Maryland must extend its absentee ballot deadline by 10 days to accommodate uniformed service members or those who are otherwise overseas, a federal judge ruled Friday
Judge Roger W. Titus’ preliminary injunction comes in a U.S. District Court case brought against members of the state Board of Elections by the Military Voter Protection Project and an unnamed Maryland National Guard soldier from Montgomery County who is serving in Iraq.
“The right to vote has long been recognized as a fundamental political right, preservative of all other rights, and men and women stationed overseas should not be deprived of this fundamental right where the state can point to no compelling interest that would be served by doing so, …” the judge wrote. “Those in a foreign theater of war in the service of their country deserve nothing less than to be accorded fundamental constitutional rights.”
The Treasury Department says its bank bailouts are over, but the spending continues.
In a Sept. 22 speech, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the bailouts “are completely behind us.”
That’s not quite correct. In the final six months in which it could spend money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Treasury set aside $243 million for new contracts for law firms, accountants and money managers to help run what’s left of the bailouts — on top of the $529 million already spent on work by staff, private companies and other agencies. Many of the contracts last until 2019, and there’s nothing to stop the government from hiring even more help if it’s needed to chase down the remaining bailout money.
Treasury’s authority to spend more from the $700 billion fund expired on Oct. 3. The law requires officials to recoup as much as possible of the $185 billion still in the hands of shaky private companies. After all collections are made, the government expects to be out about $51 billion, mostly from housing programs.
Sponsored by the Indian Head Senior Center Council and Town of Indian Head, the 5th Annual Indian Head Breast Cancer Awareness Fitness Walk benefitting the fight against breast cancer, was very successful. The event was open to the entire community, with festivities taking place around the Indian Head Village Green. Lunch was provided for all by the Town of Indian Head Community Activities Committee.
Indian Head Senior Center Council received over $5,530 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation of Maryland. This year’s event had 188 registered walkers, with over 300 people attending throughout the morning. This was a significant increase over last year’s event, which had 64 walkers and 125 people attending and raised $2,008.48 for this worthwhile cause.
The Charles County Emergency Services will be hosting a Basic SKYWARN Training on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland.
SKYWARN is a national network of volunteer severe weather spotters. The spotters are trained by local National Weather Service Forecast Offices on how to spot severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, what to report, how to report, and when to report it.
Individuals interested in attending this training, please contact Jennifer Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-609-3430.
The Charles County Animal Response Team is currently recruiting new members. Volunteers are needed for handling animals, administrative functions,
fundraising events and outreach programs. Training is provided.
For more information, plan to attend an orientation meeting on Saturday, November 13 from 10 am until 3 pm at the Charles County Emergency Services Center located at 10425 Audie Lane, La Plata, Maryland. To confirm your attendance or answer any questions, please contact the program coordinator, Jeff Gustafson, at email@example.com or 301-609-3423.
The Volunteers of the Charles County C.A.R.T. (County Animal Response Team) are operated under the direction and control of Charles County Department of
Emergency Services’ Animal Control Division. C.A.R.T is part of a coordinated effort between government, corporate and private entities dedicated to the preparedness, planning, response, and recovery for animal emergencies in Charles County, Maryland.
Law enforcement officials won’t say what materials were taken from the home of a retired National Archives employee that was searched earlier this week.
The U.S. Marshals Service searched Leslie Waffen’s Rockville home for eight hours and left with two truckloads of material.
Inspector General for the National Archives and Records Administrations Paul Brachfeld says investigators and U.S. Marshals executed a sealed warrant at the home, so he cannot discuss the case.
NARA even has a page dedicated to detailing missing items and urges the public to keep their eyes open.
According to the summary, the survey found that more than 30 percent of the Metro workers who had observed safety violations in the past year failed to report the problems, because they feared retaliation or doubted that Metro would fix them.
“There is a sense of futility,” board member Jim Graham said.
The most common safety problem - identified by nearly 40 percent of respondents - was unsafe working conditions.
Constellation Energy Group on Friday reported a net loss of $1.4 billion in the third quarter, due mainly to write-downs related to its nuclear power joint ventures including UniStar Nuclear Energy.
Not including the nuclear joint venture and other costs, Constellation said it would have earned 48 cents per share for the third quarter of 2010, 16 cents less than the average estimage of nine analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. In the third quarter of 2009, Constellation had adjusted earnings of $1.23 per share.
We’ll keep this short. In the past two issues, the Maryland Independent had its say on this page about the candidates in Tuesday’s election. In hundreds of letters we’ve published on dozens of pages, readers have been having their say in the months since the campaigns began. They told us who they won’t vote for and why. Some have written to explain why their candidate is the best person for the job.
