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‘Grassroots’ Group Discloses Support of Speed Camera Firm

A grassroots pro speed camera group is now disclosing on its Facebook page that it is supported by the company that supplies speed cameras to Baltimore County.

A similar statement can also be found on the Facebook page of a similar group in Howard County.

More on my Insider Politics Blog at Patch.


Case of the Missing Board Members

For the second consecutive month the Baltimore County Revenue Authority has announced it will not hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

This time, the cancellation is due to a lack of members being available to attend.

William “Lynnie” Cook, chief executive of the authority, told reporters of the cancellation in a Monday evening email. Cook cited a “lack of a quorum” — meaning at least three of its five volunteer members were unavailable.

The independent quasi-public agency is responsible for managing five public golf courses around the county, four public parking garages in Towson as well as a number of metered street and surface parking lots around the county.

Cook, in his brief email, did not provide details on who was unable to attend and did not respond to a request for additional information.

More on my Insider Politics blog at

Win Bryan McIntire’s money, part 1

October 20, 2010 1 comment

Campaign finance reports are due out later this week and one of the big questions begging for an answer is who will get a piece of Republican Councilman Bryan McIntire’s sizable war chest.

The four-term councilman who lost the September primary to challenger Todd Huff, had $221,421 in cash on hand, according to the last report filed on Sept. 2 (so there’s a chance the actual figure is probably less).

McIntire confirmed that he has been the focus of solicitations from a number of candidates “running in this county and others and one person from another state.”

It’s something that is new to him.

“I was never at a point where I wasn’t running and had money left over,” said the councilman.

McIntire declined to say who, if anyone would get a slice of the pie. He acknowledged that the obvious recipients could include Republican County Executive candidate Ken Holt and Republican council candidates David Marks, Ryan Nawrocki, and Steve Whisler. Read more…

Smith donates “appropriately dressed” statue

October 19, 2010 1 comment


Smith Olympian Park

Smith at the dedication of Olympian Park in July. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore County)


The County Council Monday night approved a donation of a statue from County Executive Jim Smith and his wife, Sandy, and thanks to a question from Councilman Bryan McIntire, we now know that the figures will be “appropriately dressed.”

County Recreation and Parks Director Bob Barrett told the council that the statue of of a boy and girl holding the earth is estimated to cost $5,150. Once completed, the statue will be installed at the recently dedicated Olympian Park, which will honor six Olympians and Paralympians including Michael Phelps, Anita Null and Jessica Long.

“And they’re properly dressed?” McIntire asked Barrett, who then told the council the figures would be properly attired.

In an interview following the vote, McIntire said he asked the question because the council was being asked to vote on the statue sight unseen. Read more…

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