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Shame on the PGCPS school board and elected officials who take company money

Clips from the community meeting for the proposed Milestone cell tower at Shady Side Elementary in Maryland. These are clips- not the full meeting with news story coverage by Fox and NBC at end. Also included are excerpts from news coverage on Cell Towers by same company in Prince George’s County. Learn more http://nocelltoweratpgcpsschools.blog…

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Milestone Cell Tower Shady Side Elementary Community Meeting August 2017

Published on Aug 20, 2017

Clips from the community meeting for the proposed Milestone cell tower at Shady Side Elementary in Maryland. These are clips- not the full meeting with news story coverage by Fox and NBC at end. Also included are excerpts from news coverage on Cell Towers by same company in Prince George’s County. Learn more http://nocelltoweratpgcpsschools.blog…princegeorges1

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Senator Mike Miller Causes A Huge Headache for Maryland Democrats

democratic-party-wallpaper_origDemocrats all over the country have lately been demanding that Confederate statues and other monuments celebrating slavery be taken down.  That extends to Maryland, where Baltimore Mayor Cathy Pugh had four Confederate monuments removed in the middle of the night.  But when Maryland Democrats demanded that an Annapolis statue of former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney also be removed, they ran into opposition from arguably the state’s most powerful Democratic politician: Senate President Mike Miller.

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Maryland Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller.

Democrats’ objections to Taney are rooted in his authoring of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision, which held that descendants of Africans imported as slaves into the U.S. could not be American citizens.  In 2015, Governor Larry Hogan defended the Taney statue in Annapolis in the Washington Post.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) says he is opposed to a change in the state song and likened the effort to calls for removing the statue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, author of the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision, from the grounds of the State House.

“It’s political correctness run amok,” Hogan said in an interview last week. “Where do we stop? Do we get rid of the George Washington statues out here and take down all the pictures from all the people from the Colonial era that were slave owners? Do we change the name of Washington County, Carroll County and Calvert County?

“You can’t change history, and we’re not going to be able to rewrite history,” Hogan said. “And I don’t think we ought to be changing any of that.”

After Democrats including House Speaker Mike Busch pushed back this week, Hogan changed his mind and agreed to remove the statue.  The Governor was one of three members of the four-member board with jurisdiction over the statue to vote for removal.  But one member of the board objected to the process of deciding the issue by email: Senate President Mike Miller.  In his letter, Miller argued that Taney opposed slavery and “freed his slaves early in his life,” joined an “anti-kidnapping society” to protect free blacks and remained loyal to the Union until his death.  Miller also cited support for the statue from former Baltimore City Delegate Pete Rawlings and a descendant of Dred Scott.  We reprint the letter below.Miller-Taney-Letter-1Miller-Taney-Letter-2

Whatever one thinks of Miller’s opinion, it’s a big headache for Maryland Democrats.  Much of their strategy to oppose Governor Hogan has been to criticize him for silence  and then giving Maryland Attorney General questionable power to sue the President Donald Trump and his administration in Federal Court.  That strategy has affected the behavior of the democratic party leaders some of them engaged in questionable conduct while in office. However, the issue goes deeper and is tied to misconduct as pointed in this blog by close friend some of whom are serving as state judges here in Maryland.   But what of Miller?  If his comments on the Taney statue had come from Hogan, Maryland Democrats would be swarming all over him.  What happens when such sentiments come from one of the most powerful Democrats in the state of Maryland?

One Democrat who did not blanch from criticizing the Senate President was Senator Rich Madaleno (D-18), who is running for Governor.  Madaleno wrote on Facebook that Miller “is wrong.”Madaleno-Miller-Taney.png

The rest of the Democrats now have a choice.  They can be intellectually honest and take on one of the leaders of their party.  Or they can ignore Senator Mike Miller and look like hypocrites while going down with major loses for their party in 2018 and beyond.

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Governor Larry Hogan appears to be currently winning after he denounced aspects supported by Senator Mike Miller which do not resonate well with the Maryland public.

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3 Prince George’s County children killed inside Clinton, Maryland home

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 – Three girls under the age of 10 were killed inside of a home in Clinton, Maryland on Friday morning, according to investigators.

Prince George’s County Police Department say officers got a call at about 7:30 am from a family member who discovered the three bodies inside of a home in the 6400 block of Brooke Jane Drive. When officers arrived at the home, they met with members of the family and found the bodies of three children inside.

