Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Where to cast your ballot on Election Day.
Montgomery County polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. For more information, please visit MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/elections. Germantown North Potomac/Darnestown Clarksburg Damascus Poolesville
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This article will be updated as the 2012 General Election progresses. (Updated 8:15 p.m.) Montgomery County polls are now closed, and while long lines polls threaten to delay tonight's results, the crowd stream appeared steady at the 14 Germantown poll sites Patch visited Tuesday night. Waters Landing Elementary School seemed to fetch the largest after-work crowd. Just after 6:30 p.m., the line of voters snaked through the school's hallway and lobby, eventually making its way into the gymnasium. Otherwise, there was a moderate bump after 5 p.m. "Today, I think is pretty much the basic group," said Nancy Dacek, secretary of the Montgomery County Board of Elections. "I don't think there is overwhelming numbers or anything else." Dacek, who …
Monday, November 5, 2012
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Sunday, October 14, 2012
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Planning a trip that overlaps with Election Day? Those planning to vote absentee in the Nov. 6 election have until the end of the month to submit an application. The Montgomery County Board of Elections will accept completed applications through Oct. 30. Forms can be filled out online from the Maryland Board of Elections or in-person at the county Board of Elections office, at 18753 N. Frederick Ave. Suite 210 in Gaithersburg. All mailed absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 election must be postmarked by Nov. 6, and must be received by 10 a.m. on Nov. 16. More information is availabe at the county Board of Elections page and the state Board of Elections home page.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Accusations abound as elected officials and the county police union gear up their campaigns to win the Nov. 6 referendum on curtailing FOP Lodge 35's authority on "effects bargaining."
The heated debate between Montgomery County officials and the county’s police union—which has already cast aspersions in all directions—is primed to get even hotter ahead of the Election Day referendum on reigning in the union’s negotiating rights. Question B on the Nov. 6 ballot will decide whether to preserve “effects bargaining,” which gives FOP Lodge 35 domain over a broad range of department policies. According to the 1982 effects bargaining law, the FOP can negotiate any action by the police chief that has an “effect on employees.” That has been applied to include, for example, officer reassignments, disability guidelines, distributing equipment and how to implement a computerized system for writing reports. It does not affect …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Democrats question employment of Alex Mooney, State Republican Party Chairman
Maryland Democrats have filed an ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett and State Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney, claiming a violation of federal election law, The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday. Bartlett, a 10-term incumbent from Frederick County is running for the 6th District seat, which now includes Germantown. Democrats are questioning Bartlett’s employment of Mooney, who was reportedly hired as a “community outreach worker,” MarylandReporter.com reported in July. But a candidate to succeed a congressman can’t be a paid staff member, several news agencies have reported. Citing House payroll and Federal Election Commission records, The Washington Post, which broke the initial story, reported that Mooney…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Blogger: "If you think there isn't a war on women, think again."
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Businessman Rob Sobhani ran for Senate as a Republican in 1992 and 2000
Ben Cardin faces another challenge to his U.S. Senate seat — in the form of a Potomac businessman and former professor of political economy at Georgetown University. The Maryland State Board of Elections has accepted 77,000 signatures submitted by Rob Sobhani, certifying him for the November ballot, according to a WBAL report. He will run as an independent against Cardin, the incumbent Democrat, Republican challenger Dan Bongino and four other candidates. “Our politics is broken,” Sobhani says in a television ad that began airing Thursday, according to Marylandjuice.com. “Career politicians, Democrats and Republicans just blame each other, and cater to special interests. The system’s corrupt, it’s failing us.” Sobhani told WBAL that he …
Friday, September 7, 2012
6th Congressional District candidate Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-Md., has since apologized for the remark.
U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, the Republican congressman campaigning to keep his District 6 seat, sparked controversy for comments he made to reporters Wednesday, stating that federally funded student loans were unconstitutional and that unconstitutional acts could lead down a "slippery slope" to an event like the Holocaust, several news outlets have reported. Bartlett, a 10-term incumbent from Frederick County, Md., could represent Germantown if he defeats Democratic challenger John Delaney, a financier from Montgomery County, during the Nov. 1 election. The Huffington Post and The Washington Post have posted YouTube clips of Bartlett’s comment. According to the video, Bartlett was asked about his stance on the government issuing student …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Montgomery County Councilmember and DNC regular Hans Riemer is in Charlotte this week.