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Sunday, November 09, 2014

What Happened To Those Google Barges?

Remember a year ago, when Google-constructed barges popped up in the waters off San Francisco and Portland (the one in Maine)? They were supposed to be floating showrooms, but they never opened and have since been towed away or sold. But what exactly caused Google to scuttle its seafaring plans?

According to the Wall Street Journal, fire-safety concerns from the U.S. Coast Guard ultimately made the costly project not worth seeing through.

“These vessels will have over 5,000 gallons of fuel on the main deck and a substantial amount of combustible material on board,” wrote the Coast Guard’s acting chief of commercial vessel compliance, in a March 27, 2013 e-mail (uncovered via a Freedom of Information Act request) to Google’s barge contractor, Foss Maritime Co.

The Coast Guard and private fire-safety companies provided Foss and Google with a 20-page document detailing everything that would need to be done to make the barges safe for use by the public.

Google had hoped to have around 1,200 people each day visit the barge in San Francisco, telling the Coast Guard that there would be no more than 150 people on board the ship at any given time. But the Coast Guard said these were just numbers.

“I am unaware of any measures you plan to use to actually limit the number of passengers,” wrote the acting chief, who also expressed concern that Google and Foss had done so much work so quickly on these barges “without full consent of the Coast Guard.”


2 IL Veterans Force 102 Corrupt Officials to Resign, Place Entire Local Board Under Citizen's Arrest

Illinois residents John Kraft and Kirk Allen, who run an anti-corruption non-profit called the Edgar County Watchdogs, have waged a campaign against crooked public officials over the past two years, forcing resignations from 102 bureaucrats and politicians and at one point placing an entire park district board under citizen's arrest. More

The 'Temporary' Recession Tax You're Still Paying

The Great Recession might be over, but residents and businesses in many states across the country are still paying "temporary" taxes put in place to help refill public coffers.

The downturn, of course, hammered state budgets. In response, 14 states and the District of Columbia tried to plug their revenue shortfalls in part by imposing temporary taxes, a new report from the Tax Policy Center found.

Combined, those states and D.C. imposed 25 temporary tax measures between 2008 and 2011.

Of those 25, however, 13 have since been extended, made permanent or replaced. Nine were actually allowed to expire on schedule and 3 still haven't reached their expiration date.

Connecticut, for instance, extended its temporary 10% corporate income surtax twice, and has since increased it to 20%.

Hawaii temporarily increased its lodging tax by 2 percentage points to 9.25%, then made that increase permanent.

Kansas raised its sales and excise tax from 5.7% to 6.3%. Then it ratcheted back the increase a little - to 6.15% - and made that permanent.

Similarly, Delaware increased its top income tax rate by 1 percentage point to 6.95%, then lowered it to 6.6% in two steps and made it permanent.


Traffic Advisory. Accident In Berlin

Berlin Fire Company
Berlin Fire Company is currently operating on a two vehicle MVC with two patients trapped at Route 50 Whalleyville Road.

SPD Press Release 11-9-14 (Taco Bell Robbery)

SPD Press Release 11-9-14

U.S. airstrikes 'hit ISIS leader': Terror group chief 'critically wounded' in Iraq after coalition forces bomb jihadi leaders

American war planes have reportedly launched a strike on a gathering of ISIS leaders, critically wounding their leader.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hurt in the strikes today, according to local witnesses and government sources.

Two witnesses confirmed that bombs had fallen on the town of al-Qaim, next to the Syrian border.

Local government sources described how an aircraft had swooped over a meeting of senior ISIS figures and dropped its payload, killing more than a dozen people.

Another witness said that eight people had died when a bomb struck a market.

A local hospital was said to be overwhelmed with the volume of patients from the raid - including al-Baghdadi.


Burned remains are likely 43 missing Mexican students

MEXICO CITY -- Suspects in the disappearance of 43 college students have confessed to loading the youths onto dump trucks, murdering them at a landfill, then burning the bodies and dumping the ashen remains into a river, Mexican authorities said Friday.

In a somber, lengthy explanation of the investigation, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam played video showing hundreds of charred fragments of bone and teeth fished from the river and its banks. He said it will be very difficult to extract DNA to confirm that they are the students missing since Sept. 26 after an attack by police in the southern state of Guerrero.

