Howard County Democrat Calvin Ball Posts Strong Grassroots Campaign Finance Report

Announced via Press Release on January 19th: Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, a Democrat, won in 2018 against his Republican opponent with 75,000 votes, winning by 5.8 percentage points or 6000 votes, defeating the incumbent County Executive by the largest margin in Howard County History. Since Ball's victory, 14,428 people have registered to vote, with 86% registering as Democrats. With 530...

Howard County Public School System reports there are 977 students in quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test or as a close contact

I am still getting back into the grove with reporting COVID-19 numbers from the Howard County Public School System. Here is the latest information reported on January 19th: As of Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, there are 977 students and 209 staff members in quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test or as a close contact. These numbers will be updated...

Carroll County Public Schools reports more than 900 students and staff positive for COVID-19 on January 19th

The latest report from Carroll County Public Schools on January 19th is that 948 students and staff are positive for COVID-19 (per the CCPS COVID-19 dashboard). 651 is the latest quarantine number noted on the dashboard. Here is my video update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sWoMU7zRyM Here are charts noted in the video: CCPS COVID-19 Dashboard: https://ext.carrollk12.org/ExternalDashboard/Covid-positive Daily look at reported COVID-19 case in all of Carroll County from Dec...

Linfeng Chen files to run for Howard County Board of Education in 2022

Howard County finally has an official candidate running for Howard County Board of Education in 2022: Linfeng Chen. Linfeng Chen filed to run on January 19th: I reached out to Dr. Chen for a statement for the article...here is what he sent to me: I am committed to representing all families and students of Howard County and working together with all stakeholders...

Howard County Public School System Staff to Receive $1,800 Public Employee Commitment Bonus

This release was sent jointly on behalf of Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Public School System on January 18th. All full-time employees will receive a $1,800 bonus and part-employees receive a pro-rated bonus Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Public School System today announced that all full-time HCPSS employees will receive a $1,800 Public...

Howard County Police report handgun displayed in robbery and assault of a female victim in Elkridge on January 15th

Reported in the Howard County Police Department Daily Crime Bulletin on January 18, 2022: Robbery Elkridge, 21075: Elk Neck Court and Jake Drive, Jan. 15 11:18 p.m. An adult female victim reported that she was approached by two male suspects with their faces partially covered who displayed a handgun, assaulted her, and stole her belongings. No serious injuries were reported. SUSPECTS: Two Black...

Howard County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is 16% and the 7-day average case rate is 114 as of January 18th

Reported by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on January 18th: As of 9:00 a.m. this morning and according to the Maryland Department of Health, Howard County’s positivity rate is 16% and our 7-day average case rate is 114. Hospitalizations remain high around the state. There are currently 68 COVID-19 patients in both the ICU and Acute Care units at Howard...

Request to reconsider disbursement of public contributions is denied in letter from Howard County Department of Finance to the Citizens’ Election Fund Commission 

Way back on January 11th "Citizens’ Election Fund Commission Requests Howard County Reconsider Disbursement Request from the Citizens’ Election Fund". Read Here On January 18th Howard County Department of Finance sent the following letter to the CEF Commission in response to that request: Ms. Geckle, Thank you for your letter dated January 11, 2022 requesting reconsideration of the decision not to disburse...

Howard County Citizens’ Election Fund Update on January 18th

Here is my quick recap leading into the Howard County Council meeting this evening on CB 6-22 to correct the technical error with the Citizens' Election Fund. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq31U55J4nw   Here is a listing of past articles here on the Blog on this topic: https://scotteblog.com/2022/01/11/coalition-calls-on-howard-county-executive-and-council-to-save-fair-elections-program/ https://scotteblog.com/2022/01/11/howard-county-is-not-currently-releasing-funds-from-citizens-election-fund-to-candidates-that-have-qualified/ https://scotteblog.com/2022/01/12/howard-county-responds-about-the-issues-with-the-the-citizens-election-fund/ https://scotteblog.com/2022/01/13/citizens-election-fund-commission-requests-howard-county-reconsider-disbursement-request-from-the-citizens-election-fund/ https://scotteblog.com/2022/01/14/letter-from-the-deb-jung-campaign-to-director-of-finance-in-howard-county-on-january-13th-about-the-citizens-election-fund/ https://scotteblog.com/2022/01/14/discussion-about-problems-with-the-howard-county-citizens-election-fund/ https://scotteblog.com/2022/01/17/howard-county-councilmember-for-district-4-deb-jung-responds-to-misinformation-from-the-howard-county-executives-office/ Here is the link to the COUNTY COUNCIL: Legislative Public Hearing on January 18th at 7:00pm:  https://cc.howardcountymd.gov/Calendar/EventId/2749/e/county-council-legislative-public-hearing-18-jan-2022 I will be sure...

On January 25th Maryland residents will gather in Ellicott City for a forum discussing school safety and the role of school resource officers (SROs)

The following information is via a press release on January 16th: Press Release: Parents Gather in Ellicott City to Discuss School Resource Officers and School Safety On Tuesday, January 25, Maryland residents will gather in Ellicott City for a forum discussing school safety and the role of school resource officers (SROs). At state and local levels, the debate over whether to...