We don’t know how to react to all this niceness!

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We are going to need an adjustment period!

We want a functional county council, really we do. Now that it seems that we have one, we don’t know how to behave!!!! There was no outrage to be had, no cursing at the screens, no sarcastic comments to make! It really shines a light on just how bad things were with Billy, Kirby, and Tony on the dais.

Here’s a list of what happened:

-M.C. is unanimously voted President of the County Council.

-Mike Blue is unanimously voted Vice President.

-Rick Harcum does a quick Budget 101 run-down. All budget adjustments are UNANIMOUSLY VOTED FOR. M.C. repeats this various times during the meeting tonight, as though she couldn’t quite believe it either! We are assuming Rick was relieved not to need to give remedial and redundant explanations.

-Meetings will now start at 5:30 instead of 4:30. Public hearings will still be held at 7:00.

-The council is informed of the various committees and roles they will play. Committee assignments will be chosen at the next meeting.

Council member comments also went well. Phil Dacey made a joke about not needing to really show up tonight due to the unanimous votes. Then, he said he wouldn’t be around for the next meeting. That may be one thing we need to keep our eye on! Phil has a history of missing many meetings during his time as an Frederick City Alderman.

We ended the meeting by enjoying a single glass of wine in celebration of having adults on the dais.

 

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Try watching the next meeting!

Cautiously optimistic happy fun time!

At the Local Yokel headquarters ,we are bustling with anticipation to see how the first meeting of our second county council goes! Grab your trusty agenda, turn on the FCGTV,  and let’s hope for better times ahead. Billy is no longer in any position to help y’all out, so remember this drinking game is just for fun!

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Alright Daffy, let’s not put a dark cloud on the meeting already!

The first items on the agenda are some handy dandy budget adjustments. Do we hear the ghosts of Billy’s abstentions lingering in the air?!

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Git on outta here!

No, we do not!!! Mix yourself up a pint of Happy Pills to celebrate the end of that stupid era!

This first meeting will allow for the election of council officers, (remember the drama when Billy didn’t get to be president of the council?), scheduling of future council meetings, and appointments to boards and commissions. Let us cautiously sip on our Land of Happy while hoping everyone behaves like mature adults!

It will also be interesting to see who shows up for public comment this week! Will anyone show up bearing gifts? We’ll let you know how it all turns out!

Oh, they are not getting off this easy! Your Yokel good-bye post to the three amigos!

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Listen to Buster, there is no need for such dramatics!

We kinda feel cheated here. We thought there was going to be at least one more meeting for us to narrate, one more chance to wax nostalgic about these long four years. However, since Bud wisely decided to allow the next council to make a decision on the Monocacy River Plan, it is over. We are not about to let Kirby, Billy, and Tony leave without one last post! We’ve worked way too hard over this last term to just let them slink away under the cover of darkness.

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We are not quite done…YET!

We  dove into the old Yokel archives to come up with a top five list for each of our least favorite FORMER (ah man, that feels good to type) council members!

Let’s start with Tony. Our biggest problem with him was his condescension towards the women on the council and Jan in particular. We’ve also heard that there are those down in Winchester Hall  who are very happy they no longer have to put up with his mansplaining ways! Take a look back to when he tried to mansplain something that wasn’t even happening!!!

Every budget season Tony liked to compare the county budget to his very own small business. You know since Tony hasn’t made enough money to give his workers a raise, the county should operate along the same lines! Here’s a trip down memory lane to remind y’all just how long-winded and off course he could be.

Remember when Tony introduced the off-track betting bill and tried to tell us it was open to any restaurant ? We smelled a rat and decided to take Kirby’s advice to follow the money and guess what? We discovered it wasn’t really open to all! All kinds of fun!

Let us also remember when he introduced legislation to ensure that the planning commission didn’t hold any political beliefs. We dug around a little and found out this was directed at Bob and Carole because he didn’t like something he saw on Facebook!  Oh the petty dramas we’ve seen on Facebook this year!

What he will be most remembered for is launching his miserably failed write-in campaign! Sour grapes anyone?

It’s difficult to narrow down the list for Kirby as he gave us way too much material to work with. What we will remember most is his alternative budgets he would write every year. Budgets he had no authority to write, which often made no sense, and just wound up wasting everyone’s time. Go ahead and click here and here.

