Ex Virginia governor helps Howard County candidate


Bill-Campbell-George-Allen-Jody-Venkatesan-620x350Thursday was not a good day for the last governor of Virginia as Bob McDonnell was found guilty of corruption in a Richmond courtroom.

But another former Republican governor of Virginia, George Allen, had a better day of it in Howard County, talking up the candidacy of state Senate hopeful Jody Venkatesan in District 13 and other candidates at a Clarksville ballroom.

“There were a lot of folks from Maryland who helped me out” in his successful race for governor of Virginia 20 years ago, Allen told a crowd of about 50, and he was happy to return the favor.

Venkatesan is running against Democratic Del. Guy Guzzone for the seat now held by retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Robey. In 2010, Venkatesan lost the Republican primary for the seat that represents much of eastern and southern Howard County, but ran unopposed in June.

“In every way, Jody is running on the issues that matter to people,” said Allen, reading from Venkatesan’s palm card. He cited lower gas taxes, “free rain” — eliminating the stormwater charge dubbed the “rain tax” — a health-care website that works, and more bang for your tax dollars.

In Maryland, “you have to play tenacious defense against bad ideas,” Allen said.


Dog lovers openly cheer new law to help pit bulls


myth 1ANNAPOLIS - Dog activists say the passage of HB 73 is a step in the right direction of eliminating breed specific discrimination. The bill, which was passed on April 3, reverses the 2012 ruling by the court of appeals which ruled that pit bulls and pit bull breeds were inherently dangerous and landlords were also responsible for the damage caused from dog attacks. 


Group rallies to relocate FBI Headquarters


466px-US-FBI-ShadedSeal.svgCOLLEGE PARK- “Maryland is FBI” is the battle cry of state leaders who are pushing to bring the FBI headquarters to Prince George’s County. The state has pushed for the federal agency to move its headquarters since 2011 when the agency first announced it was looking to move from its current Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Ave. in northwest D.C. to a site in the district, Maryland, or Virginia.


District 16 candidates take the pledge

892279 341356335974550 1483877683 oBETHESDA- All 11 candidates in the District 16 delegate primary race have signed a petition agreeing to run a clean campaign race without negative ads or slanderous information of other candidates often seen in other campaign races. The pledge, written by candidate Jordan Cooper, was not inspired by any incident but by the realization the three successful candidates must work together in Annapolis.