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Current plans to restore Chesapeake won’t work without Conowingo clean up, report says

October 30th, 2014 | by Dan Menefee

A new report from the Maryland Public Policy Institute warns that Maryland’s $14.4 billion plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay will not satisfy an EPA mandate—because the plan ignores the Conowingo Dam as the single largest source of sediment and nutrient pollution in the Bay. The report laments that the lion’s share of the $14.4 billion burden, $13.5 billion, is disproportionately targeted to mitigate nitrogen pollution from sewage plants, stormwater, and septic systems, which only account for 7% of all the pollution into the Bay--and will only reduce nitrogen by a negligible 2% by 2025. The mandate was established in 2010 to meet Clean Water Act standards by

Don’t mess with Conowingo until you’ve cleaned up your act

October 30th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

If I could amend the federal Clean Water Act, I’d include triple penalties for polluters who spend more energy pointing to other polluters than on cleaning up their own mess. This “we won’t act till they do” dereliction has colossally delayed action to clean up the Chesapeake, and dodging the real issues has become a prime focus of conservative politicians and rural governments in Maryland. Until someone musters billions of dollars to dredge centuries of sediment from Pennsylvania trapped behind the giant Conowingo Dam, they whine, it makes no sense for them to spend money on their pollution

Mizeur’s implicit support for Brown’s personal and unfair negative campaigning

October 30th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Democrat Del. Heather Mizeur caused quite a stir among supporters of Anthony Brown Wednesday when she wrote an op-ed for the Sun urging the 104,000 Democrats who voted for her for governor not to write in her name on the general election ballot, but to support Anthony Brown. What upset Brown supporters was not that message, but the lengthy criticism she heaped on Brown and his campaign. Here's another point of view of the Mizeur article by a Hogan supporter and frequent commentator Rick Vatz

Republicans question faulty voting machines, federal lawsuit says non-citizens have voted

October 28th, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian

One week into Maryland's early voting period and six days from Election Day, ballot security and voter fraud are being called into question in a gubernatorial race that is tighter than most expected. Republican officials and average citizens are expressing concerns over faulty voting equipment, erroneous absentee ballot mailings and the potential for voter fraud by non-citizens

Analysis: State in no hurry to file suit over health exchange, faces disclosure of improper actions

October 28th, 2014 | by Charlie Hayward

State officials responsible for overseeing construction of the health exchange platform faced two frightful choices under the contract to produce the website in the months preceding the Oct. 1, 2013 ”go live” date: Terminate Noridian, and fail to bring any health exchange platform to market; or Keep Noridian on the job while violating major contract provisions designed to maintain equilibrium between payments to Noridian, and the quality and completeness of their work. The state decided on the latter

Dems urge African Americans to vote for Brown — ‘It’s our turn’

October 26th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland Democratic Party has been sending out mailers to heavily African American areas telling them to vote for Anthony Brown because "it's our turn" to have the state's first black governor. The mailers and handouts, which have offended some older white voters who saw them, visually tie Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to Martin Luther King and President Barack Obama. "We've come a long way in our journey," says the cover of one mailer

Democratic PAC under investigation ceases activities

October 26th, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian

A super political action committee under review for possibly prohibited coordination between the campaign of Democrat Anthony Brown and his chief fundraiser transferred the bulk of its remaining funds -- $250,000 -- in mid-October to a federal super committee now running attack ads against Brown’s Republican rival. While state election officials would not confirm or deny the PAC “One State One Future” was temporarily required to halt campaign activities as a result of the investigation, One State One Future has not reported any major expenditures since late July

Rascovar: Brown’s hoax on Hogan

October 26th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

“Liar, liar, pants on fire!” That’s what Larry Hogan could well have said after Democrat Anthony Brown’s latest attempt to fabricate a hoax and then try to sell that bald-faced untruth to voters about plans to eliminate school construction funding

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

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