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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Sen. John C. Astle, considered one of the swing votes on a possible repeal of the death penalty, said Thursday that some opponents of capital punishment are jumping the gun in counting him as an ally. Astle, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, said he has an open mind on the issue but wants to hear the arguments on both sides. He said backers of repeal have yet to lobby him. Gov. Martin O'Malley, a supporter of repeal, has weighed in, Astle said. The senator said the governor raised the issue when Astle came to O'Malley's office to ask for his help with an event on women's cardiac health.
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By Pamela Wood and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
A Republican state Senate candidate from Annapolis has admitted he falsely claimed to hold a college degree, saying he hasn't yet graduated. Don Quinn, who is running against longtime Democratic Sen. John C. Astle, said he's been taking online courses from Washington State University for about four years, but is 12 credits shy of earning his degree. Quinn's LinkedIn profile and an online biography he submitted to The Baltimore Sun claim he holds a degree from Washington State.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,SUN STAFF | September 30, 1990
A District 30 House of Delegates candidate wants voters to take incumbent Democrats John Astle and Michael Busch to task for "lavish spending" and "insensitivity to the public."Philip Bissett, one of two Republicans vying for three delegate seats, has singled out eight votes by Astle and Busch during the last four years that he said are out of step with voters in the district, which stretches from Lower Broadneck to Shady Side."They spend too much of my money, of other taxpayers' money," Bissett said Friday.
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
For more than 30 years, John Astle has walked from his downtown Annapolis home to the State House, representing his friends and neighbors in Maryland's General Assembly. He's so well-known in the capital that he's frequently stopped on the street, whether by someone just saying hello or someone offering political concerns to the longtime Democratic senator. Astle hopes to keep doing the people's work for at least four more years. Standing in his way is Republican Don Quinn, a political newcomer who is young enough to be Astle's son. As Astle works to remind voters of his experience and connections at the State House, Quinn is offering himself as a fresh new face.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff writer | February 10, 1991
The thrill of combat in the Persian Gulf lured Delegate John Astle, D-Annapolis, back to the U.S. Marine Corps.But Astle, who reportsfor military duty Thursday, won a battle in the General Assembly Friday over who will replace him as chairman of the Anne Arundel House delegation.Astle's choice, Delegate Michael Busch, D-Annapolis, beat out Delegates W. Ray Huff, D-Pasadena, and Marsha G. Perry, D-Crofton, for the coveted post.The combatants began lobbying for the post Wednesday after Astle, a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves, announced his active duty orders.
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By This report was compiled by Sun staff writer John A. Morris | July 10, 1994
State Del. John C. Astle of Annapolis announced Friday that he has formed a Democratic ticket with County Councilwoman P. Virginia Clagett and Del. Michael E. Busch.Mr. Astle is running for the state Senate in District 30, which includes Lower Broadneck, Annapolis and portions of South County east of Route 2. He is unopposed in the primary.Ms. Clagett of West River and Mr. Busch of Annapolis are running for the House of Delegates. They are among six Democratic contenders for three seats.Mr.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff writer | November 15, 1991
Seeing U.S. Representative Tom McMillen waivering, state Delegate John Astle filed for the House of Representatives yesterday.Astle, a helicopter pilot for a Washington shock trauma center, is the second Annapolis Democrat to enter the race for the new 1st Congressional District. Annapolis Alderwoman Ellen Moyer, D-Ward 8, filed last weekfor the March 3 primary.McMillen has said that he is weighing his chances in the 1st District, which links much of the county with the Eastern Shore. The Democrat also is considering the 5th District, which includes parts of Prince George's, southern Anne Arundel and Southern Maryland.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | February 10, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- In the morning, Delegate John Astle stood on a scale and saw that it was beautiful: 145 pounds, spread over a 5-foot-10-inch frame."I'm in shape," he declared later in the day, sitting in his office with the phone temporarily not ringing and the front door temporarily not being pounded upon. "I could pass any physical.""How do you stay in such good condition?" he was asked."Running," he said. "I run regularly.""That's it?""Plus," he said, "I stay stressed out at the legislature."
