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Major Outrage as Architect of an Organized Scheme Monica Goldson is appointed Acting CEO of PGCPS

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Monday July 16, 2018: The school board for Prince George’s County, Maryland, has appointed an acting CEO to replace Dr. Kevin Maxwell without a proper scrutiny.

Dr. Monica Goldson will take the temporary role, the Board of Education announced Thursday night in the midst of a heated discussion which resulted in a major fiasco and court proceedings after the Board Chairman Segun Eubanks violated rights of Board Member Edward Burroughs.

Goldson was named to the post after the severance package for outgoing CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell was voted on by the board at a contentious Thursday night meeting.

That meeting ended with an allegation of assault as school board member Edward Burroughs alleged that school board Chair Dr. Segun Eubanks called him into a backroom for a meeting and then threatened Burroughs, saying, “I will f*** you up!” and pushed him against a book case.

Burroughs filed charges, asking for a stay-away order directed at Eubanks. There is a Court hearing set for this Monday morning July 16th, 2018 at 10 am at the District Court of Maryland 14735 Main St, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

In William Shakespeare’s last work, Comedy of Errors, Antipholus of Syracuse poses a philosophical question on why time is such a niggard of hair, being as it is, so plentiful an excrement.

The answer Dromio of Syracuse offers wraps it up for out going CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell and current temporary CEO Monica Goldson who was appointed in a hurry in Organized “scheme to defraud” without any input from the public in a midst of a major fiasco at Sasscer. The speed in which her appointment was done should have everyone in the county worried and demanding answers without delay.

Goldson is the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at Prince George’s County Public Schools under her watch, the school District saw a number of fake grades facilitated.

County Executive Rushern Baker will appoint the interim CEO “in the very near future,” the school system said in a release. However, For the record Ms. Monica Goldson appointment was conducted without a thorough background check. However, if this had been done, it would have exposed the dark and sordid background of Ms. Monica Goldson. A preliminary search reveals the following:

  • on or around September 2009, Monica Goldson engaged in cover ups involving Dwayne Jones who is the Principal of Laurel High School and current President of Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP). Dwayne Jones has been in an illicit affair for a long time and in plain sight. An investigation was done and she chose to cover up the misconduct which was brought to her attention because of conflict of interest she was involved in.
  • Part of the conflict Monica Goldson was involved in touched on her mantor  a man by the name Mr. James Small wood who had promoted her while she was at Forestville Military Academy. Mr. James Small wood who was a Principal at Forestville academy acted like a wild hyena on heat. After this blog received the issues, we made a report and helped bring them to light and Mr. Small wood shortly after either retired or resigned.
  • Monica Goldson is engaged in corrupt activities involving paying off attorneys within Prince George’s County and has been the leader of an organized scheme since she was sued in Maryland for willful violations of law in the county. (See CAL1136992 Goldson, Monica Defendant Prince George’s County Circuit Court CIVIL CLOSED 12/16/2011 Mua vs Board of Education of Prince Georges County)
  • There are currently 10 cases in the U.S Supreme Court which touches on her misconduct directly, in the U.S District Court and within Maryland Court system.
  • Confirmed reports say that she was dating Dr. William Hite Jr when she initiated her divorce proceedings from her husband Mr. Lyndell Goldson on or around 11/03/2008. ( See Case # CAD08-32088 GOLDSON VS GOLDSON). For those who are not familiar with Dr. William Hite Jr, the corruption in Prince George’s County was fueled by him and this blog initiated a vote of “No confidence” which  made him leave the county ASAP due to serious issues he was engaged in. (See Some leaders in PGCPS – Heart of the problems in Schools.) Before transferring to Philly, local investigations were partially done on Dr. William Hite and issues covered up. Dr. William Hite promoted Monica Goldson before he left and was pulling the strings from afar in PGCPS for many years. He still does.
  • On 05/17/2013 the Prince George’s County Circuit Court entered an order that Monica Goldson pay. By Consent Order dated 4-22-13, Judge Cathy H Serrette, ordered, that Defendant’s Motion to Modify Child Support filed on November 16, 2012 be and hereby granted; and it is further, order that commencing on May 1, 2013, Plaintiff (Monica Goldson) shall pay child support to the Defendant Mr. Lyndell Goldson on behalf of the minor children in the amount of $803.00 per month, pursuant to the Maryland Child Support Guidelines attached hereto and incorporated herein. The child support payments shall be made by Plaintiff (Monica Goldson) on the first day of each month, directly to the Maryland Child Support Enforcement Administration cc C. Wachter Esq. and E. Opper-Weiner Esq. fd/jmf e051713.
  • Once Monica Goldson was promoted as Deputy Superintendent by her Boy Friend Dr. William Hite, there have been reports she was disobedient to Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bonita Coleman now superintendent in Ocean Springs Mississippi.  Monica Goldson is said to have been instrumental in making her leave the District. Apparently to the people familiar with the scandal, Ms. Goldson would not listen to Dr. Coleman because the illicit affair she had with Dr. William Hite Jr was in the way. She has also promoted cronyism by hiring family members and friends throughout the District who in return facilitate fraudulent scheme such as fake grades and other issues within the Board. A fox guarding a hen house for sure!
  • Other issues involve deliberate and systematic scheme to destroy careers of teachers and other staff members who report issues touching on them. Every staff member should be concerned about this. We spend many years training and having our own ideas and thoughts only to be set up by a person driven by greed and selfish motives such as Monica Goldson. This is unacceptable and should be investigated.
  • There are many issues brought to light by others such as procurement fraud she has facilitated over the years as reported by Donna Goodman and Tonya Wingfield below which involves organized schemes to defraud the county. Prince George’s County needs an independent leader who has no ties to the local networks.

