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Small firms give Maryland C- for business friendliness

July 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Some rankings of Maryland's business climate put it at the bottom of the pack, as the Tax Foundation does. A few put it at the top, as does the U.S. Chamber's #1 rating for innovation and entrepreneurship the governor likes to cite. And it is not unusual for Maryland to rank in the middle of the pack, as it does in a new Thumbtack-Kaufman Foundation survey of business friendliness


Rep. Delaney goes his own way, focusing on ‘big ideas’

July 21st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

His Republican opponent may call him a liberal Democrat, but Rep. John Delaney continues to go his own way in Maryland's Democratic Party representing part of Montgomery County and most of western Maryland in the 6th Congressional District. Delaney, who made a personal fortune in running two financial services businesses, was nominated in 2012 over a candidate favored by the Democratic establishment.


Photo album: Tawes Crab feast, coolest in memory, had plenty of crabs, shortage of candidates

July 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

It was the coolest Tawes Crab Feast in memory. The political-social event of the summer in Crisfield on the Lower Eastern Shore is usually a scorcher in the 90s, but Wednesday was in the low 80s with cool breezes off the bay and low humidity at least at the outset. There was a peculiar lack of candidates this year, perhaps due to the June 24 primary that eliminated many of them. Here's a photo gallery of some of the folks who did show up.


GOP and Bongino hope to take back 6th Congressional District

July 16th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

For the second time this year, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican considered a presidential contender, has helped Dan Bongino raise money in his race to recapture Maryland's 6th Congressional District for the GOP. Democrat John Delaney took the seat from 20-year incumbent Republican Roscoe Bartlett in 2012 after Democrats radically redrew the Western Maryland district to include more Montgomery County Democrats and lop off conservative Carroll County voters


Rascovar column: Public financing a smart move by Hogan

July 13th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Larry Hogan, Jr., the longshot Republican nominee for Maryland governor, made a smart move accepting public financing for his general election campaign. It frees Hogan from the time-consuming and sometimes humiliating chore of brow-beating friend, supporters and strangers for donations over the next five months. Public financing also lowers the cost of running a campaign


Human Resources Dept. spent money it didn’t have and paid bills without verifying they were due

July 10th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

In the last four years, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) overspent its budget by $27 million — and inadvertently masked its overruns with improper accounting adjustments, an audit of the department has revealed. After the audit came out, DHR removed the director of the grants management office due to concerns about oversight of millions of dollars of grants



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