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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

August 2014

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State Roundup, August 25, 2014

Published on August 25th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Unaccompanied immigrant minors present educational challenge to local schools; new Common Core-aligned testing to prove harder than earlier ones; Open Meeting Compliance Board rejects, delays support of proposals to change legislation regarding meetings by public bodies; state reveals firing -- two-years ago -- of high-ranking official with a $774,000 conflict of interest; Housing chief Raymond Skinner to retire; group challenges 15,000 names on voter rolls in both Virginia and Maryland; long delays at BWI’s Southwestern hub; Arundel police take in lots of surplus military vehicles, weapons; cold water thrown on politicians participating in ice bucket challenges; Hogan asks stations to yank latest Brown attack ad; Robert Flanagan, former Transportation secretary, runs for Howard delegate; Baltimore City casino ready to open; fact-checking in race for Frederick County executive; Michael Anthony Peroutka explains why he is running for Arundel Council; and Seat Pleasant mayor, ousted from his physical office, pitches a tent... Read More

Election 2014

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Rascovar column: Brown, Hogan lack truth in campaigning

Published on August 24th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Do Maryland’s gubernatorial candidates in the November election take voters for fools? Do they really think they can con the electorate with promises of vast spending programs (Democrat Anthony Brown) eclipsing $1 billion a year or sweeping tax cuts and givebacks (Republican Larry Hogan Jr.) also topping ten figures? What’s lacking from each nominee is truth in campaigning. The only thing in doubt is which nominee is being more deceptive with voters... Read More

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GOP poll shows tight race for governor: Brown 45, Hogan 42

Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland Republican Party released a poll Friday on the race for governor showing Democrat Anthony Brown at 45% and Republican Larry Hogan at 42%. There's been a lot of chatter recently about internal polls showing the race tightening to single digits. But this is the first publicly released poll that includes breakdowns and methodology. Admittedly it is a partisan poll done by Republican pollster Wes Anderson, a national pollster who happens to live in Anne Arundel County. Political science professor Todd Eberly also analyzes the poll. ... Read More

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State Roundup, August 22, 2014

Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Maryland’s recent ban on the sale of grain alcohol was intended to stop binge drinking on campus. But it has also made life more difficult for two types of businesses; fracking task force hopes to issue its report by year’s end; voters will get the opportunity to approve a transportation fund “lockbox” constitutional amendment; the union for Arundel County Police is sending money to help defend the Missouri officer who killed Michael Brown; Senate Prez Miller says no to expanding number of committees; number of English non-speakers rises in Talbot schools; Towson University President Loeschke takes leave of absence; Sun wants to draft Freeman Hrabowski for university chancellor; Anne Arundel schools switch suspension policy focus to one of rewarding good behavior; and Howard group seeks reforms in referendum system... Read More

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Gun Wars: More gun suicides than murders in U.S., about even in Md.

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one. A national analysis of 2012 data found 18,602 firearm suicides in 44 states compared with about 9,655 firearm homicides in 49 states. That means at least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides. In Maryland, the numbers appear to be about even based on incomplete data. ... Read More

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