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Dist. 36 Delegates: Cecil GOP Voters Oust Smigiel; Caroline County’s Ghrist Plays 4-County Jumpshot to Top Incumbent

June 25, 2014

Cecil County Republican Michael Smigiel apparently lost his bid for re-election Tuesday in a redrawn District 36 House of Delegates contest, losing in his home county as well as falling short throughout the four-county district to Caroline County opponent Jeff Ghrist in the Republican primary election. It was the first time in nearly 20...
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Cecil County Council Election: Broomell, Dunn Ousted; Bowlsbey, Patchell, Schneckenburger Win GOP Primary

June 24, 2014

In a stunning rebuke, Cecil County voters Tuesday ousted incumbent County Councilors Diana Broomell and Michael Dunn, while Joyce Bowlsbey won the Republican nod to return to her District 2 seat. George Patchell and Dan Schneckenburger won the GOP nominations in Districts 4 and 3, respectively. The primary election ended a years-long drama of...
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Cecil County Election: Councilor Broomell’s Ally Rozanski Allegedly Bites Nose of Political Foe McCanick in Election Day Fracas

June 24, 2014

Election day poll workers in Cecil County usually stock a supply of sunscreen, water bottles and signs to wave on behalf of their preferred candidates outside polling places. But an incident Tuesday morning indicates that hockey faceguards might also be in order: a candidate for the Cecil County Republican Central Committee says he was...
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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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