Organized “scheme to defraud” is defined as a systematic, ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud one or more persons, or with intent to obtain property from one or more persons by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises or willful misrepresentations of a future act.

Those shouting about opposition this blog and others on facebook have enacted should know that LIBERATION – any liberation – starts in the mind. No country or society can liberate themselves until they liberate their minds.

To defeat tyranny and transform Prince George’s county for the benefit of community, we must first liberate our minds and demand answers. No teacher, Board member, Superintendent or any administrator has a right to engage in corruption in Prince George’s County. Once boundaries are crossed, there are consequences as laid down in the constitution.

It’s therefore OUR DUTY as responsible, politically conscious and progressive citizens not just to OPPOSE the tyrannical regime that’s looting our resources, abusing Prince George’s county citizenry, violating our human rights and subverting the constitution and the rule of law but to REMOVE it from power all together.

Reaction on facebook has been swift. Here are a sample of the comments from the public:

Pg Parents Both the Board attorney and Eubanks needs to go. We also have a bigger problem now with Monica Goldson. She has been instrumental in pay to play and interferes of the local courts.”

Tonya Wingfield: “True. Monica Goldson is one of the main people that keeps corruption in the school system alive. I’ve always said Dr. Maxwell did not bring corruption to PGCPS. He just fit comfortably in it. There is no one we can say we are turning a new page with Dr. Maxwell’s resignation and keep any member of senior management staff. Let’s remember the top manager to over see grade tampering was Monica Goldson. This is why our school system lacks credibility.”

Donna Goodman Not to mention, she and other executives have have been involved in and promoted procurement fraud!”

Tonya Wingfield “Maxwell came into the corruption, he didn’t bring it. Monica Goldson is the common denominator in the corruption that embroils our school system. She was ineffective as a principal, area director and head of the failed High School Consortium. In the position of COO she manipulated the vacancy of the procurement director to give it to Brenda Allen who had been rejected twice for the position in the normal interview process. Goldson and Allen schemed to terminate whistle blower, Donna Young, by falsifying documentation used in two audits to cover the illegal procurement actions that cost PGCPS millions and required an increase in legal staff to defend an increase of protests due to bid steering. Ms. Young tried to report the evidence of the bid steering to Dr. Maxwell. Derrick Homesley was the Acting Transportation Director and provided PGCPS proof that outsourcing bus drivers would cost the system more money and the system would save money if they stopped doing political favors in transportation for elected officials and follow the MOU of 1998 to return to neighborhood schools. He was brought up of false charges based on manufactured documentation within weeks of presenting his presentation to the administration and school board. He also questioned why the Transportation budget had a large earmark amount for a board member. Who was the head of the department that could have stopped this travesty to destroy the life of an innocent man trying to handle taxpayer’s money responsibly, Monica Goldson. Who was over the area responsible for ensuring the accuracy of grading data in the grading scandal, Monica Goldson. She is a bigger problem than Maxwell.”

More to come!

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Board member K. Alexander Wallace was a student when Monica Goldson was a principal at Dr. Henry Wise High School and now PGCPS Deputy Superintendent. Goldson works closely with Delegate Dereck Davis who provided his wife  Deputy Superintendent Monique Davis for number two spot before resigning to go back to Anne Arundel County under pressure.  Board member Wallace worked previously for Senator Ulysses Currie who overseas Delegate Davis. Mr. Wallace can never go against Dr. Goldson, because he  “carries water” for her having been her student.

 

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PGCPS Board chairman Segun charged with assaulting Board Member Edward Burroughs after Retaliation.

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Members of the Prince George’s County School Board meet to address and vote on the severance package of outgoing schools CEO Kevin Maxwell on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

– The Prince George’s County Board of Education Chairman has been charged with assault after he was accused of pushing a school board member into a bookcase following a testy meeting Thursday evening, according to officials. This blog was the first to break the story this morning following a retaliatory action which occurred at Sasscer at the beckoning the county leadership after an organized scheme went AWOL.

The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Office confirmed to the press that Dr. Segun Eubanks has been charged with second-degree assault.

Following Thursday’s school board meeting, school board member Edward Burroughs said Eubanks and the chairman’s lawyer called him into a back room to talk to him. Burroughs said Eubanks pushed him against a bookcase and put his hand on his face and said, “I will fuck you up.” The police report states that officers had to remove Eubanks from the grounds.

Another school board member who witnessed the alleged incident backed up Burroughs’ account. Eubanks did not respond to the press request for his account of what happened.

The explosive allegations come after the school board voted to approve embattled Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell more than $800,000 as part of his severance package which includes accumulated leave. Eubanks, who negotiated this agreement, refused to speak about the severance deal along with Maxwell, who left after the school board’s executive session. There are reports and evidence of Eubanks, Baker and Maxwell have been working together to derail justice.

During the meeting, Burroughs and fellow school board member David Murray publicly called on Eubanks to resign. The crowd in attendance at the meeting cheered when Murray made the call for Eubanks’s resignation.

“I don’t say this lightly,” said Murray. “I want to take this opportunity to ask you, Dr. Eubanks. publicly to help us turn a new leaf by stepping down with Dr. Maxwell so this system can come together.”

