HoCo BoE: Taj, Mallo, and Miller

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:56 PM ON WED APR 18 2018
‘Tis, of course, endorsement season. When I first launched this blog, way back in the Beforetimes of 2014, I decided…

New Siddiqui Email? New Week, New Scandal?

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:39 AM ON TUE APR 17 2018
First, look below.  Has anyone else received this email?While I received this from multiple sources, I cannot verify t…

On Syria

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:45 PM ON SUN APR 15 2018
Let me state, from the outset and for the record, that I believe the current Administration faces legitimate legitimac…

The Answer is Krish

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:33 AM ON THU APR 12 2018
Krish Vignarajah’s recent campaign ad was evocative of the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wh…

Byron Endorsed for Re-Election by the Ellicott…

• RE-ELECT BYRON MACFARLANE   2:34 PM ON WED APR 11 2018
On Tuesday, April 10 at Centennial High School, Byron was endorsed for re-election by the Ellicott City & Western Howar…

Update (And Photos!) From the Campaign Trail

• RE-ELECT BYRON MACFARLANE   12:00 PM ON WED APR 11 2018
Since filing for re-election, Byron has been out in the community talking with voters about his accomplishments as Register…

BIG ENDORSEMENT: The People’s Voice

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU FOR COUNTY COUNCIL   1:13 PM ON TUE APR 10 2018
I have exciting news!!I am so grateful that The People’s Voice has endorsed my campaign for county council.The People’s Voi…

Effective Fiscal Management a Hallmark of Byro…

• RE-ELECT BYRON MACFARLANE   12:00 PM ON MON APR 9 2018
“My first priority as Register has always been to provide the very best service possible to Howard County families. E…

Deja Poo Part Two

• HOW COME?   11:19 PM ON SUN APR 8 2018
I last wrote of the ire of citizens attending a meeting on the degradation of the Patuxent Branch Trail who have heard the …

FIELD REPORT – APRIL 5, 2018: HOWARD COUNTY …

• STEVE HUNT FOR HOWARD COUNTY COUNCIL   1:25 PM ON THU APR 5 2018
Last week, I attended a community meeting at Hammond High School. At issue was the planned construction of a self-storage f…

HoCo Democratic Central Committee – 2018

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:22 PM ON WED APR 4 2018
With three weeks and multiple assignments left in my program, I asked Slats if he would mind penning a guest post this…

DEJA POO: An Introduction

• HOW COME?   2:31 PM ON WED APR 4 2018
DEJA POO:  noun. The feeling of having heard this crap before Those who have chosen a path of citizen activism are the fir…

District 4 – On Good Authority

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   10:26 AM ON SUN APR 1 2018
Look closely at this political ad…closer…no, much closer.  See it? Of course you don’t, it’s not there.Authority l…

Howard County’s Affordable Housing Shell Game

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU FOR COUNTY COUNCIL   9:01 AM ON FRI MAR 30 2018
If you do not have time to read this now, click HERE to enter your email to save the pdf version.The introduction sect…

Byron Promotes Leadership Increasing Transpare…

• RE-ELECT BYRON MACFARLANE   12:00 PM ON MON MAR 26 2018
“In the past, people could only access probate records by going to a Register’s office or my mailing a printed …

Why Not the Best – District 12: 2018 Edition

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:42 AM ON MON MAR 26 2018
With 3 months remaining until Primary Day, 2018, I wanted to go on record with my thought process regarding Maryland’s Di…

Maryland’s District 12 – The Incumbents

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   1:44 PM ON TUE MAR 20 2018
[Editor’s Note/Prologue:  Slats is fine.  Apparently just a bit jet-lagged from trying to race the storm to the…

Less Than 100 Days to Election Day

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU FOR COUNTY COUNCIL   8:22 AM ON TUE MAR 20 2018
Are You Registered to Vote?It is often stated “the most important office is that of the citizen”.When we as voters disc…

Maryland House District 12: The Challengers – …

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   3:38 PM ON MON MAR 19 2018
First, I am trying out this speech-to-text dictation software.  Please bear with me.Note: for the full, completed ques…

Byron Touts Democratic Bona Fides in Primary f…

• RE-ELECT BYRON MACFARLANE   12:00 PM ON MON MAR 19 2018

“I’ve been an active Democrat since before I could vote. I’ve shown my unwavering commitm…


HoCo Board of Education: Grading the Candidate…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   2:17 PM ON THU MAR 15 2018
The final installment of this series…12. Vicky Cutroneo.  A-.  Polished, aligned quite well with my expectation…

HoCo Board of Education: Grading the Candidate…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   11:27 AM ON THU MAR 15 2018
Two more for now…10.  Danny Mackey.  A-.  Full disclosure: I tend to be a bit more skeptical when it comes…

HoCo Board of Education: Grading the Candidate…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   10:42 AM ON THU MAR 15 2018
Continued…6. Chris Hilfiger.  C-.  Voters will not react well to the fact that he has “not attended a board …

HoCo Board of Education: Grading the Candidate…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   9:21 AM ON THU MAR 15 2018
Some ground rules/guiding principles:1.       The focus of this essay is on exploring- briefl…

No Recap, No Precap

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   5:08 PM ON WED MAR 14 2018
Greetings. Some quick updates:My professional and academic schedules are going to continue to demand the vast majority…

BIG ENDORSEMENT: Our Revolution Maryland

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU FOR COUNTY COUNCIL   9:07 PM ON SUN MAR 11 2018
I have big news! Today, I was endorsed by Our Revolution Maryland!One of the biggest accomplishments of Senator Bernie Sand…

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman & …

• ALLAN KITTLEMAN FOR HOWARD COUNTY EXEC…   10:40 AM ON SUN MAR 11 2018
You might not realize it…most people don’t. But in cities and towns up and down Interstate I-95, the problem of…

First Principles

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:23 AM ON FRI MAR 9 2018
While I am not a journalist, I believe that public affairs blogs in the early 21st century have a duty to perform a role si…

Reaction to Allan Kittleman’s 2018 State of …

• ALLAN KITTLEMAN FOR HOWARD COUNTY EXEC…   10:19 PM ON THU MAR 8 2018
He said it. Then he said it again. And again after that.
Awesome.
“When you bring people together, awesome things can hap…

Why High School 13 Should be Built in Jessup

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU FOR COUNTY COUNCIL   8:59 AM ON THU MAR 1 2018
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