Judge John C. Eldridgre, Maryland Court of Special Appeals , Boston v.Blount, 1998: “The requirement is that one must be DOMICILED in the district, and domicile is not synonymous with primary place of abode.”:
Art Helton: ” “The state and federal courts are clear–you can live where you want to live.”
City Paper: “The location must simply be a permanent place to which said pol ‘intends to return'”
City Paper: “…in Maryland it has long been THE LAW OF THE LAND that a politician can for the purpose of carpet-bagging, claim residence any damn place he or she chooses, with no requirement to sleep in on said premises”
The City Paper wrongly calls Democrat Del. Mary-Dulany James the current State Senator from Dist 34. The current state Senator is Republican Nancy Jacobs. Thats what all the cloak and dagger shenanigans is all about. Jacobs is retiring, leaving an open seat—a political plum. James wants the Senate seat with no major opposition. Thats why she never challeged Jacobs. Democrat Helton challenged Jacobs twice and last time beat her in Harford County but not in West Cecil. Now the district is just a Harford district. District 35 now picks up the more conservative West Cecil County. The Dems have there best chance of taking back the Senate in Dist 34 with only a nominal Republican candidate. James has watched and waited and watched and waited for this open seat. Helton has fought and fought for the seat. The only thing in the way of James now is Helton in the Democratic primary. She is trying to beat Helton in the courts by getting the Board of Elections to redefine the residency laws because she fears she cant beat Helton in a fair fight in an election.
The Dodgy Dagger and the Md Board of Elections wrongly ignore Maryland law on the defintion of residency as it pertains to qualifying for a candidate.
On the righteous Republican political Dodgy Dagger blog Rob Stanfield asked Gina Kazmir, candidate for County Council District C, ten Tea Party loyalty questions. On second thought Stanfield added two more teabag “loyalty test” questions. #11. Would you increase the minimum wage in Harford? And “12. Would you legalize marijuana in Harford? Gina Kazmir bravely answered the top ten teabag quizz, pointing out that most of the questions have nothing to do with Harford County government. Stanfield quickly sent the tea party loyalty test to other Democratic candidates: Jim Thornton, Joseph Smith and Chris Boardman .
Raven Little, Baltimore Sun August 2010 – “State law allows a person to establish residency in one place while living in another” (see Blount case)
Art Helton, The Sun, Aug 2010 – “The state and federal courts are clear. You can live where you want to live. You can own more than one home. …Its a matter of where you want to vote and where you want to live ”
But can a state board of election administrator change the law from year to year based on a whim or on her own biased candidate preference?
*Photo of Congressional Climate Denier Award from the DodgyDaggerGazette http://www.daggerpress.com
DodgyDagger“The majority of the folks are happy with the job we are doing and we’ll continue to do that job” Michael Bennet told the Dodgy Dagger.
10. Most McGrady supporters live in Augusta!
9. Everyone in Aberdeen has seen McGrady’s “Youtube moment”!YouTube
8. Michael Bennett does not put political lawn signs in front of churches!
7. Michael Bennett has more lawn signs!LawnSigns
6. Michael Bennett is not a libertarian!
5. Michael Bennett is not a “trust fund baby”!TrustFundBaby
4. All the local “crony capitalists” support McGrady!
3. McGrady got the Libertarian Dodgy Dagger “Bump”! (the Curse)
2. Michael Bennett got the Republican Aegis endorsement! (the Albatross) Aegis/Record
1b. Entire Aberdeen City Council endorses Bennett for Mayor
1a. Experience! Experience! Experience!
GallupPoll/DreamActThere are no available facts to support the claim that Tea Party Republican Del. Glen Glass (Dist.34A) made in the Dodgy Dagger On August 10th, 2011 that “More than 80% of the people are against the Dream Act…”. Ryan Burbey asked Mr.Glass twice in the Dagger where he got his numbers from. Del. Glass has not responded . Apparently he made them up. All national polls suggest that a slight majority support such a bill or something like it (Rassmussen 52% and Gallup 54%). Mr Burbey suggests Del. Glass’s claim is “balderdash” and suggest Del. Glass’s words can not be trusted if he confuses facts with his opinion. We suggest he is lying and award him four pinocchios and a pants on fire citation.
It doesn’t take a majority to win in District 34. Mary-Dulany James won first place with 29.22% of the vote. Glenn Glass came in second with 25.27%. 40,000 votes and Glenn Glass won with 10,931 votes. It was a four-way race for two positions. Glass won with name recognition…he’s been standing on the side of road with his signs for five years begging for the job. No media outlet defined any of the four candidates in any significant way. The Sun doesn’t care anymore about local politics. (Five years ago The Sun did a superficial piece of journalism on Glass that informed us that he had red hair, owned a blue truck, and drove a yellow bus.) The Aegis never did care. And the Harford League of Women Voters for the first time in recent history held no public forum to expose the State office candidates to public scrutiny .
Glenn Glass is a political anomally in Dist 34A. But essentially he is “political fungi”. He thrives in the political information darkness. And he will expire in the light of public scrutiny. His first campaign fizzled in 2006 after his incompetence was exposed at the LWV Public Forum at HCC. And his incompetent voting habits in Annapolis and his uninformed public words will expose him everyday for the next three or four years. Glass is is a temporary deviation or discrepancy from the norm. An anomally.
