Once upon a time, Frederick County had a legislator – Alex X. Mooney – who was a legend in his own mind. His effectiveness in the Maryland Senate was sub-par and his campaign tactics were riddled with attacks, lacking substance.
Typically, the free-market is there for a profit; it doesn't seem to be the case when comparing print to media in the Frederick area.
Have you ever been on a see-saw when each side is able to push the other up equally, creating a lasting ride? This is exactly what the General Assembly measure (HB 295/SB331) will create with using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to generate how raises are to occur in the Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014.
Prestige used to be a word that was derogatory. Before Napoleon it meant to deceive or trick. The ethics ordinance for Frederick County is based on the Latin origin, using the term prestige of office to define possible violations.
Examining what is marketable in the Frederick area can have its twists and turns; property rights versus considering the aspect of aesthetics or competing always seems to be a venture for a two sided issue.
While national news rocked TV's, social media, and radios everywhere, taking a break to attend local and state events was a must for those who really need to be in the know.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has seen its share of controversy, even after a strong bipartisan effort passed it into law. The vote was 342-67 in the House of Representatives and 85-14 in the Senate in 1996.
There comes a time when someone has to speak out, when they are fearful of policies, or troubled by the potential effects that could arise from passing this policy. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) challenged the process last week, using the age old filibuster to further his case that the Constitution is not to be disparaged.
The Demolition Delay Ordinance passed recently by the City of Frederick is a concern for many property owners, who have not purchased property inside the boundaries of the Historic Preservation Overlay District (HPD).
Vilifying those speaking out in Annapolis on the new gun legislation has been the most recent target of The Frederick News-Post editorially.
In my previous column, published on TheTentacle.com two weeks ago, the topic of blighted properties in Frederick City and Sen. Ron Young proposals in the State Senate to help correct the problem were discussed.
Blighted properties is a "hot button" Frederick City issue, which has made its way to legislation, presented by Sen. Ron Young, a Democrat from Frederick’s 3rd District and husband of Frederick City Alderman Karen Young.
The Frederick County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly is looking to offer some interesting legislation in the upcoming session, which begins in earnest January 9.
Efforts to include unaffiliated voters in primary elections has been tossed around by the parties and individuals for some time, due to the extraordinary rise in those who prefer to be deemed "unaffiliated."
Frederick County celebrated a win this week when a local winery in Frederick City was able to move its operations home. Meanwhile Frederick City suffered a few setbacks, including the loss of Frederick Wine Cellars.
Red Maryland's Mark Newgent, on WBAL with Doug Gill, called for the heads of the political regime known as the Maryland Republican Party. Rush Limbaugh and other talk radio hosts call the Republican platform challenged.
Maryland ballot referendum Question 5, dealing with congressional redistricting, has been left in the dust. A petition drive to recall the gerrymandering of districts was successful across the state.
The Department of Justice and the U.S. Supreme Court have struck down many states ID laws that were enacted in the past year. Their reasoning in the recent Pennsylvania case was that they did not allow enough time for citizens to obtain an ID in time for the 2012 election.
Diagnostics is a key element, to creating solutions. Unfortunately, a lot of symptom solvers have entered the arena claiming we should "hope" or "change." Many items infringe on our rights as citizens.
Question 7 on the November referendums ballot, which deals with the last Special Session in Annapolis and gaming – specifically another casino – should be a no-hitter, when voting this session. Even the last minute additions should not persuade anyone to vote yes on it.
According to a Maryland Department of Education study, there were 7,000 incidents in Maryland in 2010 in which school buses were passed by vehicles when they were stopped to pick up – or let off – children.
While the Republican Party is cheering over Mitt Romney's choice of Congressman Paul Ryan as a running mate, it is difficult to get excited over the federal elections.
The media is profiting from political indifference, even egging it on. Rebuttal to a recent Board of Education candidate’s Letter to the Editor, by an opposing candidate, failed to make it into print in The Frederick News Post.
The Baltimore Sun recently detailed information which prompted an audit of Baltimore City tax credits, with numerous layers of governmental agencies involved. The State of Maryland handles its historic property tax credits through the State Departments of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).
Media sources recently announced that the taxpayers are up and moving away from Baltimore City. Is it because they are creating more taxes to increase revenue, costing those who pay to send more of their income to the city?
The City of Frederick aldermen are at it again. They are clueless that this is 2012, that people are either honest or not, and why regulating corporate entities, in this case the taxicab industry, is a burden on taxpayers.
The non-partisan group, Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) has announced that they have 828 challenges to the voter rolls of Baltimore County; only 1700 voter’s registrations have been researched thus far.
Last Thursday, the City of Frederick held its 2013 budget meeting. It passed 4-1, with Alderman Shelley Aloi (R) dissenting. A crowd of about 30 people were present when the meeting started, yet not one public comment was offered.
Budget meetings always seem to bring out the worst in people. No one is ever going to be happy with government decisions, thanks to the different philosophies people hold.
Amazing revelations are occurring when it comes to the upcoming presidential election. Both sides have a host group to pander to. Democrats are attempting to appeal to women, while Republicans are looking for a common denominator with pet owners and animal rights activists.
Last Monday, President Barack Obama, in his familiar “holier-than-thou” manner, advised the public that "ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress."
Will Frederick County Teachers Association’s recent announcement of “work to contract” have any effect on the Board of County Commissioners decision to provide relief to all county homeowners? Or will it just create a further divide between union membership in the public sector and those who work in private industry?
Today, the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee of the Maryland General Assembly will conduct a hearing on a measure that challenges the federal government’s “Abridgement of Federal and State Constitutional Protections in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).”
Lately, a few controversial political maneuvers have compelled several citizens to speak at county and state meetings. Many embraced, commended, challenged, and condemned the state and county government, for proposals and decisions.
Is the media biased, or just getting lazy? With a new world of technology, it doesn’t take much to get the story; all you have to do is be there. Camera’s, recording devices, and flip cams are now all the rage, along with tweeting, social media, and the word press.
While many are intrigued by the upcoming presidential election and perplexed as to why The Sixth Congressional District is gathering so many Republican candidates, a less publicized decision loses its fizz. The Dream Act, which sought an overwhelming majority of distaste, has been shoved into the background.