A Reply to David Yungmann

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   5:16 PM ON FRI OCT 12 2018
I wanted to respond to some of the recent comments made by Mr. Yungmann, as re-posted on Scott E’s Blog.  That …

Selective First Amendment Support?

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:06 AM ON FRI OCT 12 2018
Let’s revisit the text, shall we?“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiti…

Yelling at Clouds

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:03 PM ON THU OCT 11 2018
Those who attempt to separate out national and local politics, to the extent of treating them as if they belong to two…

Watch Byron’s Interview with the League of W…

• RE-ELECT BYRON MACFARLANE   12:30 PM ON THU OCT 11 2018
The League of Women Voters of Howard County is a non-partisan organization that has been helping inform voters for many yea…

Over 1,000 People Turn Out To 2018 Kittleman P…

• ALLAN KITTLEMAN FOR HOWARD COUNTY EXEC…   12:41 PM ON WED OCT 10 2018
On a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, over 1,000 people made the annual trip to the Kittleman farm in West Friendship for t…

Two More Maryland Gov Surveys – A Review

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   10:22 AM ON WED OCT 10 2018
Far be it from me to question the wisdom of my polling brethren, but I needed to take a look at the internals of the l…

In New TV Ad, Democratic Councilman Jon Weinst…

• ALLAN KITTLEMAN FOR HOWARD COUNTY EXEC…   10:18 AM ON WED OCT 10 2018
Citing that the “Choice is clear,” Howard County Democratic Councilman Jon Weinstein is featured in a compelling new ad…

Friendly Fascism

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:29 PM ON SUN OCT 7 2018
It was in 1990, not too long after the collapse of the repressive Soviet Union-dominated regimes across Eastern Europe…

Word Salad

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:19 AM ON WED OCT 3 2018
Is someone missing a script for a 60-second political campaign ad?  I came across this at Starbucks, while I was readi…

Nail Chompers: BoE and Close Elections

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:24 AM ON WED OCT 3 2018
As if you need any reminders about close elections (See: HoCo Council, District One, Democratic Primary), I examined t…

5 Weeks Left – Capturing the Buzz

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:54 AM ON TUE OCT 2 2018
First, although there are four score and three D candidates (from Avenatti to Zuckerberg) on the Very Long List, I don…

Council Passes Kittleman-Weinstein Plan to Sav…

• ALLAN KITTLEMAN FOR HOWARD COUNTY EXEC…   9:23 AM ON TUE OCT 2 2018
On Monday evening, the Howard County Council voted to pass the Kittleman Weinstein Plan to Save Ellicott City.
In a 3-2 vot…

Representation II: The Reckoning

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:38 AM ON SAT SEP 29 2018
Of late, there has been a great deal of attention paid to the U.S. Senate.  I would like to take a moment to talk…

A Story About Change

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:31 PM ON FRI SEP 28 2018
It was the Spring of 1996. Mary J. Blige was informing us that no, she was in fact “not gon’ cry” while La Bouch…

Representation

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:04 AM ON FRI SEP 28 2018
It was Senator Roman Hruska, speaking in support of Judge Harrold Carswell’s (eventually failed) nomination to the S…

Want to Skip Election Day Lines and Vote Early…

• RE-ELECT BYRON MACFARLANE   4:28 PM ON TUE SEP 25 2018
Early voting is a popular alternative to voting on Election Day. Here’s all you need to know about it:

When is early…


Want to Vote by Absentee Ballot? Here’s How

• RE-ELECT BYRON MACFARLANE   4:25 PM ON TUE SEP 25 2018
The General Election will be here soon and you have three options for how to cast your ballot: (1) vote at one of the four …

October 15 Deadline to Register to Vote, Updat…

• RE-ELECT BYRON MACFARLANE   4:21 PM ON TUE SEP 25 2018
The General Election will be here soon. Be sure you’re properly registered to vote beforehand.
October 15, 2018 at 9:…

Tales of the Outrageously ******

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:10 PM ON SAT SEP 22 2018
Recently, I have come across some social media posts castigating a certain Board of Education candidate for (allegedly) exp…

What His Colleagues Are Saying

• RE-ELECT BYRON MACFARLANE   12:43 AM ON SAT SEP 22 2018
Every county in Maryland and Baltimore City has an elected Register of Wills. Byron has worked collaboratively with his col…

Quick Math on the Mason-Dixon Poll

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:15 PM ON FRI SEP 21 2018
So this was released today:  https://www.marylandmatters.org/single-post/2018/09/21/Nompartisan-Poll-Shows-Comfor…

A Note to the Greens

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   3:42 PM ON FRI SEP 21 2018
I read with interest Kevin Zeese’s commentary that was published in Maryland Matters today.  It can be found he…

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman Calls …

• ALLAN KITTLEMAN FOR HOWARD COUNTY EXEC…   6:40 PM ON WED SEP 19 2018
“The Supreme Court’s decision to allow a lower court decision to stand that requires political non-profits to disclose …

Fresh Maryland Poll Data – Jealous and Hogan

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:36 AM ON WED SEP 19 2018
Subtitle: How I love the smell of crosstabs in the morning. I was leveraging my synergies* a couple of hours ago, and I…

Intersectionality and Campaign Messaging

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:24 AM ON FRI SEP 14 2018
I read this tweet this morning, which had me thinking about the NY primary election returns from yesterday (for state …

Campaign Updates – 9/13/18

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:08 AM ON THU SEP 13 2018
The People’s Voice unveiled their Ethics Ballot for the County Executive, County Council, and state legislative race…

On Weinstein, Walsh, and a CE Endorsement

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:12 PM ON TUE SEP 11 2018
First, some history.When I decided to get involved in local politics, shortly after I moved to Howard County from the …

Democratic Councilmember Weinstein Endorses Ki…

• ALLAN KITTLEMAN FOR HOWARD COUNTY EXEC…   2:07 PM ON TUE SEP 11 2018
Announcement Made Live On WBAL 1090’s C4 Show
Allan Kittleman’s reelection campaign today received a big boost when…

How Come Little People Lose While Big People W…

• HOW COME?   5:10 PM ON MON SEP 10 2018
  While HoCo is famous for embracing ethnic, racial, and gender diversity I sure don’t perceive equal treatment and …

Topline Thoughts on Dueling County Executive S…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   12:04 AM ON SAT SEP 8 2018
I am, of course, talking about the surveys featured in Josh Kurtz’s recent Maryland Matters article, which can be fo…