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Jill King

March 2, 2015
Government Hands In Our Pockets and Bad Bills
Jill King


Government surrounds so much of our daily lives that for people to ignore the causation of why things happen is beyond me. As a writer, advocate and researcher, there are times that I just would like people to realize why they are being punished or rewarded for their actions.

February 9, 2015
Missteps Abound
Jill King

The last week has sure been interesting, national news, local issues and a few missteps in political races. Some you may know, others were from information that was happened upon.

January 26, 2015
Failed Process Leads to Fractured Party
Jill King

While Del. Kathy Afzali (R., 4th) would love for this column to be about her, it isn't. Her issues run much deeper than a bi-weekly column can contain. Her actions against public officials and constituents are too egregious to document until closer to the 2018 election, although we shouldn't be shocked to see a few in the next four years.

January 5, 2015
Ignoring The Voters in District 4
Jill King

Sometimes, after numerous attempts to get people to do the right thing, they still do it their way. Here is the latest example; and it comes from the typically irrelevant Frederick County Republican Central Committee (FCRCC).

December 22, 2014
Wendi Peters Is The Choice
Jill King

As in years past, Frederick County’s Legislative District 4 will have an open seat to be filled by incoming Gov. Larry Hogan after he receives nominations from the Frederick County and Carroll County Republican Central Committees.

December 8, 2014
Changing Society and The Rules
Jill King

The mounting tension with the Ferguson (Missouri), and now the Staten Island (NY) police use of force cases common denominator, stems from failing to follow basic instructions.

November 17, 2014
Trash Talking in Brunswick
Jill King

One day while walking down the street, mom and I got into a discussion about who should be walking closest to the road. Since she is elderly, it was natural for me to decide that she was less alert and that I should be on the outside to protect her.

November 3, 2014
Fair and Balanced Process
Jill King

Tomorrow will be the final installment of this term’s election. After years of volunteering for candidates and participating in the Election Integrity Election voter diagnostics; this year, I will be heading inside the polls to help.

October 15, 2014
Builders Question County Candidates
Jill King

As the rain slowed to a stop and the leaves were gently falling to the ground, a gentle reminder that the elections were closing in prompted the early birds at the Frederick County Building Industry Association (FCBIA) to meet for a debate, at the Dutch’s Daughter restaurant.

September 22, 2014
A Lockbox with a Loop-Hole Key
Jill King

This November we are faced with two referendum questions that haven't gotten the attention they deserve. The first question deals with the transportation trust fund and may be a little confusing; the second is a no brainer, asking if we should be able to hold a special election to fill a county executive seat by special election, if the post is abandoned.

September 8, 2014
Teachers’ Pensions and Candidate Gardner
Jill King

In January 2012, Gov. Martin O'Malley released the budget for 2013. This included a transfer of the liability for teacher's pensions to the individual counties, creating a huge controversy for many. Counties and the teachers unions across the state fought this transition.

August 25, 2014
One Bad Apple Spoiling The “Barrel”
Jill King

The Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA) has been known for years for their ability to access state funds to endorse candidates in Frederick County. They seem to be willing to do anything in order to gain the seats needed by controlling local elections for the county’s Board of Education.

August 11, 2014
The Calm Before The Storm…
Jill King

The only thing worse than not having a topic prepared for a column is the pressure of knowing that the online edition will go dark – if you don't produce. Pitching topics out all day on social media hasn't prepared the mood, or the amount of information necessary to actually get it together.

July 28, 2014
Pro-Active Policy Needed Along The Border
Jill King

Less than a week ago, Suitland, Maryland, police arrested six illegal immigrants who were admittedly Mara Salvatrucha, otherwise known as MS-13 gang members. The Hyattsville Patch and InfoWars report that those arrested beat and stabbed a homeless man to death after an argument with a 17-year-old female.

July 14, 2014
Homelessness – A Path to Resolve
Jill King

Homelessness, along with filling the gap to shelter those in need, is frequently in the spotlight lately. After Frederick County found a way to keep a year-round shelter open, news came of a large surge of children crossing the southern border that increased the needs across the country.

June 30, 2014
Election Post-Mortem
Jill King

Personal responsibility is one of the core values of Republicanism and the reason why so many of the politically active leave this primary with a bad taste in their mouth. Although it is certain that Democrats are leaving this race feeling just as dirty, the big picture tends to leave me with the party I most identify with.

June 16, 2014
Disingenuous Letters to The Editor
Jill King

Void of facts, some people will use any trick in the book to get elected. For the county executive election, some are using every trick in the book and inventing more.

