Conduit Street Podcast: Election Tidbits, Congressional District Dilemma, and Amazon Is Coming! … Sort Of

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss some of the "too close to call" election races in Frederick County, review the fate of some of the more intriguing ballot questions from across the country, explain the significance of a federal court's ruling that Maryland's 6th Congressional District is unconstitutionally gerrymandered and must be redrawn in time for the 2020 election, and ponder what Amazon's decision to co-locate…

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Cecil Sheriff’s Office Launches PALS Program for At-Risk Youth
Captain Steve Brownhill (left) and Lieutenant Joe Wilson of CCSO and two students from Gilpin Manor Elementary School discuss upcoming Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) activities. (Photo courtesy of Cecil County Government)
Cecil Sheriff’s Office Launches PALS Program for At-Risk Youth

The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office today announced the establishment of the County's inaugural Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL). PAL has a 100 plus year history of working with at-risk youth throughout the United States via athletic and mentor-driven activities that focus on developing America’s youth. Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies volunteer their personal time to help develop and mentor America’s youth. They follow set curriculums that focus on helping kids make wise choices and keep them…

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Kirwan Commission Seeks Public Input

The [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education is inviting representatives of Statewide and local organizations, as well as members of the general public, to participate in a public hearing on November 29, 2018. Known as the Kirwan Commission because it is chaired by former University System Chancellor Brit Kirwan, the Commission is set to recommend the first major revision to Maryland’s school funding formula since the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act…

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St. Mary’s Urges Smokers to Kick Habit

The 43rd Great American Smokeout, an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society, serves as an annual call for smokers to kick the habit. The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have joined the American Cancer Society in encouraging citizens to commit to or recommit to healthy smoke-free lives. The 2018 Great American Smokeout takes place on November 15. According to a press release: Statistics indicate cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in…

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Amazon to Split Second HQ Between New York, Northern Virginia

Amazon today announced that it has selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for its new headquarters. Amazon says it will invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington. The new locations will join Seattle as the company’s three headquarters in North America. Amazon set off a nationwide bidding contest last fall when…

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Who Needs a Cubicle? Tennessee Takes Teleworking to the Max

For Tennessee state employees, the concept of individual offices, cubicles, and desks, adorned with family photos and mementos, is becoming a thing of the past. The state's ambitious new approach to the workplace, Alternative Workplace Solutions (AWS), goes far beyond traditional telecommuting - and in addition to boosting employee morale and productivity, it's saving the state millions of dollars. According to Governing: In exchange for giving up their desk or office, participating employees can work…

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Anne Arundel Community College to Name Smith President Emeritus
Dr. Martha A. Smith (photo courtesy of Anne Arundel Community College)
Anne Arundel Community College to Name Smith President Emeritus

Dr. Martha A. Smith, president of Anne Arundel Community College from 1994 to 2012, will be awarded the status of president emeritus by the college’s board of trustees at its Nov. 13 public meeting. According to a press release: During her 18 years at the college, Smith touched the lives of thousands of county residents through her work as a visionary leader and as a driving force that made AACC one of the most respected…

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Marylanders Cast Record Number of Midterm Ballots

An estimated 2.1 million Marylanders cast ballots in Tuesday's election, setting a new state record for voter turnout in a midterm election. The unprecedented turnout easily surpassed 2010's midterm record of close to 1.9 million voters. According to The Baltimore Sun: That doesn’t mean it’s a record turnout by percentage of registered voters — only that the state’s growing population and voting base continues to increase. Preliminary turnout numbers from early voting and Election Day indicate…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Special Edition: General Election Roundup

On this special edition of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally, Michael Sanderson, and Natasha Mehu breakdown state and local results from the 2018 primary election. Click here to read MACo's coverage of the 2018 gubernatorial election. Listen here: MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes…

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Ballot Shortages, Long Lines Delay Election Results

The Maryland State Board of Elections did not post election results online on Tuesday night until after 10 p.m. — two hours after polls closed in the state. According to The Baltimore Sun: The reason, said board administrator Linda Lamone, was that some voters were still casting ballots. As of 10 p.m., she said she understood there were still people waiting to vote in Towson and in Prince George's County, but she said she was…

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