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September 3, 2011
FINKSBURG — Carroll County Commissioner Haven Shoemaker, who represents the 2nd District (Hampstead and Finksburg) on the Board of County Commissioners, will hold a question-and-answer meeting Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., at the Finksburg Library, 2255 Old Westminster Pike. FINKSBURG — Carroll County Commissioner Haven Shoemaker, who represents the 2nd District (Hampstead and Finksburg) on the Board of County Commissioners, will hold a question-and-answer meeting Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., at the Finksburg Library, 2255 Old Westminster Pike.
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July 16, 2014
The citizens of Carroll County are speaking out. They do not want illegal immigrants there ( "Harris opposes Carroll County immigrant shelter," July 11). Why doesn't Rep. Chris Van Hollen speak out as Rep. Andy Harris has done and support them? Makes one wonder, doesn't it? F. Cordell, Lutherville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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March 24, 2012
I wanted to share a story with your readers regarding a recent interaction with State Senator J.B. Jennings and relay how he has renewed my faith in our elected officials and the political process. I am a resident of Senator Jennings' district, in Eastern Baltimore County. I'm not active in politics, I've never met Senator Jennings, I don't donate any money, and I'm not a "power broker" in any sense of the word. I'm simply a constituent. I'm also a member of a local law club that has monthly meetings.
NEWS
May 10, 2014
Leaving the Maryland Senatorial Debate held at the Idlewylde Community Hall Wednesday evening, I was dismayed at the arguments made by the challengers on both sides of the political spectrum trying to unseat Sen. Jim Brochin. Dr. Tim Robinson, the Republican candidate, argued that we should loosen the many bills that have created economic and environmental regulations and yet criticized Senator Brochin for not passing enough legislation during his career. This year, Senator Brochin was instrumental in steering the hybrid school board bill through the Senate and securing its passage by the General Assembly.
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By ROBERT S. BENNETT | July 4, 1993
Washington. -- Even though it is not mentioned in the United States Constitution, there can be little doubt that constituent service by members of Congress is a valuable part of our system.This is particularly true because in this country we have a large and powerful bureaucracy which is capable of arbitrary conduct and non-responsiveness to legitimate concerns.In addition to checking into bureaucratic abuses in individual cases, members of Congress performing constituent services may learn about problems which make them better qualified to carry out their primary work of oversight and legislation.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | January 25, 1991
Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden put a clamp on communications between County Council members and county departments heads this week, requiring council members to go through one of his deputies when they try to resolve a constituent complaint.Council members said they were told this week that for the next 30 days rather than deal directly with departments in trying to help callers they should refer complaints to Nicholas Spinnato, a member of the Republican executive's personal staff.
NEWS
October 15, 2003
Constituent assistance: Anne Irby, constituent liaison for Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, meets with the public from 11 a.m. to noon the first Thursday of every month at O'Malley Senior Center. 410-222-6227.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | October 4, 1994
Those congressmen trying to pull troops out of Haiti by a specified date must have Lt. Gen. Cedras for a constituent.Most members of the new Supreme Court are under 70 and no one knows what to expect.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff | February 1, 1991
Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden's policy to cut off County Council members from direct access to bureaucrats has been clarified, modified or abandoned -- depending on which administration official is explaining it.Acting Administrative Officer Merreen Kelly said last night he told the council members this week that they may once again seek information on constituent problems directly from bureaucrats."
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | January 30, 1991
Baltimore County Council members displayed frustration yesterday at County Executive Roger B. Hayden's policy that requires them to go through his office to get county departments to respond to constituent complaints.They walked out on it.Council Chairman Douglas Riley, R-4th, refused to begin yesterday's work session until Nicholas Spinnato, the Hayden aide designated to handle the council's constituent complaints, showed up.The presence of Merreen Kelly, Mr. Hayden's choice for county administrator and the No. 2 man in the administration, did not matter, Mr. Riley said.