Burroughs echoed the idea.

“I do believe this deal that was negotiated was not done in the best interests of the school district,” he said. “I think we had a very weak negotiator at the table. I agree with Mr. Murray that if we’re really going to turn a leaf, I think it’s important for the board chair to step down.”

“I think the leadership has enabled this bad behavior that has led us through scandal after scandal after scandal,” Mr. Burroughs added.

Eubanks was appointed chairman of the school board by County Executive Rushern Baker who is his Brother in Law. This blog has repeatedly called on them to resign many times in the past and they have refused despite obvious scheme which is organized to swindle public funds at every turn.

Burroughs said he was in a room where the board can meet in closed session after the meeting when Eubanks approached him, said he was “already going to resign,” then “pinned me against the wall, put his finger in my face and said ‘I will f— you up,’” Burroughs said.

“If I had done that to Dr. Kevin Maxwell you all would have had me arrested,” Burroughs added.

Burroughs said he asked school system police officers in the room to intervene, which they did, and Eubanks was escorted from the building, he said.

Burroughs said he filed charges after the meeting, at a time when he also applied for — and was granted — a temporary restraining order against Eubanks. Online court records confirmed the assault charge against Eubanks, and Burroughs provided copies showing his temporary restraining order was approved. (See screenshots below).

The next question will be on how the state court proceeds. There have been interference of the Prince George’s County Court system for years now involving Rushern Baker III, Head of judiciary in the county and other players currently in leadership roles. The public will be watching to see if justice is done.

Mr. Burroughs said he is consulting with his attorney about how to proceed, but that the incident leaves him feeling more strongly about the need for Eubanks to resign ASAP.

“I shouldn’t have to fear being assaulted when I’m arguing points he disagrees with,” he said.

Eubanks was seen being escorted from the meeting. He has not commented yet.

Eubanks also serves as the Director of the Center for Education Innovation and Improvement at the University of Maryland’s education department. He also works or worked for the union (National Education Association) NEA which creates a strong conflict of interest on another level. Many teachers seeking justice have not been able to get any due to his shennanigan.

The press contacted Eubanks for comment. He responded in full, “On advice of counsel I am declining all comment at this time.”

In the meantime, Monica Goldson who is known to be much more corrupt than Dr. Kevin Mawell is said to be fronted to take over after Dr. Maxwell. The public is asked to resist such a move.

More to come.

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Criminal complaint against Board Chairman Dr. Eubank Segun.

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Poor governance and Corruption are bedmates – Skimming and mismanagement of public funds must end.

There has been Outcry as Waste and Fraud dominate move to the New county Headquarters at Largo.

“Fraud, waste, and abuse.” A simple Google search returns about 35 million mentions of this term. It’s not surprising. For decades, our political leaders have promised to cut fraud, waste, and abuse from government spending, but somehow the problems persist, draining billions—some estimates would say trillions —of taxpayer dollars.

Fraud, waste, and abuse in government spending drain billions of taxpayer dollars. Prince George’s County in Maryland is not a different place. Now, new tools and techniques such as predictive analytics, behavioral economics, and collective intelligence offer agencies innovative ways to address the problem.

If you are one of the more than 800,000 Americans estimated to hire a professional moving company this year, it is important that you understand the process, and know how to spot the “red flags” of moving fraud.

Moving fraud can be financially and emotionally draining. More than 4,100 moving fraud complaints were filed in 2017 in the U.S. Department of Transportation according to the information recorded on it’s websites.

Locally, Prince George’s County new Headquarters was supposed to be completed last year in December 2017. However, due to fraudulent activities including deliberate delays of permits to the contractors according to the information received by this writer, the move has been delayed on purpose. Rushern Baker III administration has engaged in many questionable activities to benefit unjustly. A few months ago we made inquiries and at that time more than $500,000 had been used on cosmetic expenses at the expense of the county citizenry.

The question everyone should be asking… is how much estimate did the developers who have sponsored the administration benefit from all these deliberate delays?? Many developers or companies have been known to give in a low estimate for the price of the move and later sky rocket the prices. How much is the final bill going to be at your expense?

CORRUPTION

Corruption seriously harms the economy and society as a whole. Many countries around the world suffer from deep-rooted corruption that hampers economic development, undermines democracy, and damages social justice and the rule of law. Prince George’s County which is part of the State of Maryland in the United States is not immune to this reality. Corruption varies in nature and extent from one country to another, but it affects all counties in Maryland and Member States of the United States of America. It impinges on good governance, sound management of public money, and competitive markets. In many cases, it undermines the trust of citizens in democratic institutions and processes, as seen here in Prince George’s County.

Amid the talk of draining swamps, restoring political might to blue-collar America and turning off the spigot of taxpayer cash that showers Washington DC and Prince George’s County a suburb of the capital city, a familiar battle cry is ricocheting through this county: Reject the developer money and drain the swamp.

There is all this unused office space opening up in Upper Marlboro outside the main court house where the County Headquarters has been for many years. That Upper Marlboro town, unlike downtown Largo, desperately needs the economic surge such an agency would bring. Why are we spending millions of dollars on the new headquarters in Largo after an African mayor was elected in Upper Marlboro? What will happen to the extra revenue in Largo town, which is a town without a mayor?  Millions of tax payer cash should not be used to benefit few individuals. We must question every thing this administration has done and continues to do including mailing almost a million  fraudulent ballots. The  “Official Democratic sample ballots” were mailed at the last minute before June 26th of this year in order to win primary democratic election fueled by developer money. Most of the officials in that sample ballot won unjustly. This bizarre behavior should not be allowed to continue, not in our watch!

