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Bob McDonnell, Maureen McDonnell

Rascovar: Bob McDonnell could have learned from Marvin Mandel

Published on September 14th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

You've got to pity Bob McDonnell, former Virginia governor and recently convicted felon. He never learned from the political-corruption history of Virginia's neighbor to the north, Maryland. Had McDonnell familiarized himself with the trials and legal tribulations of Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel (1969-1978), he might have avoided the ethics lapses and quid pro quo exchanges of gifts and cash that did in McDonnell and his wife, Maureen... Read More

September 2014

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State Roundup, September 12, 2014

Published on September 12th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

O’Malley urges Hispanic Bar members to help represent immigrant children; developers take aim at DBED for ignoring them; slots revenue has been helping state’s horse racing industry; Frederick police save woman’s life with new OD drug; U.S. senators seek zero tolerance for domestic violence policy from NFL; Washington County political forums to help introduce public to local races; in Howard County exec race forum, Kittleman blasts Watson over mailers; Arundel exec race must look toward social, new media; Young says he’ll give up businesses if elected as Frederick County exec; and O’Malleys search for new Baltimore City home... Read More

Election 2014

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Kittleman counterattacks in Howard County exec race

Published on September 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

It was no more Mr. Nice Guy for Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman in the first formal debate for Howard County executive with Democratic County Council member Courtney Watson. "You've been receiving a lot of trash," the usually mild-mannered Kittleman loudly charged Thursday in his opening statement before a Chamber of Commerce audience. He was waving a mailer from the Team Howard slate supporting Watson that he said "deceive and distort my record." Watson gave as good as she got, saying "you should be judged on your record" and defending the mailers... Read More

September 2014

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State Roundup, September 11, 2014

Published on September 11th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

U.S. Rep. Harris drops bid to lead GOP Study Committee; proposals to change Maryland’s business climate include privatizing programs in DBED; O’Malley meets with panel formed to improve training of first responders dealing with those intellectual disabilities; former Gov. Hughes’ grandson charged in heroin ring; Caesars’ financial problems were ignored; Hogan says he’ll aggressively seek African-American votes; Democrats file formal complaint over Hogan’s campaign bus; President Obama expected at Fort McHenry tomorrow; and Prince George’s Baker works to forge local ties with China... Read More

September 2014

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State Roundup, September 10, 2014

Published on September 10th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

While key points are still unresolved, state panel moves forward with medical marijuana management; state’s new move-over law encompassing tow trucks takes effect Oct. 1; despite a burning hot Horseshoe casino, owner Caesars continues to fiddle with financial problems; Cecil County, state at odds over land use maps; gubernatorial candidate Brown forms business panel; DGA to buy ads for Brown campaign; Dems say Hogan not paying full fare for bus; Neverdon loses again in fight to gain ballot spot; and Montgomery County Council poised to pass Styrofoam ban... Read More


Call center

Attorneys general ask feds for help in blocking illegal telemarketing

Published on September 9th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

On Tuesday, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and 33 other state attorneys general from around the nation wrote to the Federal Communications Commission asking it to clarify the federal law that the phone companies say prohibit them from using technology to block illegal telemarketing... Read More

September 2014

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State Roundup, September 9, 2014

Published on September 9th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. O’Malley, President Obama and others react to latest video, firing of Raven Ray Rice; gubernatorial candidate Hogan says rival Brown’s relationship to Super PAC is so cozy it’s illegal; Maryland, PA lawmakers spar over cleanup of Chesapeake Bay; Senate President Miller’s ‘clear choice’ to head Senate Judicial Proceedings panel isn’t necessarily that clear; Hogan upbeat about campaign chances; Red Maryland claims bias in Herald-Mail coverage of Bongino, Delaney; Prince George’s Council raise proposal raises eyebrows; more Washington County school buses to get traffic cams; and Baltimore: The city of slogans... Read More


Gavel by FaderUri

Analysis: Md. appeals court issues union-busting opinion in PG case

Published on September 8th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Last week, a court in Maryland (that’s right: Maryland) published an opinion which could become an epitaph for public sector unions in the Old Line State. In 2013, Prince George’s County asked Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals (a step below our state’s highest court) to decide which of two competing considerations enjoys higher dignity: “public policy” or a union contract. The court chose public policy, opening a Pandora’s Box for public sector unions which may be hard to close... Read More

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