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September 2014

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State Roundup, September 22, 2014

Published on September 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gerrymander Meander takes activists on 225 mile trek through five jurisdictions; the Ray Rice controversy is just one reason why some federal legislators want to strip the NFL of its tax-exempt status; groups seek transportation fund lockbox; Hogan pulls Brown ad that uses Disney’s Pinocchio cartoon; Hillary Clinton to fund-raise for Brown; District 12 race draws conservatives from the Baltimore County portion of the district; Attorney General Gansler, Wicomico sheriff at odds over state gun laws, federal gun rights; Sen. Brinkley seeks hearing on Sunday hunting after horse groups voice safety concern; Arundel girds itself to deal with rise in opiate overdoses; Montgomery County to review policy of complying with all requests from federal immigration authorities to detain prisoners; and does Baltimore City make its leaders ill... Read More


Commentary

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Rascovar: Brown goes negative on Hogan, and vice versa

Published on September 21st, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

So much for a positive, uplifting campaign for Maryland governor. Both candidates already are down in the gutter hurling mud balls at each other. Anthony Brown is by far the worse offender, which is curious. His opponent, Republican Larry Hogan Jr., isn't helping matters with his ad excoriating Brown for his weak leadership and incompetence during the botched health exchange rollout... Read More


September 2014

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State Roundup, September 19, 2014

Published on September 19th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

225 mile trek to highlight gerrymandering in Maryland kicks off today; Judiciary committee pushes for more collaboration in civil disputes; coalition urges Exelon-Pepco merger to be tied to Pepco improvements; for Sen. Frosh it’s the right year, wrong document to celebrate; Sen. Young scores 100% from consumer group; Montgomery Dems back transportation fund “lockbox;” Hogan-Brown race get hotter with name-calling, and website punches and sleights; in Anne Arundel exec race, Johnson knocks Schuh; 15 seek to fill empty seat on Baltimore City Council; Sparrows Point future brightens; and some in Maryland Congressional delegation urges Obama not to escalate to ground war against ... Read More


News

Runners running

Running for redistricting reform: 225-mile gerrymander meander

Published on September 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Over the rivers and through the woods, two dozen runners and bikers will start a 3-day super marathon Friday morning to traverse the 225-mile perimeter of Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, the second most gerrymandered seat in the country. The "gerrymander meander" is organized by Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and the Annapolis section of the National Council of Jewish Women to encourage Maryland to reform its highly partisan process of congressional redistricting... Read More


September 2014

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State Roundup, September 18, 2014

Published on September 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State says it has resettled more than 2,800 immigrant children, launches website to help them further; law prof who is teaching state public defenders to better serve poor clients wins MacArthur grant; Lt. Gov. Brown urges state to balance need to meet minority contracting goals and getting best deal; Montgomery GOP out thumping the tub to create two-party rule; Gov. Christie helps bring in $400,000 for Hogan campaign; Hogan now demanding probe into rival’s relationship with PAC; state GOP admits it used Ravens logo without permission; and Prince George’s exec seeks to extend term limits... Read More


Commentary

Open for business sign by opensourceway on flickr

Ideas for improving Maryland for small business

Published on September 17th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

A commission is examining Maryland's business climate. Its chairman, Norman Augustine, former chairman of Lockheed Martin, spoke to a Maryland Chamber of Commerce meeting last Friday, asking for additional feedback. Here are the views of one out-of-state firm that surveyed small business in Maryland and across the country about improving the way state and local governments treat business. ... Read More


September 2014

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State Roundup, September 17, 2014

Published on September 17th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The state intends to limit consumer access to the new health exchange when it rolls out in November in an attempt to be able to easily fix problems that might pop up; athletes to run the 3rd Congressional District to call attention to gerrymandering; Maryland Public Policy Institute, consumer advocacy group rate the session, legislators; new Brown ad attacks Hogan on abortion, gun control; O’Malley to head across the pond to meet with like-minded wonks over CitiStat; U.S. Sen. Cardin resurrects federal anti-profiling proposal; Frederick candidates debate stormwater fee; Howard hopeful Watson touts platform on aging issues; and sponsor of Montgomery public campaign financing bill challenges amendment... Read More


General Assembly

State House as sun sets

Md. legislators get high marks from consumer group — but not GOP

Published on September 16th, 2014 | by Meg Tully

A consumer advocacy group is giving state lawmakers high scores for passing laws in the 2014 General Assembly session that raise the minimum wage and reduce the impact of foreclosures. The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, a nonprofit whose mission includes advancing fairness and justice for consumers, also released four-year scores that depicted state lawmakers as generally favorable to consumer issues. Only nine of 47 senators and 46 of 141 delegates got four-year scores lower than 80%... Read More


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