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Worcester County Sheriff’s Office said they have swept up 18 people in a campaign against alleged sexual predators.

The effort was called Operation Worcester Safety Net and law enforcement officials said that many of them allegedly showed up in the county for the sole purpose of engaging in sexual relations with minors.

Authorities said that other suspects were found to have computer containing videos and images of child pornography or shared such material with others on-line.

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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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.

Perhaps one of the most interesting races on the Eastern Shore is that for State Senate in Maryland.

It pits Democratic incumbent Jim Mathias against Republican delegate Mike McDermott.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates has passed a bill that would extend wildland protection to nearly 22,000 more acres of state-owned land.

Delegates passed the measure 99-36 Tuesday. The Senate unanimously passed a similar bill on Feb. 14, but the two houses have not yet taken up the same version.

Del. Mike McDermott, a Worcester County Republican, objected to provisions that would restrict park projects like boat ramps and new trail systems, saying, "It handcuffs our future."

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The Maryland General Assembly opened yesterday with many looking to the issues such as the minimum wage and legalizing marijuana.

But for the Eastern Shore delegation it was the economy and agriculture that took top billing.

Delegates Addie Eckardt, Mike McDermott and Jeanie Haddaway-Riccio all backed requiring the Maryland Department of Agriculture to publish an economic analysis of the Phosphorus Management program aimed at protecting the Chesapeake Bay from runoff.


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 new formed legislative District 38C in Worcester and Wicomico Counties has its first candidate for next year’s elections.

He is Mike Hindi a lifeguard for the Ocean Pines Association and doorman for the Greene Turtle in North Ocean City.

He says he plans to campaign on a platform of green jobs, recycling programs in Ocean City and increasing penalties for drug dealing while upping the resources for those who are addicted.

On the drug issue the Democrat said that he had seen a rise in heroin use as well as other hard drugs in the Lower Shore communities.


A measure sponsored by Delegate Mike McDermott would double the sentences of those who convicted of aiding a murder after the fact.

Under the legislation it would rise from 5 years to 10 years in either first or second degree murder convictions.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the former County Sheriff’s deputy named the measure the Sheddy-Bennett Act after two Lower Shore homicide victims

An individual must have knowledge of a completed crime.


Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio could soon be out as minority whip for the GOP in the General Assembly.

A meeting has been set for the end of April to look at a change in leadership after a recent executive session of House Republicans.

The Eastern Shore Republican would not comment on the closed-door meeting citing confidentiality.

But she along with Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell have been faced with the passage measures such as legalized same sex marriage and in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrants.


OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Andy Harris has scheduled a town hall this weekend to talk about Second Amendment rights and gun-safety issues.

The Republican congressman's office said Tuesday the town hall will be held on Saturday in Ocean City.

The congressman's office says Maryland Delegates Mike McDermott and Charles Otto also are scheduled to attend.

In Annapolis, lawmakers are considering a comprehensive gun-control measure supported by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.


Eastern Shore Delegate Mike McDermott is proposing a three pronged approach to school safety in the wake of the shootings at a Connecticut Elementary school late last year.

The measures would allow teachers and other staff members to carry guns as long as those teachers are trained.

In addition, it would allow select school staff to carry Tasers as well as allow on-and-off duty police officers to be armed while on school grounds.

If the Maryland Republican’s measures are approved schools would be allowed to decide which measures work best for them.


 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.


          Maryland’s highest court has overturned a 2009 first-degree murder conviction saying that now Delegate Mike McDermott improperly interrogated the suspect when he was a detective with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

            The court said that McDermott continued to question Charles Phillips even when he said he wanted a lawyer.

            Phillips was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2008 stabbing death of 77-year-old William Nibblett.