Rascovar: Preakness Week and Pimlico’s future

Kentucky may have the biggest horse race of the year but Maryland has the most entertaining “people’s party” on the infield at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Day, which takes place Saturday. It’s an important day for the city and state’s economy, but how can it continue in those antiquated facilities?

Collins: Medical marijuana goes up in smoke

Just when you thought the cloud surrounding Maryland’s “medical” marijuana scheme couldn’t get any worse … it did. State auditors recently found that the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission may have violated state procurement law and is overpaying for consulting services … and has not paid its bills. This type of bungling really should not shock anybody. Maryland’s “medical” marijuana program has been rife with conflicts since its inception.

Rascovar: Get ready for Maryland’s Democratic circus in race for governor

If the election for Maryland governor were held tomorrow, Alec Ross would win: He’s the only one who officially has announced his candidacy. Alec who? Get ready for a circus of a gubernatorial campaign among Democrats. Ross is just the first of what could be a carload of clowns pouring out of a small VW Bug with the bumper sticker: “Dump Hogan.” Good luck on that one.

Collins: Legislators failed rape victims

It probably will shock many that uber-progressive Maryland is one of a handful of states in which rapists have parental rights over children born as a result of their crime. It probably will shock them even more to know that, for the ninth time, a bill to deny parental rights to rapists died in the legislature on its final day.

Rascovar: Larry Hogan Sr. showed courage when it counted

Congressman Larry Hogan, Sr. stood alone and defied his party, voting not once but three times to impeach Republican President Richard Nixon. It was the most principled stand taken by a Maryland politician in our lifetimes. He did what was right, not what was politically correct. Hogan died last week at 88, eclipsed in the public eye by his son and namesake, the current Maryland governor – an office the father was denied due to his impeachment stance.

Columbia at 50 Part 10: Arts at the Heart of the New Town

This is the 10th part in a series of 12 monthly essays leading up to Columbia’s 50th birthday celebration in June. The Merriweather Post Pavilion was one of the first structures built before Columbia even had its first residents. Now it is being redeveloped and is at the center of the Merriweather District that is part of Columbia’s new downtown. But Merriweather is only part of the arts scene in the planned community.

Opinion: How to stop abuse of prescription opioids

As a physician on the front lines of the battle against heroin and prescription opioid abuse, I have seen the triumphs and the tragedies that epitomize Maryland’s fight against addiction, writes Dr. Mary Jo Cannon. That experience has taught me that the best way Maryland policymakers can combat addiction is to treat it as a disease of the brain.

Rascovar: Maryland’s balanced budget – for now

Another Maryland General Assembly session has come and gone with Gov. Larry Hogan proclaiming victory and legislative leaders breathing a positive sigh of relief. There were no big wins for Hogan but no shocking defeats, either. His agenda may sell well with die-hard Hogan backers but it was a non-starter with Democratic lawmakers.