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….

On Marx and HoCo Neighbors United

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:45 AM ON SAT MAY 16 2020
While Karl is, statistically speaking, much funnier, for this post I am referring to Groucho.In his letter of resignation t…

Dangerous Mindsets

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:08 AM ON FRI MAY 15 2020
Far too many people today – nationally and locally – believe that discussing race is itself inherently racist.  Th…

Case Study of Developer Influence on Howard Co…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   7:04 PM ON THU MAY 14 2020
This is part two of a multi-part case study into the level of developer influence in Howard County’s political parties. T…

A is for Ally

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:26 AM ON THU MAY 14 2020
Recently, the Community Allies of Rainbow Youth (CARY) posted their Howard County Board of Education Survey and Ratings.&nb…

Masks in Howard County

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:51 AM ON WED MAY 13 2020
Who knew masks would be so popular in 2020, aside from the Watchmen?Masks, of course, come in many forms.  There are t…

Case Study of Developer Influence on Howard Co…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   6:00 AM ON WED MAY 13 2020
Howard County’s Legislative Record Tracker, which may be found here, was conceived to keep an eye on County Council and C…

The 2020 APFO Chart

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON WED MAY 13 2020
The 2020 APFO Chart This is it… Judgement day for Adequate Public Facilities, and Howard County is failing. On May 14th…

Contemplations on the Board of Education Races

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   3:30 PM ON MON MAY 11 2020
“Fool if you think it’s over/It’s just begun.” – Chris ReaAlmost two fortnights since my last post. And what new …

APFO Storyboard

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON MAY 11 2020
May 11th APFO StoryboardWhat do you have planned this week?  Quite frankly, the HOCO APFO storyboard is full, and the …

The planning board would like the General Plan…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU MAY 7 2020
The planning board would like the General Plan meeting to have more pups and less watchdogsThe planning board would like th…

2020 Legislative Score Update – Quarantine Edi…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   7:00 PM ON SAT MAY 2 2020
As those who follow the legislative record tracker might remember, the last update took place in January, scoring legislat…

Pencil’s Down

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON WED APR 22 2020
Pencils Down…. Earlier this month the council voted down school overcrowding protections that would not have kicked in un…

Choices

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:35 PM ON WED APR 15 2020
“’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:All mimsy were …

Maryland’s Legislative Response to COVID-19

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:31 AM ON FRI APR 10 2020
A very special Guest Column today, penned by Richard DeShay Elliott:The COVID-19 pandemic and a massive economic downturn h…

What’s the difference?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU APR 9 2020
What’s the difference? You are probably being inundated with stories and graphics showing all the things the county fu…

Bill Kill v2

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE APR 7 2020
Bill Kill Volume 2On April 6, 2020 the County Council killed a bill that would extend the waiting periods to build in over…

Putting Your Trust In Infographics

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON APR 6 2020
 Putting Your Trust In Infographics…The task seemed simple. Just ask one of the HOCO APFO volunteers to generate an …