politics

Thank you Tom Coale

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Tom Coale deserves our thanks for showing us the best aspects of politics, in a world in which we so often see the worst.

Campaign signs 2014: Final results

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I’ve looked at and commented on lots of Howard County campaign signs during the 2014 primaries. I end my series of posts with some final winners.

Campaign signs 2014: Howard County Sheriff

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OK, the preliminaries are over, and here’s my first campaign sign 2014 face-off. I’m starting with the courthouse races, and in particular the race for Howar...

Campaign signs 2014: A call for submissions

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Pity the poor political candidates of Howard County. It’s hard enough running a campaign as it is, but they also have pesky bloggers grading their performanc...

Tom Coale for Delegate in District 9B

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Last Tuesday Tom Coale announced that he’s running for the open House of Delegates seat in the newly-created District 9B in (parts of) Ellicott City. Unfortu...

The long game in Columbia

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One political faction obtains a solid majority and uses it to push through a far-reaching initiative, only to have their dominance threatened in a subsequent...

Weekend reading: Wealth and politics

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Here’s another in an intermittent series of posts on articles I found interesting; this one focuses on issues related to wealth, politics, and how they inter...

Columbia is not a gated community

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Over at Columbia Compass Bill Santos has written a great post that brought into focus some of my thoughts around the proposed Inner Arbor project for Symphon...

Inheriting our politics, part 3

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In part 1 of this series I referenced the paper “The genetics of politics: discovery, challenges, and progress”, a review of years of research on genetic inf...

Inheriting our politics, part 2

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In part 1 of this series I referenced the paper “The genetics of politics: discovery, challenges, and progress”, a review of years of research on genetic inf...

Inheriting our politics, part 1

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How do we come by our political attitudes? Are some people “born conservatives” (or liberals)? Why do we identify as Democrats vs. Republicans vs. independen...

Participatory budgeting in Howard County?

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If you could vote on exactly how Howard County spends $10M (just over 1% of its operating budget), would you take advantage of the opportunity? What if you c...

Are you a “statist”?

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Some people are fond of using the term “statist” to describe their political opponents. (I’ve never heard of anyone using it to describe themselves.) For exa...

Closing the book on 2011

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Last December I took the opportunity to review my Howard County-related blogging in 2010, and I thought it would be fun to repeat that for 2011, including pr...

No Columbia, no Howard County Council?

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This is Dividing Howard week here on my blog, as I discuss some topics related to my new book on the history of council council redistricting in Howard Count...

Weekly reading

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Here are more recent links from hecker.tumblr.com. This week (actually, more like two weeks) was somewhat random, to say the least.

Changing my (blog) name, plus Plus

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For those following this blog, note that I’ve changed the canonical site name from blog.hecker.org to frankhecker.com. Any links and feed URLs referencing th...

Weekly reading

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For some time now I’ve been posting links I find interesting at hecker.tumblr.com. This is mainly for personal reference, but I thought it might be useful to...

Grover Norquist and Daniel Webster

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In a fire-proof vault somewhere in the capital Grover Norquist stores the signed originals of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in which politicians solemnly bi...

Post-modern politics and the Pew typology

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Lots of people love filling out quizzes to find out things about themselves they probably already know, and if you’re that type of person here’s another one ...

Bleeding heart libertarians

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For those of you who haven’t heard, the Howard County local blogosphere has a new entrant, as Corey Andrews has started a new HoCoLibertarian blog, to get a ...

OpenGovernment.org comes to Maryland

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I hadn’t seen this mentioned in any other local blogs, so I thought I’d note it here for the benefit of all you political anoraks out there: The folks who br...

Why government? Public goods

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A while back in the course of a comment thread for a HoCo Rising post I promised to write more about my political views, so that people could decide whether ...