Kirby’s thrown a lot of online hissy fits, but besides the time he made national news when he threatened to sue a reporter over using his name, our second favorite has to be when he refused to donate to the Catoctin athletic department because he couldn’t grab up all the county contracts. Way to keep it classy!

Kirby also has trouble distinguishing dictatorships from a democratically elected executive office! We will never forget the lesson plan we put together to help him distinguish the difference!

In more recent news, Kirby was NOT happy that he lost in the Republican primary for CE. And he wasn’t going down quietly. He specifically charged Danny Farrar with high crimes and misdemeanors for daring to campaign with Regina Williams.  He also called a private citizen a POS for daring to go against him.  Even the High Sheriff got called out! If you missed it, it is a MUST see.

No Kirby countdown is complete without mention of the flowchart. It is truly the greatest thing we’ve ever seen. When it first came to your Lady Yokel’s attention, we were gasping for air trying to breathe. All these years later it still brings a smile to our face. 

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We just had to put it here as well! Jessica still has not answered these charges against her! LOLOLOLOL!

Oh Billy, Billy, Billy. The most ineffectual of all of our first county council members. What he’ll probably most be remembered for is for his uncreative use of the word ABSTAIN. Billy thought since they didn’t have their own budget whisperer (despite them having the entire county budget department available to answer any questions) he could just take the next four years off.  We still find it amusing that the person he and Kirby wanted as their budget person ran against Kirby in the CE primary, and according to Kirby ruined everything for him. The drama of Frederick County politics! You never know when someone is going to turn against ya!

There was a whole bunch of wedding venue drama associated with Billy. He didn’t care if a structure was deemed unsafe by the Fire Marshall and could have potentially killed a bunch of high school kids. He didn’t care if the people operating said wedding venue had the proper permits or if they even asked the people who actually owned the land if they could host weddings and parties. NONE of that mattered to him. It was quite a sight to behold, watching him trying to rationalize all this nonsense. 

Billy’s rude behavior was a constant thorn in our side. He’s adopted the Trump way of speaking because : 1. He can’t think for himself, and 2. He reacts in anger when he doesn’t understand what is going on. Which was quite often. Here’s an example of when Billy took that anger out on one of our favorite county employees, Lori Depies.

Let us not forget when Billy lost his keys, couldn’t have his coveted parking space, and accused Bud Otis of telling him to “get on his knees”. This caused Billy to threaten to file a sexual harassment complaint! He then said  if this was appropriate language then he was going to start using it on the dais! As though he was holding himself back!

What we will most remember about good ole Billy Shreve is the time he told the world that there are people on both sides of the human trafficking issue. He then proceeded to vote against every human trafficking bill that came before the council. Really folks, what kind of person votes against trying to stop human trafficking?

 

 

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The kind that gets his ass handed to him in a primary election!

We’ll see how much we have to say with the new council. Things are looking pretty sane so far.  Thank y’all for paying attention and voting these jokers out. We don’t need this type of legislating in our fine county!

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Not this time!

 

 

 

 

 

Election day musings……

It’s taken your Lady Yokels a few days to digest all the election news. Nationally, things worked out very well, The Democrats took the House, and despite this causing the Orange Menace to have a colossal press conference melt-down, it’s the first step to re-establishing some sort of sanity in our country.

Let’s get to the local level. Thank you to the Frederick News Post for all the election graphics. It is so much better to look at than the unofficial results on the Frederick County Board of Elections page. 

WHOO HOO! Three times was NOT the charm for Cindy Rose. Hopefully we can hide all stories about her in the archives and she won’t make us write about her ever again.

 

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Seriously! Thank you!

And of course we are pleased about this:

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We can only imagine who Kathy would have photoshopped into her official photographs. Earl Robbins didn’t garner the 33% spread that Blaine predicted he would. Isn’t it shocking that the Blaine/Kirby/Cindy endorsement crew couldn’t pull it out for him? Congratulations CE Gardner, we look forward to another great 4 years!

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We are happy/sad about this one. Happy that Kai made it through with the most votes, sad that Susan won’t take the other seat. There are still votes to be counted, so we can’t predict which Republican will take the other seat. And Bud? Well, we had some good times with him on the council. For three years he fended off the craziness of the Shrelauter crew, however some of the things he did towards end of his term cost him votes that he desperately needed as an Independent candidate. We wish him good luck in his future endeavors.

