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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 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.…

Cheap TVs And Costly Health Care

Once in a while, a sentence or paragraph in the daily news seems to capture the truth. “America is a place where luxuries are cheap and necessities costly. A big-screen TV costs much less than it does in Europe, but health care will sink you.”   – Joseph Cohen, Queens College, New York Makes you wonder,…

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Montgomery County Green Democrats’ Endorsements

Montgomery County Green Democrats informed candidates of their endorsements on Saturday. Following are the endorsements released by Green Democrats leader Joan Jacobs. All endorsements are for the Democratic Primary Election to be held June 24. Govenor: Heather Mizeur, Attorney General: Brian Frosh, Maryland General Assembly: Dist 14: For Senate, Karen Montgomery For Delegate, Eric Luedtke Dist 15:…

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The Student Debt Crisis

This week’s email brings a reminder from Maggie Thompson at the organization Higher Ed Not Debt about an issue that remains under the radar for much of the population: “This week we hit a milestone—but it’s not a good one. It’s been two years since the amount of student debt held in this country hit $1 trillion dollars. Americans…

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Marijuana Decriminalization Passes In Maryland, Awaits O’Malley’s Decision

I’m surprised but pleased that even in an election year, the Maryland General Assembly was able to take action on significant issues in the session that ends Monday. An important but controversial marijuana decriminalization bill finally passed the House of Delegates on Saturday, 78-55. Now, gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur and others are pressing Gov. Martin O’Malley…

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Real Estate Development Always At Issue in Montgomery County Elections

UPDATE: For more on economic development and growth in Montgomery County, past and future, please see my post, “Contemplating Life Inside An Economic Engine,” at the TheSeventhState political blog,  http://www.theseventhstate.com _______________________ Most Americans outside the beltway* are justified in thinking that the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is a one-company town, and that company is the…