"I know the enormous pain the information we've obtained causes the family members, a pain we all share," Murillo Karam said at a news conference. "The statements and information that we have gotten unfortunately point to the murder of a large number of people in the municipality of Cocula."


Today Is The Final Day For The Dog Show

Today is your last chance to come to the dog show at the Civic Center. Lots of vendors with great ideas for Christmas Gifts for their favorite dog.

Family Friends Shed Light On Md. Governor-Elect Larry Hogan

EDGEWATER, Md. (WJZ) — The general election upset in the governor’s race leaves many Marylanders wanting to know more about the man who will lead the state in the next four years.

Political reporter Pat Warren found some folks in Larry Hogan’s hometown Edgewater willing to share what they know.

Election morning, Larry Hogan shakes hands at Chick and Ruth’s Delly, where regulars are state leaders.

Little did Mike Busch know then he’d be calling Hogan governor, and for Democrats, not happily. This is the place where Hogan goes, and they’re always glad he came.


Food Stamp Recipients, Advocates Sue Over Work Requirements

Most Americans agree that able-bodied adults should be required to do some type of work to receive welfare assistance. But two nonprofit groups and a handful of food stamp recipients in New Mexico are suing the state for trying to encourage just that.

Last Friday, a New Mexico district judge placed a temporary hold on the work requirements, which were set to go into effect Nov. 1. On Wednesday of this week, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the state would restart the process of putting the work requirements into place rather than going through the litigation process. The state will pursue the same work requirements.

While the food stamp program doesn’t have much of a work requirement, it does have a modest one for able-bodied adults without children (or other dependents). Able-bodied adults without children are limited to three months of food stamp benefits unless they work or participate in some type of work activity for at least 20 hours a week. However, since 2009 New Mexico—along with many other states—has received a federal waiver allowing them to bypass the work requirement. But New Mexico has decided to forego the waiver. The state also plans to insert modest work requirements for other able-bodied adults who don’t have young children (under age 6), requiring them to look for work or participate in community service.


Pedestrian Killed on US13 South of Dover

Dover-The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash in which a pedestrian was struck and killed on South DuPont Highway US13 last evening.

Preliminary investigation has determined that the crash occurred on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at approximately 7:49 p.m. as Richard L. Daniels Jr.-40 of Dover, Delaware attempted to cross northbound travel lanes from the center median of South DuPont Highway (US13) south of Webbs Lane, Dover. He crossed directly into the path of a 2008 Cadillac DTS operated by John A. Cranston-62 of Seaford, Delaware. The left side of the Cadillac struck Daniels and he was thrown onto the roadway where he was struck by a northbound 1997 BMW 740 operated by Trevor M. Grimes-23 of Dover, Delaware.

Richard L. Daniels Jr. suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that Daniels was not in the area of a designated or marked crosswalk when struck.

Both vehicle operators were properly restrained and were not injured.

US 13 northbound was closed for approximately 4 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared. US 13 southbound was initially closed for approximately 2 hours and then reopened for traffic.

Troopers continue to investigate this crash and no charges have been filed.

Not An Improvement: Unemployment Falls, But Workforce Participation Hardly Budges

The October jobs report was released stating we had 214,000 jobs created and that was above the necessary rate needed to keep up with population growth (around 1
50,000). So the unemployment rate was lowered to 5.8 percent. 
However, once again the corresponding workforce participation rate was little changed at 62.8 percent in October and has been essentially flat since April. The employment-population ratio increased to 59.2 percent in October.

We must continue to be concerned that we do not have an increase in the workforce participation rate corresponding with a lowering of the unemployment rate. As we have presented here, there are some 92 million Americans who have dropped out of the workforce and are not even counted as part of the unemployment calculation.

We should be aware that at some point in time we will have to acknowledge what the U-6 report tells us regarding the employment situation in America. We all want economic success for our brother and sister Americans.


Gold Alert Issued for Elderly Seaford Woman

Seaford - The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for Vera C. King-85 of Seaford, Delaware.

Troopers are looking for Vera C. King who was last seen Saturday, November 8, 2014 at approximately 9:30 p.m. at her residence located in the 4700 block of Neal’s School Road, Seaford, Delaware.

She is described as a white female, 85 years of age, gray hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a green flannel long sleeve night gown, no shoes. (Photo attached)

Troopers have been unable to make contact with King to check on her welfare. Attempts to locate King have been unsuccessful and there is a concern for her safety and welfare due to her medical condition.