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We were going to be happy with either of these two winning. Who was the write-in candidate again? LOL!!!! We did go to the election site to take a closer look at the write-in numbers.

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Do you remember when Tony said he was running because not enough people came out to vote for him in the primary? Therefore, he HAD to run as the only true conservative. So curious as to how he couldn’t even garner 800 votes. Now we are about to show you something we’ve been sitting on for awhile: Tony didn’t run a very good campaign. The evidence? His PayPal link on his campaign page looked a little like this:

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At least the mansplaining days are almost over!

More good news!:

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These ladies will be the most experienced members of the new county council!

We really hope that this works itself out in Jerry’s favor with the absentee ballots:

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After all, he was in this same boat with Ellen Bartlett four years ago!

And now for the boo hiss portion of this post:

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Hopefully this Blue guy isn’t as obtuse as #kirbydelauter.

And the worst of all local news:

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We know Spazzy! But, you can’t win them all!

We are all so curious as to how this new county government will function! STAY TUNED!

 

What happens when you don’t vote?

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Well, durh!

On this election day, we hope that most of you already got out there and exercised your right to vote! For those of you who have not, please do! If you are still sitting there thinking, “Well, I don’t know. What does it matter? My vote doesn’t matter.” KNOCK IT OFF! RIGHT NOW!

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All bad!

If you are disenchanted by national elections (re-read the first meme), then for the love of Zeus think of our local government. Do you want to see someone like Cindy Rose sneak onto the school board? Someone who doesn’t have the temperament, much less the background necessary to be a functional member of our local school board. But hey, yesterday she decided it was finally about time she put out her platform. BEHOLD:

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What is with the quotations?

If you need any further evidence of her unfitness, just go to our site and type her name in our handy dandy search engine.

If that doesn’t scare the bejeezers out of you, think of Kathy Afzali at the helm of our county government. Take a look at her attempt to win us over! Also, don’t forget she was behind Picturegate! We do not need someone with this kind of bad judgement.

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And lastly, think of our county council! We have had the extreme good fortune to get Billy, Kirby, and Tony off of the dais in one fell swoop. (Yeah, we aren’t paying attention to any lame sour grapes write-in campaigns.) And while we will miss getting to talk about things like this:

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This should go down in some Frederick County history book!

We don’t need to replace them! Phil Dacey doesn’t know how to show up to meetings or photo ops. And Danny Farrar engages in way too much Facebook nonsense and #kirbydelauter betrayal (well, that’s actually pretty funny) to be taken seriously. Joe Parsley has shown up to way too many county council meetings to sing the praises of Billy and Kirby to register as a serious person . We can go on and on, but we’ll just drop this here:

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If we haven’t convinced you that local elections, hell ALL elections, matter, let Plato help ya out:

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Don’t we know it!

We’ll let you know things turn out! Fingers crossed!

Halloween and Election Day are near: who has time for council meetings?! Here’s a lazy Yokel version of a drinking game for ya!

 

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Don’t be like pumpkin!

 

Seriously folks, there’s way too much to think about with all that’s going on in the world today to pay any serious attention to a council meeting this week. But, we don’t want to dishearten the faithful, so we put a little something something together for ya! Grab your agenda and gather together your favorite Fall spirits. The only thing of concern this week is Tony’s anti-Bob White bill concerning the impartiality of planning commission members. Which is super rich coming from the likes of him!

Anyhoo, play this Bingo card any way you see fit, just remember we need you to have your wits about you come this Tuesday!

 

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VOTE like the Founding Fathers can see you–especially if they wouldn’t have let you vote!

Exercise your right to vote!

You can early vote from October 25 through November 1 at any of these locations in Frederick County from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Frederick Senior Center
1440 Taney Avenue
Frederick, Maryland 21702

Thurmont Regional Library
76 East Moser Road
Thurmont, Maryland 21788

Urbana Regional Library
9020 Amelung Street
Frederick, Maryland 21704

Middletown VFD Activities Building
1 Fireman’s Lane
Middletown, Maryland 21769

Resources:

If you don’t know something about a local race, vote411.org is a great resource. Provided by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, it allows you to compare the answers that candidates gave to a survey of questions. You go to the site and enter your address and compare candidates for the races you can vote in.

The Frederick News Post also has a page with local races and links to information about 2018 candidates. If you search on the FNP website you may never find that link. Google is your friend. Or you can always come here! Glad to be of service. Off to the polls, Yokels!