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August 2014

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State Roundup, August 20, 2014

Published on August 20th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The O’Malley administration says its rebuilt health website will be ready by November; audit finds state social services agencies failed to monitor local agencies involved with fostering children; positive economic impact of starting school later called into question; gubernatorial hopeful Hogan expands tax-free pension plan to all retirees; UM to guarantee athletic scholarships; O’Malley asks Congress not to cut Social Security; and Young and Gardner face off in Frederick County exec candidate forum... Read More

August 2014

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State Roundup, August 19, 2014

Published on August 19th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Fracking report says procedure could impact air quality, burden health care system Washington County leads state in solar energy production capacity; Maryland lost 9,000 jobs in June; court orders Nordstrom subsidiary to pay state back taxes; U.S. Rep. Harris seeks to lead Republican policy making committee; no one is talking about it, but WYPR-FM may unionize; Hogan hires fund-raiser fired from national party after controversial event; and Hogan continues to raise money to retire primary debt... Read More

August 2014

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State Roundup, August 18, 2014

Published on August 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Local jurisdiction likely will foot some of the costs of providing attorneys at initial bail hearings; average of 4.5 police SWAT raids daily in Maryland; former Del. Mary Conroy dies at 82; gubernatorial candidates criticize each other’s possible administration, as ice buckets abound; gov candidate Hogan beats drum for arcade business owners over new regulations; three Democratic county execs finally come out for Brown; O’Malley speaks in Mississippi, New Hampshire; Neverdon misses the mark on signatures in run for Baltimore City state’s attorney; group forms PAC to fight secessionist Peroutka’s run in Anne Arundel; and services for George Manis this morning... Read More

Election 2014

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Rascovar column: GOP has a Peroutka problem

Published on August 17th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Just what the Maryland Republican Party didn't need -- a theocratic, paleo-conservative candidate who has renounced the General Assembly as ungodly and is deeply involved in a group advocating a white, Christian nation of the South. Worst of all for the Maryland GOP, this 61-year-old, Bible-spouting secessionist with a bizarre view of government is the favorite to win the November election in Anne Arundel County's Broadneck Peninsula-Severna Park-Arnold councilmanic district... Read More

Election 2014

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Prominent Dems set up StopPeroutka.com PAC and website

Published on August 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Anne Arundel County Council member Jamie Benoit and a prominent Democratic lawyer have launched a political action committee and website called StopPeroutka.com "dedicated to educating voters on the theocratic policies and bigoted national network of Michael Peroutka," a Republican running for Anne Arundel County Council in District ... Read More

August 2014

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State Roundup, August 15, 2014

Published on August 15th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Environmental groups urge Sen. Mikulski to remove language that could kill Somerset County wind project; Franchot kicks off post-Labor Day school initiative in Ocean City; pension officials says recent reforms put state plan on more sound footing; judge green lights blind voter lawsuit; District 1B delegate candidates attend labor forum; former District 12 candidate Brian Bailey sentenced for failing to put authority line on campaign literature; pundits roll out the advice for Hogan, Brown; and O’Malley pops up, then out at MACo. ... Read More

Audits and Accountability

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Md. treasurer, auditors continue wrangling over how to handle worker compensation insurance

Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Auditors have found continuing problems with how the Maryland State Treasurer’s Office handles workers compensation insurance payments and claims for state employees amounting to $268 million over the past three years. Treasurer Nancy Kopp said it's up to the legislature and the Board of Public Works to make some of the changes auditors want. ... Read More

August 2014

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State Roundup, August 14, 2014

Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

BPW OKs $16 billion in state health contracts, covering 200,000 employees, retirees and families; more counties seeing opioid abuse as dual health and safety issues; lawsuit over providing online voting for blind and disabled voters goes to court; Post editorial board urges end to state tax holiday; after 12 years of backing Republicans, Maryland Fraternal Order of Police backs Brown for governor; and while minorities are a majority in Montgomery, leadership is majority white... Read More

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