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BULLETIN: Audrey Scott, ex- State GOP Chair, Wins Key Support in Race to fill Pipkin Senate Seat

August 22, 2013

Audrey Scott, the former Maryland Republican Party chairwoman, has won key support from two counties’ GOP party committees in her quest to fill the state Senate seat vacated recently by E.J. Pipkin in the four-county 36th District—leaving her the current leader in the crowded field of candidates for the post. The district covers four...
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Candidates Vie for Pipkin’s Vacated State Senate Seat; Queen Anne’s County Dominates Field of 14

August 19, 2013

The iron grip held on the four-county 36th legislative district by former state Sen. E.J. Pipkin ( R) for over a decade has crumbled in the past week since he announced his resignation and departure from Maryland, with a crowded field of hopefuls lining up to seek appointment to his seat. By early evening...
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EJ Pipkin to Resign Senate Seat; Smigiel, Sossi to Contend for Appointment to Fill 36th Dist. Slot

August 6, 2013

State Sen. E.J. Pipkin of Elkton announced Monday he will resign his 36th District Senate seat, representing Cecil County and three other counties on the Upper Shore, to seek a new career in sports management. The surprise declaration set off a buzz of political speculation on a successor, both for an appointment to fill...
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Cecil County Cuts Deal to Buy Basell Site for Tech School, but at $4million Price Hike Due to Old ’3 Amigos’ Political Faction

August 2, 2013

Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, a long-debated and much needed expansion of vocational/technical education in Cecil County has been resurrected with a proposed deal, announced Friday by the County Executive, to acquire the former Basell building and its 91-acre property on Appleton Road in Elkton for conversion to a new, state-of-the-art tech...
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Cecil County Council: Sewer Solstice, Deja vu Do-overs; DPW Chief, Broomell Encore Past Debate

July 31, 2013

Elsewhere it might be close to the summer solstice, but in Elkton, it was the Cecil County Council’s sewer solstice– as members danced around the fiscal and political bonfires of boosting sewer fees to reflect actual costs of services and future economic development implications of decisions made now. If you thought such decisions had...
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Cecil County Drug Crisis: ‘Culture’ of Abuse Pervades County; Poverty, Lack of Treatment Cited in Study

July 28, 2013

A Cecil Times Special Report Cecil County’s widespread drug abuse problems– linked to crime, child abuse, suicide and joblessness—will need a broad-based solution to address a culture of drug abuse that often spans generations of families, according to a new consultant’s study. And the problem has reached crisis proportions, with the county having the...
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Cecil County Councilor Diana Broomell Says She Plans to Run for Re-election to Council in 2014

July 24, 2013

Cecil County Councilor Diana Broomell (R-4), often a lightening rod for controversy both on the old county Commissioners board and the new County Council, told Cecil Times that she plans to run for re-election to her council seat in 2014, contrary to rampant local speculation that she would run for a newly redrawn state...
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“MAD Mike” Dawson Files for State Senate; Perpetual Candidate Seeks new Cecil-Harford Seat, with Slam on Cecil Councilor

July 23, 2013

ANALYSIS When one-term Perryville town commissioner Michael A. Dawson declared a few months ago that he would not seek re-election to the post he had only won by one vote, town officials and many residents breathed a sigh of relief. During his brief two-year tenure, Dawson created a whirlwind of controversy, with online attacks...
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Cecil County Exec Gives $400K in Casino ‘Impact’ Grants to Local Fire, Charity Groups; Developer Projects and Con-man’s Youth Group Get Aid

July 18, 2013

Cecil County Executive Tari Moore has awarded nearly $400,000 in grants, derived from a local “impact” share of county revenues obtained from the Hollywood casino in Perryville, to a wide array of fire companies, veterans’ groups, social service and charities countywide. As overall revenues from the local casino continue to plummet—due to new competition...
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Local Biz ‘Preference’ Backed by Cecil County Councilor Hodge, as State Attorney General Backs Similar Steps; Local Staff, Political Clan Critical

July 16, 2013

Cecil County Council President Robert Hodge (R-5) has long been dismayed that county-financed construction projects often use non-local subcontractors and services—from port-a-potties to cement—rather than pump some of those government dollars back into the local economy and wallets of Cecil County residents. So last week Hodge proposed a broad initiative to boost “good faith”...
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Cecil County Exec Names 30-member Panel to Draft County ‘Strategic Plan’

July 10, 2013

Cecil County Executive Tari Moore has appointed a 30-member task force to draft a long-range “strategic plan” to guide the county’s future, a requirement established by the county’s new Charter form of government. The Strategic Plan Advisory Network (SPAN) will be headed by Dr. Diane Lane, Vice President of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness...
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Cecil County Council Discusses Gunfire Limits, After Child’s Death from Stray “Celebratory” Shot

July 9, 2013

Cecil County Councilor Alan McCarthy (R-1) on Tuesday proposed a draft bill to limit discharge of firearms in close proximity to homes as a way to prevent tragic but unintended consequences of shooting guns into the air in so-called “celebratory” firings—in response to the death several months ago of a child in Cecil County....
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Cecil County Council Talks Trash, and Not Just Garbage

July 2, 2013

Trash-talking is often par for the course in some of the rhetoric employed by at least one member of the Cecil County Council during the panel’s meetings, and Tuesday’s worksession was no exception. But at least some of the talk by another county official will turn trash into gold. Scott Flanigan, the county’s Director...
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Evelyn Potter, Cecil County Elections Director, Retires; A Beacon of Fairness, Balance, Calm in the Political Storm

June 28, 2013

An Appreciation In the tumultuous and often nasty world of recent Cecil County politics, there has always been one shining light, a beacon of fairness, impartiality and calm in the eye of the local political storm– Evelyn Potter, the director of the Cecil County Board of Elections for more than two decades. But it...
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Supreme Court Same-Sex Fed Marriage Rights Ruling has Little Impact on Cecil County Govt.; Legally Wed Folks Now Get Benefits

June 26, 2013

A landmark Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday, finding that same-sex legally married couples must have equal rights to benefits under federal law, is expected to have little impact on Cecil County government employees, who already have spousal benefits, a county official said. Donna Nichols, Cecil County’s Director of Human Resources, told Cecil Times that...
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