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The President and CEO of Mohler Communication Strategies Don Mohler recently completed his term as Baltimore County Executive, serving as the Chief Executive of the third largest county in Maryland, a county that is larger than four states, representing over 830,000 residents, 21,000 businesses with a $3.15 billion operating and $700 million capital budget. Don spent his entire career in public service.  He began as a respected teacher, principal and central office administrator, including the responsibility of Assistant Superintendent for Communications and Community Outreach. Don served as a key advisor to four superintendents. Using the skills and lessons learned in the public education arena, Don then served as Communications Director and Chief of Staff to Baltimore County Executives Jim Smith and Kevin Kamenetz. He provided operational assistance by managing special projects and public events, reporting directly to the Baltimore County Executive, while managing access to the Executive. Don managed the organization’s internal and external communications, with an expertise in the area of crisis communication.

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The Trail

By Don Mohler | January 25, 2023 | Comments Off on The Trail

Editor’s Note: Last week following the inauguration of Maryland Governor Westley Watende Omari Moore, Damian O’Doherty, founding partner of KO Public Affairs, stopped by the “Front Porch” to reflect on the moment. It was a heartwarming discussion. By Damian O’Doherty I took this photo when James Moore first saw his dad’s first campaign ad. Nearby,…

They Make the Same Mistake Every Single Time

By Don Mohler | January 13, 2023 | Comments Off on They Make the Same Mistake Every Single Time

By Don Mohler When crooning about love, The Everly Brothers (under 50, it’s Google time again) reminded us that, “She always breaks my heart in two. It happens every time.” With apologies to Phil and Don, when it comes to crisis management, we could write our own song about those in power, “They always screw…

They Didn’t Learn a Thing

By Don Mohler | December 10, 2022 | Comments Off on They Didn’t Learn a Thing

They Didn’t Learn a Thing By Don Mohler As a little boy, my family’s small apartment on Garden Ridge Road would be filled with excitement and wonder when Rhea and JP (WBAL’s weather gurus—yes, one was indeed a puppet) would predict that a large winter storm was bearing down on Maryland and likely to dump…

The Uncle Bobby Rule

By Don Mohler | November 12, 2022 | Comments Off on The Uncle Bobby Rule

By Don Mohler So, let’s start today’s episode of “What the hell just happened,” with Uncle Bobby. Who’s that you say? I promise that if you stick with it until the end, it just might make some sense. But first, a little background on my uncle: Robert P. Scruggs grew up on Route 175 in…

Making Sense Out of the Nonsensible

By Don Mohler | October 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Making Sense Out of the Nonsensible

By Don Mohler Democrats often make the mistake of failing to talk like real people talk. They embark upon wonky policy discussions that voters hear in the same way that Charlie Brown and his pals heard their teacher, “Wah wah woh wah wah.” So as we sprint to the finish line, I have a few…

The Canary in the Coal Mine

By Don Mohler | September 8, 2022 | Comments Off on The Canary in the Coal Mine

By Don Mohler As we sprint toward November 8, 2022, there will no shortage of analysis or visits to The Front Porch regarding what is about to transpire. That journey begins today. In his book, Why We’re Polarized, Ezra Klein wrote, “We are so locked into our political identities that there is virtually no candidate,…

They Told Us What Would Happen

By Don Mohler | June 24, 2022 | Comments Off on They Told Us What Would Happen

By Don Mohler At 10:00 A.M. on June 24, 2022 in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned 50 years of established law and obliterated a woman’s right to choose. Millions of Americans reacted with shock, outrage, and despair. They screamed, “What the hell just happened?” Unfortunately, we are what just…

Dads Come in All Shapes and Sizes

By Don Mohler | June 19, 2022 | Comments Off on Dads Come in All Shapes and Sizes

By Don Mohler Note: This blog is republished annually on Father’s Day weekend.  It was originally published on June 15, 2019 and is meant to be a reminder that dads, and families, do indeed come in all shapes and sizes.  “Thanks mom.”  Yep, that’s right. Thanks mom. I know it’s Father’s Day, but sorry dads.…

Triumphant Sequel in TOP GUN: MAVERICK

By Don Mohler | June 2, 2022 | Comments Off on Triumphant Sequel in TOP GUN: MAVERICK

Occasionally, noted film and pop culture historian Clint Tsao visits the Front Porch with his latest observations.  By Clint Tsao Nearly unprecedented for a direct film sequel after 36 years, Top Gun: Maverick is an excellent, rousing follow-up to Top Gun and features Tom Cruise in top form. Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) is now a test pilot when he…

It’s Pedal to the Metal Time

By Don Mohler | May 23, 2022 | Comments Off on It’s Pedal to the Metal Time

By Don Mohler The political arena is not unlike the sporting world. More often than not, who has the momentum matters. In the NFL, pundits tend to view the season in chunks of time. Common wisdom says that you get a pretty good sense of who is up and who is down in four-game intervals.…

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