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'No coasting this session' State lawmakers kick off final year of elected terms

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 2:00 am

ANNAPOLIS — State lawmakers launched into the final legislative session of their elected terms Wednesday with a look back at an action-packed three years.

On the session’s opening day, some officials celebrated the recent success of controversial proposals that range from death penalty repeal to legalization of same-sex marriage and raising the gas tax. And though lawmakers have put the bulk of the current term behind them, the coming session promises another round of strong debate over issues such as whether to raise the state’s minimum wage.

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31 comments:

  • thump1202 posted at 5:37 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    thump1202 Posts: 799

    I could care less about the political spectrum. I want him out for supporting tax em omalley's tax frenzy and lending support to giving greater rights to illegal immigrants than US citizens in other states have. about the only thing he supported that I agree with was gay marriage. as for blaine. i listened to his show a couple times and that was all i needed to completely reject him and his slate in 2010, i voted gray and the rest was a protest vote to the D's who I didn't really agree with either but felt would do less damage and would at least take that ridiculous incinerator off of the table.

     
  • nopulitzerprize4fnp posted at 3:15 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    nopulitzerprize4fnp Posts: 206

    I'll have to log on earlier and do a screen save!

     
  • armillary posted at 2:24 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    armillary Posts: 2428

    "It's funny because it's true." The blue ones get deleted by 8am.

     
  • armillary posted at 2:18 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    armillary Posts: 2428

    Say it ain't so, woody! Why aren't you backing Blaine anymore? What changed your mind?

     
  • nopulitzerprize4fnp posted at 12:20 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    nopulitzerprize4fnp Posts: 206

    How in the world do you come up with these doozies, arm? Have you considered a book of limerics? Maybe even on the "blue" side?

     
  • backroomfrederick posted at 12:08 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    backroomfrederick Posts: 1287

    You be the Republican and I'll be the Democrat that way we'll always have an income.

     
  • armillary posted at 12:07 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    armillary Posts: 2428

    Maybe dad took a cab to work. He's got the limo driver coat on.

     
  • backroomfrederick posted at 12:06 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    backroomfrederick Posts: 1287

    Retail strip malls, $8/hr jobs and $400,000 homes for MoCo employees. Frederick's building boom. Frederick tax payers exist to foot infrastructure bill for sweetheart deals and traffic. Nothing substantial for the current resident like a better hospital, more quality places of employment, schools without rows of portables, solving the Golden Mile issues, making Rt. 15 safer, cleaning up environmental messes....Just more taxes, strained systems and blind merge lanes. Job well done. Enjoy the BA's shrimp cocktail boys.

     
  • jerseygrl42 posted at 12:03 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    jerseygrl42 Posts: 1914

    agree and he is the one who stated he didn't wish to get involved in the incinerator conflict as it is a "local issue"....I guess he doesn't know about omalleys "Tier One Green" tag or the Waste Authority , a STATE agency which stands to pick our pockets of $25 MILLION if the garbage burner is built..... just another mt suit!

     
  • jerseygrl42 posted at 11:59 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    jerseygrl42 Posts: 1914

    this one is questionable

     
  • jerseygrl42 posted at 11:59 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    jerseygrl42 Posts: 1914

    the only good bit of news here is it will be the last time that pick-pocket omalley will be able to do so to the taxpaying citizens of this state...and we need to make certain his clone does not get elected

     
  • ALincoln posted at 11:29 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    ALincoln Posts: 663

    Ah yes, Blaine Young "looking back at the last three action packed years"...........how nostalgic.......closing Montevue and Citizens homes for the poor, closing senior centers, underfunding education, incinerators and gas pumping stations......ah yes, those have been good years.

     
  • rockthered888 posted at 10:40 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    rockthered888 Posts: 32

    Why is Blaine Young on the front page? Last time I checked, he was not elected to office in the state government.

     
  • watson4sherlock posted at 10:27 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    watson4sherlock Posts: 11578

    Are you sure Blaine wasn't adopted? Not much family resemblance.

     
  • elymus43 posted at 10:15 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    elymus43 Posts: 868

    Dennis Rodman would be a better candidate.

     
  • adtwiggiv posted at 9:07 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    adtwiggiv Posts: 395

    This comment spotlights the single biggest flaw in the current BoCC's strategy. They keep approving more housing developments that generate short term jobs but do nothing for long term employment in Frederick County. They approve the Jefferson Tech Park, at a huge cost to taxpayers, but there is no clear focus in that project that will attract businesses with stable, high paying jobs. Frederick is uniquely positioned, and should serve as the anchor for the bio-tech industry, because of Fort Detrick. Why local politicians have not taken advantage of this is mind boggling.