Speaking with reporters Friday afternoon, police stressed that while they can’t give many details about the case, they wanted residents to know that it appears the crime does not present a threat to anyone else in the neighborhood and is only related to the house where it happened. Some residents have expressed concern for the safety of their own children, and police wanted them to know they don’t believe there is any threat to other neighbors.

“I’m still shaking because of the fact that there are three children dead in my neighborhood,” neighbor James Pinkney told FOX 5. “I have a daughter, also my neighbors, they have children, so this is horrific. I can’t even go to work today because I have a child here and there’s a murderer out here.”

Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Sammy Patel confirmed the victims are three young children. He wouldn’t give specifics about their identities, but he did confirm that all three victims are girls younger than 10. They were pronounced dead at the scene, and homicide investigators continue working at the house.

Patel said investigators are also speaking with family members at police headquarters, but would not give any further details as to how they were related to the victims. He added that they believe they have made contact with a parent, but couldn’t say any more than that.

Prince George’s County Police Assistant Chief Hector Velez said the entire force was mourning the tragic loss of three young lives, and investigators will work tirelessly to find the person or people responsible.

“I wear a uniform but I am a father. Those who responded here today are parents, aunts, uncles and siblings of young children who they care for and love very much. We all feel this loss,” Velez said.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks appeared at Friday afternoon’s news conference alongside police. She said people in Prince George’s County again woken up to another nightmare and they are heartbroken.

“They are not alone in their grief. We are grieving together,” Alsobrooks said, adding that the rash of violence in the county and the country needs to end.

In an earlier update Friday morning, Prince George’s County Police spokesperson Jennifer Donelan said the scene inside the home was gruesome. All three victims had suffered from trauma to the body.

“This is one of the the most difficult scenes that our officers arrived on,” Donelan said, adding that the neighborhood where the children were found was quiet.

Anyone with information that could aid detectives in their investigation was urged to call Crime Solvers at (866) 411-8477.

Via Fox5DC

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INDICTED EX-LAWMAKER FINGERS SENATOR PETERS IN COURT DOCUMENT

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State Sen. Doug Peters

By Josh Kurtz

Former state Del. Michael Vaughn (D), indicted earlier this year in the unfolding Prince George’s County liquor board scandal, has suggested in a recent court filing that another Prince George’s lawmaker, state Sen. Douglas Peters (D), is also a target of federal investigators.

In a motion filed in late June to suppress certain electronic evidence that prosecutors are using in their case against Vaughn, his lawyers referenced a telephone number used by Peters that law enforcement authorities were monitoring, and described the senator as a “target” in the investigation.

Peters has never been formally named by prosecutors in any charging document.

The quick reference to Peters and his phone number is the only time the senator is mentioned in Vaughn’s 10-page motion to suppress some of the evidence that the federal government collected against him.

Bruce Marcus, an attorney for Peters, said he was unaware of Vaughn’s court filing and unconcerned that other attorneys are describing his client as a target. He said he’d be more worried if the government was identifying Peters as a target.

“The notion of assignment status to people is one of the things that’s uniquely within the province of the United States government,” he said. “…If you told me the government wrote it down, I’d probably have a different take on it. It’ll get more of my attention if it says it was signed by the United States of America.”

Asked if there was any reason to believe Peters is a target of federal investigators or could have been at any time, Marcus replied, “We don’t get into discussing cases.”

Vaughn’s lawyers who filed the court document, William Purpura and Teresa Whalen, did not respond to phone messages.

Elizabeth Morse, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland, did not respond to phone messages left at her office over the past several days.

Vaughn was indicted by a federal grand jury in March on charges that he had received more than $10,000 in cash payments from liquor store owners in exchange for favorable legislation in Annapolis.

Vaughn had resigned from the House of Delegates in January, citing health reasons. But his resignation came immediately after two liquor store owners, Prince George’s County’s chief liquor board inspector and a member of the county liquor commission were arrested.

The county liquor scandal also involved former Del. Will Campos (D), who resigned abruptly in 2015 and pleaded guilty in January to bribery and conspiracy in a public corruption case involving the liquor industry.

In April, Young Jung Paig, who owned the Central Avenue Restaurant and Liquor Store in Seat Pleasant, pleaded guilty to paying bribes to Vaughn and Campos in exchange for their votes on state legislation that loosened Sunday liquor sales in Prince George’s County.

As the liquor scandal unfolded, political professionals in Annapolis and Upper Marlboro have wondered whether other Prince George’s politicians would become ensnared. But no elected officials other than Vaughn and Campos have been publicly named.

