State Roundup, June 8, 2011

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ANONYMOUS JURIES: The editorial board for the Sun writes that the Maryland Court of Appeals’ ruling to allow juries to serve anonymously in criminal trials when a judge believes there’s a likelihood of jury tampering or harassment or that their lives may be placed in danger is entirely appropriate.

FAULTY TOWERS: Columnist Marta Mossburg writes in the Sun that the Greater Baltimore Committee’s grandiose plans for a bigger convention center and arena are based on the faulty presumption that such projects increase jobs.

SHALE DRILLING: The Maryland Petroleum Council is criticizing Gov. Martin O’Malley’s order for a study of Marcellus shale drilling, saying it will put Maryland at the back of the pack for investment, according to an AP story in the Daily Record.

Sarah Breitenbach reports on the details in the Gazette

NOT SO FREE STATE: A new study from the libertarian Mercatus Center ranks Maryland low on personal freedoms, writes Megan Poinski at, but surprisingly high on fiscal freedom.

GDP GROWTH: The state gross domestic product grew at 2.9% last year, according to a federal study, Jamie Smith Hopkins reports in the Sun.

ANNAPOLIS BUDGET: Property taxes and fees will be going up in Annapolis as its City Council passes a $90 million budget, Elisha Sauers reports in the Capital.

HUDSON PLANE: The “Miracle on the Hudson” plane that landed safely in the river has caused quite a commotion as it passed through Maryland, as reported in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

BALTIMORE PREGNANCY CENTERS: A national pro-life group is getting involved in the legal battle over a Baltimore law that would require faith-based pregnancy centers to post notices stating they do not offer abortion referrals, David Hill reports in the Washington Times.

GANSLER HIRE: Attorney General Doug Gansler has hired David Paulson as his new communications director, John Wagner reports in the Post. Paulson was at the Health Department and before that was spokesman for the Democratic Party.