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Posted at 9:33 AM ET, 09/15/2010

Riemer's success and other good news

By David Alpert

While the primary defeat of D.C.'s sitting mayor is the main headline in nearly every news outlet this morning, another significant and very exciting challenger victory is Hans Riemer placing third second in the Montgomery County Council at-large race.

The top four vote-getters win the nomination (and, inevitably, the seats themselves in November), meaning Riemer will be a county council member. Duchy Trachtenberg was edged out by Riemer and the other three incumbents.

Riemer's ascension to the council will make smart growth and sustainable transportation a more central issue in council debates. Where today, members seem largely to fall into either the camp of either or opposing or supporting both growth in the right place along with growth in the wrong place, or bad transportation projects along with good ones, Riemer's presence will push members to really discern which projects meet the county's broader goals.

It's too bad Royce Hanson won't be joining Riemer in Rockville, as Craig Rice decisively defeated him for the upcounty District 2 seat. Down in Purple Line Ground Zero around Bethesda and Chevy Chase, voters chose to keep the incumbents in the Council and state legislature rather than picking candidates for a consistent position for or against this or other controversial projects in the area.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post here at Greater Greater Washington.]

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By David Alpert  | September 15, 2010; 9:33 AM ET
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A terrible day is dawning in East MoCo. A new at-large councilmember, a new State Delegate, and a new State Senator in District 19 all are backed by CASA de Maryland, the socialist front group for American Hating Foreign Racists.

I never thought I'd say this, but 50 years is just too damned long to live in Aspen Hill. It was nice back when I was a kid. Now it's the County's dumping ground for the poor and all lawbreaking and wrongdoing is rewarded, unless you're a white American, in which case you get the shaft all day every day.

In the aftermath of this election, a pivotal cusp in the evolution of local future has been passed. There is no possibility for Aspen Hill to be anything other than a declining wasteland of paved lawns and single-family homes converted into worker barracks. "Latin Kings Central", where the unscupulous contractors go to pick up their racketeer-managed day-laborers at the Home Depot.

Cheap labor for all of those construction projects that the Council will approve, eh? While the rest of us get poorer and poorer, the rich are taxed into moving out of state, and the middle-class is carved into bits like a cadaver at a medical school.

Posted by: thardman | September 16, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

All voters who share the feelings of "thardman" need to VOTE REPUBLICAN in the general election in Mont. Co. !!

The make-up of the County Council is NOT A FORGONE CONCLUSION !! Let's send a message to the liberal establishment of Mont.Co. and STOP THEM IN THEIR TRACKS by voting in Republican in November !!

We DO have a CHOICE !!

Posted by: vicey | September 19, 2010 4:24 AM | Report abuse

Thardman is describing a p.o.v. that is anathema to the ideology-blinded liberal pols that have a chokehold on our stagnant political ranks.

Vote Republican?! But why not do things the classic MoCo way: whine like a self-entitled little b!tch until you get what you want. It's not just for six-fig earning lawyers, doctors, and GS-15 bureaucrats anymore, kids! Hey, it sure works for the unions!

"...the middle-class is carved into bits like a cadaver at a medical school..."

Yep. If you consider yourself lower middle-class, get the #@%& out of the new suburban ghettoes before it's too late.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | September 20, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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