ACTION IN MONTGOMERY SUPPORTERS FILLED A SILVER SPRING CHURCH AND BALCONY. June 17, 2014. ( John Hayden photos)

AIM Urges MoCo Candidates To Support After-School Programs And Affordable Housing

Action In Montgomery (AIM) made a strong case Tuesday night for expanded after-school and enrichment programs during a standing-room-only meeting attended by all four Montgomery County candidates for county executive. AIM, a church-based citizens organization, presented its new initiative for after-school programs to one of the largest crowds to assemble in Montgomery County during this election season. AIM has been…

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Montgomery County’s Invisible Candidates Deserve Consideration

Barack Obama is president, Anthony Brown is running for governor of Maryland, and Ike Leggett has been County Executive in Montgomery County for two terms. However, political power and representation remain somewhat concentrated in America, to say the least. The wealthy and privileged still dominate American politics. It would be naive to think it will ever be much different.…

Election Decision Time Approaches

Read “Do We Like Ike?” (Leggett) by David Lublin over at TheSeventhState. Time is running out for voters to make TWO most important  decisions by June 24, primary election day. For Democrats, those decisions are: For Governor: Anthony Brown, Heather Mizeur, or Doug Gansler. For Montgomery County Executive: incumbent Ike Leggett, Phil Andrews, or Doug Duncan. Which…

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Maryland Governor’s Debate, First Impressions

  ONE. The debate was way too short. One hour is not enough. The candidates sometimes had to cut their answers short, and concluding statements were cut to less than 60 seconds. When a baseball game or football game is televised, we don’t set an arbitrary time limit. We cover the whole game, even if it…

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Maryland Governor’s Debate On TV Monday Night at 7

The three Democratic candidates for governor in Maryland will debate tonight on television. The debate will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Monday on WBAL-TV Channel 11 in Baltimore, and on Maryland Public Television stations. The debate will be streaming live on the WBAL website, wbaltv.com, and the Maryland Public Television website, www.mpt.org The Democratic candidates to replace Gov. Martin…

Looking For Answers

“It’s easy to find the answer when you look at one side of an issue. When you look at both sides of an issue, that’s when you lose the answer. When you look at all sides of an issue, four or five sides, you realize it might be impossible to find the answer. That’s when you go to…

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Gazette Endorses Phil Andrews For Montgomery County Executive

The Gazette this week endorsed Phil Andrews for Montgomery County executive in the June 24 Democratic primary, contradicting The Washington Post, which gave incumbent Ike Leggett a somewhat tepid endorsement for re-election on May 3. The Post and The Gazette are linked by ownership, but have independent editorial boards. Doug Duncan’s failure to win either endorsement…

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Montgomery County Incumbents Endorsed By Washington Post

The Washington Post is showing a decided preference on its editorial page for incumbents. The newspaper’s endorsements all make sense, but the challengers deserve more thoughtful consideration. In the Montgomery County Council and County Executive June 24 primary elections, The Post endorsed every incumbent in sight. The only incumbents not endorsed are two who aren’t running by their own…

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Montgomery County Council At-Large Candidates Debate

The four incumbent Democrats running for re-election to the Montgomery County Council acquitted themselves well in a debate Wednesday night. They all know Montgomery County government and key issues, but they don’t agree on everything. Meanwhile, both Democratic at-large challengers, Vivian Malloy and Beth Daly, proved they’re able to engage with the incumbents. The takeaway: Democratic voters face tough choices…

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Colorful Source of Information On Environmental Issues

Earthjustice email newsletters are a pleasant way to keep up with environmental issues, which are often inherently unpleasant. The Earthjustice online newsletter for May highlights five environmental issues with artistic photos and colorful videos. First of the five is the mysterious (or maybe not so mysterious) deaths of honeybees, and the last is fracking from a small…

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Change And Construction Is A Constant In Montgomery

Back in the day, the symbol of change was the bulldozer. When the suburbs were being created in the 1950s and 1960s, one was never far from the sight or sound of bulldozers grading the land for construction of single-family houses on quarter-acre lots. Fast-forward to 2014, and the symbol of change is more often the construction crane.…