>>>Sign the Petition here  and here<<

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Major Misconduct dominate primary elections in Maryland – As Prince George’s County becomes Epicenter for Fraudulent Activity.

36362527_10214444465378528_4181613453972078592_nIn one of the most fraudulent election in the history of Prince George’s County and Maryland, the primary election on June 26th, saw a sexual predator and a convicted robber get elected to public office in an organized scheme involving “official ballot sample papers”.

Calvin Hawkins who was widely mentioned appears to have been part of the illegal activity which saw the community duped in order to have him and his close associates elected for public offices in Maryland.

Thousands of voters in many parts of the state of Maryland received “official democratic sample ballots” or voting materials which swayed and duped the voters to elect wrong candidates in public offices throughout the state.

In Prince George’s County for example, “thousands of residents received “Official Democratic Sample Ballots” in their mailboxes multiple times during a DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, which created voter confusion. Many voters were tricked into believing the certain candidates were no longer Democrats, no longer running, or running for different positions. This practice was created to confuse voters into believing that certain candidates were supported by the Democratic party when all candidates are Democrats in a Democratic Primary,” according to a petition created by Attorney Wala Blegay.

“The party should not be involved in purposely confusing Democratic voters. It is time for this practice to end.” “Sign this petition to ensure that we protect our community from misleading information,” the petition concludes.

The misleading and incorrect pamphlets listed a number of candidates on the ballots which misled the public in many cases stating they were the “correct endorsement by democratic party”. As a result of this deliberate illegal activity, the Prince George’s County elected the wrong candidates for public office in many places including a convicted robber. One citizen in Greenbelt Maryland who did not want to be identified stated that, “If Prince George’s County voters used the erroneous sample ballots to cast their vote, they may have inadvertently voted for the wrong candidates.

The sample ballots, pamphlets or booklets that listed each candidate’s name and the corresponding position to fill in on the actual ballot, were mailed to thousands of voters ahead of the June 26th, election. It’s not clear how many of them were affected but it’s believed to be statewide.  “We’re reaching out to the people who may have been affected,” several candidates stated on facebook.

As a result of this official misconduct involving elected officials, reaction has been swift on social media with candidates who lost unfairly calling for reforms within the Maryland democratic party.

Below are some of the reactions as posted on facebook and twitter:

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Tommi Makila for Maryland Senate did much better than people thought, if it was not for the misleading “official democratic sample ballots” It’s possible He might have won.

According to information received Mr. Tommi Makila for Maryland Senate, He states: “Prince George’s Democrats: As we go to war on these “official sample ballots,” I would like to collect copies of the ballots from all Prince George’s County legislative districts. I’m primarily interested in these “Official Democratic Sample Ballots” that the establishment used; to my knowledge they all used the same design and layout, as seen in this District 27 version of the ballot. Since we are not far from the election, I’m hoping many of you still have a copy of the sample ballot your received. If so, please take a picture of both sides of the ballot. You can then post the pictures in a comment on this thread, send them to me via private message on FB, or email to tomakila@hotmail.com. (As of now I only have the District 27 ballot, so please send pics from all other Prince George’s districts.)”

Mandy Dojoh: Who did this?”

Tommi Makila for Maryland Senate: You can see the authority lines in the top picture, so officially those are the entities/candidates behind this. This is standard practice in Prince George’s County for the incumbents/establishment to do. That is how they are able to dictate who gets elected to what office. Typically the State Senator (in my case Mike Miller) decides who gets on the ballot.”

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Wala Blegay had the highest number of endorsements probably in the entire District 25. Due to fraudulent activity  involving her rivals, her candidacy may have been greatly affected as result. She has started a petition calling on democratic party to fix the issue.

According to Wala Blegay: It time that we address the misleading “Official Democratic Ballot” in Prince George’s County that was purposely design to trick voters. It is shameful that every major candidate including long-standing elected officials were involved in creating a document to purposely trick voters into assuming that certain candidates were “chosen” by the Democratic party.

We cannot let this continue. I watched countless voters reach out to me in confusion as why certain candidates including myself was not on the Democratic Ballot. I even witnessed poll workers for candidates instruct people that this was an Official Democratic Ballot.

Kathleen Matthews we ask for you to investigate and ensure that rules are implemented to avoid this confusion or purposeful intent to trick voters.

All Democratic Central Committee members should be focused on addressing this issue instead of turning a blind eye.”

Arthur Jackson You Are NextGenDems not by age but by desire in a fair and just county where our Schools Educate,Small Business Owners of Color are involved in Major Economic Devrlopment Projects, and a County where the political playing field is even.”

Kent A. Roberson: Wala Blegay talkn right! If you can only win by tricks and not doing any work in the community, then you didn’t win at all. They elected the WRONG ONE, BUT THEY GOT THE RIGHT ONE!!! #NewLeadership #NewSeason”

Sarahia Benn Wala Blegay: “the same thing was implemented against me. Worse Kathleen Mathews they utilized the central committee to advocate against me, paid volunteers to say the candidates highlighted were black when all the candidates weren’t, and said this was an official Democratic Party ballot, and a long list of infractions and personal attacks. This is why no one trusts the party in Harford County. We have 25k dem registered voters and not even 28% participate because they believe the entire system is rigged! I am still the people’s champ! My supporters and the people in general are beyond upset! They are wondering why you Kathleen Matthews are supporting establishment candidates and stat quo loser candidates that engage in such immoral, divisive, and disgusting tactics and behaviors. And you all wonder why no one supports the party?”

