March 22, 2018
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  • School Safety

    By Derek Fink
    Last month, our country was rocked with yet another horrible act of violence at a school. Stoneman Douglas High School was the scene of a mass shooting that took the lives of 17 innocent people. As we look back at this tragedy, we must answer the questions “how did this happen?” and...
  • A Great Senator And Friend

    By Bryan Simonaire
    I would like to pay tribute to a personal friend and colleague, Senator H. Wayne Norman.
    Wayne Norman was born only 62 years ago in Baltimore. He was a smart and hardworking man, which is evidenced through his work in the General Assembly, as well as his work at his law firm in Bel Air.
    As a...
  • Radical Changes To Our School Safety Plan

    By Ron Bateman
    As our country scratches and claws for answers to protect our children in schools, I have offered a five-point plan to help minimize armed threats. The Anne Arundel County Police Department and our public school system have done an outstanding job with the minimal resources at their disposal, but...
  • Righting The Wrongs Of The “Slots For Tots” Promise

    By Peter Franchot
    Back in 2007, I was still getting used to my new position as comptroller when momentum to legalize slot machine gambling intensified.
    It was the depth of the recession, the state had a huge budget hole and lawmakers were desperate for more revenue to plug the gap. So, after years of rebuffing the...
  • Letter To The Editor

    Dear editor,

    My name is Lisa D. Not only am I a person in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder, but I’m also a mother of a son who struggles with addiction, and I am a grandmother who has custody of and is raising my 5-year-old grandson as a direct result of the disease of addiction. I’ve seen and lived almost every aspect of addiction over the years. I’ve used drugs, I am in recovery, I watch my son struggle with this disease and I am raising my grandson as a direct result.

    Addiction has always been the secret people keep behind closed doors. When I found out that my son was struggling with this disease four years ago, I realized that our lack of discussion...
  • Pasadena Democrats Launch New ClubExclusive

    An active District 31 Democratic club formed by Pasadena residents is now up and running. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Eastern District Police Station at 204 Pasadena Road. Everyone is invited to attend.

    To foster community engagement, the District 31 Democrats are sponsoring an ongoing speakers series at their regularly scheduled meetings. The guest speaker at the March 27 meeting will be Krish Vignarajah, the only Democratic woman candidate for governor, and on April 24, Kevin Kamenetz will stop by. The May 22 meeting will feature Ben Jealous, a Pasadena resident and Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

    For more information, visit...
  • Brian Chisholm: State Delegate, District 31Exclusive

    By Brian Chisholm
    Brian Chisholm will team up with Senator Bryan Simonaire, Delegate Nic Kipke and county council candidate Nathan Volke during the 2018 election. Chisholm has been a successful businessman for two decades with a strong faith in God, family, people and the American Dream. He advocates cutting wasteful spending, lowering taxes for both individuals and businesses, making communities safer, and cracking down on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. “I look forward to a positive campaign, talking with citizens and taking on all of these challenges,” Chisholm said.

  • Lowering Taxes

    By Bryan Simonaire
    The federal action of reducing taxes will positively affect nearly everyone in Maryland. However, because Maryland is a high-taxed state, local taxes will increase significantly if no action is taken in Annapolis this session.
    Our delegation is vigorously working with Governor Hogan to hold...
  • An Update On Tax Cuts

    By Nic Kipke
    Since the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed in December, there have been many questions and guesses about its impact on taxpayers. The news has been filled with forecasts of doom, gloom and fear. But soon after the bill’s passage, company after company across our nation began...
  • A Freeze On Development

    By Steve Schuh
    Anne Arundel County is a wonderful place, which is why more people want to come here to live and work. However, an increasing population puts stress on our schools, roads and public safety. To manage these stresses, our administration is committed to smart growth in areas with adequate...
  • What Federal Tax Reform Means For Maryland

    By Peter Franchot
    When Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December, it left many unanswered questions.
    Who will benefit? Who will be harmed? Will corporate tax relief really boost the economy and have trickle-down effects, despite past failures? Will tax bills go down for the long haul or will it be...
  • Recently Archived

  • Sheriff’s Office Partners with Chesapeake K-9 Fund

    By Ron Bateman
    A little over a year ago, board members of the Chesapeake K-9 Fund reached out to my agency to see if they could help in the purchase of K-9 equipment for our unit. You see, the Chesapeake K-9 Fund is the brainchild of Wendy Oliver, a wonderful woman whose energy, optimism and unbridled enthusiasm...
    • For his thesis project at School of Visual Arts in New York, Severna Park animator Jake Wincek created a 3-D film called “Metanoia,” which follows a boy named “the seeker” through a geometric spiritual journey.Photo Provided
      For his thesis project at School of Visual Arts in New York, Severna Park animator Jake Wincek created a 3-D film called “Metanoia,” which follows a boy named “the seeker” through a geometric spiritual journey.

    Delegate Kipke Awarded For Public Service

    By Nic Kipke
    Delegate Nic Kipke was recently awarded the Casper R. Taylor Jr. Founder’s Award. This award is presented annually to a sitting member of the House of Delegates for steadfast commitment to public service and for demonstrating the integrity of the House of Delegates.
    The award is given to...
  • The Maryland General Assembly

    By Derek Fink
    The holidays are over and the kids are back in school. Mid-January means one thing in Annapolis: the start of the Maryland General Assembly session. Governor Larry Hogan has shown that he and his administration are dedicated to improving Maryland’s future by improving its education system,...
  • This Year’s Legislation Affecting Pasadena

    By Bryan Simonaire
    The 2018 legislative session looks to be a contentious and partisan spectacle during this election year; however, I am committed to put aside the partisan posturing and work to help the people of Maryland.
    Reduce Taxes
    First and highly important is that we work with Governor Larry Hogan to pass...
  • A Look At Governor Hogan’s Budget

    By Nic Kipke
    Governor Larry Hogan has once again delivered a balanced budget that does not depend on tricks or gimmicks, and most importantly, there are no tax increases!
    The governor’s budget proposal is 100 percent structurally balanced, it provides record funding for K-12 education and it continues to...
  • Making A Historical Promotion

    By Ron Bateman
    It’s not every day that you can become a part of history, but in December, Jennifer Gilbert-Duran did so. Last month, I had the honor, privilege and pleasure to promote Lieutenant Jennifer Gilbert-Duran to the rank of captain. As a captain, she is the highest-ranking sworn female ever in the...
  • Breaking Ground On A New Police Academy

    By Steve Schuh
    Every month in Anne Arundel County, it seems as though we are breaking ground on a wonderful new asset that will help our jurisdiction reach its full potential. In fact, over the past year alone, we have broken ground on a new Crofton High School, three new elementary schools, and a host of park...
  • Maryland Adopts New Law Regarding Smoke Alarms

    The January 1 implementation of the Maryland smoke-alarm law has generated many citizen inquiries. The following information regarding Maryland law is provided to assist with answering questions. Fire department personnel are frequently the only smoke-alarm “experts” the general public...
  • Reforming Maryland’s Dysfunctional Beer Industry

    By Peter Franchot
    After witnessing the damaging effects of House Bill 1283’s passage in the 2017 legislative session, I convened a 40-member task force that held public, live-streamed meetings across our state. The goal of our “Reform on Tap” effort is simple: to remove statutory and regulatory...
  • Superintendent George Arlotto Makes Budget Recommendation

    In late December, Dr. George Arlotto, superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), recommended to the Board of Education a $1.19 billion operating budget for Fiscal Year 2019 that would add 190.7 classroom teaching positions and provide every school system employee with a...

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