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Question 1: Transportation Trust Fund

PoliticsThe 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
http://www.baltimorespokes.org/article.php?story=20141002232119321

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

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 "lockbox" has a big hole from Greater Greater Washington
http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/9163/maryland-transportation-lockbox-has-a-big-hole/
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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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http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/How_Paul_Glover__Will_Spend_His__Summer_Vacation-262576491.html
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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.

https://www.facebook.com/wes.adams.98229
https://www.electwesadams.com/

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

Via Brian Frosh
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Jon Cardin vs. Brian Frosh

Politics[B' Spokes: While not directly bike related (though Brian Frosh is a cyclist), I will assert that Brian Frosh is one reason why our bike bills will typically pass the Senate while the House can have issues with them, that point is better expressed below in more general terms. And maybe there is some parallels to cycling like supporting the underdog that's may lose to a big name.]
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By Laslo Boyd, Center Maryland
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The efforts of the candidates for Attorney General present a somewhat different picture. In light of Delegate Aisha Braveboy’s minimalist campaign, with little money raised, evaluating her efforts during the General Assembly isn’t particularly relevant even with her active role in the Legislative Black Caucus.

A second candidate, Delegate Jon Cardin, through a strategy of continuous press releases, tried to claim credit for bills on which he had little impact and made pronouncements on many other issues. One of the most curious of those press releases was a joint one with Delegate Luiz Simmons calling on the Senate to act on their “Revenge Porn Bill.” Given that Simmons is one of the least well-regarded members of the House of Delegates, it is puzzling that Cardin wanted to associate with him so publicly.

The candidate for Attorney General whose work in the General Assembly session was significant and substantive was Senator Brian Frosh, chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

The most important bill was one that changed the burden of proof for individuals seeking protective custody orders. This legislation, which had died in previous years in the House, was a top priority of victims’ rights and women’s groups and was incorporated into the Administration’s legislative package. Frosh, however, was the real leader on the effort.

Another Frosh bill on domestic violence that passed this session closed a legal gap in the time frame between temporary and permanent protective orders. A third outlawed a particularly disgusting practice known as “Rape by Proxy” that previously was not covered by any statute. The term refers to a person using social media to pose as an ex-spouse and invite others to engage in sex with her or him.

At the request of the Maryland State’s Attorneys Association, Frosh managed to correct a legal defect in current law that sets the statute of limitations on felonies committed with a handgun at one year. The new law makes the time frame for prosecution of the use of a handgun in a felony the same as for the felony itself.

In reviewing the results of the session, I also found an interesting historical footnote. In 1861, Maryland was one of three states which ratified a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would have prevented Congress from overriding any state law on slavery. Maryland’s ratification of that law was repealed by SJ 1, sponsored by Frosh.

Will yet another session of leadership in the Senate be helpful to Frosh’s campaign to be elected Maryland’s Attorney General? Or will having an opponent with a famous last name be too much to overcome?
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http://centermaryland.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=915&Itemid=178
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[B' Spokes: And personally I find Cardin's marriage proposal fiasco in poor taste and judgement.
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2009-08-18/news/0908170093_1_city-police-police-department-baltimore-county ]
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Meet Don Engel and Healther Mizeur

Politics[B' Spokes: I encourage everyone to get involved with politics. And here are a couple of people I am impressed with, go see them and see if you are too.]

Sunday 04/27/14 - 5:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Don Engel,11th District Legislative candidate Meet-and-Greet hosted by Susan Somerville-Hawes, 1911 Ruxton Road, Towson, MD 21204,  Email Dan@DonEngel.com to RSVP.

Monday 04/28/14 - 7:30 p.m.
Southwest Baltimore County Democratic Club monthly meeting, 106 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville, MD  21228, Room 108.  Special Guest:  Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Healther Mizeur

Wednesday 04/30/14 - 7:00 pm. - 9:00 p.m.
Don Engel,11th District Legislative candidate Meet-and-Greet hosted by Ann and Don Schwartz, 2414 Sugarcone Road, Baltimore, MD 21209. Email Dan@DonEngel.com to RSVP.

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State Senator Brian Frosh, a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Maryland

Politics[B' Spokes: As usual with these kind of posts, I like people who bike. And in an effort to become the all powerful bike lobby I like sharing with you who I have met with and am impressed with. And I encourage you to get involved with your local politicians and if they are supportive of cycling let me know and I will try and promote them.]
Update

Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you an upcoming opportunity you don't want to miss with State Senator Brian Frosh, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Maryland.

This Sunday, March 30, the campaign will host a reception in Lutherville and you're invited!  Brian will discuss his legislative priorities and share why he is running to be the next Attorney General. Please join us for an afternoon of good conversation and refreshments and learn why so many Democratic leaders in our state are standing strong behind Brian's campaign.

There is much work to be done and Brian can't do it alone.  Please join us March 30 to share your voice and get involved in our campaign.  Details of the event are listed below. Please feel free to share this invitation with friends and family!

 

What: Meet & Greet with Brian Frosh, Democratic candidate for Maryland Attorney General hosted by Kathleen Birrane

Where: 501 Surrey Road Lutherville, Maryland  21093

When: Sunday, March 30 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

RSVP NOW to Christa Burton at (847) 409-5889 or christa@brianfrosh.com

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