If anyone has any information in reference to the whereabouts of Vera C. King, they are asked to call Troop 5 at 302-337-8253 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

Somerset Planning Commission Chair Resigns Over Windpower Turbine Farce

Mary Fleury, who is the only member who voted against the proposed ordinance that would allow a maximum turbine height of 575 feet (with blade tips much higher) has resigned. In her announcement, Dr. Fleury cited the lack of meaningful information presented to the Planning Commission to warrant that height and the serious safety aspects that have been reliably reported.

The draft ordinance originally called for a maximum turbine height of 400 feet, but the Texas investors wanted taller windmills. That group, Pioneer Green, was recently refused permission for its proposed windfarms into other states that rejected its proposed legislation, and it has abandoned plans to put them there. Other states have objected to windfarm development of the kind proposed for Somerset County – the so-called "great bay" project.

With the change in Maryland government resulting from last week’s election, it is possible that the State of Maryland may abandon active support of Pioneer Green’s scheme for Somerset County, which has been endorsed by O’Malley, Brown and Mathias. In any event, with the opposition to the proposed windfarm recently voiced by the Department of Defense, the draft ordinance, if passed by the Somerset County Commissioners, may be dead on arrival.

Maine Changes Rule for Food Stamps that Every State Should Follow

Another state is making people work for food stamps, and it has some people up in arms without knowing all the details. Typical liberals, who are filled with lots of emotion but low on the facts, are worried that children and disabled people will now go without. If they did a little research, they would know this expired waiver will only affect able-bodied people with no children.

The federal waiver that has been in place since 2010 because of the recession has been allowed to expire in the state of Maine. This allows Maine to reinstate a mandate requiring able-bodied adults who are 18 to 50 years old and have no children to work or volunteer 20 hours per week or they will be limited to three months of food stamp benefits over a three-year period.

Just elected to a second term, Maine’s Republican Governor Paul R. LePage is focused on broad welfare reform and said, “People who are in need deserve a hand up, but we should not be giving able-bodied individuals a handout. We must continue to do all that we can to eliminate generational poverty and get people back to work. We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.”


SFD Calls For Service 11-8-14

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First of all, I want to thank ALL of you for getting out to vote. 

Have you ever flown home after coming from a different time zone? If you have, then you know what it feels like to experience jet lag. That is what I'm feeling like today and I'm sure many elected officials are feeling the same way. 

Over the last three weeks we have been working day and night not only putting up regular articles but researching, interviewing, supporting candidates, all the while trying to balance a Family.

Getting up this morning was not at all easy but when I did, (like the majority of you) I did so with a HUGE smile on my face. I was smiling because I stood there side by side with the very humbled Carl Anderton and Bob Culver throughout the night. Neither man carried themselves as if they had just kicked their opponents rear end. That is NOT who they are.

These are two men who truly care. They want to deliver a better Eastern Shore and you know what, they will. 

I watched Larry Hogan give his acceptance speech last night and I have to say, the reason why we endorsed the candidates we did was based on exactly what Governor Elect Hogan stated. This is NOT about republicans against democrats. This is OUR state, ALL of us and we need to stand side by side and do what's right for ALL. 

You see, WE DO mean something to some public officials and for the first time in many years, WE need to come together. We cannot tax our way out of this horrible economy. Local counties and municipalities need to put on their big boy pants and figure out how we can rebuild without putting our hands out to Annapolis. Yet we also need strong leaders who will stand up for our way of life in Annapolis and demand respect. I firmly believe we now have those representatives.

This morning I had a wonderful conversation with Mike McDermott. Mike is so proud to have served you as a state Delegate. When you are up against a candidate that is financially backed with all the money Jim Mathias had been given, well, we all know that's hard to beat. HOWEVER, look at the numbers Ladies & Gentlemen. For a guy who had next to nothing financially, Mike did an incredible job. 

Funny, Congressman Andy Harris won his election by 71% and guess what, he never ran a commercial asking for a sympathy vote by bringing his recently deceased Wife into politics. GOOD PEOPLE would never think of going there and while I have known Jim Mathias for 35 years, he has lost my respect in a very big way. 

Now, let me say this. Yes, last night was a huge victory for the state of Maryland and especially the Eastern Shore. As we stated earlier, we certainly cannot, (will not) take all the credit but I will say that we deserve a small part of it. Why, because we have multiple people behind the scenes who have helped Salisbury News deliver information you did NOT see in the main stream media. 

