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Kristerfer Burnett is running for City Council in Baltimore’s 8th district

PoliticsVia Afro,

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Improving the city’s workforce preparedness will also require improving Baltimore’s public transportation infrastructure. Having companies like Under Armour or Amazon in South Baltimore will not be an economic boon if residents cannot get there in a reasonable time-frame on public transportation, says Burnett. A subpar public transit system is also having an effect on school attendance, something that has ripple effects on the city’s workforce preparedness. “When we talk to teachers and administrators [about] why attendance rates are so low, part of it is the buses are late, or they’re not showing up at all, and so a lot of kids are like, ‘I’ll just stay home,’” said Burnett.
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- See more at: http://www.afro.com/holton-opponent-challenges-focus-of-balto-politics/#sthash.EouHajce.dpuf
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Ryan Dorsey for Baltimore City Council 3rd District

Politics"He is a member of the Transit Choices coalition, seeking improvements in safety and effectiveness in Baltimore City transportation"
[B' Spokes: He supports cycling.]

http://www.electryandorsey.com/
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How Does Question 1 Affect Bike Projects?

PoliticsBike Maryland puts forth the argument that a lock box on transportation funding will protect bike funding.

<a href="https://www.bikemaryland.org/how-does-question-1-effect-bike-projects/">https://www.bikemaryland.org/how-does-question-1-effect-bike-projects/</a>;

B' Spokes: No doubt transportation funds have been in trouble for a long time since current taxing methods do not keep up with inflation but still I will strongly assert bike funding is a matter of political will and not the amount of money available. Currently bike projects are roughly 0.1% of the funds available. It is not like bike projects are expensive and I strongly disagree with what the amendment really implies; that more major road projects will fix Maryland's &quot;traveling by car is misery&quot; issues. In my humble opinion MDOT just throws money at the problem with little effect on actually fixing anything and too often makes maters worse for cyclists and pedestrians.

Witness the upcoming election for Governor, the Republican side is going to postpone major mass transit projects under the assumption that the money would be better spent on car only projects. This is like our battle, if the political will says we have the money we have the money, if the political will says we don't have the money then we don't.
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Question 1: Transportation Trust Fund

PoliticsB&quot; Spokes: The General idea is to make it harder to use Transportation Trust Funds to balance the state budget, it still can be done but harder.

My stance is: No Support

What bothers me most is that there is no mention of repairing bridges, better funding for mass transit or even complete streets, just business as usual at MDOT.

Next, even under the old system we could build $3+ billion ICC highways so I don't get why things need to change.

The whole thing reeks of over stressing cars over everything else. Budgets will always be in flux from year to year and IMHO this is what government does. One year some group is unhappy and the next year it is someone else, that is the nature of things. But more than that, a vote yes here is saying, roads and more roads will fix our most pressing needs. And they need to be overly car centric since cars are paying for them right?

See Do Drivers Cover the Cost of Roads? Not By a Long Shot
<a href="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20141002232119321">http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20141002232119321</a>;

But but there is so many cars driving... Not really, see Maryland Annual Vehicle Miles of Travel
<a href="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20130529171856978">http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20130529171856978</a>;

IMHO it is because Maryland has over stressed driving everywhere that is the basic reason why driving is such a dismal state of affairs. You can't give preferential treatment to the most expensive thing and expect a balanced economical budget, that would be like having steak seven days a week. Nothing against steak or roads but let's keep it at a reasonable level OK? And oh, let's support more diversity.

For further reading see: Maryland transportation &quot;lockbox&quot; has a big hole from Greater Greater Washington
<a href="http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/9163/maryland-transportation-lockbox-has-a-big-hole/">http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/9163/maryland-transportation-lockbox-has-a-big-hole/</a>;
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.Councilman Tom Quirk - Baltimore County District 1

