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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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Small firms give Maryland C- for business friendliness

Published on July 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Some rankings of Maryland's business climate put it at the bottom of the pack, as the Tax Foundation does. A few put it at the top, as does the U.S. Chamber's #1 rating for innovation and entrepreneurship the governor likes to cite. And it is not unusual for Maryland to rank in the middle of the pack, as it does in a new Thumbtack-Kaufman Foundation survey of business friendliness... Read More

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State Roundup, July 22, 2014

Published on July 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

O’Malley, religious leaders meet to discuss possible solutions to the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children, focus on foster care for those in Maryland and reuniting with families. But Del. Pat McDonough suggests a tent city on the U.S.-Mexico border; groups push for redistricting reform to avoid gerrymandering and deeper political divides; Maryland Health Benefit Exchange failed in public information requests more than 3 in 10 times; venture capital funds in Maryland going to cybersecurity firms; Aris Melissaratos named interim dean of Stevenson U. business school; and Eastern Shore emergency radio system comes on line... Read More

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Rep. Delaney goes his own way, focusing on ‘big ideas’

Published on July 21st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

His Republican opponent may call him a liberal Democrat, but Rep. John Delaney continues to go his own way in Maryland's Democratic Party representing part of Montgomery County and most of western Maryland in the 6th Congressional District. Delaney, who made a personal fortune in running two financial services businesses, was nominated in 2012 over a candidate favored by the Democratic establishment. ... Read More

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State Roundup, July 21, 2014

Published on July 21st, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Baltimore County officials, candidates oppose Catholic Charities’ offer to harbor immigrant children but Gov. O’Malley to meet with religious leaders today on proposal; illegals face one huge hurdle when coming here -- finding a lawyer; proposal to reduce state inspections of health care facilities; SHA begins test runs with porous concrete in effort to control runoff; control advocates say gun laws are working; federal plan to release some drug offenders early could free 600-plus in Maryland; state cuts program mortgage rate to encourage Western Maryland home buying; MVA’s ‘most helpful person’ dies; poll finds most voters don’t know who O’Malley is; O’Malley fund-raising retreat brings in $125,000 for congressional candidates; Baltimore City councilman criticizes Baltimore County exec over Red Line stance; Frederick County council candidates take a wait and see approach to new charter; and Cecil considers capping tax assessment hikes at lower level... Read More

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State Roundup, July 18, 2014

Published on July 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Coalition of groups rally in Annapolis to urge lawmakers to reform the redistricting process, curb gerrymandering; local funding of Red Line becomes a sticking point for some legislators; Catholic Charities considers helping about 50 immigrant children; Dan Rodricks urges O’Malley to pardon, compensate man in wrongful conviction; O’Malley certainly acts like he’s running for president; candidate for delegate seeks reform in how candidates are chosen for Arundel school board; and Carroll County to conduct $125,000 energy audit... Read More

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State Roundup, July 17, 2014

Published on July 17th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

GOP gubernatorial candidate Hogan says he would eliminate state income tax on military pensions; is it possible for Hogan to break through in Montgomery County to garner more than 40% of that vote?; the Tawes clam bake draw thousands, as usual, but thanks to an early primary, politicians aren’t as dominant; the Sun editorial board says it isn’t reassured with promises that the state will repair the problems with the health care exchange website; and recount gives Harman the edge as the GOP nominee to face Kamenetz for Baltimore County exec... Read More

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Photo album: Tawes Crab feast, coolest in memory, had plenty of crabs, shortage of candidates

Published on July 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

It was the coolest Tawes Crab Feast in memory. The political-social event of the summer in Crisfield on the Lower Eastern Shore is usually a scorcher in the 90s, but Wednesday was in the low 80s with cool breezes off the bay and low humidity at least at the outset. There was a peculiar lack of candidates this year, perhaps due to the June 24 primary that eliminated many of them. Here's a photo gallery of some of the folks who did show up. ... Read More

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