Oh, some media sources were forced to tell some of the information we delivered but all in all we have a liberal media machine who never gave each republican candidate a fair shake. Salisbury News did. Because of these behind the scene contributors we delivered factual, documented information not seen anywhere else. These are every day citizens who helped make a huge difference and while I cannot name names, we thank you for all of your help.

Finally, our work is nowhere near done. In fact, similar to the way Carl Anderton and Bob Culver woke up this morning I'm sure they thought, Holy Crap, what do we do now. To answer that question to all newly elected people, YOU UNITE AND YOU LEAD. The snake oil salesmen are almost gone, the tide is in your favor and together, (democrat and republican) we heal and rebuild.

Congratulations to ALL newly elected representatives. Remember, NEVER FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM.  

A Letter To The Editor: Negligence at DOVE POINTE

Hello Joe. I am writing you to inform you of an incident that happened at Dove Pointe. A community client was left on a Dove Pointe bus ALL day long today. The client was found soiled and drenched in urine. The client also had no access to food or water ALL day. Word needs to get out to the community about this incident to show just how negligent this place is to it's clients.

Mr. Culver: The "PIO" Needs To Go (away) ASAP

We mean the position, although if Ms. Lee-Brooks does not find the door herself, you need to push her through it on a one-way trip.

The public information officer position in the office of the County Executive has been the venue for a series of political hacks – including George Roache and Jim Fineran in the past. Although Rick Pollitt came into office after the PIO position had been established, he opposed eliminating it after appointing his political pal, Fineran, to the position. During Pollitt’s tenure the cost of the PIO position to Wicomico County's taxpayers has probably exceeded $500,000, and for what??? Both Fineran and the current PIO have been political operatives for Pollitt and his causes, such as Anthony Brown's campaign.

The position is unnecessary and should be eliminated as soon as possible after Mr. Culver takes office. By doing that he will show that he is serious about cutting waste and pork from the County budget. As that lady who was elected in Iowa said, make them squeal.

A Comment Worthy Of A Post

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Election Results: “What’s Going To Change Is Only ...":

Hey Joe and readers. This is a comment that Rick Pollit made on his FB page.

Rick Pollitt - I admit a great relief being freed from the nonsense and the BS.

Sounds like a sore loser to me. What is the nonsense and the Bull Sh!t he is referring to? If he doesn't like his job maybe he should resign now.

The Salisbury Downtown Revitalization Is A Hoax

First of all let me say this. Shame on you Mayor Jim Ireton and Council President Jake Day!

I don't know what the hell these people are trying to do but I couldn't believe my own eyes when I saw this absolute mess in Downtown Salisbury.

These people don't care. They are typical government chart makers who get drawings to make everything look peachy but in reality I was horrified when I took a brief stroll through the Plaza yesterday.

Your own former Mayor Barrie Tilghman and her Husband are partners on the building with all the broken windows and bashed out door, SHAME ON YOU! 

I did an interview yesterday with SU TV and they asked, where would you like to hold the interview. I said, how about the Downtown Plaza, they agreed. Man did I screw up. 

Here's another thing I'd like to know. Is the City's Code and Compliance Officer legally BLIND? Do the rest of you elected officials actually open your eyes when you attend 3rd Friday? Heck, do you Idiots actually go through the neighborhoods and see for yourself just how things are going?

All I can say is, I'm damn happy I sold my building down there because when I owned it, I would have NEVER allowed things like this to happen and I didn't. Shame on you property owners for NOT complaining. 

Can you tell I'm a bit ticked off! You people just sit in your 3rd floor offices and get your food delivered because you sure as hell don't get down to the peasants level. 

The Salisbury Hero For A Day

Yesterday a young lady from Taco Bell was leaving the with a deposit bag to bring to the Bank when someone came up and grabbed the bag and took off.

The man you see above who just happened to be in the right place at the right time immediately took off after the robber and chased after him on foot.

Our of nowhere a van pulled up with the side door open and the robber jumped in and they took off. However, Police were able to get an immediate description  of the van and caught them a few blocks away. 

I met this fine young man last night and I think everyone should give him the praise he so deserves. 

Dr. Ben Carson Just Made a Big Announcement About the 2016 Elections

You can put the speculation to rest. Dr. Ben Carson is setting foot in the 2016 presidential race.