Collin J. Foster: As a St. Mary’s County Democratic Central Committee Member-Elect, you have my pledge to make sure this NEVER happens again.”

Wesyna Davis: Here is the “Sample Ballot” is what they told voters at different precincts in Harford County District 34A!!!!! Steve Johnson’s daughter was even passing them out and telling voters it was a sample ballot!!!😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡”

Gus Griffin: This sort of tactic is the nationwide norm of both major political parties which for me is just more validation that we should expand the work of building independent political power.”
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Sarahia Benn: Wala Blegay what trips me out is these stat quo candidates did all this stuff, spent 100k or more and all I had was my postcard, my message, and my word to the people! #MovingMountains just like you!”

Eddie L. Pounds: I hear you Wala, but perhaps a different approach should be considered that involves educating the public about sample ballots. Central Committees should take the lead in that effort because this practice will not end. I never understood why anyone would waste resources producing them. It’s a complete waste. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of voters actually research the candidates and know who they are voting for before they cast their votes. Perhaps all candidate should agree to change the header of these leaflets to just reflect that these are their preferred running mates?? By the way, I thought you ran a solid campaign.”

Wala Blegay: I have actually witnessed the confusion from many as a received phone call asking why I was no longer with the Democratic Party and this is from community leaders. We cannot trust those benefiting from it to just agree. It must be banned. People have and cna win elections without them”

Eddie L. Pounds: Wala Blegay I hear you. You better not disappear. You have proven that you’re fit for public office”

Mel Spruill: Eddie L. Pounds not sure if I agree with you! Have been working polls and canvassing for a long time and from my experience most of the voters are not aware of the sample ballot trick. If you live in Bowie that may be a reality… Btw, I do think it’s a great idea to start a voter’s education movement but, we still need some type of rules to even the playing field….”

Eddie L. Pounds: Mel Spruill I’m not the expert here but I understand election laws. I’ll still standby my suggestion that the Central Committee or Dem Clubs should play a role in educating the public and keeping citizens engaged.”

Wala Blegay: John E. Richardson it is still deceptive no matter whether my name is on it or not”

Ladel Lewis: Joseph Tolbert III many are. No disrespect, but the winner of 26th at large was PURELY an establishment pick. You can’t even google her name and find info let alone seen her in the street. But yet, she took 50% of The votes. I’m not sure if they are brave enough to bite the hand that got them elected by questioning their practices. Hence, that’s why they were selected.”

Jamila Woods: I’ve tried to decide whether or not to chime in. I wrote concerns about these “fake” official ballots previously. Not much response then.

Having served on the Central Committee, it should be noted that we put out the ballot in November.

Next, take note of all the staff members of current elected officials who are suddenly running for the Central Committee. This is another calculated effort to assure that elected officials are controlling the playing field; particularly when it comes to presenting someone to the Governor to replace a candidate. I know of Central Committee members who believe it is their duty to follow the instructions of their Senator regarding a candidate; even if they disagree. Qualified candidates don’t have a chance if Central Committee members just do what their Senator (in most instances) instructs, and the validity of the Central Committee becomes null and void.”

Wala Blegay: I understand that banning sample ballots creates some constitutional issues but The ballots should include a disclaimer. “This ballot is not an endorsement of the Democratic Party”

Erica Watson Staples: Cheri A. Tyner Wow. If they do this publicly imagine what they’ll do behind closed doors in Annapolis.”

Toyin Fasakin: I totally agree with you. It is deemed a voter manipulation. We know some who won would never support a legislation to ban it but a referendum may be the best option. We need all hands on deck to fight it by starting a PETITION. We are supposed to play fairly and serve the people with integrity but I know politics is a dirty game, sometimes. It is time to get this ugly practice banned once and for all.”

LaTasha Renee Ward: We need the Democratic Central committee for Prince George’s county to take a stand with an open and public hearing on when the official Democratic ballot is issued.”

Erin Brown: I concur! I was appalled when I found that in my door. How in the world can we simultaneously say that we want to educate the electorate but then DUPE them into thinking there is any such thing as an “official Democratic ballot” during a PRIMARY! I don’t like the fact that anyone can play mind games with people in my community.”

Keisha Trotter Nelson: 100% agree the things that I witnessed were extremely embarrassing and shameful. We must do better. Our country deserves better and so do the voters.”

Tommi Makila: There are a couple of fundamental and in my view very serious problems that result from these ballots. First, the end result is that in many cases an inferior candidate ends up winning a race over a better candidate (better as in qualifications, integrity, campaign effort, etc.). And when you have these inferior candidates in office, the quality of our political decision making suffers and we often end up with a public official who is an embarrassment to the community. The second problem is that these sample ballots are the primary foundation that our Democratic political machine is built on. Especially in Prince George’s County most of our new elected officials owe their election to these sample ballots and those incumbent politicians/party bosses who placed them on these ballots. As a result, even well-meaning new elected officials easily become co-opted by the political machine and they end up working more for the people who helped them get elected rather than the voters.”

Michelle Wright:Thank you Wala for leading the charge. Those ballots are truly designed with the intent of deception. Shame on all of you who participate and live life with no integrity and seek the sheer benefit of trickery. You are all benefactors of those that have been identified as folks that can be used. How can and do you feel a victor and proud of yourselves tricking the community. Shame on you! This practice has to stop.”

