August 21st, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
Americans are twice as likely to die from turning guns on themselves as they are to be murdered with one.
A national analysis of 2012 data found 18,602 firearm suicides in 44 states compared with about 9,655 firearm homicides in 49 states. That means at least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides. In Maryland, the numbers appear to be about even based on incomplete data.
August 20th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Barry Rascovar’s latest opinion piece published on Maryland Reporter, “GOP has a Peroutka problem” is about as accurate as anything else he writes on the Republican Party in Maryland -- it's in the ball park but takes a bad hack at a pitch across the middle of the plate. The problem is more nuanced than one candidate; with the Peroutka candidacy and the events in Missouri, the Republican Party should finally have the guts to have a real conversation on race and the difference between the two visions for American citizens of all races and ethnicities
August 19th, 2014 | by admin
First of a five part series on Gun Wars in America, the fight over Second Amendment rights and restrictions. Today's story gives a national overview of the battle over gun legislation and attempts by both sides to influence lawmakers at the federal and state level.
August 17th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Just what the Maryland Republican Party didn't need -- a theocratic, paleo-conservative candidate who has renounced the General Assembly as ungodly and is deeply involved in a group advocating a white, Christian nation of the South.
Worst of all for the Maryland GOP, this 61-year-old, Bible-spouting secessionist with a bizarre view of government is the favorite to win the November election in Anne Arundel County's Broadneck Peninsula-Severna Park-Arnold councilmanic district
August 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Anne Arundel County Council member Jamie Benoit and a prominent Democratic lawyer have launched a political action committee and website called StopPeroutka.com "dedicated to educating voters on the theocratic policies and bigoted national network of Michael Peroutka," a Republican running for Anne Arundel County Council in District
August 14th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Auditors have found continuing problems with how the Maryland State Treasurer’s Office handles workers compensation insurance payments and claims for state employees amounting to $268 million over the past three years. Treasurer Nancy Kopp said it's up to the legislature and the Board of Public Works to make some of the changes auditors want.
August 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Top state officials on Wednesday approved spending $16 billion over the next 10 years on health insurance for over 200,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents. One of the largest contracts ever granted, the three-member Board of Public Works approved it at a meeting dominated by discussion of the positives and negatives of health care delivery in Maryland, including serious patient care problems at a state hospital in Hagerstown.
August 12th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The White House responded Monday to complaints from journalism organizations about a lack of transparency and access to sources in the Obama administration, citing a long list of increased disclosures. But the head of the Society of Professional Journalists, the lead organization among 38 media groups who sent a complaint letter in July, called the return letter from Obama press secretary Josh Earnest "typical spin and response through non-response."
August 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
June’s culmination of the fierce fight for Anne Arundel County executive between Republicans Steve Schuh and incumbent Laura Neuman may have given the impression that it was a one-act play and that the final curtain is down. But there’s now a second act in November, with Democrat George Johnson coming on stage to contest Schuh. It’s a return performance for Johnson, who lost the race for county executive to John Leopold in 2006 by 3,900 votes
August 10th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
It was easy to feel sorry for state Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene Joshua Sharfstein during the last couple of years. When it was announced he was leaving the department late last month, the only surprise was that his departure wasn’t immediate and that it hadn’t happened sooner. With the failure of the Maryland Health Care Exchange, his department already had too much dysfunction on its plate.