This weekend, voters in 22 states will see a nearly 40-minute ad, entitled “A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America,” that will serve as an introduction to the famed neurosurgeon who became a conservative rock star in the summer of 2013 after delivering the keynote speech at theNational Day of Prayer.

Dr. Carson, who has never held political office, will have to make his ad compelling, seeing that he will probably be running against the likes of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, Sen. Rand Paul and others.

To serve as a precursor to his forthcoming ad, Dr. Carson recently switchedhis political affiliation from Independent to Republican.


Solar Project Expected To Save City $37K Annually

BERLIN – A solar array under construction in Pocomoke City is poised to become the largest municipally owned system in the state while also reducing the town’s annual electricity costs by more than $37,000.

The project, which should be complete in December, consists of 6,150 solar panels that will produce 2.9 million kilowatt hours of power a year. Rockville-based Standard Solar is building the 2.1 megawatt system, which was financed by SunEdison.

“It’s exciting,” said Pocomoke City Manager Russ Blake, “and it’s a great opportunity for the city to save taxpayers money.”

Electricity produced by the system, which is being installed at Pocomoke City’s wastewater treatment facility, is expected to reduce the municipality’s electric bills by about 17 percent, or $37,000 a year, according to Blake. Several nonprofit organizations — including the Delmarva Discovery Center, MARVA Theater, Samaritan Shelter and the Worcester County Developmental Center — will also be tying in to the system. Their bills should be cut by about $15,000 a year.


Question Of The Day 11-7-14

Minnesota Muslims Demand Pork-Free Halal Food From Welfare Food Bank

Above: Somali “refugees” on lifetime welfare demand their free food adhere to Islamic Law
by Jason DeWitt
Whoever said “beggars can’t be choosers” never met Somali Muslim refugees in Minnesota.
These Muslim imports in Minneapolis are nowdemanding a tax-funded “halal” non-pork food shelf at a free food pantry for the poor.
As if it’s not bad enough that nearly all the “American” Muslims who have joined ISIS have been Somalis from Minneapolis, their relatives here are demanding that Americans adhere to the same Sharia Laws the Islamic State fighters are trying to impose throughout the Middle East.

A group of first-generation Somali Americans says they need help in developing a food shelf that specializes in healthy foods that do not contain pork or pork byproducts. “It’s about human rights also, basic human rights to get the proper food and also healthy food,” said Imam Hassan Mohamud.

“Human rights”? Seriously? Their arrogance and self-entitlement has to be unprecedented for a group on the public dole.

BREAKING NEWS: Mike McDermott Concedes To Jim Mathias

Dear Friends and Fellow Patriots,

I celebrate with you in the change that is coming to Maryland with the election of Larry Hogan and several new folks who were successful in securing new Republican seats in the General Assembly. I only wish I could have been among them in January when they raise their right hand and take their oath of office. Delegate Charles Otto, Delegate-Elect Carl Anderton, and Delegate-Elect Mary Beth Carroza will be a great team that you can count on in the General Assembly.

Tonight I am conceding the race for the senate seat in District 38. My battle for the seat has ended, but the battle to take back our state has just opened a new chapter for which we can all be very proud.

No one gave us much hope of achieving a victory over the incumbent in my race. In the end, he and Senate President Mike Miller outspent me 10-1. We ran an honorable campaign that was fact based and fact checked. We told people the truth, but, sadly, enough believed the lie.

In defeat, we drew a lot of fire from the opposition...resources that they could have used to shore up other seats which they wound up losing. In fact, we picked up enough seats in the House of Delegates to sustain any Veto that Governor Hogan may need to exercise to stop bad legislation. I may not have been traditionally successful, but the pro economy message of rolling back tax increases and eliminating the punitive regulatory environment faced by all businesses in Maryland has carried the day.

Our team will need all of the support you can muster in the weeks, months, and years ahead. We need good people to be selected to serve within the Hogan administration who can think outside of the box and guide our state to prosperity. Please continue to pray for Larry and his team. Many decisions will be made in the next two months that will chart a new course for Maryland. I encourage the Governor-Elect to look to the Eastern Shore for competent leaders to help him accomplish these goals. I certainly would like to see Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio serving as a Cabinet Secretary.