Daren Hester: I so agree with you Wala. Those fake official ballot were left inside polling locations and in voting booths. My wife saw one in a booth and showed it to an Election Official. Prince George’s County needs campaign reform and I will make sure this happens.”

Amber Waller: I agree with Wala. After being a candidate and exercising firsthand discrimination because of fake ballots, they should be banned.Now after working the polls for a candidate and seeing and hearing the confusion and people using fake ballots to educate themselves when they go inside to vote….A change has to come!!!!!”

Monica Colclough-Roebuck: The sample ballot confuses the voter and manipulates them to think certain candidates are chosen. This pay to play system of politics needs to stop. Voters have got to raise their awareness about who is running and what they are about. Don’t rely on signs or literature being sent home. Our community will continue to be duped until they wake up. The information is out there..we have to empower ourselves and make the best choices for ourselves not because of persuasion or manipulation.”

Donna Goodman: Absolutely Wala!! Even more fustrating, is the belief that “someone” did research on the candidates and found them to be the best selected to represent us! NOT TRUE PEOPLE!!

If this is not a deceptive means, to deliberately steering the election, I don’t know what is. Have you noticed there is NO FAKE BALLOT for Republicans candidates?? Why, the Democratic Establishment spends millions of their donor funds to mass produce this propaganda! Make no mistake about it, the fake ballots have served them well. They actually get the majority of their selected candidates elected. They operate on the notion, we do not read, we will always vote the partyline no matter how horrible they are, Mike Miller fees he can control us better, and if he just tell us what to do, we will do it!

Please wake up people. We can Never get our county headed in the right direction if we keep ourselves beholding to the same establishment that does Nothing for our community! Alsobrooks, Davis, Barnes, Benson All Brought and Paid for by Mike Miller. Why vote for those who have not made changes, especially when they are the only ones benefiting? Why aren’t we able to hear from them until elections? Where was Mike Miller when our children were being abused and molested, Where was Miller when Rushern L. Baker was continuing to back Maxwell as he lied through his teeth on teachers, principals and others? Where was Mike Miller when whistleblowers were fired for reporting the child abuse and molestation on buses and in schools; when procurement fraud, illegal contract awards and sole sourcing of competitive work was taking place? Where would the Dept. Directors, Board Members, Purchasing Director, COO, CEO and General Counsel be today, if Mr Miller gave a darn! Why wasn’t Mike Miller interested in the MBEs that are being illeglly extorted for money or services by Dept Directors, Executives and general counsel? It seems when grade and attendance changes took place and as our children were being pushed out of PGCPS Mr Miller was unavailable? Finally, is anyone able to explain why reporting the crimes and presenting evidence to Baker, Alsobrooks, Benson, Peters and speaking in Annapolis, presented with crickets? Heck No they must go!”

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Activist Richard DeShay Elliott

According to activist Richard DeShay Elliott: Kathleen Matthews, these “sample ballots” are unethical, to say the least. Commit the Maryland Democratic Party to stop the usage of these. Mailing these and distributing them at the polls is voter suppression and interrupts accountable democracy.

Calling these “Official Democratic Party Sample Ballots” is extremely misleading and has been used for a long time to reinforce corruption and machine politics in PG County, Baltimore, and other parts of Maryland.”

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Carmen Skarlupka: I refuse to vote for any Democrat that sent these out and the candidates that condone them.”

Richard DeShay Elliott Brooks Schandelmeier: Note that these are not excuses for using misleading voter information. We can support Dems while saying no to unethical, misleading, and undemocratic tactics (as we should, must, and will)”

Sarahia Benn: Richard DeShay Elliott the same thing was implemented against me but Worse Kathleen Mathews they utilized the local dem. central committee to advocate against me, paid volunteers to say the candidates highlighted were black in POC areas when all the candidates weren’t, and said this was an official Democratic Party ballot, and a long list of infractions and personal attacks in addition. This is why no one trusts the party in Harford County. We have 25k dem registered voters and not even 28% participate because they believe the entire system is rigged! I am still the people’s champ! My supporters and the people in general are beyond upset! They are wondering why, Kathleen Matthews are supporting establishment candidates and stat quo loser candidates that engage in such immoral, divisive, and disgusting tactics and behaviors. And folks wonder why no one supports the party? Or can’t support it any further? #WheresTomPerezAt”

Lindsey Price Walker: As an organizer with The Maryland Democratic Party, I can assure you that we did not pay for this. All of our literature will explicitly say “Paid for by the Maryland Democratic Party”.

Richard DeShay Elliott: Not accusing the MDP of paying for it, but instead because action hasn’t been taken against these when they should be illegal.”

Lindsey Price Walker: I will definitely speak to Kathleen and Stephanie about this. I understand where you’re coming from Richard.”

Richard DeShay Elliott: Lindsey Price Walker I appreciate it. Don’t take it as me blaming the Maryland Democratic Party, but wanting accountability on the ballots and at the polling stations.

My polling place (Bowie City Gym) didn’t have the grey sample ballot that is mailed to each registered voter, but there were multiple people giving away these fake sample ballots outside.”

Alan Hyman: The MD dems didnt pay for them.”

Richard DeShay Elliott: “You can see that candidates paid for them, but the MDP has a responsibility to repudiate them. They’re misleading and unethical”

Richard DeShay Elliott: No. “Official Democratic Party Sample Ballot” is deliberately chosen to mislead voters.

