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Predictions for today’s election in Anne Arundel County

Predictions for today’s election in Anne Arundel County

| November 6, 2018

The following is a transcript of a podcast released last night at midnight. You can read it here, or listen! I wanted to get it published to hold myself accountable! OK…I do not do endorsements…first of all…what the hell does my opinion count for? Your vote should not be influenced by anything other than what […]

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Guest Column: Equal Representation in District 30. Is it possible?

Guest Column: Equal Representation in District 30. Is it possible?

| October 25, 2018

We continue to dismiss the racial disparities in political participation that persist election cycle, after cycle. As a die-hard Democrat, I never really thought about the racial imbalances within our party until recently (I grew up with an African American President). A photo of seven white candidates running on both the state and local level […]

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Guest Column: Why I am running for Clerk of the Court

Guest Column: Why I am running for Clerk of the Court

| October 22, 2018

At the Clerk’s office, where I’ve worked for 27 years, we are passionate about serving our community. Our mission is fair, equitable and accessible justice. Our goal is to ensure that each and every person has access to justice and to the services of the court. Each year in Maryland there are over 30,000 acts […]

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GUEST COLUMN: Torrey Snow–My hesitancy with ACT

GUEST COLUMN: Torrey Snow–My hesitancy with ACT

| October 8, 2018

Editor’s Note: A new organization, ACT, recently held an event with candidates for public office. They asked for commitments from each candidate to meet with the organization monthly. Torrey Snow declined, but offers his reasoning here. As County Councilman, I have a responsibility to evaluate the various ideas and organizations that seek to play an […]

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OPINION: Bike lane needs to be re-thought

OPINION: Bike lane needs to be re-thought

| September 22, 2018

I wanted to take a second to send you my thoughts as a Resident of Ward 1, for what their worth, on the debate and discussions surrounding the Main Street bike lane issue. As brief background, I have lived in ward one going on four years now and while I am not originally from Annapolis […]

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OPINION: Small businesses and workers benefitting from tax cuts

OPINION: Small businesses and workers benefitting from tax cuts

| September 14, 2018

President Donald J. Trump had taxpayers and small business owners in mind when he signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law December 22, 2017. The new law cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 21% for 2018 and lowered income tax at nearly all levels. Tax cuts for working families allow them to […]

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Guest Column: Clerk of the Court a component in battling domestic abuse

Guest Column: Clerk of the Court a component in battling domestic abuse

| September 13, 2018

Fear too often steals from our lives. At the Clerk of the Court for Anne Arundel County, we became aware that too often victims of domestic violence, fearing stalking and additional violence, will not purchase a home because their address will become public record exposing their home address to their abusers. I am proud of […]

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GUEST COLUMN : Bikes: A Proxy For Change

GUEST COLUMN : Bikes: A Proxy For Change

| September 13, 2018

All the brouhaha around the Main Street bike lane has a very strong cultural component that is bubbling just below the surface of the discussion about the project. Sure there are issues of cost and process which are certainly understandable, but most of the visceral dislike revolves around the cultural perceptions of people riding bikes. These […]

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GUEST COLUMN: Campaign slates obfuscating election process in Anne Arundel County

GUEST COLUMN: Campaign slates obfuscating election process in Anne Arundel County

| September 7, 2018

Being a target of a political campaign slate attack flyer is like facing a diamondback rattlesnake with a silencer on the rattle. Slates, which allow for unlimited transfers of campaign funds from a slate member’s campaign committee to a slate, are antithetical to the purposes of campaign spending reform. When campaign attack flyers funded by slates do not identify […]

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OPINION: A bike lane on Main Street? Really?  Really!

OPINION: A bike lane on Main Street? Really? Really!

| September 6, 2018

Apparently there is a new bike lane on Main Street. And apparently not many people are thrilled with it.  This morning I decided to walk the route to see what was what as most of the photos posted to the online forums were inconclusive. I may be wrong, but this is ill-conceived and likely to […]

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GUEST COLUMN: Hogan is friend to higher education

GUEST COLUMN: Hogan is friend to higher education

| July 27, 2018

College tuition, expenses, and student debt have been steadily on the rise nationwide. Nearly 60 percent of all of our Maryland college students are graduating with thousands of dollars in student debt. To be exact, college debt is now estimated to be $1.48 trillion nationwide and the average debt in Maryland is $27,455 per student. […]

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Questions surround Annapolis Rising benefit concert

