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October 2014

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State Roundup, October 24, 2014

Published on October 24th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

As the campaign draws to a close, the Republican Governors Association to spend $500,000 for Hogan TV ads; state Dems play the race card, aim mailing at black voters in Charles, Prince George’s; accusations continue to be thrown by both campaigns; Del. Shawn Tarrant, who narrowly lost primary, to mount write-in campaign against Del. Frank Conaway Jr.; good turnout as early voting kicks off; state health officials say they are prepared to track West African travelers for Ebola; health exchange software contract approval leaves questions unanswered; and in the race for Howard County exec, Watson and Kittleman are children of the county... Read More

Election 2014

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Question 2 permits special elections for county executive vacancies

Published on October 23rd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

A state constitutional amendment to permit local voters to fill a mid-term county executive vacancy snuck up on Marylanders as Question 2 on this year's ballot. The amendment, first proposed by the Montgomery County delegation, got virtually no attention from reporters as it made its way through the legislative process earlier this year. It didn't get all that much attention from legislators either... Read More


Baltimore harbor (by CaDaFelta)

Md. economy lagging, but grows next year, Fed economist predicts

Published on October 23rd, 2014 | by Alexis Webb

Despite “lagging behind the nation,” Maryland’s fiscal forecast appears optimistic, speakers agreed Thursday at the Greater Baltimore Committee Economic Outlook Conference. “Maryland is lagging behind in the nation… but I am optimistic about 2015,” said R. Andrew Bauer, regional economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Office and keynote speaker for the GBC conference... Read More

October 2014

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State Roundup, October 23, 2014

Published on October 23rd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gubernatorial candidates continue to distort each other’s stand on issues; as election day draws near, Republican Governors Association intends to purchase ads for Hogan; both campaigns urge backers to vote early as that process begins today; Libertarian candidate for Attorney General knows he has a tough fight ahead; Del. Conaway pulls down YouTube videos early Wednesday, but they are preserved on another site; Sun backs Kittleman for Howard County executive; Democratic leaders roll out voter protection hotline; and paper trail for health exchange costs prove difficult to come by... Read More


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Baltimore teachers, students rally for $10 million from City Hall for ‘community schools’

Published on October 23rd, 2014 | by Alexis Webb

Hundreds of Baltimore area teachers, parents, and students rallied in Baltimore City Hall Tuesday afternoon to demand support and funding for more inner city community schools. The Baltimore Teachers Union, Maryland Communities United and the Central Labor Council organized rally goers on Holliday Street in hopes of compelling Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore City Council to pledge a financial commitment of $10 million for emerging community schools... Read More

October 2014

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State Roundup, October 22, 2014

Published on October 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

N.J. Gov. Christie stumps for Hogan in Bethesda, assures volunteers a Republican can win in blue Maryland; after errant release of prisoner, Hogan questions Brown’s leadership; big donors are the majority in Maryland congressional races; write-in candidate hopes to best Comptroller Franchot with a “Phukan-A;” Frosh sees his role in Senate as very different from his potential spot as next Attorney General; Del. Frank Conaway publishes raft of YouTube videos; number of voters in Harford inches up; and Democratic leadership rallies against Arundel council candidate Peroutka... Read More


Save Farm Families

New film shows what happens when an environmental group targets a family farm

Published on October 21st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

In 2010, the Waterkeeper Alliance sued Al and Kristin Hudson for keeping a pile of chicken manure outside one of its chicken houses. The suit alleged that bacteria and other pollutants were running off the chicken litter into a ditch that ran into the Franklin Branch of the Pocomoke River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. A new 15-minute documentary tells how the lawsuit affected the Hudsons, who struggle to make a living. ... Read More

Election 2014

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Blue Maryland can go Republican with Hogan, Christie says

Published on October 21st, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie assured Republican volunteers in Bethesda Tuesday morning that a Republican can be elected in a blue state like Maryland. "It can happen," said Christie, who was in town raising money for Larry Hogan, Jr., the Republican nominee for governor. "I'm here to tell you, I'm living proof. And, it can also happen more than once."... Read More

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State Roundup, October 21, 2014

Published on October 21st, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The National Rifle Association throws it support to Hogan for governor, Brown celebrates the news but Hogan says he didn’t ask for it; Hogan meanwhile criticizes the O’Malley administration for delaying the lawsuit over state’s health exchange web site; Hogan says he’ll be more involved in pardon process, will address growing heroin problem; in today’s opinion pieces, Blair Lee outlines Hogan sin (of coming within striking distance of winning) and Josh Kurtz writes about Brown’s difficulty in stirring up needed enthusiasm among a majority of black voters; delegate candidate Jalisi sues three former campaign workers; Republican Pritzker touts independence from the pack in run for attorney general; Brown mum on backing O’Malley for president; and gas prices are dropping... Read More

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