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Open Space, Trails & Environmental Protection
Councilman Quirk is a champion of open space and alternatives to vehicular traffic as integral to maintaining our quality of life, protecting our natural resources and maintaining our property values.
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“Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee” Bill 2-11 (February 2011) established the Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee.
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Traffic Management & Pedestrian Safety
Councilman Quirk lives on a heavily trafficked road and is intimately aware of the challenges that vehicular traffic presents for his neighbors and constituents, many of whom live in the district for its family friendly culture and good schools.
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“Speed Monitoring System” Bill 1-11 (January 2011)  increases availability of speed monitoring systems in school zones in direct response to the enormous number of speeding complaints.
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http://www.councilmantomquirk.com/issues.php#Open_Space__Trails___Environmental_Protection
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More politicians on bikes please

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Just roads everywhere

Politics[B' Spokes: I thought this was kinda cool campaign for a governor.]
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By Randy LoBasso, Pphiladelphia Weekly

Paul Glover wants to warn us: “In 60 years, either cars will be gone or we will.” Those are tough words. The Germantown resident says he hasn’t driven an automobile since 1978—and, based on a lifetime of research, he’s pretty sure that if more people don’t follow his lead, we’re all doomed. And before you ask: No, he’s not interested in cleaner fuel, or hybrid technology, or electric cars. He believes human mobility will be the end of humanity, because as long as fuel exists, and is cheap, human beings will continue to sprawl—and devour the earth.

“Even if you had a car which ran on parakeet farts and only needed one little parakeet fart a year, cars go everywhere,” he says. “There needs to be a deliberate restraint on human mobility. Otherwise, we entirely cover the planet with roads. Just roads everywhere.”

But who cares what this guy thinks? You should. Glover, a former Temple professor and leader of numerous green job and food organizations around Philadelphia, is running for governor of Pennsylvania on the Green Party ticket.
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<a href="http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/How_Paul_Glover__Will_Spend_His__Summer_Vacation-262576491.html">http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/How_Paul_Glover__Will_Spend_His__Summer_Vacation-262576491.html</a>;
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Vote for Wes Adams for States Attorney

PoliticsVia Jerry Cunningham, Facebook

Hi friends,

People have asked me what they can do for me and the kids since Trish was killed last August. I've never really had an answer, but now I do.

Please get out and vote for Wes Adams for States Attorney, in the primary on June 24th.

I guess I am guilty of not really getting involved in politics until it affected me. Maybe I didn't get involved because I was so happy living my life with Trish and the kids every day.

But I can't let Trish's memory just fade away. She was a beautiful person taken from this planet for no good reason. I can't have Trish back, but I really don't want this to happen to somebody else. I really don't. And it will happen again unless we raise public awareness about bicycle safety.

It is absolutely unbelievable to me that Wes Adams' opponent is defending Trish's killer.

The people of Anne Arundel county deserve better. Wes Adams is better. Please vote for him. Please like and share his facebook page. Please share his website. You don't have to live in Anne Arundel County to do this.

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/wes.adams.98229">https://www.facebook.com/wes.adams.98229</a>;
<a href="https://www.electwesadams.com/">https://www.electwesadams.com/</a>;

Please help raise awareness for bike safety, here in Anne Arundel County and across the country. Because more cyclists will die. More of them will die because it is not treated as a serious crime.

Right now - think of the person that you love the most in this world.

Right now - think of their face and how it feels to hold their hand.

Now imagine that you will never get to talk to them again.

Vote for Wes, because he actually cares about more than himself.

Thank you very much,

Jerry
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Brian Frosh for Maryland Attorney General - Washington Post

Politics Brian Frosh for Maryland attorney general - Washington Post

ON THE merits, the three-way race in the Democratic primary for attorney general in Maryland is a slam-dunk. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County, who is among the most admired, intelligent, civil and hardworking lawmakers in Annapolis, should win the nomination in a walk.



And a bit about the competition: Jon Cardin missed nearly 75% of committee votes in Annapolis

"Particularly in the House of Delegates, committees are where the real work is done," said David Lublin, an American University government professor. "I can see the campaign ads now: 'He's not doing his job, and now he wants a bigger one.'"



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This is what politics is all about... getting people on bikes.

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On Brian's way in to work today…he is an avid bicyclist. Want to ride with him one weekend? Let us know at brian@brianfrosh.com

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