As an activist in Howard County, I have observed both State and Local government in action. In Annapolis, I attended several hearings in the Joint Hearing Room. These hearings are unique. The panel consists of leadership from both parties. Senator Kittleman, at the time of my attendance, was the elected Senate Minority Leader. He spoke the Republican rhetoric, ignoring the issue at hand and instead, debating the budget. I did not consider this non-partisan politics under any guise.