MD 1st: Outsiders’ Spending at $4 million as Kratovil-Harris Race Wraps Up

November 2, 2010

By Lou Peck Contributing Editor, Cecil Times/ National Journal In the hotly contested rematch in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District between Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil and GOP state Sen. Andy Harris, the barrage of TV attack ads continued as voters went to the polls Tuesday-– with spending by outside groups seeking to influence the race...
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Cecil Co. Commissioners: Piner Fails to Identify Donors; Opponent Moore Raises Big $

October 29, 2010

The election contest for Cecil County Commissioner in the Elkton-based 2nd District has triggered large campaign donations. But Democratic candidate Earl Piner, Sr., has not identified any of the sources of $14,611 in donations to his campaign. His Republican opponent, Tari Moore, fully disclosed the sources of her more than $20,100 in donations. State...
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36th Dist: Defeated Del. Sossi Flush with Campaign $; Winner Hershey Mired in Debt

October 25, 2010

The apparent next Delegate from Queen Anne’s County representing the 36th District, Stephen S. Hershey, Jr., is heavily in debt, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state, while the incumbent Republican he defeated in the GOP primary, Del. Richard Sossi, has a substantial surplus that could fund another campaign for state office...
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Commissioner Candidates Debate Schools, Economy

October 25, 2010

Candidates for three Cecil County Commissioner seats at stake in this year’s elections debated on jobs and county schools Thursday night, with two of the contests drawing the sharpest comments, and contrasts, between the contenders. Carl Roberts, the former superintendent of schools who is running as a Democrat for the 4th District seat, disputed...
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MD 1st: Spending in Kratovil-Harris Race Tops $7.5 million

October 24, 2010

By Lou Peck Contributing Editor, Cecil Times/CongressDaily As the hotly contested rematch between Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil and Republican challenger Andy Harris enters the homestretch, total spending by candidates and outside groups has passed the $7.5 million mark and is still climbing– guaranteeing it will be among the most expensive congressional contests in Maryland...
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36th Dist. Candidates’ Forum: Polite Politics in Chestertown

October 20, 2010

Perhaps it was the location in historic Chestertown, the home of Washington College and a tradition of political civility, that led to a particularly polite candidates’ forum Tuesday night among candidates for state Delegate and Senator in the 36th district. An earlier forum in Cecil County with many of the same candidates had lots...
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Kratovil Now Dem Committee’s $1million Man With New Spending

October 20, 2010

By Lou Peck Contributing Editor, Cecil Times/CongressDaily The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has informed the Federal Election Commission that it has spent another $300,000 on advertising against Republican Andy Harris, the GOP challenger to Democratic incumbent Frank Kratovil in Maryland’s 1st District. With that latest expenditure, the DCCC has put in more than $1.1...
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Popcorn, Peanuts and Pipkin: Threatens “Legal Investigation” in Performance on County Stage

October 20, 2010

State Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-36) berated the Cecil County Board of Commissioners and county staff Tuesday morning over what he called misuse of “county assets”—an email account—to promote a bus tour organized by a volunteer with a citizen’s group favoring adoption of a charter government referendum question on the November ballot. But county officials...
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Smigiel Claims “Secret Deals” on Charter Group; County Cites Volunteers

October 17, 2010

The Cecil County commissioners will hold a special work session Tuesday to address allegations by Del. Michael Smigiel (R-36) claiming “secret deals” aided the “Friends of Charter” ballot issue committee and asserting “unethical, if not illegal” conduct. Smigiel is an avowed foe of converting the county’s commissioner form of government to a home-rule charter...
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MD 1st Dist: Harris Has Solid Supporter in MD Concrete Czar

October 17, 2010

By Lou Peck Contributing Editor, Cecil Times and CongressDaily New filings with the Federal Election Commission have shed some light on who’s behind “Concerned Taxpayers of America” – a recently formed political action committee that, as of Friday, reported spending nearly $150,000 on “independent expenditure” ads opposing the re-election of Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil...
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MD 1st: Kratovil Outraises Harris in Sept.–But Even in Cash on Hand

October 16, 2010

By Lou Peck Contributing Editor, Cecil Times and CongressDaily Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil outraised his Republican challenger, state Sen. Andy Harris, in September but the two candidates entered the homestretch of the campaign fairly evenly matched in cash on hand, according to the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. During the latest...
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Gov. Debate: Anybody Ever Heard of the Shore?

October 11, 2010

The Monday, 10/11/10 televised debate between incumbent Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) was notable in its near exclusion of anything specific and relevant to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. But then, we are all too familiar with our Annapolis politicians ignoring the Shore, especially our neck of the woods...
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Pro-Charter Group Raises $12,000; Volunteers Do BRAC Tour to Raise$

October 9, 2010

A group of local volunteers who support conversion of Cecil County’s current five-member Commissioners form of government to a home-rule Charter system—with a county executive and a County Council—have raised nearly $12,000 to promote their position for a referendum question that will be on the November election ballot, according to reports filed with the...
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We’ve Moved: Welcome to the New Cecil Times Website

October 6, 2010

Dear Cecil Times Readers, Today The Cecil Times is moving from a blog on the WordPress platform to this dedicated website: www.ceciltimes.com Some of you had found our site while it was under construction but the site is now up and running and henceforth all new content will be posted only at the website....
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1st Dist. Congress: Harris Gets Air Support $

October 4, 2010

(By Guest Blogger Lou Peck, Contributing Editor, Congress Daily) A newly formed committee, with the vaguely worded name of “Concerned Taxpayers of America,” late last week reported that it is putting nearly $47,000 into TV ads opposing the re-election of Maryland 1st District Democrat Frank Kratovil. But, thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling,...
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