The mastermind of one fake news outlet that disseminated made-up stories about Hillary Clinton this fall was not a Russian spy or Macedonian mischief-maker; he was a recently graduated ex-college quarterback and fraternity leader worked for a Republican Maryland delegate.
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Imagine being in one of those cash grab machines. But this time, there a lot of other people and you’re on the highway in rush hour traffic. That was the scene Friday on I-270 in Frederick County.
According to Rich Biancone, a volunteer with the group that’s looking to turn Maryland’s five westernmost — and predominantly conservative — counties into its own state, tonight’s town hall meeting at Allegany College of Maryland is “for supporters, detractors, or those just plain curious.” I choose (C).
The Western Maryland initiative, begun by Scott Strzelczyk of Carroll County, has been gaining steam. The group’s Facebook page has over 7,000 likes, and they’ve rolled out a decent-looking website — featuring a mile-long list of grievances with Annapolis.
The first grievance I happen to agree with: “They have gerrymandered the State Delegate and Senate districts as well as the federal congressional districts to dilute and eliminate the minority voice in the political process.”
In a weird instance of synchronicity, two Maryland women are accused of voting illegally in the 2012 presidential election on behalf of their dead mothers.
Elsie Virginia Schildt of Frederick County allegedly filled out an absentee ballot in her mother’s name. Linda Earlette Wells of Montgomery County is accused of casting a fraudulent provisional ballot after reactivating her mother’s dormant voter registration.
Last month, Frederick County declared English its official language — by the way, I can’t tell you how relieved I am that they ended up settling on English; there were some very persuasive last-minute arguments for Esperanto — and Republicans in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s have proposed ending the suspense and declaring English the language of the land in those counties too.
In Anne Arundel County, Councilman Jerry Walker recently withdrew his English-only legislation after a fellow member of the currently all white council publicly used a racial slur. As Walker recently told The Sun, he doesn’t want the bill to be seen as racially motivated. Rather, “[i]t’s about sending a message to