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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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We are Former Baltimore County Executives and Here’s Why We’re Supporting Wes Moore for Governor

By Don Mohler | February 5, 2022 | Comments Off on We are Former Baltimore County Executives and Here’s Why We’re Supporting Wes Moore for Governor

Note: In a recent letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun, former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and I announced our support for Wes Moore to be Maryland’s next Governor. Below is a more detailed explanation of why we feel so strongly about his candidacy. By Jim Smith and Don Mohler As former Baltimore…

Maryland’s Gubernatorial Race is Wide Open

By Don Mohler | January 18, 2022 | Comments Off on Maryland’s Gubernatorial Race is Wide Open

By Don Mohler More than three months ago, I wrote a blog that identified some early warning signs for the gubernatorial campaign of Peter Franchot. To be clear, I am supporting Wes Moore for Governor, and I will be sharing my reasons for that decision in the near future. However, that support does not make…

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

By Don Mohler | January 6, 2022 | Comments Off on One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

By Don Mohler In his documentaries, Ken Burns often reminds us that it is the actual words of those who were present that create the most powerful historical records. With that in mind, this is a special edition of the “Front Porch,” commemorating a horrific day in American history – January 6, 2021. “One of…

Spider-Man: No Way Home and Its Epic Conclusion

By Don Mohler | December 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Spider-Man: No Way Home and Its Epic Conclusion

Noted film and pop culture historian Clint Tsao visits the Front Porch with a holiday movie recommendation. By Clint Tsao Spider-Man: No Way Home not only concludes a trilogy, but it is the culmination of every Spider-Man film. It is the most ambitious Marvel film since Avengers: Endgame. Continuing Spider-Man: Far from Home, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is revealed…

Address School Violence Now: The Clock is Ticking

By Don Mohler | December 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Address School Violence Now: The Clock is Ticking

By Don Mohler In 1955, the nation was horrified by the film “Blackboard Jungle.”  It showed an inner-city school out of control where students terrifying teachers was a daily rite of passage. I saw the film in the early 60s, and I shuddered when Vic Morrow turned to Glenn Ford to say, ”You want to…

King Richard and a Remarkable American Family

By Don Mohler | November 20, 2021 | Comments Off on King Richard and a Remarkable American Family

In this guest commentary, film and pop culture historian Clint Tsao visits the Front Porch to discuss one of the holiday’s most anticipated films, By Clint Tsao Family bonds and destiny are at the heart of King Richard, the true story of a father’s unwavering vision to groom his daughters into world champions and achieve the…

They Should Have Seen It Coming

By Don Mohler | November 4, 2021 | Comments Off on They Should Have Seen It Coming

By Don Mohler Early in the morning on January 20, 2021, Democrats cracked the champagne and joined together in a robust version of “Happy Days are Here Again.”  Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock delivered improbable victories in Georgia, a state that President Biden won by the infamous 11,000 votes just two months earlier. Democrats…

Emotional Farewell in “No Time to Die”

By Don Mohler | October 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Emotional Farewell in “No Time to Die”

Occasionally, noted film and pop culture historian Clint Tsao visits the Front Porch with his latest observations. By Clint Tsao Daniel Craig formally bows out as superspy James Bond in No Time To Die, (directed by Cary Fukunaga), a rousing swan song and consummation of four preceding films. James Bond (Craig) has retired with Madeleine…

An Unsettling Wake-Up Call for Team Franchot

By Don Mohler | October 2, 2021 | Comments Off on An Unsettling Wake-Up Call for Team Franchot

By Don Mohler The race to represent the Democrats in the gubernatorial election next June should pretty much be a done deal. But as so often happens in politics, the voters seem to have other ideas. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot was first elected to the House of Delegates back in 1986, meaning that he has…

Family Bonds in SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

By Don Mohler | September 19, 2021 | Comments Off on Family Bonds in SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

Guest Visit By Clint Tsao An Asian cast and director (Destin Daniel Cretton) begin a new chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the film adaptation of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a rousing, action packed adventure that focuses on family ties and legacy. ‘Shaun’ (Simu Liu) leads a normal life with…

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