Articles by Douglas Tallman

October 2, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Katz Introduces Outdoor Smoking Ban

Councilmember Sidney Katz introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit smoking in a restaurant’s outdoor seating area. “In general, most people are in agreement with this legislation,” Katz told reporters Tuesday. “That does not mean that that will continue to be, but in general that’s what I’ve heard from constituents.” Here are excerpts from what he […]

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October 1, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Council to Consider Outdoor Smoking Ban

Councilmember Sidney Katz has introduced legislation before the Montgomery County Council that would ban outdoor smoking at eating establishments with outdoor seating. The bill will be introduced at Tuesday’s County Council meeting. A public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 23. Here is Council President Hans Riemer discussing the measure at his regular meeting […]

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October 1, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know for Oct. 1 in Montgomery County

It’s Monday, Oct. 1, and it’s a heavy day for local politics in Montgomery County: 1. County Executives Face Off: Montgomery Community Media hosts the county executive candidates in a forum. You can watch Democrat Marc Elrich, Republican Robin Ficker and Independent Nancy Floreen square off on Channels 19, 21 and 995 HD and live-streamed […]

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September 27, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Independent Neal Simon Running for U.S. Senate

Neal Simon of Potomac is running as an independent in the U.S. Senate race. “It is harder [to run as an independent],” Simon said during an interview at Poolesville Day. “It isn’t the way our government is supposed to function. Our government should not be two teams fighting against each other.” Simon is running against […]

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September 26, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Sides Face Off on Small Cell Towers

Residents came out in force to express their opposition to zoning regulations that would decide where and how small cell towers could be placed in neighborhoods. Here are some of the arguments against the towers: Not everyone opposed the towers. Here are some of the arguments in favor of the towers: During the testimony, council […]

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September 26, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Dozens Raise Health Concerns with Small Cell Towers at Hearing

Dozens of people Tuesday night expressed their opposition to proposed zoning rules that would regulate where and how small cell towers would be placed in neighborhoods, many of them citing health concerns for the next wave in wireless communications. However, the Federal Communications Commission has ruled that local governments cannot use health reasons for denying […]

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September 25, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Ficker Says He Would Replace Manger with Jae Hwang

Robin Ficker, the Republican who is seeking to be the next Montgomery County executive, said Monday night he would, if elected, fire Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger and replace him with Jae Hwang, the Republican who is running for sheriff. “I like Jae Hwang,” Ficker said. “He’s a former JAG officer, he’s an attorney, […]

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September 24, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know for Sept. 24 in Montgomery County

Here are five things you need to know today, Monday, Sept. 24, in Montgomery County: 1. Busy Committee Day: Montgomery County Council committees have a full day of briefings. The Public Safety Committee, at 9:30 a.m., hears from corrections officials on how the county prevents jail suicides. Also at 9:30 a.m., the planning committee discusses […]

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September 23, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Some on Twitter See Grounds for Prosecution, Lawyers Aren’t So Sure

As hearings into Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court continue in the Senate Judiciary Committee, some of his critics have argued he still could face charges over the alleged incident with the Holton-Arms student. It’s not that simple, according to lawyers contacted by MyMCMedia. Kavanaugh, meanwhile, denies the charges. The Washington Post printed this […]

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September 19, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Police, Attorney General Receiving Calls to Investigate Kavanaugh

At least dozens of people have contacted Montgomery County police and 15 others the Maryland Attorney General’s Office seeking an investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his alleged attack on a woman when they were both teenagers. The requests have come via phone calls and social media. “It’s at least dozens. We don’t […]

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