If they wanted to call this the D24 Slate, that’s fine. Faking that people have the party endorsement is unethical and misleading.”

Emily Cooke: I saw a picture of one that had Colvin’s name checked off and said Official Democratic Party sample ballot. That could have been part of what happened to Allison”

Hal Ginsberg: My inclination is to vote against all candidates selected in “Official Democratic” ballots.”

Patricia Lippold: “Even though we supported many of these candidates, these sample ballot slate cards should not be permitted in primaries. It is deceitful and dishonest. Same as using organizational logos on slate pieces that include candidates we do not endorse.”

David Hiles: Election law changes are probably needed to fix this. Join your local Our Revolution chapter and push for an agenda for state and county party reform. Beware of people who say we’ll talk about this after November.”

Jeff Clark: We need the State and all county central committees to come up with guidance for the 2020 primary while it is fresh and folks still have the problem sheets … and there were some good ones that did not call it an official ballot and referenced the “Democratic team” rather than the “party”. For the General, they’ll put out sample ballots and maybe “official’ would be appropriate, if it includes all candidates (NOT dim the R selections too much that they cannot be read). But not make selections for non-partisan positions such as school board. 

And, maybe some legislation can be introduced.”

Edward Johnson: Richard DeShay Elliott, Shelia Ruth and Cecilia Plante and I had a conversation in TWW Balto Area on this issue. We agreed we need a two prong approach. The Central Committees should issue a statement condemning this type of campaigning. This will make it easier to get legislation passed in the next Session of the legislature. The Maryland Legislative Coalition will propose banning this type of campaigning as one of their first pieces of original legislation.”

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Prince George’s County Liquor Board Scandal: Who knew what and when?

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By: Lindsay Watts

 – It’s the biggest corruption scandal to hit Prince George’s County in years. Federal investigators call it Operation Dry Saloon, and it centers on bribery, corruption and liquor. So far, eight people have been convicted, including two former Maryland state delegates.

A whistleblower tells FOX 5 that he came forward years ago with evidence the man at the center of the scandal, David Son, was engaged in illegal activity. He says inaction at the highest levels of the state allowed Son to continue to break the law.

Son, who served for years on the Prince George’s County Liquor Board, orchestrated a cash for votes scheme where liquor store owners paid thousands of dollars to public officials because they wanted a new law passed that would let them sell booze on Sundays. Son was arrested in early 2017.

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Franklin Jackson was chair of the Prince George’s County Liquor Board, working for many years alongside Son.

Franklin Jackson was chair of the Prince George’s County Liquor Board, working for many years alongside Son. He says in early 2014, he found out that months earlier Son held a campaign fundraiser for then-Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. It was who Son invited that caught Jackson’s attention.

“People who own liquor stores, people who were attorneys and represented liquor store owners, and at the fundraiser, David Son actually solicited and collected several thousand dollars on behalf of Anthony Brown’s political campaign,” Jackson told FOX 5.

Campaign finance records show within two day of the fundraiser, thousands of dollars in donations to Brown’s campaign from Prince George’s County bars and liquor stores. A spokesman for Rep. Brown says Brown recalls attending the event and that all donations, expenditures and disclosures from that period “complied with every law and regulation.”

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Congressman Anthony Brown

The law governing the liquor board says employees can’t solicit political donations from licensees or any person or corporation engaged in liquor sales in the county. The state of Maryland governed the liquor board, so Jackson says he first went to State Sen. Doug Peters, the head of the Prince George’s County Senate Delegation. He says Peters already knew of the fundraiser.

“It did not concern him and, in fact, instead of him reporting it to the governor, which is the action that I thought he would take, he actually communicated to David Son that I had expressed these concerns to him,” Jackson said.

Jackson says he then wrote a letter to then-Gov. Martin O’Malley himself, detailing the allegations and providing receipts from the event and campaign finance records. According to the letter, Jackson asked that Son be removed from the board for the alleged illegal behavior.

O’Malley’s former chief of staff, John Griffin, confirmed that the governor’s office received a complaint about Son and investigated. FOX 5 asked what the investigation found, but Griffin cited legal limitations on what can be revealed because “this investigation was a personnel matter.” He pointed out that Son resigned from the liquor board a few months after the complaint was made.

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then-Gov. Martin O’Malley himself

While Son did resign from his position, he did so on his own terms. A resignation letter provided by Jackson says Son wanted to spend more time with his family.

Despite the accusations that he broke the law, Son quickly got another government job as an expert in the law. Son was hired by the Prince George’s County Senate Delegation, which was chaired by Peters. Son assisted with legislation that would allow some Prince George’s County liquor stores to sell on Sundays.

Then just a year after his resignation from the liquor board, Son returned to work there again.

“It was unbelievable to me that they would rehire him,” Jackson said.

Many of the bribes that landed Son and his cohorts in prison centered on that Sunday sales bill and Son’s position on the liquor board. To this day, Jackson says he can’t comprehend why the state never took action.

“All those things point to an indifference to corruption,” Jackson said.

FOX 5 has learned it’s not last call yet for Operation Dry Saloon. An FBI source says the investigation is still ongoing.

FOX 5 requested an interview with Sen. Peters and asked him for his response to the claims made by Jackson.