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,Staff writer | February 20, 1992
Organization Democrats in Anne Arundel County endorsed yesterday Rep. Tom McMillen, D-4th, in next month's congressional primary, rejecting the candidacy of their former delegation chairman.McMillen, running in the newly drawn 1st District that includes much of the county and the Eastern Shore, "has become an integral part of the Democratic party of Anne Arundel County, and we're looking forward to workingwith him in Congress," said state Sen. Michael J. Wagner, D-Ferndale.John C. Astle, the former delegation chief running against McMillen in the primary, "must be playing for something in the future," Wagner said later.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | November 1, 2002
Age and experience have become issues in the District 30 state Senate race, as incumbent and longtime delegate John C. Astle faces a congressional aide who is making sharp accusations about his performance. "He has really failed Anne Arundel County, issue after issue after issue," said Andy Smarick, the 26-year-old Republican challenger who calls Astle's legislative record "sad." "He is just not doing the job," Smarick said. Astle calls Smarick the most "critical" opponent he has ever faced.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Standing over a large tub, Gary Moree sorted crabs and stocked his walk-in cooler Friday at Bay Island Seafood, preparing for the onslaught of Memorial Day weekend customers. The cooler was stacked to the ceiling with bushels of Maryland and Delaware crabs and boxes of the oversized Louisiana variety. A barrel of Moree's Bay Island seasoning - a secret blend of rock salt, spices and pepper - stood nearby. "Everyone wants their crabs," said Moree, president of the family owned business that's been a mainstay in Southwest Baltimore since 1952.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Sen. John C. Astle, considered one of the swing votes on a possible repeal of the death penalty, said Thursday that some opponents of capital punishment are jumping the gun in counting him as an ally. Astle, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, said he has an open mind on the issue but wants to hear the arguments on both sides. He said backers of repeal have yet to lobby him. Gov. Martin O'Malley, a supporter of repeal, has weighed in, Astle said. The senator said the governor raised the issue when Astle came to O'Malley's office to ask for his help with an event on women's cardiac health.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
Each year in Arundel on the Bay, the neighborhood's power goes out five, six or seven times, leaving residents in the dark with refrigerators of spoiling food and without water, since their well pumps run on electricity. "There's a part of me that's really incredulous," resident Tim Hamilton said this week, unloading years of simmering frustration during a meeting with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s supervisor of reliability. "I've never lived in a place where people buy generators like they live in a Third World country.
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By Laura Smitherman | laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | December 19, 2008
Maryland should create a Cabinet-level department to oversee emergency services and consider allowing a private company to run the state's helicopter transport fleet, say two lawmakers who pledged yesterday to spearhead reform during the legislative session that begins next month. Maryland's medevac system for ferrying accident victims is expected to come under renewed scrutiny by the General Assembly after a September crash in Prince George's County killed four people. Sen. John C. Astle, an Anne Arundel County Democrat and retired helicopter pilot who flew medevac missions, and Sen. E.J. Pipkin, an Eastern Shore Republican, are working on legislation to overhaul the beleaguered system.
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By James Drew and James Drew,SUN REPORTER | October 29, 2007
If the General Assembly's special session beginning today were to last 30 days, it would coincide with at least 10 lawmakers' fundraisers -- events that are forbidden during regular sessions. For a decade, Maryland has banned state officials from holding fundraisers during the 90-day sessions that begin in January.
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By Anica Butler and Anica Butler,sun reporter | November 1, 2006
Though he's a three-term incumbent in a district where Democrats hold an edge over Republicans, Democratic State Sen. John C. Astle said he's working harder this campaign season than ever before. He's knocked on more doors, raised more money and done extensive polling. "I'm just counting the days. This has been the hardest campaign I've had," Astle said. "This has been pretty exhausting." The man who's been giving Astle, 63, a run for his money is freshman Del. Herbert H. McMillan. "Astle has voted to the left on all [the]
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | December 26, 2001
For John C. Astle, it was love at first thwack. The sound of an arriving helicopter was sweet music indeed to a young infantry officer just finishing patrol duty on a miserably cold night at the Marine Corps officers training school in Quantico, Va. Thirty-five years later, the sound of chopper blades churning air still thrills Astle, now a state senator in Maryland's General Assembly. Throughout his political career - 12 years in the House of Delegates and seven in the Senate - the Anne Arundel County Democrat has made a living flying helicopters.
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October 13, 1998
EXPERIENCED, pragmatic politicians represent Legislative District 30 in the General Assembly. They should be re-elected.Democratic Sen. John C. Astle has been a legislator since 1982. He was a delegate for three terms before becoming senator in 1994. A retired Marine pilot who flew the presidential helicopter for Richard M. Nixon, Mr. Astle now flies a medical chopper for the Washington Hospital Center. He is a fiscal and social conservative, which suits the district. The 30th covers eastern Anne Arundel, hopscotching across two peninsulas and the city of Annapolis.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2004
A young male deer running through residential streets in Annapolis near City Dock was tranquilized and released into the wild yesterday, Department of Natural Resources officials said. A yearling was spotted sitting quietly in the shade of a small tree on Fleet Street. After a crew of DNR officials arrived, a marksman fired a tranquilizer gun at the deer. The third shot hit the deer, which ran around the corner into the back yard of a residence on East Street. Bob Beyer, associate director of the DNR's game program, hit the deer with two more darts, which left the animal unconscious, officials said.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | November 1, 2002
Age and experience have become issues in the District 30 state Senate race, as incumbent and longtime delegate John C. Astle faces a congressional aide who is making sharp accusations about his performance. "He has really failed Anne Arundel County, issue after issue after issue," said Andy Smarick, the 26-year-old Republican challenger who calls Astle's legislative record "sad." "He is just not doing the job," Smarick said. Astle calls Smarick the most "critical" opponent he has ever faced.
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