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State Roundup, August 3, 2015

August 3rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan’s in-your-face approach may be playing to his supporters, but it is also creating ill-will with some Dems; Red Line supporters begin looking for that Plan B; Annapolis to host Young Republicans Convention in 2017; Marylanders, and its 300,000 federal workers, begin to brace for possible government shutdown; U.S. Sen. Cardin takes a central role in Iran deal; Republican Annapolis physician-lawyer hopes to unseat U.S. Rep. Sarbanes; $2.4 million in projects for Washington County to go before the BPW; Arundel panel examines OD deaths as step to prevention; City State’s Attorney Mosby derails homicide trend panel, citing concern over current case security; and Prince George’s residents rally for new police station

State Roundup, July 31, 2015

July 31st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan makes unilateral decision to shutter Detention Center immediately, sending male inmates to other nearby facilities, making defense attorneys “weirdly happy;” Hogan blasts FEMA for not declaring riot-torn Baltimore City a disaster area; in the meantime, U.S. Rep. Cummings, Sen. Mikulski seek federal aid for inner cities; Rockville Confederate statue vandalised, causes controversy as mayor ignores City Council recommendation for its removal; gun lobby drops from big spending list in Annapolis; U.S. Rep. Van Hollen backing Iran nuclear deal; and state Del. McIntosh backs Van Hollen for Senate

State Roundup, July 30, 2015

July 30th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan to announce shutdown of Baltimore City Detention Center; drug possession with intent to distribute is No. 1 reason Marylanders end up in state prison; U.S. Rep. Cummings pushes price cut of heroin overdose antidote; state officials see Maryland jobs growth in national insurance company mergers; Frederick officials worried about short-term federal funding of transit projects; Va. gov. continues futile war of words on whose “owns” Maryland blue crabs; Simonaires seek good Samaritan waiver for those saving child’s life; former Mikulski aide Del. Maggie McIntosh to endorse Van Hollen for Mikulski’s Senate seat; and U.S. Sen. Cardin says Indian Head Naval facility safe from closure for now

State Roundup, July 29, 2015

July 29th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan puts highway engineering plans online for free download, saving contractors time and money to obtain them; small businesses complain about ACA and state regs when it comes to insuring employees; industry, environmentalists both criticize Hogan administration’s smog reduction plan; Ag Secretary Bartenfelder tours Cecil County Fair, says Maryland State Fair too commercial; study finds no matter the ability, gun training is needed; after Chemo Round 2, Gov. Hogan proudly sports new Kojak look; Glenn Ivey secures Hispanic leadership support in race for Congress; Donna Edwards’ campaign, holds its nose, takes outside funds in race for the Senate; and new Prince George’s police station almost ready to open, but can’t afford the cops

State Roundup, July 28, 2015

July 28th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Medical marijuana grower hopes to set up operation in Washington County, but some state lawmakers concerned about proposal; Gov. Hogan to chair economic panel of NGA; Yumi Hogan hosts Korean delegation at Government House; state Sen. Middleton says new ride-sharing law needs cleaning up; Virginia governor attempts to fire shot at Maryland over who can claim Maryland blue crabs; and prez candidate O’Malley takes a swipe at Hillary Clinton’s Wall St. connections, while having his own conversion on criminal justice.

State Roundup, July 27, 2015

July 27th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

State bans poultry exhibits at fairs to try to prevent bird flu from catching hold in Maryland; first clinic for medical marijuana use opens in Annapolis, sees more than 100 possible patients; with Montgomery judge striking down rain tax, Baltimore area communities now concerned about its use; civil rights activists rally at State House for policing reforms; interest in Red Line, fixing Baltimore transit just won’t go away; Montgomery’s Leggett says he’s 90% sure that Purple Line will get built in reasonable time; Gov. Hogan names new Homeland Security chiefs; Hogan finishes chemo Round 2; and O’Malley takes on Wall Street, then offends home-state poultry interests

State Roundup, July 24, 2015

July 24th, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Atty. Gen. Frosh asks maker of heroin OD antidote to rebate public agencies; new state law raising high school attendance age targets dropout rate; Gov. Hogan’s neck tumor shrinking after chemo Round 2; backlog of untested rape kits explored in Wicomico County; Bus Rapid Transit explored as alternative to Red Line, but still seen as expensive; plans for 300-room Maryland Live hotel unveiled; court strikes Montgomery stormwater fee; U.S. House bill could imperil federal funds to “sanctuary cities” such as Baltimore; and Catonsville nuns to head to Supreme Court over Obamacare contraceptive rule

State Roundup, July 23, 2015

July 23rd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Transit chief Rahn, Legislative Services clash over legality of Baltimore area bus, subway and light-rail fare hikes; Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz hopes to see Red Line alternatives from Baltimore Metro Council; Gov. Hogan in Day 4 of chemo Round 2; biz climate panel wrestles with priorities; ex-Sen. Colburn lands at Md. Ag Dept.; GOP hopeful challenges U.S. Rep. Delaney; and Prince George’s exec would like to county HQ to move to Largo

State Roundup, July 22, 2015

July 22nd, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Health care Web site contractor to pay state $45 million to avoid lawsuit but U.S. regulators still must OK deal; Transit chief Rahn says despite Red Line cancellation, there’s no money for major Baltimore area transit initiatives; Baltimore County exec calls on metro council to come up with transit alternatives; open judgeship -- at $176,000 salary -- and there are no takers; charges against Del. Kelly dropped after prosecutors determine it was a domestic divorce squabble; Rockville residents weigh in on moving Confederate soldier statue, but decision apparently is in county exec’s hands and he’s pushing to have it moved; process begins for hotel-convention center at Maryland Live casino; and Frederick County debates English-only law

State Roundup, July 21, 2015

July 21st, 2015 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. Hogan seeks congressional delegation help in securing federal funds for Purple line; Rocky Gap slots bucks to help fund scholarships for Allegany students; southern Maryland officials worried that toll cuts will imperil Nice Bridge improvements; former provost sues UMES claiming racial bias; when lobbyists donate to some campaigns, win or lose, they’ll likely win; former Pentagon official considers run for Congress; and Arundel exec nixes council message on tax bill

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