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‘Like’ doesn’t mean like, and a ‘friend’ is not a real friend

Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

"Like" doesn't necessarily mean like, and a "friend" isn't necessarily a real friend -- on Facebook at least. And a "follower" on Twitter certainly doesn't mean a disciple. Explaining how journalists use social media seemed like a good idea after a close friend exclaimed that I had "taken sides" when I "liked" a page for a candidate she was working to defeat. And then another reader was incensed when a newspaper's Facebook page "liked" the Facebook pages of a whole bunch of Democratic officials... Read More


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Rascovar column: Is Baltimore’s Horseshoe casino a ringer?

Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Horseshoe casino isn't the answer to Baltimore's woes. But proceeds from the casino will help Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake slowly lower sky-high property taxes, make infrastructure improvements and eventually pour millions it now doesn't have into community upgrades... Read More

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State Roundup, August 29, 2014

Published on August 29th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

“Cookie” Harris, anti-abortion activist, wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, dies at 58; new EPA rule to give federal agency authority over 19,000 miles of Maryland streams; state election board reports 164 more voter violations; gubernatorial primary cost candidates $35 per voter; 2nd gubernatorial candidates’ debate set; rail transfer facility dropped in Baltimore; Libertarian from Dundalk running for attorney general; several democratic candidates dip into personal funds to pay for expensive campaigns, without much success; Neuman-Schuh county exec primary proved most expensive in Arundel County history; and three Maryland suburban school systems earn high marks... Read More

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State Roundup, August 28, 2014

Published on August 28th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Casino impact funds won't go to communities; state needs more transparency in records; gubernatorial campaigns spent almost $25 million; Kittleman outraised Watson, but she still has cash advantage; self-funding campaigns didn't work so well in Montgomery County; environmental lawsuit filed over Purple Line; Pritzker runs against Frosh, Campbell against Franchot; more FBI employees live in Maryland; mailer sues Bongino over debt; EPA proposes more authority over Maryland streams; and Prince George's exec flying to China... Read More


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Restoring the bay also means recognizing what we can’t control

Published on August 27th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Careful plans for restoring the Chesapeake and its rivers to health are good. They would be better, writes Tom Horton, if we recognized and planned for the things we know we can’t control. Horton has written extensively about the Chesapeake and the environment... Read More

August 2014

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State Roundup, August 27, 2014

Published on August 27th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

GOP gubernatorial candidate Hogan gets a bump in the money race following payment from public financing fund; federal auditors subpoena documents from lead contractor in health exchange; Physicians, patients, advocates and potential growers are criticizing the commission tasked with creating regulations for medical marijuana industry; Baltimore City’s Horseshoe Casino opens; Virginia seeks probes into 17 people it says voted in both Virginia and Maryland in 2012 presidential election; last day of testimony in online balloting suit brought against state by National Federation of the Blind; in county executives’ money races it’s Young over Gardner, Kamenetz over Harman and Schuh over Johnson; and African-American officers stunned by Arundel police union donation to Ferguson cop... Read More

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Guest commentary response: Fallacies galore in DeMarco’s defense of firearms act

Published on August 26th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

G.K. Chesterton once said fallacies do not cease to be fallacies simply because they become fashion. This describes Vinny DeMarco's utterly unoriginal and fallacy laden piece, defending the Firearms Safety Act of 2013. DeMarco thinks if he merely adds the phrase "saves lives" to the end of his assertions that by some alchemy they become fact. ... Read More

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Update: Howard Co. Democrats attack Kittleman record

Published on August 26th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Howard County Democrats have launched a website attacking the record of Republican state Sen. Allan Kittleman, who is running a competitive race for county executive against Democratic County Council member Courtney Watson. KittlemanFacts.com challenges Kittleman's positions that put him at odds on issues that have strong appeal to Democratic voters -- school funding, abortion, environmental policy, gun control and the minimum wage. ... Read More

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State Roundup, August 26, 2014

Published on August 26th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Launch of revamped health care exchange may be phased in; a more formal approach for early education; Baltimore City’s Horseshoe Casino gets OK to open tonight; city plans to divert millions to move steam pipe, but the road that its under belongs to Horseshoe Casino; Veep Biden to host luncheon for gubernatorial candidate Brown; Del. Mitchell won’t run for Baltimore City Council; and O’Malley sends campaign staffers to states with competitive races... Read More

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Guest commentary: Md. firearms law is saving lives

Published on August 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence, asked to respond to last week's series on Gun Wars because he felt it did not fully describe the progress made by the Firearms Safety Act passed last year. He says the law is already saving lives and should be a model for other states. ... Read More

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