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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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A Letter for Brooks

By Don Mohler | September 28, 2023 | Comments Off on A Letter for Brooks

By Don Mohler Dear Adley, Gunnar, and you too, Jackson, It’s been 48 hours since we lost a giant, Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr. As you guys know, Brooksie was the greatest Oriole of all time, and the greatest third baseman in baseball history. You met Brooks. You saw firsthand what kind of man he was.…

The Rule of Law

By Don Mohler | July 25, 2023 | Comments Off on The Rule of Law

By Don Mohler As the world continues to spin out of control, Donald J. Trump is about to be indicted for a third time. “One, two, three strikes you’re out,” unless of course you are the leader of one of the most loyal and passionate cults ever created. In that case, you just keep blathering…

Dads Come In All Shapes and Sizes

By Don Mohler | June 17, 2023 | 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.…

Donkey Versus Elephant, Volume 1

By Don Mohler | May 7, 2023 | Comments Off on Donkey Versus Elephant, Volume 1

By Don Mohler American Presidential elections take far too long. I did not need Pew Research to tell me that voters are exhausted by the process, but they did. The 2020 election cycle took 1194 days from start to finish. You read that correctly. The campaign season lasted roughly 40 months. That is insane, but…

Notes and Quotes

By Don Mohler | March 27, 2023 | Comments Off on Notes and Quotes

By Don Mohler The battle for the soul of our nation continues.  Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor Greene continue to try to rewrite the history of January 6, 2020. The Celebrity Ex-President threatens violence on a regular basis, and a major Republican candidate for President called the invasion of a sovereign power a “territorial dispute.”…

Enough Already

By Don Mohler | February 8, 2023 | Comments Off on Enough Already

By Don Mohler I had just gotten home from dinner with good friends when I settled in to watch President Biden deliver his State of the Union Address. I should have stuck with the Terp game. It began in a very upbeat, positive, and bipartisan manner.  The President congratulated Kevin McCarthy on being elected Speaker…

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…

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