Thursday, December 6, 2012
The money will be used for an exhaust removal system that prevents the buildup of carcinogens on firefighters' clothing.
All three of fire stations in the city of Annapolis will be getting a new exhaust removal system thanks to a $202,499 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "It’s a big deal for us," Battalion Chief John Menassa said. "It’s a technology that’s been around for a while, but it’s just been cost prohibitive." The Back-In Track Vehicle Exhaust Removal System hangs from the ceiling of a fire station with a long hose coming out. Firefighters will connect the hose to the tail pipe of their trucks to suck up the exhaust fumes that are produced when the trucks idle inside the station. The hose will disconnect as the trucks drive out of the station. "All of our gear is in the bay area with the trucks, and the carcinogens in the …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes earned 67 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Rep. John Sarbanes soundly defeated his two challengers in the race for Maryland's 3rd District on Tuesday. "I am proud to serve the people of Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, and I thank them for choosing me as their representative in Congress," Sarbanes said. "I will work hard to put the public interest ahead of special interests." The Towson Democrat grabbed 67 percent of the vote while his Republican challenger Eric Knowles earned 29 percent and Libertarian Paul Drgos received 3 percent as of 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday. Knowles, who lives in Annapolis, failed to win his home county of Anne Arundel by more than 12,000 votes. Drgos said he was pleased with his modest showing. "We had a total of three volunteers, spent less …
Monday, November 5, 2012
By the time early voting ended on Friday evening, 38,140 voters had cast ballots in Anne Arundel County.
More voters turned out at early voting centers Friday than on any other day in Anne Arundel County's early voting history. Check back here throughout Tuesday for live election results. By the time early voting ended on Friday evening, a total of 38,140 voters had cast ballots, according to information with the Maryland State Board of Elections. That's an increase of more than 4,000 over 2010's total early voting results, though 2012's numbers only account for 10.9 percent of the total number of registered voters in the county. Statewide, about 11.6 percent of voters cast ballots early, with Anne Arundel voters somewhere in the middle of the turnout, and Talbot County leading the state with 23 percent of total voter turnout during early …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Eric Knowles and Paul Drgos, both running in Maryland's 3rd District, say the federal government shouldn't be in the business of education.
The Republican and Libertarian candidates for Maryland's 3rd Congressional District both came out in opposition to federal college loans—including Pell Grants—at a candidates' forum Monday night. "The federal government is not in place to handle your college education," Libertarian candidate Paul Drgos (L-Pasadena) said. "Get the Department of Education out of here; we don’t need them." About one-third of the students at Anne Arundel Community College receive federal grants and 20 percent use federal loans to pay for at least part of their education, according to data supplied by the college. Nationwide, two-thirds of American students use financial aid to help pay for college, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Paul Drgos sat down with Patch to answer a few questions on where he stands and why he's running for the House of Representatives.
Paul Drgos wants to represent Maryland's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and he wants your vote. As the Libertarian Party's candidate, the Pasadena native faces an uphill battle in both party recognition and campaign funds. Drgos said he has only one paid staffer—his campaign manager. The 3rd District stretches from Annapolis to Baltimore County and is considered safely Democratic by political analysts. In 2010—a particularly difficult year for both incumbents and Democrats—Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Towson) retained the seat with 60 percent of the vote, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. Why He's Running "I decided to run because I think that our civil liberties are being taken away from us," Drgos …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Democratic incumbent for Maryland's 3rd congressional district spoke with Patch about his work in the U.S. House of Representatives, and where he stands on the issues.
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) has served Maryland's 3rd Congressional District since 2007, and he's hoping voters elect him for another term this November. The 3rd District, which stretches from Annapolis to Baltimore County, is considered by most political analysts to be safely Democratic. In 2010—a particularly difficult year for both incumbents and Democrats—Sarbanes held onto his seat with 60 percent of the vote, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. He took a few moments to answer Patch's questions about where he stands on issues facing the nation and the 3rd District. Health Care Sarbanes supported President Barack Obama's health care reform legislation known as the Affordable Care Act, and he said "I’d like them to know that I …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Rep. John Sarbanes announced Friday that money to support the city's bus transit operations would return thanks to a provision inserted in the surface transportation reauthorization bill.
Friday, July 6, 2012
More federal dollars could start to flow to Annapolis again to help cover the costs of its bus transit operations, according to a press release Friday from Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD). “The Annapolis bus system provides a critical service to people who depend on public transportation to get around the city,” Sarbanes said. “This change in policy ensures that people in Annapolis benefit directly from federal transportation funding and have access to service they can count on.” The city lost the funding in part due to a Department of Transportation (DOT) rule that cities with populations over 200,000 are prohibited from using funds for operational expenses, which include things like personnel costs and vehicle maintenance. A change made in …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Patch covers the candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Annapolis Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates. The Dream Act: This legislation would allow illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at institutions in the University System of Maryland if their parents filed to pay state taxes, if they attended a Maryland high school for at least three years and if they graduated. Passed by the General Assembly in 2011, opponents launched a petition effort that blocked the legislation from taking effect and landed it on the 2012 ballot as a voter referendum. Legislators from District 21 in …