E.J. PIPKIN: Campaigning in Cecil, but for what job?

September 9, 2009

   Our spies around the county tell us that State Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Upper Shore, was in full campaign mode on Route 213 in Cecil County on Wednesday morning, waving from a pick up truck with aides holding signs declaring, “Pipkin for State Senate.” Now that would seem like the declarative statement many have...
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Cecil Times Returns!

June 15, 2009

   We put our little blog in its crib to take a long winter’s nap after the November elections, thinking we had done our part to inform voters with original reporting on issues and campaign finance that the public should know about — but had not been reported in our local newspaper or the...
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Party (Line) Time in Cecil Voting, Except for Congress

November 5, 2008

  The unofficial returns for Cecil County in the Tuesday election show some interesting patterns in party-line voting from the top to bottom of the ballot, with the exception of the too-close-to-call 1st District race for Congress between Democrat Frank Kratovil and Republican Andy Harris.  Countywide, Republican presidential candidate John McCain carried Cecil with 56.41percent...
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Fifth District Commissioner Race: Home Cookin' and Stewart's Money

November 3, 2008

  The Republican and Democratic opponents in the Fifth District contest for Cecil County Commissioner have raised comparable amounts of campaign contributions, while write-in candidate Tom McWilliams has a secret weapon: his wife’s home cooking, according to campaign finance reports filed Oct. 24.     But some supporters of the two major candidates might be surprised...
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Demmler Bankrolls Mullin: Commissioner Payback Time?

October 30, 2008

    We’re BAACK– Sorry to have taken a hiatus, but we were sick and tired,  and mostly sick. So since we don’t get paid for this,  it has taken us a while to report and write what our local “newspaper” with full time paid employees hasn’t: new campaign finance reports– filed 10/24/08– for local County Commissioner...
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SHOW ME THE (Cecil County) POLITICAL MONEY

October 14, 2008

      From Woodward and Bernstein and Watergate to the Hollywood film, “Gerry Maguire,” there is something to be said for the phrases “follow the money” and “show me the money.” So in this election year, there are some interesting financial tidbits to be gleaned from looking at databases of donations to federal candidates...
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Labels, Geography and 'Rockfish Republicans'

October 9, 2008

      Labels tell us a lot when we go to the supermarket but picking a political candidate is usually more complicated than picking the soup with the lowest sodium content. That’s why political labels or even party affiliations may be less important than geography for Cecil County voters this year.     Consider the...
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First District Congress Race Gets National Attention

October 9, 2008

  The 1st District race for Congress, between Democrat Frank Kratovil and Republican Andy Harris,  has been getting more attention, and treated as more of a contest, by national non-partisan analysts.  Stuart Rothenberg rates the 1st as a “Republican favored” race as of September 30. But Rothenberg had to eat his words of just a...
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Good Delaware Medical News for Southern Cecil County

October 6, 2008

   For those of us living South of the C&D Canal, especially in the off-the-highway rural areas, there is good news for our health and our lives: the world-renowned Christiana Care Health System of Delaware has purchased a 108-acre site in Middletown, DE to develop a  24/7 state-of-the-art emergency room and medical facility with advanced...
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Priapi Gardens: Cecilton Common Sense

October 4, 2008

  We’re BAAACK– Sorry, all, for taking a few days off but we had a crisis of sorts to deal with. But we are back with some observations on good things happening in our southern Cecil County neck of the woods.     We stopped in to visit Vic and Mary Priapi, proprietors of Priapi...
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Whig Wakes Up (Sort of…)

September 30, 2008

    It is long overdue, but the Cecil Whig is finally waking up to the fact that it has online competition from local news bloggers that have frequently written about issues that the Whig either did not cover at all or did not publish in print or put online until a day or more...
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Gloom, But Not Doom, in Cecil Housing Market

September 30, 2008

   It was nice to see the Whig write about housing foreclosures in Cecil County in Tuesday’s editions, focusing on a counselor who is working with families and their mortgage lenders to find solutions. We’ve been hearing about the foreclosure “crisis” nationally for quite some time so it was overdue for the Whig to...
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Angels and "Demons" in Cecil County

September 29, 2008

  It’s not every weekend that you get to meet some real-life angels in Cecil County. Unfortunately, it is all too common that we see or hear of some folks “demonizing” others with whom they have a disagreement.    The “angels” we met were the hundred or so people who came out for the...
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Cecil Whig Cribs Cecil Times: A Day Late and Details Short

September 25, 2008

  The Cecil Whig posted on its website Wednesday afternoon a four-paragraph item on the Phyllis Kilby Board of Appeals story we’ve been covering since last week. We were very amused to see the Whig posted a headine, “BREAKING NEWS: Board Rules in Kilby’s favor,” at 1.28 p.m. on Wednesday 9/24/08.   The Cecil Times actually...
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COMMENTARY: Mama Mia Maria (or Kilby's Apologist)

September 24, 2008

        It was worth missing family time and TV comedies to witness Maria Mastrippolito, a member of the Cecil County Board of Appeals, as she fumbled, stumbled and mumbled her advocacy for her neighbor, mentor and gal-pal, former Cecil County Commissioner Phyllis Kilby, at  Tuesday night’s (9/23/08) meeting of Cecil County Board of...
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