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July 2014

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State Roundup, July 29, 2014

Published on July 29th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. O’Malley, religious leaders seek foster families for immigrant children, seeking homes for as many as 2,000. A Baltimore County Council candidate says she supports accepting 50 in Timonium; two freight railroad companies seek to stop Maryland Department of the Environment from disclosing crude oil shipment information; state pension officials tout 14.37% return after setting expectation at 7.7%; state, Frederick County officials agree to wait on sale of life care facilities; state pre-K grant could help 100 Washington County toddlers; Annapolis Housing Board creates emeritus post for Carl Snowden after mayor refuses to reappoint him; and minority contractor advocate Arnold Jolivet has died. ... Read More

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Blowback on Rascovar column was fierce; Bongino calls for boycott of Maryland Reporter

Published on July 28th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The blowback from Barry Rascovar's column accusing Republicans of being anti-immigrant was fast and furious Monday and congressional candidate Dan Bongino urged a boycott of MarylandReporter.com unless the column was taken down. At the urging of Bongino and others, about a dozen people asked to have the column removed, as well as demanding a retraction and an apology... Read More

July 2014

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State Roundup, July 28, 2014

Published on July 28th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

As federal stats find that many immigrant children end up in D.C. area, Gov. O’Malley stands firm on helping children who are “fleeing death;” Sen. Pugh writes about problem of sending Maryland’s troubled youth to out-of-state facilities; SSA fails to provide fuller accounting of problems with computer system; pension fund earns 14% return; Del. Morhaim, advocate for medical marijuana, criticizes regulations that could stop docs from participating; Arundel County Council candidate draws fire from state GOP for secessionist leanings as many distance themselves; U.S. Sen. Mikulski seeks truth in crab labeling; U.S. Rep. Delaney says Annapolis ignores Western Maryland; GOP gubernatorial candidate Hogan goes to the fair; and GOP opponent to Baltimore County executive seeks more transparency... Read More


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Maryland pension fund earns 14%, now valued at $45 billion

Published on July 28th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland's pension system for state employees and teachers had another strong investment performance for the fiscal year which ended June 30 earning 14.37%, bringing the value of the portfolio to $45.4 billion, a gain of more than $5 billion. It was the second year in a row of strong performance due to sharp upturns in stocks, according to Chief Investment Officer Melissa Moye. The fund exceeded its target of 7.7% and its market benchmark of 14.16% -- what its basket of assets would have been expected to earn... Read More


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Rascovar column: Immigration quandary for the GOP

Published on July 27th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Opinionator Barry Rascovar takes Republicans to task for their opposition to housing immigrant children in Maryland. It seems they don’t want anyone entering this country unless the immigrants are Anglo-Saxon Christians who believe the “G” in GOP stands for God... Read More

July 2014

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State Roundup, July 25, 2014

Published on July 25th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State officials say agencies must do more to flag financial problems at groups homes; inter-government squabble may have played role in approval of wetland permit for Cove Point gas export facility; Frederick sheriff briefs county leaders on border visit, says “full deployment of military” needed; O’Malley says heroin death are on the rise; U.S. Rep. Harris’ “D.C. constituents” crowd his office with complaints; 3rd complaint filed against gubernatorial candidate Hogan over Change Maryland finances; secessionist candidate for Arundel council draws attention of gubernatorial hopefuls; and Frederick County unity event disrupted by GOP exec candidate ... Read More


Washington beltway

Commentary: Delaney’s infrastructure bill doesn’t hold up to scrutiny

Published on July 24th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

UMBC Professor Roy Meyers takes issue with Rep. John Delaney's proposed “Partnership to Build America Act”--a bill that would allow U.S. corporations to avoid taxes when they repatriate profits that are now booked overseas, if they purchase bonds that would be used to build infrastructure. He’s received plenty of favorable media mentions on this bill, but as a budget and policy expert, Meyers believes those reviews are far too generous. The rhetoric supporting the bill is attractive, but it distracts attention from the bill’s complexities... Read More

July 2014

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State Roundup, July 24, 2014

Published on July 24th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

While Larry Hogan blames O’Malley-Brown for Beretta move, the Sun editorial board digs up an article from the Nashville Business Journal that outlines all the incentives that Tennessee offered to the gunmaker; BPW approves a natural gas export facility despite residents’ objections in a long meeting that put the governor’s patience, ability to stay awake to the test; BPW also approves BWI expansion for more international flights; opinionmakers are seeing the immigration crisis as a humanitarian one; first Brown-Hogan faceoff set for next month; anti-smoking advocates set sights on tax hike after election victories; Ulman gets the OK to give charities campaign donations from indicted executive; NAACP to hold annual convention in Baltimore; Kittleman hits the airwaves in race for Howard County exec; and Prince George’s extends term limits to three terms... Read More

Election 2014

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SEIU union played attack role in June primary

Published on July 23rd, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a rapidly expanding and politically prominent labor union who endorsed more than 80 for state office. Most were incumbent Democrats, and most won. Its sometimes brutal mailers and the union's presence have permeated recent Maryland election cycles. While the candidates who enjoy an SEIU endorsement consider it a boon for their campaigns, other contenders consider themselves targets, and have derided the SEIU's tactics as purely nasty... Read More

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State Roundup, July 23, 2014

Published on July 23rd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Citing Maryland’s new tough gun laws, Beretta announces move of manufacturing arm to Tennessee, while corporate HQ will remain; meanwhile, the state defends the assault-style weapons, magazine ban in court; Mikulski to introduce spending bill to deal with flow of immigrant children; Sheriff Jenkins returns from border to talk about the situation; state to offer health coverage for gender-reassignment surgery; low voter turnout catches the attention of NAACP, Montgomery County as Cardin teams with Rand over ex-con voting rights; Sen. Hershey told to stop with the chocolate campaign signs; passenger in Dwyer boating accident drops one suit, still sues the delegate; and Arundel councilman again pledges to donate salary if re-elected... Read More

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