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Maryland schools not #1 in two other recent rankings

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

Rascovar: Brown goes negative on Hogan, and vice versa

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

Running for redistricting reform: 225-mile gerrymander meander

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

Ideas for improving Maryland for small business

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.

Md. legislators get high marks from consumer group — but not GOP

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%

Lack of vision on immigration and Constantine’s Edict of Milan

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

Analysis: GOP poll could be more valid than the CBS-Times poll

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

Rascovar: Bob McDonnell could have learned from Marvin Mandel

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

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