I will continue to thank folks individually in the days ahead for sharing their time, talent, and treasure with us during the campaign. We could not have been as successful as we were if not for the vast number of people who grabbed onto the rope and pulled together. For that effort, you will always find me eternally grateful.

For now, my plans include catching up on some much needed rest and doing as I have encouraged you and your families to do...pray for our Governor-Elect and his team and keep believing in the values that have always made our country the envy of the world.


Mike McDermott, Delegate


“In Annapolis, as in Washington, the need for rational compromise and bipartisanship is essential.”

BALTIMORE  U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released the following statement calling on lawmakers of both parties to encourage cooperation and seek reasonable compromises on issues of key concern to the American people:
“Inherent in our system of government, no one party has a permanent hold on power. As we once again cycle into a new balance of power in the Senate – and in Annapolis – we encourage all of our current and new colleagues to work together in a bipartisan manner to meet the challenges currently facing our nation.
“Gridlock has never created jobs or provided capital to a small business owner. And it will not bring us closer to energy security.
“What we need is civil debate and cooperation. We need to put American families at the top of our priority list. We must find a way to break free of the conflicts that have polarized us in the past and seek rational compromises that move us forward, strengthening America’s economy and improving security at home and abroad.
“In Annapolis, as in Washington, the need for rational compromise and bipartisanship is essential. Team Maryland is ready and willing to work with our new governor in a positive partnership that keeps our state moving forward and provides greater opportunity for all Marylanders.”

Governor O'Malley Holds Back Information To Help Secure Jim Mathias' Election

MDA will be posting the PMT Study on their website tomorrow at noon

The Maryland Department of Agriculture will post the Phosphorus Management Tool Study on their website ( ) tomorrow at noon. They will also host a briefing tomorrow afternoon at 3:30pm at the Talbot County Community Center, 10028 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD 21601. I will be there, together with MDA officials, to present the study findings and answer questions.

Publishers Notes: I personally feel Governor O'Malley held back this information until after the election because I'm confident it would have proven to ALL Farmers that Mathias is NOT Farmer friendly. From what I've gathered, this information would have crushed Mathias and other state democrat representatives.

Low Democratic turnout propelled Larry Hogan to victory in Maryland governor's race

Voter Turnout in Maryland 2014

Cards Cast, 2014
Registered Voters, 2014
Turnout 2014
Turnout 2010
Baltimore City132,740373,16936%45%
Prince George's County207,131544,67738%45%
Montgomery County246,978634,65939%51%
Cecil County26,15261,99042%51%
Washington County37,51990,09742%49%
Wicomico County24,81156,69444%55%
Charles County45,869100,44946%53%
Garrett County8,92219,29246%53%
Allegany County19,98042,56047%53%
Anne Arundel County171,694349,31349%62%
Baltimore County254,696521,13049%59%
Caroline County9,00118,53349%56%
Dorchester County10,06220,46649%61%
Somerset County6,37212,99949%54%
St. Mary's County31,45764,51049%59%
Frederick County77,505150,89551%55%
Worcester County18,25435,69951%61%
Howard County101,948195,44052%61%
Calvert County31,83259,97653%57%
Harford County88,871164,78054%64%
Carroll County62,621112,94655%61%
Queen Anne's County18,91233,17357%67%
Talbot County14,55225,66357%65%
Kent County7,49612,72459%67%

If governor-elect Larry Hogan has anyone to thank for his upset win over Lt. Gov.Anthony Brown, it may be Democratic voters who did not show up to vote Tuesday.

Turnout was down statewide and critically in counties that are key to statewide Democratic victories, according to unofficial election results.

With five precincts yet to report, turnout seems to be around 45 percent statewide, or 9 percent lower than turnout in the 2010 election.


Why Anthony Brown lost the Maryland governor's race

It didn't take long for a postmortem to be conducted on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's failed campaign for Maryland governor. One of Brown's top supporters took up the task even before his campaign officially died.

U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, a fellow Maryland Democrat, was at Brown's election headquarters Tuesday in College Park telling anyone who would listen what he saw as Brown's biggest problem.

"I think he was not able to let the people know who he was," Ruppersberger told WBAL-TV Channel 11 on Tuesday night as Brown's supporters still anxiously followed returns in his race against Republican Larry Hogan. "One of the first things you do in politics is define yourself with your voters. I think his team could have done that a little better."


