What is Howard County Worth To You?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU JUL 2 2020
What is Howard County Worth To You? Recently, council members sounded the alarm bell about the sale of public land at stee…

War On Boxing Day!!?

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   4:02 PM ON WED JUL 1 2020
As my more attentive readers know, I am an ordained minister of the Church of the Latter-Day Dude (Reformed, as I like the …

End ICE, in HoCo and Beyond

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:40 AM ON MON JUN 29 2020
Let us go back, as we must, to the Beginning.It was March 1, 2003,  50 Cent’s single “In da Club” just reached t…

Mandatory Binge Watching

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON JUN 29 2020
Mandatory Binge WatchingIf you are running for office in the HCPSS BOE, Council, Executive or under review as a zoning dire…

Cause and Effect

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON JUN 29 2020
Cause and Effect Last weeks release of data showing per-student spending at each school was eye opening, but missing some…

Things that get you audited

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI JUN 26 2020
Things that get you audited… The big news this week is that the school system will get an audit shortly after a contenti…

The Bipartisan 4-2 Votes Against Effective Flo…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   8:38 AM ON WED JUN 24 2020
Typically after the kind of flood Ellicott City experienced, people ask what kinds of actions should our political leaders …

An Open Letter to County Executive Calvin Ball…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   8:35 AM ON WED JUN 24 2020
County Executive Ball,In 2017, you sponsored legislation (CB9-2017) to make Howard County a Sanctuary County.At that time y…

In-house fiscal analysis???

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE JUN 23 2020
In-house fiscal analysis??? Earlier this year the county council voted to make the “green sheets” which contain fiscal an…

Get into the Zone: Autonomous Zones

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:12 AM ON SUN JUN 21 2020
Until recently, the only famous Chaz’s were Bono and (albeit with an extra “z”) Palminteri.Now, we have CHAZ, the Cap…

Calculated Misogyny

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   12:25 PM ON SAT JUN 20 2020
A member of the Howard County blogging community has come under attack.  No, not the usual “you are an idiot,” cri…

Like a sneeze in a crowded elevator

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON WED JUN 17 2020
Last night the Howard County Board of Education reviewed and conducted a straw vote on the FY 21 budget. The video linked…

Reality: Up Close and In Your Face

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:59 AM ON SUN JUN 14 2020
“You’re fooling yourself if you don’t believe itYou’re kidding yourself if you don’t believe it”  – Tommy ShawThes…

Intersectionality and Today’s Challenges

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:12 AM ON SAT JUN 13 2020
“We are socialists because we believe that work must be organized for the collective benefit of those who do the work and…

Actual Trump Derangement Syndrome

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:25 AM ON WED JUN 10 2020
Within in the last several days, I reached out to two old and now former friends. Both reside in Michigan.  One is a c…

Is there a hidden master plan?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE JUN 9 2020
  As of June 9, 2020 CR-89-2020 which covers the strategic framework for the General Plan update is still hidden in “p…

Board of Education Post(-ish) Election Wrap-Up

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:26 AM ON THU JUN 4 2020
With four canvasses remaining on the calendar, it is challenging to write a proper “what happened, and what it all means…

An Open Letter to White Protestors

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   3:42 PM ON SUN MAY 31 2020
I am more likely to believe that the white protestors who are engaging in acts of vandalism over the course of the past sev…

Re-Open Howard County and Their Praise for Rac…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:38 AM ON SUN MAY 31 2020
The recent police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, against the backdrop of hundreds of years of oppression and …

Case Study of Developer Influence on Howard Co…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   2:10 PM ON SAT MAY 30 2020
This is part four of a multi-part case study into the level of developer influence in Howard County’s political parties. …

The Race to Fill Howard County with Housing….

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI MAY 29 2020
The Race to Fill Howard County with Housing…. Click on the link and you will see something rarer than manned spaceflight …

Buying a Board of Education Seat: The Sezin Pa…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:00 AM ON TUE MAY 26 2020
Going through the latest campaign finance report, it appears as though Sezin Palmer and her deep-pocketed donors are attemp…

Email Your Councilmembers and Tell them NO Rec…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   9:11 AM ON SUN MAY 24 2020
Earlier this month, Councilmembers Opel Jones and Christiana Mercer-Rigby introduced legislation to raise recordation fees….

On Re-Opening HoCo and the Proposed Budget Cuts

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:27 AM ON SAT MAY 23 2020
Played by the irreplaceable John Spencer, The West Wing’s Leo McGarry (quoting Khalil Gibran) once said “Never argue wi…

COVID-19, the nature of government, and public…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:32 AM ON THU MAY 21 2020
In solidarity….

It’s All in the Details

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:39 AM ON WED MAY 20 2020
Let’s face it, two individuals running in District Four are, essentially, single-issue candidates:  Matt Levine and …

Protest Vote

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:37 PM ON TUE MAY 19 2020
I am going to level with you, Dear Reader.  I have not yet voted for once and current U.S. Representative Kweisi Mfume…

Mostly Levine with a Little Palmer

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:56 AM ON MON MAY 18 2020
In a typical election cycle, I would not spend much time writing about Matt Levine, candidate for Howard County Board of Ed…

Switchin’ Sezin?

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:49 AM ON SUN MAY 17 2020
As long-time readers of this blog are likely to know, I co-host the Forward Maryland podcast with the redoubtable Bill Wood…

Case Study of Developer Influence on Howard Co…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   2:50 PM ON SAT MAY 16 2020
This is part three of a multi-part case study into the level of developer influence in Howard County’s political parties….