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Question 2 permits special elections for county executive vacancies

October 23rd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

A state constitutional amendment to permit local voters to fill a mid-term county executive vacancy snuck up on Marylanders as Question 2 on this year's ballot. The amendment, first proposed by the Montgomery County delegation, got virtually no attention from reporters as it made its way through the legislative process earlier this year. It didn't get all that much attention from legislators either


Md. economy lagging, but grows next year, Fed economist predicts

October 23rd, 2014 | by Alexis Webb

Despite “lagging behind the nation,” Maryland’s fiscal forecast appears optimistic, speakers agreed Thursday at the Greater Baltimore Committee Economic Outlook Conference. “Maryland is lagging behind in the nation… but I am optimistic about 2015,” said R. Andrew Bauer, regional economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Office and keynote speaker for the GBC conference


Baltimore teachers, students rally for $10 million from City Hall for ‘community schools’

October 23rd, 2014 | by Alexis Webb

Hundreds of Baltimore area teachers, parents, and students rallied in Baltimore City Hall Tuesday afternoon to demand support and funding for more inner city community schools. The Baltimore Teachers Union, Maryland Communities United and the Central Labor Council organized rally goers on Holliday Street in hopes of compelling Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore City Council to pledge a financial commitment of $10 million for emerging community schools


New film shows what happens when an environmental group targets a family farm

October 21st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

In 2010, the Waterkeeper Alliance sued Al and Kristin Hudson for keeping a pile of chicken manure outside one of its chicken houses. The suit alleged that bacteria and other pollutants were running off the chicken litter into a ditch that ran into the Franklin Branch of the Pocomoke River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. A new 15-minute documentary tells how the lawsuit affected the Hudsons, who struggle to make a living.


Blue Maryland can go Republican with Hogan, Christie says

October 21st, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie assured Republican volunteers in Bethesda Tuesday morning that a Republican can be elected in a blue state like Maryland. "It can happen," said Christie, who was in town raising money for Larry Hogan, Jr., the Republican nominee for governor. "I'm here to tell you, I'm living proof. And, it can also happen more than once."


President Obama rallies support for Brown in Prince George’s

October 20th, 2014 | by Alexis Webb

President Obama made a rare campaign stop in Maryland Sunday afternoon to rally support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown and to encourage early voting. Marylanders fought heavy traffic, stood in line for hours, and were screened through airport like security before participating in the rally


‘There you go again': How Brown and Hogan did in the last debate

October 19th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

"There you go again," Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said at least twice to Republican candidate Larry Hogan Jr. in their third and final debate for the governor's office. It was true for both men, as they replayed comments from the previous two debates, their TV ads and stump speeches. They repeated facts, figures and fictions, true-life examples and exaggerations. And here they go again, our commentators assess the debate: This posting contains nine separate commentaries from Len Lazarick, Todd Eberly, Barry Rascovar, Tom Schaller, Blair Lee, Rick Vatz, Brian Griffiths, Blaine Taylor, Melissa Bolling and Charlie Hayward


Rascovar: Md. voters should junk the lockbox amendment

October 19th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Marylanders are being sold a bill of goods under the guise of fiscal accountability. That's why on Election Day voters ought to think twice before approving a constitutional amendment giving transportation programs priority over social programs when the economy turns sour



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