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Mooney, Bartlett rank last in effectiveness in survey

January 14, 2002

Mooney, Bartlett rank last in effectiveness in survey



ANNAPOLIS - The Annapolis establishment was buzzing last week about an "insiders" survey conducted by a weekly newspaper to gauge the effectiveness of each of the state's lawmakers.

Washington County lawmakers, with the exception of the delegation's two Democrats, fared poorly.

Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, and Del. Joseph R. Bartlett, R-Frederick/Washington, were ranked last among their peers.

Bartlett said he wasn't worried about the survey, which some called a "witch hunt."

"When I get a call from a constituent who is concerned I'm at the bottom of an Annapolis establishment list, then I'll be concerned," Bartlett said.

Here are the rest of the rankings:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Del. Sue Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington, was 16th of 138

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, 59th of 138

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, 112th of 138.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, 113th of 138

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Del. Louise V. Snodgrass, 123rd of 138

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, 35th of 47

The newspaper, in a caveat, cautioned that the poll was not scientific and was conducted "for fun and to spark debate."

ANNAPOLIS - Political junkies following the various state races this year can see who has filed for office by logging onto the Internet.

Candidate filings are posted on the Maryland Board of Elections Web site, www.elections.state.md.us. Click on "Current Election" and then click on "candidates."

Election Managment Division Director Donna Duncan said the Maryland Board of Elections Web site was recently judged second-best in the country behind California.

ANNAPOLIS - Del. Sue Hecht is looking into her legal rights now that a conservative group told her it would cost "thousands" of dollars to buy back the rights to her Internet domain name.

Gen-X Strategies of Alexandria, Va., bought the rights to www.suehecht.com, www.suehecht.org and www.suehecht.net.

Gen-X Strategies Chief Executive Officer Jeff Frederick said his company, which develops Web sites for conservative candidates, is trying to discourage Hecht from running for office.

But Hecht, who ended up buying several other variations of her name, including www.suehechtforsenate.com, is worried that Gen-X might publish lies about her on the site.

"I have big concerns. I don't imagine they're going to put up nice things about me," said Hecht, D-Frederick/Washington.

Frederick said he has no plans to use the domain names, but hasn't ruled it out for the future.

Hecht is welcome to challenge Gen-X's purchase, but it would be a waste of time, Frederick said.

Even the president of the United States hasn't been able to stop the owners of gwbush.com from using the site for a parody.

ANNAPOLIS - Sen. Donald F. Munson and other members of his budget committee scolded state officials last week for spending millions on computer technology that never worked.

"If we had all the money we wasted on information technology in the past 10 years, we probably wouldn't be facing fiscal crisis," said Munson, R-Washington.

Maryland Department of Budget and Management officials told the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee they are working on a plan to correct the mistakes and improve the system.

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