     
  • tomgeiser posted at 9:07 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    tomgeiser Posts: 281

    Don't blame Blaine for damaging the Young name! Ron was beaten by Paul Gordon and Jeff Holtzinger in his last two runs for mayor. Neither had ever run for office before, city voters were just FED-UP with Ron Young. The only election he has won in the last couple of decades was beating Jennifer in the primary, he then out spent Jeff by about 10 to1 and still lost the regular election. His election to the state senate can hardly be considered a victory, state Dems spent about $330,000.00 to replace Mooney. We will see about Mr. Young when has to run on (not away from) his voting record in Annapolis.

     
  • posted at 8:28 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Posts:

    Further, the businesses I speak of that we should be seeking to join us here in Frederick County, should be spread throughout, not all in and around Frederick City.

    Also, I have my coffee now. Please excuse the quickly written (with typo/mistakes) comment below. This leader did not stop to proof-read before submitting. It happens to the best of us!

     
  • dbjanda1 posted at 8:18 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    dbjanda1 Posts: 995

    Next time FNP include photo ops. of ALL Delegates and Senators not just some of the CHOSEN FEW...You're prejudice is showing...Me

     
  • Ballenger Creek Golfer posted at 7:52 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Ballenger Creek Golfer Posts: 443

    [thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown]

     
  • posted at 7:51 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Posts:

    The best leaders get the root of a problem and fix it from there. It is often a big challenge so many less energetic leaders will attempt little partial fixes that only allow the problem to grow bigger. Ignoring why it exists and therefore, allowing the cause to continue to grow, while spinning their wheels in the mud trying to catch up to it!
    Now, let's refer to 270 with his in mind:
    1. the root of the problem ~ not nearly enough career opportunities in Frederick to allow citizens to work here (unless they work for low/minimum wage) therefore the race every morning on 270 and also 70 (not as bad yet) to get to work that can actually support the average family and keep them off assistance.
    2. This has been ignored for years, and while many have spoken of bringing jobs to Frederick, some of the very ones that promised this actually have spent several years of lay-offs and outsourcing from business out of the county...SHAMEFUL!
    3. Some have even approved MORE of these commuters, by approving more homes in an area already riddled with congestion and unsafe travel (including extremely high truck traffic at speeds 20mph over the speed limit, on hills and turns with no shoulders on the road ~ the very road they share with SCHOOL BUSES!

    When there's a politician that is ready to lead the charge to overcoming one of the biggest challenges Frederick County faces (2nd only to the drug problem that is killing our children) and start inviting and negotiating to bring businesses here and be friendly to those that are already here, then that will be worthy of front page news!

    I'd like to see the BOCC spend more time on drafting strategic plans to start to tackle the mess, rather than spend there time writing nasty, low letters to the editor!

    Thank you for your time ~ folks!

     
  • president8444 posted at 7:46 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    president8444 Posts: 3957

    Ron getting info from Blaine 2 winners here,WHY??Look voters our leaders.HO HO I voted for both,never again.Ron the worse ,just follow O'malley, he and Galen.Oh he got my vote too,no more.Wher is our gambling money going and lotto money,still in debt.We know jan gardner signed in for our debt for the new nursing home ,yes she didi,its a real burden ,not necessary for us.She lost ,now wanys more spending,just say no to all of these real losers.Gone and forgotten.[censored]

     
  • japorciento posted at 7:46 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    japorciento Posts: 439

    [lol]

     
  • newsfrederick posted at 7:18 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    newsfrederick Posts: 8

    Perfect picture of 2 crooks !! Talking about how they can swindle money out of developers to approve land deals.

     
  • armillary posted at 7:01 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    armillary Posts: 2428

    If you want Ron Young out because of the family name, you probably voted Blaine in for the same reason in 2010. You have to dig a little deeper than name recognition. They are practically at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

     
  • LucyLucy posted at 6:57 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    LucyLucy Posts: 861

    Caption for above photo:
    Ron: I really wish he would just pretend he didn't know me, this is embarrassing, I am still amazed what comes out of his mouth.

    Blaine: Now let's go sit together because no one likes me and I want to tell you about mean Jan Gardner.

     
  • armillary posted at 6:52 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    armillary Posts: 2428

    A duck tail is Blaine's new hairstyle
    we haven't seen one for a while
    it's not like his dad
    but was probably a fad
    when Walter T. Mills was a child.

     
  • armillary posted at 6:51 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    armillary Posts: 2428

    Ron Young will always have my vote. He makes total sense to me.

     
  • Sanker posted at 6:45 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Sanker Posts: 624

    [thumbup] Agreed, with the emphasis on "them ALL."

     
  • fredneckforever posted at 6:34 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    fredneckforever Posts: 1068

    [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

     
  • thump1202 posted at 6:15 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    thump1202 Posts: 799

    "Sen. Ron Young... said he is pleased with the Maryland General Assembly’s accomplishments during his time in office."

    The Young family can't seem to keep their hands out of the taxpayer's pockets, send them all packing in 2014.

     

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