September 22nd, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
Maryland top officials frequently cite the state having the “best schools in America” five years in a row, based on a report card in Education Week magazine.
But recent ratings from two other sources, the "Kids Count Index" and Wallethub, indicate that the state’s school system still has room for improvement
September 21st, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
So much for a positive, uplifting campaign for Maryland governor. Both candidates already are down in the gutter hurling mud balls at each other. Anthony Brown is by far the worse offender, which is curious. His opponent, Republican Larry Hogan Jr., isn't helping matters with his ad excoriating Brown for his weak leadership and incompetence during the botched health exchange rollout
September 19th, 2014 | by Meg Tully
Maryland continues to hover toward the bottom of rankings by a nonprofit organization evaluating state road systems, but the State Highway Administration continues to take issue with the ranking methodology
September 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Over the rivers and through the woods, two dozen runners and bikers will start a 3-day super marathon Friday morning to traverse the 225-mile perimeter of Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, the second most gerrymandered seat in the country.
The "gerrymander meander" is organized by Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and the Annapolis section of the National Council of Jewish Women to encourage Maryland to reform its highly partisan process of congressional redistricting
September 17th, 2014 | by Capital News Service
Five physicians are running for seats in the Maryland General Assembly this year, a spike in doctor interest in political service that the candidates say coincides with rising state regulation over health
September 17th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
A commission is examining Maryland's business climate. Its chairman, Norman Augustine, former chairman of Lockheed Martin, spoke to a Maryland Chamber of Commerce meeting last Friday, asking for additional feedback. Here are the views of one out-of-state firm that surveyed small business in Maryland and across the country about improving the way state and local governments treat business.
September 16th, 2014 | by Meg Tully
A consumer advocacy group is giving state lawmakers high scores for passing laws in the 2014 General Assembly session that raise the minimum wage and reduce the impact of foreclosures.
The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, a nonprofit whose mission includes advancing fairness and justice for consumers, also released four-year scores that depicted state lawmakers as generally favorable to consumer issues. Only nine of 47 senators and 46 of 141 delegates got four-year scores lower than 80%
September 16th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
The single most important lesson Richard Douglas learned over 30 years of involvement with U.S. immigration, nationality, and visa policy is this: the system has no unifying vision. It is instead a crazy-quilt of special provisions for special categories of people. What should America’s vision be for 21st century immigration policy? The central objective of our immigration policy, day and night, must be to promote American economic development
September 15th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Is it possible that a partisan Republican poll in the Maryland governor's race has as much or even more validity than a poll done for some of the most respected names in the media?
That’s the surprising conclusion from looking at the numbers and methodology behind the two most recent polls pitting Democrat Anthony Brown against Republican Larry Hogan Jr
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