June 2, 2014
False Accusations and Winning Elections
Jill King

The ebb and flow of political parties in Frederick County is inflammatory. It is a battle of the will of the people on both sides hoping to claim victory. Propaganda – much like a Stalin-run Soviet Union has emerged in Frederick.

May 19, 2014
Will Sleazy Marketing Be Successful?
Jill King

Marketing can be the most important part of a campaign. Those who have experience know the ins and outs and utilize this valuable knowledge in order to bring in votes and secure seats. Those with less experience face a learning experience, especially the first time around.

May 5, 2014
Vetting Candidates a Necessary Task
Jill King

Yes-sir-eee, it is campaign season and there are still some candidates left who preach – or are running for a reason that only the voters can weed out. Here are a few more that the Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA) has endorsed.

April 28, 2014
A “How To” Voters Guide
Jill King

Confusion is running rampant on many of us as we head into the June 24, 2014, primary. Maryland changed legislative districts to account for population changes. Frederick County citizens adopted a new Charter form of government, creating council seats and one county executive.

April 14, 2014
Representing Two Masters
Jill King

The Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA) came out with its list of endorsements last week; none of them, of course, are shocking. If you were running against a teacher, would you even bother to apply for their endorsement?

March 31, 2014
Turning Society on Its Ear…
Jill King

The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 – or "The Bathroom Bill” – a law proposed by the Maryland Legislature, proposed by Democrats, including Frederick's own Sen. Ron Young, creates a measure that is supposed to foster equality for those in identity crisis.

March 17, 2014
Is the pot black, or just the kettle of fish?
Jill King

Reefer, cannabis, marijuana, Mary Jane, pot, Bud...whatever you want to call it, may be in your face or in your backyard soon. The questions are limitless.

March 3, 2014
Takeover Move Portents Disaster
Jill King

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.

February 17, 2014
A Benedict Arnold in Our Midst
Jill King

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.

February 3, 2014
Minimum Wage Fiasco
Jill King

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.

January 20, 2014
Political Ethics Battles To The Forefront
Jill King

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.

April 29, 2013
To Have A Viable Business – or Not?
Jill King

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.

April 22, 2013
Demonstrating The Divide
Jill King

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.

April 1, 2013
Stepping Into Troubled Waters
Jill King

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.

March 11, 2013
Re-establishing a Faith in Government
Jill King

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.

February 25, 2013
Demolition on The Front Burner
Jill King

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).

February 11, 2013
The Facts, Ma’am, Just the Facts…Please
Jill King

Vilifying those speaking out in Annapolis on the new gun legislation has been the most recent target of The Frederick News-Post editorially.

January 28, 2013
Perhaps a Blight Solution – Part 2
Jill King

In my previous column, published on 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.

January 14, 2013
Perhaps a Blight Solution
Jill King

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.

December 31, 2012
Some Good Legislative Proposals
Jill King

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.

December 17, 2012
Further Discussion of City’s Primary Process
Jill King

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."

December 3, 2012
Communication Key to City Night Life
Jill King

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.

November 19, 2012
Taking The GOP Down The Garden Path
Jill King

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.

November 5, 2012
Defeating Blatant Arrogance
Jill King

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.

October 22, 2012
Examining Voter ID Trials and Tribulations
Jill King

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.

October 8, 2012
Solving These Problems Won’t Be Easy
Jill King

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.

September 10, 2012
Gambling Too Risky: Vote NO
Jill King

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.

August 27, 2012
Are students’ parents really the problem?
Jill King

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.

August 13, 2012
Where do we go from here?
Jill King

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.

July 30, 2012
Political Gamesmanship in Non-Partisan Race
Jill King

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.

July 16, 2012
Lost Revenue, Found Money, Lackadaisical Oversight
Jill King

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).

July 2, 2012
Taxing The Many for The Few
Jill King

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?

June 18, 2012
Taxi Flap and the Race for Governor
Jill King

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.

June 4, 2012
Keeping voters and those elected honest
Jill King

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.

May 21, 2012
While Frederick City was sleeping
Jill King

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.

May 7, 2012
Church Leaders Dividing The Community
Jill King

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.

April 23, 2012
Using Your Brain in November
Jill King

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.

April 9, 2012
It’s Up To The Supremes
Jill King

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."

March 26, 2012
Job Action Demands More Work
Jill King

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?

March 12, 2012
Abrogating The Bill of Rights
Jill King

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).”

February 27, 2012
The Right and The Wrong
Jill King

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.

February 13, 2012
Fed Up? Become a Watchdog
Jill King

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.

January 27, 2012
Will The Dream become a reality?
Jill King

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.

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