Maryland Shocker: Republican Larry Hogan Beats The O’Malley Machine

In a major shock in a deep blue state, small businessman and Republican Larry Hogan defeated Maryland’s Democratic Lt. Governor Anthony Brown to become governor-elect. Hogan trailed throughout most of the campaign, usually by double-digits. But in the final two weeks of the campaign, polls showed Hogan closing that gap and, ultimately, overtaking Brown in the final poll by 5 points.

Brown, who served as the number two for Governor and 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley, was stunned but gracious in defeat. In May, Brown referred to the primary election as “the bigger objective,” saying, “We take that hill, and then we’ve got a little bit of a mole hill to take in November.”

Outspent by $16 million, Hogan was bolstered by the Republican Governors Association, with ad buys and four visits from RGA Chairman and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Hogan will not have an easy term, the Maryland State House is dominated by Democrats, but his victory in this bluest of blue states should give him some political capital to spend. He campaigned on rolling back many of the 40 tax increases the O’Malley administration instituted, including a gasoline tax that is indexed to inflation and the “rain tax.”


Baltimore Woman Charged in Sexual Relationship with Teenager

Bethany Beach-The Delaware State Police have arrested and charged a 47 year old Baltimore, Maryland woman in connection with a sexual relationship involving a 15 year old male which occurred in Bethany Beach in early September 2014.

On September 26, 2014 the Delaware State Police Major Crimes Unit was contacted by the Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland reporting that a 15 year old male victim disclosed that he had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a 47 year old female, later identified as Molly Shattuck-47 of Baltimore, Maryland. The relationship began in the area in which they resided near Baltimore, Maryland and culminated with Shattuck providing alcohol to minors and engaging in a sexual relationship with the 15 year old male at a vacation rental home in Bethany Beach, Delaware over Labor Day weekend.

After a thorough and comprehensive investigation, including interviews and with the assistance of the Baltimore County Police Department, State Police Detectives secured a search warrant for Shattuck’s residence located in Baltimore, Maryland and executed the search warrant on October 1, 2014 seizing items pertinent to the investigation. Details of what was discovered and seized cannot be discussed at this time as to not compromise the integrity of the investigation.

On Monday, November 3, 2014 Molly Shattuck was indicted by the Sussex County Grand Jury and charged with Rape 3rd (2 counts), Unlawful Sexual Contact (4 counts), and Providing Alcohol to Minors (3 counts)

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Molly Shattuck turned herself in to the Sussex County Superior Court in Georgetown, Delaware where she was formally charged with the above crimes and awaiting arraignment.

Because of the sensitivity of this case, and in consideration of the victim, only limited information will be released.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at

Sergeant Paul G. Shavack

Director of Public Information | Delaware State Police

P.O. Box 430| Dover, DE 19903

The Pollitt-Pretl Plan to Control Wicomico County Fails, Thank Goodness

Fortunately the scheme of those Democrat masterminds, aided and abetted by Chuck Cook, Jim Ireton, Jake Day and the Tilghmans (Phil, Barrie and Matt) did not survive scrutiny by the electorate when put in the public spotlight. Early on, we exposed the loser -- remember Ron Pagano -- they got to run against Joe Holloway, and then moved on to the rest of the lousy litter: Josh ("liar") Hastings, Laura ("accountant" and welfare queen) Mitchell and Kirby Travers. In the past few weeks we also put the spotlight on Mr. Pollitt – the bad and the ugly (there's no good, it seems).

We can't and don't claim to be the sole cause of the outcome, but feel that we share some of the credit, particularly in helping to reveal Pagano's record as an attorney, etc., which his campaign guru, Pretl, carefully concealed for a brief time. Our only regret is that the RINO, John Hall, is not being replaced by a real Republican. And we have more than a little concern about the bona fides of Matt Holloway, who attended that big fundraiser event for Pollitt that was sponsored by William Hall.

We will have analysis and commentary later, hopefully very soon. But, for now, all's well that ends well. Please pardon any typos in the above – it’s been a long night, and this is written by dawn’s early light.

PS – Hi Jonathan, wherever you are!


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Unofficial 2014 Gubernatorial General Election results for State Senator 11:57PM

NamePartyEarly VotingElection DayAbsentee / ProvisionalTotalPercentage
Jim Mathias
Mike McDermott
Other Write-Ins

Jim Mathias
Mike McDermott
Other Write-Ins
Totals19,133 (51.6%)17,905 (48.3%)23 (.1%)