Questions surround Annapolis Rising benefit concert

| July 24, 2018

UPDATE: We received the following from Ari Bevacqua who is the Director of Communications for the New York Times. “Elisabeth Bumiller is not being paid for her participation and she is handling her own travel arrangements.” UPDATE: Literally as soon as we published, Susan O’Brien from the City of Annapolis answered some of the questions: […]

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First Look: Kitchen on West Street

First Look: Kitchen on West Street

| July 20, 2018

Got the chance to check out the new Kitchen on West Street for dinner the other night.  Kitchen is the full service restaurant located in the new Hilton Garden Inn & Suites (formerly O’Callaghan Hotel) in Annapolis. I wish I could say that it is more than an OK hotel restaurant, but I can’t. At […]

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9 things not to say to the NRP after you’ve been boating, drinking and fighting (NSFW)

9 things not to say to the NRP after you’ve been boating, drinking and fighting (NSFW)

| July 3, 2018

On July 1, 2018, Joseph Ireland was arrested and charged by Maryland Natural Resources Police after an altercation at Dobbins Island in the Magothy River. In a nutshell, a fight ensued, he allegedly tried to run over people with a jet ski, he fled the scene, failed a sobriety test, resisted arrest, and then it […]

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PRIMARY 2018: Predictions Vs. Reality

PRIMARY 2018: Predictions Vs. Reality

| June 26, 2018

11:30pm: Be sure to tune into the Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief tomorrow morning at 7am (or whenever you want because it’s a podcast and delivered on demand for free) for an election recap and all the news. Here’s the scorecard:  66 races predicted, 50 were spot on, 16 were spot off. So a […]

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GUEST COLUMN: Current Assistant State’s Attorney supports Wes Adams

GUEST COLUMN: Current Assistant State’s Attorney supports Wes Adams

| June 25, 2018

I was hired by the late Frank Weathersbee, so I was around for all of the people quoted in a recent article in The Capital and still call many of them friends. Frankly, anyone who knows me would be surprised at me saying anything, but I am finding myself annoyed, because either the commenters were […]

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GUEST COLUMN: Another letter of support for State’s Attorney Wes Adams

GUEST COLUMN: Another letter of support for State’s Attorney Wes Adams

| June 25, 2018

It is beyond question that the real winners of the 2014 election of State’s Attorney Wes Adams are the citizens of Anne Arundel County. We live in safer community as a direct result of his leadership. The recent article in The Capital alleging to portray the current status of the State’s Attorney’s Office was untethered […]

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PRIMARY PRIMER: Final thoughts as we head to the polls (podcast 7:08)

PRIMARY PRIMER: Final thoughts as we head to the polls (podcast 7:08)

| June 23, 2018

Earlier this week, I opined on slates. And as more negative mailers hit my mailbox and more questionable accusations surfaced, I began to think. What’s really at work here? The nation is upset about possible Russian influence in our elections. Yet, when the influence originates here, we turn a blind eye? Negative mailers, false accusations, […]

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PRIMARY PRIMER: Just say no to slates

PRIMARY PRIMER: Just say no to slates

| June 22, 2018

You’ve seen them all around. Big yard signs with the names of the two, three, sometimes four candidates. The concept is that you are supposed to vote for al of them en-masse. This is a slate. In 2016, the four sitting judges combined resources and ran as a slate–Vitale, Klavans, McCormack, and Schaeffer. And it […]

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Guest Column: An alternative to a styrofoam ban

Guest Column: An alternative to a styrofoam ban

| June 19, 2018

Just like bad news, bad policies travel fast and if we’re not careful, we run the risk of Baltimore’s wrongheaded styrofoam ban has the potential to travel down to Annapolis and affect the entire state. On April 19th, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, signed into law the city’s styrofoam ban. As a former resident of Charm […]

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PRIMARY PRIMER: Single Shotting

PRIMARY PRIMER: Single Shotting

| June 18, 2018

  Politics can be a dirty business. There are all sorts of tricks to be played with words and images–we’ve all received plenty of mailers. Another form of shenanigans that we recently heard was happening was to “single shot”, or vote ONLY for a specific candidate. What is a “single shot?” Simply put, it is […]

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PRIMARY 2018: Our predictions, thoughts, comments

PRIMARY 2018: Our predictions, thoughts, comments

| June 16, 2018

If you have read Eye On Annapolis for more at least an election cycle, you know that we do not do endorsements. Voting is a very personal decision and one that should not be influenced by that latest mailer you received, that nice old lady in the “Elect Whomever” shirt at the polls, or a […]

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