Category Archives: Prince George’s County

Lewis Sworn In As New D24 Delegate; Oaks As New D41 Senator

Bringing to an end (for now) soon the reign of terror in Annapolis caused by an unprecedented rash of legislative vacancies, Jazz Lewis was sworn in this morning as a delegate from District 24, replacing Michael Vaughan. Just within the past few minutes, former Delegate Nathaniel Oaks was sworn in as the new senator from District 41, replacing Lisa Gladden, who resigned for… Read more »

Another Shoe Drops: Delegate Michael Vaughn Resigns 

It hasn’t been a good week for Democrats in the House of Delegates, and today brings more bad news for Speaker Mike Busch’s crew: Longtime state Del. Michael L. Vaughn (D-Prince George’s) resigned Wednesday morning, less than an hour before the official start of the 2017 legislative session, citing health reasons. His departure is the latest blow to Maryland Democrats, who have… Read more »

BREAKING: Former Dem Delegate Will Campos Pleads Guilty To Bribery Charges

The first shoe has dropped in the Prince George’s alcohol bribery scandal.  Former Prince George’s Delegate and County Councilman Will Campos has pleaded guilty to bribery charges, federal prosecutors announced today. Former Maryland State Del. and Prince George’s Councilman William A. Campos has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for official favors, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
“ This undercover investigation… Read more »

Criminal Affidavits In PG Bribery Case

I’ve obtained from a random source on the street the criminal affidavits in the two cases brought by the US attorney today. They’re here and here. In addition to the two unidentified elected officials expected to be charged, there are other prominent people caught up in this case. One elected official is a cooperating witness, a lobbyist is involved, and… Read more »

THIS IS BAD: Two PG Electeds To Be Charged In Liquor Bribery Scandal 

A bombshell story dropped this afternoon, with federal criminal charges announced in Prince George’s County regarding cash payments to liquor board members and at least two elected officials. Four people were charged in federal court Thursday in connection to a long-running bribery conspiracy involving cash payments to officials with the Prince George’s County liquor board and to elected officials. Two people… Read more »

PG Councilmember Mel Franklin Charged With DUI

The Washington Post reports that Prince George’s County Councilmember Mel Franklin was recently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following a traffic collision. Prince George’s County Council member Mel Franklin was charged with driving under the influence after he crashed a government-owned vehicle recently into a car stopped at a traffic light, police said. Franklin (D-Upper Marlboro) was traveling south… Read more »

WAIT, WHAT? – Ulysses Currie Withdraws Resignation Letter

The Daily Record has the story of a remarkable about face by LD25 Senator Ulysses Currie. Currie resigned in early November, but the effective date of the resignation was not until later this week, December 1. So today, Currie dropped a bombshell: Sen. Ulysses Currie, in a letter Tuesday to Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr., rescinded his resignation from the… Read more »

Ulysses Currie Resigns

Well, we thought the next State Senate vacancy would be right here in MoCo (D20), but apparently the folks in Prince George’s had other ideas: Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George’s), known as the dean of African American lawmakers in the state Senate, will resign next month after a 30-year career in the General Assembly. Currie, 79, submitted his letter… Read more »

3 Renegade Judicial Candidates Qualify For November Ballot

Judicial elections in Maryland are usually pretty sleepy affairs. Unlike some states, we don’t have pure elections for circuit court judges, instead opting for a system whereby judges are appointed by the governor based on recommendations by a series of local nominating commissions. Those chosen by the nominating process, however, must stand for election to a 15 year term, and… Read more »