This is the last print edition of the paper before voting is wrapped up Nov. 2, and we still have more political letters. We’re using fewer words here to save space to print as many as of the words as we can from our readers on this and the following pages. Many of the rest of the letters that meet our guidelines will be posted on our website at www.SoMdNews.com.
If you’re caught up in the campaigns and think that everybody is going to vote the same way as you and your friends, don’t count on it. Many of you will be right; many of you will be wrong. But everybody’s vote counts the same; they’re not weighted to measure the degree of passion with which they are cast.
Finally, you’ve got to play to win. There are 89,989 registered voters in Charles County. About 22 percent, or a little more than 20,000 people, voted in the Sept. 14 primary. In the 2008 general election, there was a 73 percent voter turnout in the county. In 2006, the turnout was about 54 percent.
I am encouraging people to vote. Sierra Club and Clean Water Action support these candidates for Charles County commissioner: Candice Kelly, Ken Robinson, Rick Campbell, Eric Vrem and Don Derencin.
For us, the choices are clear. We have an opportunity to elect county commissioners who are open about their positions and understand the benefits of smart growth.
Open government: If a candidate will not tell us how they stand on important election issues, that’s like a red flag.
If they refuse to tell us now, what kind of transparency can we expect if they are elected?
More shots were fired at the National Museum of the Marine Corps overnight in Triangle, Va., according to Prince William County Police.
The shooting incident apparently occurred just hours after the FBI linked Tuesday night’s shooting at a Marine recruiting center in Chantilly, Va., with two similar cases in the commonwealth—including an earlier incident at the museum.
Ballistics testing determined that the shots came from the same weapon in all three previous cases, and that the shots were fired into vacant parts of the buildings. No one has been injured in any of the incidents.
In the wake of the shootings, security is being stepped up for Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon. The Pentagon was the most prominent target, and more than 30,000 marathon runners will be speeding right by the Defense Department headquarters on Sunday.
Forget all the talk about voters being fed up with high taxes: In hundreds of cities and counties across the country, they are raising them.
An Associated Press review of local election results found they boosted taxes to help pay for schools, public safety and other services they believe are essential to their communities.
In an election year dominated by angry anti-government and anti-tax rhetoric, the results may seem counterintuitive. Throughout the country, raucous tea party rallies have been blanketed with signs reading “Taxed Enough Already,” “Cut Taxes, Cut Government” and “We Make, They Take—No Socialism.”
But with states facing huge budget deficits, reduced aid to communities is leaving them with a difficult choice: Dig deeper into their own pockets or cut the services that most impact their lives.
The Charles County Department of Planning and Growth Management will host an additional information meeting on the draft Water Resources Element of the Charles County Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of the forum is to give citizens the opportunity to discuss the draft plan and ask questions of County Staff and the County’s Consultant on the project. The interested public is invited to attend.
The draft Water Resources Element of the Charles County Comprehensive Plan creates a policy framework for sustaining public drinking water supplies and protecting the County’s waterways and riparian ecosystems by effectively managing point and nonpoint source water pollution. It complies with the requirements of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland—as modified by Maryland House Bill 1141, passed in 2006.
The meeting will be held on November 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Government Building Conference Room of the Charles County Government Building in La Plata. If you have any questions about the meeting, you may contact Jason Groth, Chief of Resource and Infrastructure Management at 301.396.5814 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice is hereby given that the County Commissioners of Charles County will hold a Public Hearing on proposed Bill 2010-17 and Bill 2010-18 on November 9, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the County Commissioner’s Meeting Room located in the Charles County Government Building, La Plata, Maryland.
Bill 2010-17 and Bill 2010-18
Rural Preservation Subdivisions
Michael Sullivan has proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivisions Regulations are to allow Rural Preservation Subdivisions, up to 14ten acre lots on a private road in the Agricultural Conservation (AC) and Rural Conservation (RC) Zones. The proposed zoning amendment adds to Article III §297-49 Word usage; Article VI, §297-87 Agricultural Conservation Zone; and, Article VI, §297-88 Rural Zones in the Charles County Zoning Ordinance (2006Edition). The proposed subdivision amendment adds to Article III,§278- 19, Rural Preservation Subdivisions; Article V, §278-56 Rural Preservation Subdivisions; and amends Article IV, §278-31 Procedures for Processing Subdivision Types; and, Article VII, §278-80 Private Rights-of-Way and Access Easements in the Charles County Subdivision Regulations (2007 Edition).
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