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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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O’Malley interviews on WBAL

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Shari Elliker

WBAL's Elliker

 

In case you missed it today, Shari Elliker, host of the Afternoon News Journal on WBAL 1090 AM, interviewed Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O’Malley by phone today.

Topics in the wide-ranging interview included education, his “new American’s quote,” what’s on O’Malley’s iPod and why Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith makes a promise to not raise any new taxes on behalf of O’Malley in a radio commercial that is in rotation currently. (You can hear that commercial here.)

Elliker’s exclusive interview, which was broken into segments, was played throughout today’s show.

Cutting $87 million during the commercials

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Jon Herbst was the guest on Sunday night’s edition of “All Politics is Local” featuring host Jay Liner as well as a panel of journalists including myself and Al Forman of Investigativevoice.com.

Herbst, the Republican candidate for the 2nd Council District in Baltimore County, came on to talk about his campaign and stances on schools, tax rates, business regulation and pension reform. (Vicki Almond, the Democratic nominee for the same seat was also invited but she declined citing a prior commitment.)

On the subjects of pension reform and lower taxes, I asked Herbst about how he could lower taxes without cutting services and still absorb state teacher pensions that are likely to be pushed down on the county in 2011.

You can listen in while Herbst tries to  find $87 million after just one commercial break.

All Politics is Local is a live call in radio program about local politics. The show can be heard every Sunday night from 7-8p.m. on WCBM 680 AM and on WCBM.com.

NOTE: A reminder to my readers. This blog is my temporary home while I wait to join Patch.com as the assistant regional editor in Baltimore County where I will cover county government and politics. I’ll start over at Patch.com on Oct. 25.

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