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State Senator Jim Mathias says he’d like to see a third span across the Chesapeake Bay.

During a recent meeting in Wicomico County the Maryland Democrat said that he believes this would ease the congestion on the current two spans.

WBOC found that Maryland state officials say that last year around 25.6 million cars crossed the bridge last year.

There was a proposal for a ferry to cross the bay with a landing cite in Crisfield

But that was scrapped after a study of project.

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It will be the changing of the guard as a much different Eastern Shore Delegation heads to Annapolis this January.

Republican Carl Anderton who ousted 28 year Democratic incumbent Norm Conway in District 38B in the House of Delegates says topping his agenda is the expansion of jobs on the Eastern Shore.

Meanwhile, WMDT reports that Republican Mary Beth Carozza who won District 38C says she is interested in pushing tourism and the agriculture industry when she gets to the state’s capital.

Don Rush

It was a good night for Republicans on Tuesday.

Larry Hogan beat the odds by besting Democrat Anthony Brown by a vote of 54 percent to 44 percent to become the only the second Republican since Spiro Agnew to ascend to the governor’s chair in Maryland.

Hogan beat back Brown’s attempt to be the first Maryland Lt. Gov. to succeed to the office and the first African American to hold the office Maryland.

During the campaign the Republican had battered Brown over tax hikes and the flawed rollout of the state’s health exchange.

Voters Go to the Polls

Nov 4, 2014
Don Rush

Voters are going to the polls across the nation.

Here on the Eastern Shore Republicans are making efforts to unseat Democratic incumbents.

Delegate Norm Conway is being challenged by Republican Carl Anderton while State Senator Jim Mathias is facing off against Republican Delegate Mike McDermott.

In Wicomico County Republican Bob Culver is taking a shot at County Executive Rick Pollitt.

Meanwhile, in Maryland’s First Congressional District incumbent Republican Andy Harris faces a challenge by Bill Tilghman.

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Congressman Andy Harris is making a big financial contribution to attacks on Eastern Shore Democrats seeking reelection to the state legislature.

The television ad takes aim at state Senator Jim Mathias and Delegate Norm Conway tying them to President Obama and calling them “tax-and-spend peas in a giant liberal pod.”

It adds, “That’s not what the Shore needs.”

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With the election less than two weeks away Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan made an appearance at the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation in Salisbury yesterday.

His message reflected much of his campaign with criticisms of the O’Malley administration’s tax and regulation policies.

Hogan declared yesterday that Maryland was an anti-business state noting that the state had lost 200-thousand jobs.

The Republican is, of course, running against O’Malley’s Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Jim Mathias and Mike McDermott Square Off

Oct 9, 2014

State Senator Jim Mathias squared off against his Republican challenger Mike McDermott during a two hour forum yesterday, hosted by the Ocean City chapter of the AARP.

McDermott struck out against the Democratic incumbent citing the number of jobs that Maryland has lost during the Great Recession.

In addition, he charged that Maryland has been rated as 42 on a list of most business-friendly states and 46th when it comes to income taxes.

Mathias countered by telling his audience that much of what his Republican opponent had to say was untrue.

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Maryland lawmakers, environmental groups and wind energy advocates called on Senator Barbara Mikulski to pull non-binding language in the Defense spending bill that would delay the wind turbine project in Somerset County.

The provision calls on the Navy not to sign onto any agreement to develop the wind farms until the second phase of an MIT study is completed on the impact of the turbines on the Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River.


In Crisfield officials broke ground this weekend for a new 15-thousand square-foot library.

On hand was state Senator Jim Mathias who called it a beautiful day for the town that last year was hit by Superstorm Sandy.

The old library is a cramped and aging structure on East Main Street but did escape damage from the 5-foot storm surge.

Plans for a new library laid in 2007 were pushed forward with a library campaign as a result of the storm.

Construction is expected to take a year or so.


Delegate Mike McDermott made it official.

He will be running for the Maryland State Senate and is expected to challenge incumbent Democrat Jim Mathias in the general election for District 38.

The Worcester County Republican’s district had been redrawn and would have forced him to compete with another Republican.

After registering with the Board of Elections on Monday McDermott told the Salisbury Daily Times that he believes a Senate seat would give him more room to add amendments to legislation as well potentially be part of Republican filibusters.


The Maryland school term  could start after Labor Day under legislation introduced by Senator Jim Mathias.

He said that starting later could not only help tourism in Ocean City but state parks in central and western Maryland as well as businesses in the Annapolis area.

The Eastern Shore Democrat’s bill would form a task force to study how moving that date would affect summer tourism the economy and education.

He was joined by co-sponsors Senators George Edwards from western Maryland and John Astle from Anne Arundel County.


Maryland State Senator Jim Mathias has joined a group of state legislators calling for a team of health and environmental officials to look at cancer clusters in the state.

The Eastern Shore Democrat told the Salisbury Daily Times that he believes there are some areas that have incidents of cancer which could be tied to income and education among other things.

A 2012 report by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that cancer was the leading cause of death in the state.

There will be no special legislative session next week on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

Governor Martin O’Malley has confirmed that he will not call a second special session to consider table games and a sixth casino.

State Senator Jim Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are only a couple of weeks left to get a measure on the November ballot.

The Eastern Shore Democrat says he believes the expansion could make Maryland more competitive with other states like Delaware and Pennsylvania that have continued to expand gambling.


 The Lower Shore delegation found itself divided over the legislation approved in Annapolis during this week’s special session.

State Senator Jim Mathias voted for the measure that would shift some teacher pension costs to local governments.