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  • End Gerrymaryland

    Look, it's a Rorschach blot! It's a crazy quilt! It's a constipated dragon! It's definitely not Superman. It's a map of Maryland's congressional districts. This year, I brought the fight against congressional gerrymandering back to the General Assembly, introducing House...
  • A Freeze On Development

    Anne Arundel County is a wonderful place, which is why more people want to come here to live and work. However, an increasing population puts stress on our schools, roads and public safety. To manage these stresses, our administration is committed to smart growth in areas with adequate...
  • Radical Changes To Our School Safety Plan

    As our country scratches and claws for answers to protect our children in schools, I have offered a five-point plan to help minimize armed threats. The Anne Arundel County Police Department and our public school system have done an outstanding job with the minimal resources at their disposal, but...
  • Righting The Wrongs Of The “Slots For Tots” Promise

    Back in 2007, I was still getting used to my new position as comptroller when momentum to legalize slot machine gambling intensified. It was the depth of the recession, the state had a huge budget hole and lawmakers were desperate for more revenue to plug the gap. So, after years of rebuffing the...
  • “Slots For Tots” Vs. The Commitment To Education Act

    “Slots for Tots” was a cute slogan for a referendum item on the 2008 General Election ballot. That item would allow video lottery terminals in newly built Maryland casinos, with proceeds from the slots to benefit Maryland public schools. Here’s a little refresher on how this...
  • Schallheim Announces Board Of Ed CandidacyExclusive

    Dana Schallheim has a 30-year history of volunteer work and serving her community, experience that she hopes to bring to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education as a representative for District 5. Her advocacy work ranges from social justice to helping children in need and repairing the...
  • Farewell, Marjorie Holt

    Our county lost a legend recently. Former Rep. Marjorie Holt was an icon whose legacy continues to reverberate here in Anne Arundel County. For 14 years, she diligently served the Fourth District with honor and distinction, worked shamelessly across the aisle, and cared deeply for Maryland and...
  • News From The State House

    Noting the near-universal American pastime of complaining about taxes, I have been surprised at the level of ingratitude that has accompanied the federal tax cuts in December. Maryland politicians have repeatedly spoken of the need to protect the state from the “impact of the cuts,” as...
  • Frederick Douglass

    Maryland has an incredibly rich African-American history, which is now being recognized after so many centuries of being ignored. This year, we have the honor of celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of noted abolitionist, preacher, orator and statesman Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass...
  • What Federal Tax Reform Means For Maryland

    When Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December, it left many unanswered questions. Who will benefit? Who will be harmed? Will corporate tax relief really boost the economy and have trickle-down effects, despite past failures? Will tax bills go down for the long haul or will it be...
  • Sheriff’s Office Partners with Chesapeake K-9 Fund

    A little over a year ago, board members of the Chesapeake K-9 Fund reached out to my agency to see if they could help in the purchase of K-9 equipment for our unit. You see, the Chesapeake K-9 Fund is the brainchild of Wendy Oliver, a wonderful woman whose energy, optimism and unbridled enthusiasm...
  • Reforming Maryland’s Dysfunctional Beer Industry

    After witnessing the damaging effects of House Bill 1283’s passage in the 2017 legislative session, I convened a 40-member task force that held public, live-streamed meetings across our state. The goal of our “Reform on Tap” effort is simple: to remove statutory and regulatory...
  • Breaking Ground On A New Police Academy

    Every month in Anne Arundel County, it seems as though we are breaking ground on a wonderful new asset that will help our jurisdiction reach its full potential. In fact, over the past year alone, we have broken ground on a new Crofton High School, three new elementary schools, and a host of park...
  • Maryland Adopts New Law Regarding Smoke Alarms

    The January 1 implementation of the Maryland smoke-alarm law has generated many citizen inquiries. The following information regarding Maryland law is provided to assist with answering questions. Fire department personnel are frequently the only smoke-alarm “experts” the general public...
  • Making A Historical Promotion

    It’s not every day that you can become a part of history, but in December, Jennifer Gilbert-Duran did so. Last month, I had the honor, privilege and pleasure to promote Lieutenant Jennifer Gilbert-Duran to the rank of captain. As a captain, she is the highest-ranking sworn female ever in the...
  • SPHS To Host Not My Child

    Not My Child, Anne Arundel County’s heroin-awareness program, will be held at Severna Park High School on Tuesday, January 16, at 7:00pm in the auditorium. Not My Child is focused on generating awareness by providing the facts of abuse of prescription drugs and the escalation of heroin use...
  • How Does The County Handle Snow?

    The Bureau of Highways is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the traveling public while providing timely service to citizen and business communities during inclement weather by planning and executing winter operation activities on more than 6,700 county-maintained roads and streets. Getting Ready...
  • What Water Independence Means For Our County

    Recently, we celebrated a historic milestone for Anne Arundel County: water independence. Now, as a result of these infrastructure upgrades, county government can directly supply every resident on public water with top-grade county-treated water. This landmark breakthrough is yet another example...
  • News From The State House

    The governor proposed something wonderful a couple of months ago. The idea is to build more roads, and not just any roads, but to expand dramatically the capacity of the D.C. beltway, I-270 and the B.W. Parkway by adding two express lanes in each direction, expanding the three roadways by more than...
  • ‘Tis The Season To Protect Yourself And Your Property

    It’s that time of year. You know, the time you open your wallet more than you care to, to pull out your debit card and buy gift after gift. It’s vital to take a few easy steps to protect the gifts you have to buy, your other personal belongings and, most importantly, yourself and your...
  • A Case For Shopping Local This Holiday Season

    It might be hard to believe, but the 2017 holiday season is upon us. Whether you do most of your shopping early or you’re a procrastinator, time is running short to cross everything off your wish lists. In my opinion, there’s no better place to do that than at your local independent...
  • Letter To The Editor: Recess

    As a mother of an elementary school student in the Severna Park area, I am a member of a recess committee. This research committee group was created last year by mothers of elementary school children from multiple schools in Severna Park. The goal of the research committee is to eventually convince...
  • Got An Opinion? Share It With Us!

    We want to hear your thoughts regarding what’s happening in the neighborhood. Is there a current issue at hand that you feel strongly about? We know our readers are passionate about their neighborhoods, schools, community and so much more – and the Voice would love for you to tell us...
  • A Tax Break For Some Is A Tax Increase For Most

    On November 6, the Anne Arundel County Council will consider a bill designed to grant a property tax credit to persons designated as “public safety officers.” Generally, this means that policemen and firefighters, along with volunteer firefighters, will be eligible to have their...
  • Anne Arundel United

    Earlier this fall at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, our administration unveiled Anne Arundel United, a proactive community initiative to unite the county against hatred and build greater understanding. Our goal is simple. We need to embrace and promote...

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