*True Politician – A person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons. A scheemer, an intriguer who tries to gain advantage in an organization in sly or underhanded ways. A scheeming opportunist. A chancer.
After losing his Democratic primary election for State Senate to Arthur Helton, Rovall Washington in a letter to The Dagger and to his own website endorsed Helton in the general election. Mike Hiob, still upset over his defeat in the Mayorality election in Aberdeen, attacked Washington for his endorsemnent, thus aiding and abetting the eventual Republican victory of Nancy Jacobs. In the same primary election Dan Riley lost his House of Delegates seat to challenger Marla Posey-Moss . Dan Riley upset over his surprising defeat claimed that he was a “conservative blue-dog Democrat” despite a voting record as a progressive. Riley also stated he feared Posey-Moss could not win the general election. Riley stated ,”This consensus is shared by many of my Republican friends in that they now have a good chance of winning my seat.” Riley would go on to support his “Republican friends” “shared consensus” by not endorsing Posey-Moss in the general election thus aiding and abetting the eventual Republican victory of Glenn Glass.
Art Helton’s Telephone Political Ad :
Hi, I’m Arthur Helton. I’m asking for your vote for State Senate. I have a record of getting things done unlike your current State Senator Nancy Jacobs. Her poor attendance record in Annapolis has earned her the nickname “No-Show Nancy”. She constantly votes against funding programs she supported. I can do better , and I will. But I need your vote.
“Now, I have to say that I always thought my good friend Dan Riley was a progressive Democrat…but I noticed in the article that he was calling himself a blue dog Democrat and a conservative. Dan is a very smart guy and I give him credit for a lot of things, but in this case he was a little too cute by half in order to court the right wing nut jobs. Marla Posey-Moss came out and said what she is. She was honest about that and Dan would have looked a little bigger if he’d come out and said he was supporting Marla’s election rather than say she would lose the seat to the Republicans. He comes accross as a sore loser from a tough loss and perhaps that is a little too much to expect.
But I support Marla and she deserves the support of the voters and Democrats especially, and she supports a lot of things Dan supported so I don’t know why he wouldn’t support her. She will be a fine legislator if she gets to Annapolis and I hope she does.” Christopher Boardman, (Oct 10, 2010, The Dagger,’ Posey-Moss Secrets To Her District 34A Democratic Upset’)
Patrick McGrady, Right-Wing Libertarain , Tea Party supporter, and Republican candidate for the House of Delegates in Dist 34A is a little dodgy with the truth. He states on his candidate website :
” A year ago when we started to campaign the focus had been on running against an incumbent moderate Democrat…Unfortunately for Dan Riley there is no such thing as a conservative Democrat in the Maryland legislature and he was defeated in the Democratic primary election.”
This observation is total NONSENSE. Dan Riley’s legislative record was rated ‘Progressive’ by Progressive Maryland 87%, MarylandPIRG 100%, and Maryland League of Conservation Voters 100%.
Like many Right-Wing Libertarian Republicans and Teabaggers, Mr. McGrady has a problem with the truth. Instead he believes in what distinguished American humorist Stephen Colbert calls ‘truthiness’. “Truthiness’ is a truth that a person claims to know intuitively ‘from the gut’ without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination or FACTS. In other words , Mr.McGrady is just making things up to manipulate or con disgruntled Democrats. Upset Dan Riley Democratic voters aren’t likely to vote for a deceitful Republican who is only interested in serving the special interests instead of the public interests.
The Right-Wing Republican political blog The Dagger last week posted a “dirty political smear” on Art Helton disguised as a journalistic investigation (The Art of War – No Tactic Off Limits). The Dagger in effect dug up an accusation that was dismissed immediately last August by the States Attorney and closed immediately as a case by the Aberdeen P.D. and attempted to turn it into a “political hit” two weeks before the Aberdeen town elections. The Dagger reports the “dirty political smear” as if some other political force is spreading it. The “dirty political smear” is being spread by The Dagger.
This week Art Helton communicated his response to The Dagger’s “dirty political smear” in a post card mailing that stated:
“Another Aberdeen City Election and another attempt by some to be vicious and personally attack anyone that opposes them. I seem to have gotten the brunt of the last two Aberdeen elections. This latest politically motivated attack is particularly mean-spirited involving nasty accusations about me that were unfounded. These political tactics are truly hurtful to my wife and our four daughters.
As an Aberdeen businessman for over 40 years, I have taken great pride in the City of Aberdeeen and have been a leader in helping to revitalize our City. This revitalization has brought millions of dollars in property tax base and over 275 new jobs to Aberdeen. Hopefully, these personal attacks on me and others will be judged for what they are “Dirty Smear Politics” in an election year.”
“I want to see Mike Hiob (as mayor). I think he’s matured a lot as far as government leadership. I know he can do this job. i think Mike Hiob can do a better job than the current mayor.”
“After the election if Glengarry comes back and requests R-2 zoning for growth, I think we need to look at smart growth.”
“I sat on the Planning and Zoning Bord when we voted approval of the Wetlands…I say when the Wetlands group comes back with another proposal that Planning and Zoning’s recommendation be examined and put into use.”