“I would like to commission a report to revi…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU MAR 26 2020
“I would like to commission a report to review my department policies based on information I provide you without externa…

Bailout People; Not Corporations

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   12:04 PM ON MON MAR 23 2020
As the two chambers of Congress develop competing proposals on corona virus financial bailout, it is important that the bai…

Catching Up

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:42 AM ON SUN MAR 22 2020
Another day in the Idea Lab, the basement office where I find myself “Ridin’ the Storm Out” as REO did so many years …

Where will we put them when they return?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI MAR 13 2020
Where will we put them when they return?The big news is 60,000 students will walk away from Howard County Schools this afte…

A marathon, not a sprint

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:32 AM ON WED MAR 11 2020
When considering the quest to secure the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, it is important to bear in mind the histo…

A Predictable Calamity

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:13 AM ON MON MAR 9 2020
None of us are getting out of this decade alive…would have been the lead sentence of this post.  But I thought I wou…

How much development can Howard County handle …

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON MAR 9 2020
HOW MUCH DEVELOPMENT CAN HOWARD COUNTY HANDLE WITH ADEQUATE PUBLIC FACILITIES? At 9:30 on March 9th 2020, the Howard C…

The Spending Affordability Advisory Committee …

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   9:49 AM ON FRI FEB 28 2020
On Wednesday, February 26th, 2020, the SAAC voted on a Majority Report. The report seeks to advance the prevailing narrativ…

Whats your threshold of allowable overcrowding?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU FEB 27 2020
Whats your threshold of allowable overcrowding?CB-1-2020 Worksession #2 What the candidates need to be watching…. And you…

Howard County DPZ submits it’s own summary of …

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE FEB 18 2020
Tonight, February 18th,  the council will listen to public testimony on CB-1 relating to school overcrowding days aft…

What good is a Democratic Party…?

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:25 PM ON SUN FEB 16 2020
Jules Witcover, journalist and author of several works on presidential campaigns and political figures, wrote a book …

A Weekend Reading List

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:45 PM ON SAT FEB 8 2020
What is socialism?  This is very much an “in the news” question and, if Facebook comments mean anything, cle…

Quick Takes on the 7th CD Special Primary Elec…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:23 AM ON WED FEB 5 2020
So…what happened?-          Turnout was lower than anticipated on the D side…

MD CD #7 Final Special Primary Election Predic…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:18 AM ON MON FEB 3 2020
But first: Bernie Sanders will win Iowa.  The second-place finisher will fare quite well and claim some form of “victo…

Prevent School Overcrowding for 7, 6, or 5 yea…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON FEB 3 2020
Prevent School Overcrowding for 7, 6, or 5 years….  CB-1-2020 Follow Along SheetUpdated with additional ammendm…

Another delay to Howard County school overcrow…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON FEB 3 2020
On Monday evening, the council delayed a post-redistricting vote on maximum wait times to build in overcrowded school dist…

Year-End Legislative Score Tracker Summary (20…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   5:30 AM ON WED JAN 29 2020
Happy new year!The year-end summary of actions taken by the County Council and County Executive is finally here. Some may k…

Developers Contributed 0s of Thousands to t…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   2:50 PM ON WED JAN 22 2020
The 2018 General Election results were interesting for many reasons. First, Republicans all across the nation experienced a…

Cabal of Opposers

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   5:24 PM ON SAT JAN 18 2020
The present author had the opportunity to review recent campaign finance reports. While not all of the listed contributors …

Breaking HoCo BoE Candidate News – Mosley Is In

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:19 PM ON THU JAN 16 2020
Jolene Mosley has filed for the Howard County Board of Education (Council District 3).My sources tell me her campaign will …

Have you seen the results of redistricting?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON JAN 13 2020
Have you seen the results of redistricting?Have you seen the results of redistricting? You would be hard pressed to find o…

Howard County Neighbors United: Hypocrisy Alert

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:22 PM ON SAT JAN 11 2020
First, if you would like to hear a lively and engaging discussion on multiple topics of interest, please check out the late…

HoCo Board of Education: Candidate Considerati…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:30 PM ON SUN JAN 5 2020
As we approach the filing deadline, file this post under information that should be obvious but nonetheless must …

Jill Carter for Congress

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   3:08 PM ON SAT JAN 4 2020
For years, my (former?) best friend, with whom I haven’t spoken since Trump’s inauguration (no coincidence), used to do a b…

King of Misnomers

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:55 AM ON THU JAN 2 2020
I was un-banned recently (and most likely temporarily) from the Howard County Redistricting Opposition Group.  As a re…

Just can’t wait this holiday season…..

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON DEC 23 2019
Just can’t wait this holiday season…..Howard County DPZ December 12 School Waiting Bin Just minutes before the HCPS…

The State Falls Short In Matching Funding For …

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU DEC 12 2019
THE STATE FALLS SHORT IN MATCHING FUNDING FOR JESSUP HIGH, HAMMOND HIGH and TALBOTT SPRINGSOn December 12, 2019 citizens an…

Seeing the forest AND the trees

• HOW COME?   4:12 PM ON SUN DEC 1 2019
I’ve studied the 26 page Forest Conservation Bill (CB-62) as if I my life depends on it.  Because actually, ALL of o…

Wait…there is a Pulse!

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:44 PM ON TUE NOV 26 2019
Projected Order of Finish:  Maryland’s 7th Congressional District – Special Primary Election(As of 11/26/201…

HOW COME HOCO’S BEEN OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH …

• HOW COME?   11:20 AM ON SUN NOV 17 2019
How come HoCo has been out of compliance with the state forest conservation regulations for over 2 decades?!? The simple an…