In their court filing in late June, Vaughn’s attorneys argue that the FBI engaged in electronic surveillance of their client based on affidavits that contained insufficient probable cause “and failed to utilize electronic eavesdropping as a last resort after the exhaustion of normal investigative procedures.”

The lawyers, Purpura and Whalen, argue that a federal judge should “suppress any and all wire communications and evidence derived and seized from illegally obtained communications.”

The U.S. attorney’s office has yet to file a response to Vaughn’s motion.

Via Maryland Matters

Read more>>> Maryland delegate Dereck E. Davis must resign over corruption in the county schools.

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Former Maryland State Del. Michael Vaughn (D-Prince George’s)

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Maryland delegate Dereck E. Davis must resign over corruption in the county schools. 

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Delegate Dereck E. Davis (Seen here) sparked widespread controversy after he engaged in a  double-dealing in which his wife and close family friends are benefiting unjustly in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) at the expense of the county children. 

Upper Marlboro —A Maryland delegate is facing mounting pressure to resign after unleashing kleptocracy in Prince George’s (PG) County for some time now.  Prince George’s County’s Reform Sasscer Movement and PG Parents are calling for Maryland Delegate Dereck. E. Davis, who is the Chairman for Economic Matters Committee in Maryland, to resign with immediate effect from the Maryland General Assembly and from his Prince George’s County government position.  Prince George’s County has been abuzz with allegations that officials within the Maryland delegation have engaged in racketeering, money laundering, and other criminal activities—including scheming to enrich themselves at the expense of the children of the county and the wider population.

Troubles for Democrat Dereck E. Davis began after reports surfaced that he had used the new Maryland law HB1107 as a bargaining chip to reward himself and his wife as part of a cartel involving state judges and other county employees connected to them. The county’s public corruption with ties to the kleptocracy is a looting machine which has become a routine fiasco for the county over the years.

More than a dozen corruption scandals have erupted in recent weeks and have shown how the questionable leadership has been moving illicit funds elsewhere, as the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) and other agencies in Maryland suffer. The scale of the political elites’ involvement in similar situations such as this was laid starkly clear in the “Panama Papers,” a leak revealing many of the clients of the law firm Mossack Fonseca. These very partial revelations implicated 140 politicians from 50 countries as exploiters of offshore finance, mainly as a means to sequester illicit funds. There is no difference in what is occurring under the current regime of our local Prince George’s County government than elsewhere around the world.

Challenges to democracy vary widely across many countries around the world, as does the Reform Sasscer Movement approach. In developed countries such as the United States, there exists struggling democratic counties such as Prince George’s. The Reform Sasscer Movement projects target the institutional weaknesses that underlie political instability, such as corruption, governance, rule of law, and opaque policy-making processes.

The institutional dynamics that underlie the corrupt politics, economy, and society of Prince George’s county must change if democratic norms and practices are to take root in the county. Based on our own experiences, these challenges are numerous and complex, and no single initiative will solve them all. Corruption, however, is paramount among these challenges. In Prince George’s County, public perceptions and allegations of corruption undermine public faith in the institutions of democracy to such an extent that democratically-elected local government has lost legitimacy in the eyes of competing segments of the state of Maryland.  PG Parents’ principle strategic focus, and the best way to address PG County democratic deficiencies within the PGCPS system, is asking Delegate Dereck E. Davis to resign his position due to corruption in the Maryland legislature and the county government.

A PG county blogger on Facebook called the incident “reprehensible,” and said he is demanding for Delegate Dereck E. Davis to resign his positions due to corruption in the county and in the Maryland legislature.

Delegate Dereck E. Davis, who sparked widespread controversy after he engaged in double-dealing, colluding with his wife and close family friends, is benefiting unjustly at the expense of the children of PGCPS and must be banished. At the same time last year, he introduced a bill to ban counties and cities from increasing minimum wage in their individual jurisdictions. This bill was a proposal that pitted progressive Democrats, who have embraced a national push for a $15 hourly wage, against the party’s center- and right-leaning members. However, this is not why we are asking him to resign, his conflict of interest goes deeper than that. 

The recent events began with a Facebook post after a meeting with PG County delegation at Largo in which Prince George’s County School CEO Kevin Maxwell was questioned by the Prince George’s Delegation Education Committee on a series of issues such as graduation rates, grade changes, and teacher sexual assault allegations. During the meeting,  Del. Dereck Davis said he has tried to stay out of it since his wife is one of Maxwell’s top deputies. However, he could not resist commenting that day, calling the controversies brought forth by BOE members a “minstrel show.” With overwhelming evidence of a kleptocracy curse, The Maryland Democratic Party should demand his immediate resignation.