An emailed statement reads:

“Senator Peters is running against a Trump Administration contractor, so it’s no surprise Fox News would be part of this last minute smear. But the facts are clear – Senator Peters has been a voice for clean government, and always will be no matter how many last minute attacks come from Fox News and Trump Administration contractors.”

A spokesman for the Baltimore Field Office of the FBI is urging anyone with information about this case or any public corruption case to contact investigators at 410-265-8080.

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Senator Douglas JJ Peters

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Two PGCPS teens charged in MS-13 gang-related killing in Maryland, police say

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Lenin Mancias-Callejas (left), Bryan Mancias-Callejas (center) and Francisco Sosa (Photos: Montgomery County Police Department)

Two Hyattsville Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) teens were arrested in the gang-related stabbing of a 19-year-old found dead in the woods, police said.

Brothers Lenin Mancias-Callejas and Bryan Mancias-Callejas, both 16, have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of Herson Mejia-Alvarez, 19, of Riverdale, Prince George’s County police said Wednesday. Police said they are still looking for a third suspect, 18-year-old Francisco Sosa, in connection with the killing.

Officers found Mejia-Alvarez’s body in a wooded area shortly before 1 p.m. May 23 in the 8900 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, police said.

Mejia-Alvarez was killed four days before his body was found in the woods, with cell phone records showing he and the Mancias-Callejas brothers were at an apartment building together before they travelled to an isolated location where Mejia-Alvarez’s body was eventually found, according to charging documents.

The Mancias-Callejas brothers and Sosa are members of MS-13, charging documents state.

The brothers are being held in the county jail without bond. An attorney for the brothers could not be immediately reached for comment.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

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Major Drama after former PGCPS Principal is ordered by the Court – Not Abuse, Not Contact, Not Enter Residence

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Principal Georgette Gregory is accused of an assault, hurling expletives, and yelling at a teacher in the school grounds at Ardmore Elementary School

June 25th, 2018 – Former Principal Georgette Gregory, of Prince George’s County Public School’s (PGCPS) Ardmore Elementary School who was accused on June 12th, 2018 of a deliberate assault on a teacher during recess on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, has been ordered by the court not to abuse and not to enter Residence. Following an assault which was widely reported on social media, former Principal Gregory is accused of beating up a teacher like a stray dog to the dismay of the students until spectators called the police and an ambulance.

According to the information received, following the assault, a hearing was held on June 15th, 2018 in Maryland District Court in Hyattsville. During the hearing, the court issued temporary peace orders instructing Principal Georgette Gregory, “Not Abuse, Not Contact, Not Enter Residence”. The final peace order by the court was issued on June 22nd, 2018 which will remain in force until December 22, 2018. (See below)

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There have been numerous concerns regarding the widespread shenanigans of Prince George’s County administrators. The issues have always been cover-ups and a bandage to the problems rather than addressing the underlying grievances.

Corruption erodes trust in public institutions and democracy, as it: undermines our internal market; hampers foreign investment; costs taxpayers millions; and in many cases, helps organized crime groups carry out their dirty work. This instance and the response of the PGCEA highlight that individuals without a sound education are like society without a sense of direction.

The stark difference between the 84 executives hired by Dr. Maxwell and the 20 executives hired by Former Superintendent Dr. Hornsby raises serious concerns. Dr. Maxwell and his cronies, including the Thatcher Law Firm in Greenbelt, “carry water” and the Union lawyers for the current executives, who have been robbing the County blind. Additionally, there are allegations that some of the attorneys at PGCPS Sasscer have not yet passed the bar, but still get paid to sit around.

Corruption flourishes when someone has monopoly power over a good or service, has the discretion to decide how much you get or whether you get any at all, and where transparency and accountability are lacking. So, to fight corruption, we must reduce monopoly and discretion, and increase transparency in several ways.

Corruption = Monopoly + Discretion – Transparency

Enhancing accountability means many things, and creative leaders use a remarkable variety of methods. One way to improve accountability is to improve the measurement of performance. Leaders can work with their employees and clients to create new systems for measuring the performance of agencies and offices—and then link rewards to results.

Accountability is also increased by inviting outside agencies to audit, monitor, and evaluate.

What about ethics and morality? Successful leaders set a good example. They often create training programs for employees and citizens. The keys are systems that provide better incentives for imperfect humans to perform in the public’s interest—and to avoid corruption.

Subverting Corruption

When corruption has become systemic, it resembles organized crime. It has its own parallel system of recruitment and hierarchy, of rewards and punishments, and of contracts and enforcement. This parallel system contains inherent weaknesses. For example, bribery and extortion are not legal in any country of the world. Therefore, they must be kept (somewhat) secret. The money gained must be hidden. One cannot openly recruit new members. The mechanisms for enforcement are illicit.

How can these corrupt systems be subverted? Obviously we cannot count on members of organized crime to clean themselves. Instead, we must analyze the corrupt systems and ask, “How might they be destabilized?” Who is “we”? It can be a new president and his or her administration, or a new mayor, or a leader of a public enterprise; but it can also be you and me as members of civil society. Around the world, we see new examples of: citizen activism; business groups entering into “integrity pacts”; and intellectuals, journalists, and religious leaders going beyond lectures and sermons to analyze corrupt systems and work together to subvert them.

By asking Rushern Baker III, to solve their Education problems, Prince George’s County and Maryland leaders should know that it’s like telling the hyena to help search for your stray sheep in the forest! Many in the County leadership can not learn a thing. They lack common sense, human dignity, are corrupt or driven by the desire for free cash whose source is unknown!

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