting Move

May 16, 2014

The Cecil County Health Department has decided to drop summer monitoring of pollution and potential health risks at six local beaches—including a southern county beach adjacent to a dredge spoil dumpsite found to have polluted area groundwater. The county Health Department is technically a state agency but a significant part of its budget comes...
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Cecil County Budget: Council Backs Most of County Exec Budget, Majority Supports Calvert Park; County Bond Rating Upgraded

May 14, 2014

The Cecil County Council indicated informal support for most of County Executive Tari Moore’s proposed Fiscal 2015 budget during a Tuesday afternoon worksession, supporting county schools and library spending and rejecting a bid by Council President Robert Hodge (R-5) to scale back spending on a new regional park. But the Council did agree to...
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Cecil County Chatter: Lights, Camera, Campaign; New Pet Rescue Trailer; Vino Veritas

May 8, 2014

Lights, Camera, Campaign: Broomell Mouths Off, Again When last we visited the election-year drama of Councilor Diana Broomell (R-4), she had toned down her act, under the watchful eye of a county Sheriff’s deputy summoned to a County Council worksession to keep the peace after she previously told another lawmaker to “shut up.” But,...
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Cecil County Budget: Citizens’ Panel Proposes Cuts, $ Freeze in Schools, Public Safety; Warns Against Raiding Reserve Funds

May 6, 2014

A citizen’s budget advisory panel told the Cecil County Council on Tuesday that it should slash county public schools spending to the bare bones level required by state law, ban overtime pay for guards at the county jail, and freeze almost all hiring. But the panel also cautioned that the county executive’s new budget...
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Buddies’ Cat Pal Attacks Animal Control Panel Chair; Maps of Feral Cat Colonies in Cecil County Proposed, as Carletti Protests

May 1, 2014

Cecil County should know the locations of feral (wild) cat colonies harbored by local cat “rescue” groups as a matter of public and animal health concerns, the chair of an animal oversight panel has suggested. But a cat activist member of the oversight panel– who is aligned with the Buddy for Life group that...
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Cecil County Budget: Current Budget Year on Fiscal Track Despite Drop in Income Tax Revenue; Water/Sewer Funds Still Lag Behind Costs

April 24, 2014

As the Cecil County Council begins deliberations on the county’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, county finance officials told the Council that despite the still lagging economy the county’s general budget funds are expected to end the current fiscal year just $25,000 off target. But the county’s so-called “enterprise funds”—such as water and...
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