NEWS
May 7, 2014
There are any number of reasons to miss a committee vote here or there in Annapolis that are legitimate and reasonable. A legislator might be under the weather, an emergency might arise or there might be a death in the family. Perfect attendance does not make perfect job performance, as the role of an elected representative is more than pressing a button or raising a hand. But the recent revelations regarding the voting patterns of Del. Jon S. Cardin, the presumed front-runner to be Maryland's next attorney general, go far beyond the typical or understandable - or perhaps the reasonable given the lack of explanation that he has offered so far. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, he missed 121 out of 164 votes, or roughly 75 percent of the panel's decision-making during the last 90-day session, which wrapped up one month ago. That is a veritable avalanche of lost voting, and this is not some minor committee.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Amid a storm over prayer at government meetings, Carroll County Commissioner Robin Frazier leaned back in a carved wooden rocking chair in the Taneytown public library and quietly gave voice to her fears about the direction of the country. What happened to freedom of speech and the biblical principles the United States was founded upon, she asked a handful of constituents who gathered for one of her monthly discussions Saturday. The current commissioners, all voted into office in 2010, decided that they would open their meetings with prayers because "we believe that guidance from God would be a good thing in making the decisions before us," Frazier said.
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By Brian Griffiths | February 20, 2014
It does not take political expertise, a crime fighting background or an economics degree to understand that the city of Baltimore is struggling. As the economic engine for a metropolitan area of 2.7 million people, the continued vitality of the city is an issue of vital importance far outside its limits. Unfortunately for the last 15 years, a succession of mayors who are more interested in grabbing for the brass ring than they are in providing competent leadership for the city they claim to love have ruled Baltimore.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
On April 2, a hearing was held at the Baltimore City Zoning Board to determine whether the zoning authority would grant conditional use for a gas station to a new, mega-Royal Farms store. This would operate 24/7 with at least 12 gas pumps at the intersection of Harford, Glenmore, Grindon and Old Harford Roads in Hamilton.  All Northeast community associations voted against this development with hundreds of outraged citizens turning out to voice their opposition at meetings over the course of many months.  This development is suitable for an interstate or busy highway, not a residential neighborhood of old homes which has been struggling, slowly but with some tenuous success, to revive itself as a viable community with small, locally owned businesses lining Harford Road, including an independent gas station and several great restaurants.  The intersection is a traffic nightmare, well-known to the city, which is now going to spend $400,000 of taxpayer money to create a new traffic pattern on behalf of the privately owned Royal Farms.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
The March 18 Baltimore County Council meeting was an excellent example of the current disconnect between politicians and the people they represent. The council chamber was packed with residents of Dundalk speaking out against the proposed sale of the North Point Government Center, which includes a 27.5 acre park. Residents spoke of the park as a focal point of their community life, and an eighth-grader and a high school student were especially eloquent in their pleas to keep a community center that had contributed so much to their lives.
NEWS
February 25, 2013
Todd Huff isn't the first Baltimore County councilman to be arrested for drunk driving, and if he's convicted of the crime, he won't be the first in that regard either. And we will not delude ourselves by expecting him to be the last to face such charges - at least not in a nation where 1.4 million people are arrested annually for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But the circumstances of Mr. Huff's arrest are disappointing to say the least and raise serious questions about his judgment - not only in his choice to get behind the wheel of his county-owned vehicle after drinking enough at the Towson Elks Lodge to record a .20 on an alcohol breath test but in telling police after his arrest that he wanted to call "Jim Johnson," an obvious reference to the county's police chief.
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Marta H. Mossburg | October 9, 2012
Somewhere on his path to Washington Gov. Martin O'Malley tired of the little people. Nowhere was it more evident than last week when he berated Penn National Gaming CEO Peter Carlino for defending his business. He took particular exception to Mr. Carlino telling voters the truth: that tax dollars raised from a proposed sixth state casino will all but certainly not increase money for public schools. "I would have expected more from Mr. Carlino, but I guess there's enough money at stake that he has to run these falsehoods," he said at a press conference called to discuss the power grid.
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