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 Sheet(FEBRUARY 3, 2020) New Text In …

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…

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Howard Coun…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   10:23 PM ON FRI NOV 15 2019
The school facilities surcharge fee legislation was signed into law on November 6th, 2019 after it was approved unanimously…

Three Things to Know About the School Surcharg…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   11:25 AM ON MON NOV 4 2019
The County Uses Understated Numbers to Estimate GrowthThe county’s budget has a deficit because county leaders are using …

How Come the County Council Can’t ‘Get The…

• HOW COME?   7:06 PM ON SUN NOV 3 2019
How come our Council can’t ‘get the math right’ on development impact fees (CB-42)?  Despite passionately pr…

Pardon me… is there a math teacher in the ro…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE OCT 29 2019
Pardon me… is there a math teacher in the room?Image from Baltimore Sun – Howard County Times Article  October 29 21…

"believes people care a lot"

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU OCT 24 2019
“believes people care a lot” The Howard County Charter Review Committee “Or,is this an issue of people being busy and may n…

Howard County Council Legislative Record Track…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   5:43 PM ON MON OCT 7 2019
These are the pieces of legislation introduced in September, which the County Council will potentially vote on October 7, 2…

A Contrasting Approach to Progress Over Perfec…

• HOW COME?   12:39 PM ON MON OCT 7 2019
Continuing the thoughts of yesterday’s blog I’ll be contrasting CB-38-2019– designed to protect lives in the Pata…

This video could be posted tomorrow… but why…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON OCT 7 2019
This video could be posted tomorrow… but why delay? If you are wondering what is going on with the status of school surc…