The Maryland Democratic Party seems like an unstoppable train rattling downhill in Maryland at break-neck speed with Del. Davis as part of it. If there was ever an example of when the more than 200-year-old party formed in 1792 needed to apply the brakes it is here. But the people are likely to punish these leaders in 2018 and again in 2020 if something is not done.

Del. Dereck Davis use of horrific, discriminatory activities, engagement in racketeering, and selfish interests towards members of the [PGCPS] Board of Education and others in Maryland—who disagree with him and his wife—is disgusting, unacceptable, and has no place in our democracy or our society.

The current disrespect of Board members and county staff who oppose county leadership involved in kleptocracy locally should not be tolerated.

The recent mistreatment of Mr. Edward Burroughs III (Board member), who was not allowed to address a graduating class in his district, sparked nationwide outrage. Critics accused the police of stifling constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. Mrs. Davis, who was at the center of these violations after making students cry, has never apologized, despite a petition asking her to do so. Mrs. Davis has followed the beckoning of her superiors–including her husband.

Del. Dereck Davis has been conspiring with the Maryland Attorney General, Brian Frosh, who did not disclose to the Maryland General Assembly that his office has been violating federal laws willfully in Maryland for many years. The office has been colluding with the corrupt state and union officials operating in Maryland to the detriment of many citizens. The office is also involved in tortious interference of lawyers hired by employees in conspiracy with the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), ACE-AFSCME Local 2250, AFSCME International and other officials in the Maryland Democratic party.

Long before the four Board members wrote to the Maryland governor concerning widespread fraud in PG county, this blog covered the same issues on February 16, 2017 concerning work of fiction and misrepresentation by the county schools after an “all-time high graduation rates” article in the local newspaper. 

Ladies and gentlemen, this is an unprecedented event in which we demand the resignation of Del. Dereck Davis. Don’t take it lightly.

More to come.

 

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Mrs. Dereck Davis is a top deputy Superintendent in PGCPS.

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It has been a long week. Like others, it had its own challenges. But our God is always faithful that he allowed us to go through the storms. Next week, We will have a special blog post dealing with similar issues currently in the courts and how we can tackle issues heads on with your support to face the future in a united way.  Be blessed and stay involved.

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Two PGCPS teens & an outsider arrested in fatal shooting of 17-year-old in Laurel, Md.

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 – Two teens associated with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) and an outside young woman based in Severn Maryland seen above, have been arrested and face charges in connection with a deadly shooting of a 17-year-old in Prince George’s County.

Kalik Johnson, 18, of Laurel; Kylah Nettleton, 18, of Severn; and Darius Tarik Johnson, 17, of Upper Marlboro, have been charged with first- and second-degree murder, according to Prince George’s County police.

The shooting happened near Contee Road and Larchdale Road in Laurel at about 8:25 p.m. on July 18. Kylah Nettleton (a Severn woman) told police she saw the two men she was with last week get into a car with a 17-year-old near Laurel, heard gunshots and then saw them emerge holding guns before driving them away, investigators wrote in charging documents.

Authorities said 17-year-old Dustin Khoury of Sparrows Point, Maryland was killed in the shooting. “During that transaction, the suspects shot the victim,” police said in a statement.

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Dustin Khoury, 17, died after being found shot in a car in Prince George’s County. The 17-year-old was shot while sitting behind the wheel of his Buick LeSabre, then drove the car a short distance before going unconscious near Larchdale Rd. and Contee Rd. at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A passenger in the car was not hurt. Khoury died at the scene.

Khoury was a rising senior at Meade High School in Severn and had aspirations to go to college, according to his father Michael Khoury, who once served as a police officer in Hyattsville.

“He was very kind and he was very motivated,” Khoury said. “He worked two jobs.”

“We’re sad and we’re devastated,” Khoury added. According WUSA 9 which broke the story.  “I saw him Monday night. We went out to dinner. I didn’t know it was going to be the last time I had supper with him. Tuesday, I get a knock at the door and they say ‘your son’s dead. Somebody killed your son.'”

Police said the suspects and victim had agreed to meet to conduct an “illegal transaction” before the shooting took place.

Johnson is being charged as an adult, and all three teens are being held without the possibility of bail, police said. There have been a rising number of crimes involving PGCPS students with some crimes not being reported in the media. More needs to be done to resolve a rising number of social conflicts in the county before crimes occur.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact police at 301-772-4925

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