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Thornton to run for Congress in 4th

July 16th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Howard University political scientist Alvin Thornton, who chaired the commission that formulated Maryland's current system of public school funding that often bears his name, plans on running for Congress in the 4th Congressional District

Crabs a plenty, candidates few at annual Tawes feast

July 16th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The crabs and clams were plentiful, but the candidates were in short supply at 39th annual Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield Wednesday in this off-election year. The only items usually baked are the thousands of crab pickers, but Crisfield was mid-80s and breezy. Here's a photo gallery

O’Malleys go deep into college debt despite high income

July 14th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Former Gov. Martin O'Malley and his wife Katie, a district court judge, have accumulated an astounding $339,000 in college debt for their two daughters for a couple that has been making over $300,000 a year with minimal household expenses. Besides the huge number itself -- the cost of a family home in many parts of Maryland -- it is astonishing that this family took on so much high interest debt, despite their high income, and that O'Malley's campaign proposal would have had no impact whatsoever on the cost of their daughters' education

Rascovar: Batts is scapegoat for Baltimore mayor

July 12th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Anthony Batts, Baltimore's recently fired police commissioner, became beleaguered Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's scapegoat. She dumped him in an effort to deflect the crescendo of dissatisfaction with her handling of Baltimore's unprecedented crime and violence. Here's what she conveyed in her sudden dismissal of the police commissioner: None of this is my fault; Batts is to blame

Md. blames proofreading error for $34 million feds want returned from disabilities aid

July 9th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Federal auditors told state officials earlier this week that more than $34 million for the care of developmentally-disabled citizens during 2010-2013 had been spent improperly, and the money needs to be refunded. This latest disclosure indicates the state continues to harbor chronic and widespread deficiencies involving the care for people with disabilities despite “fixes” implemented over 10 years or longer.

New Democratic Party director says voters chose divided government, not GOP government

July 9th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Pat Murray, the new executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party, hasn't quite put together a grand scheme for reviving a party still licking its wounds from a humiliating loss of the governorship and legislative seats last year. "What's the plan?" Murray asked rhetorically at the Columbia Democratic Club Wednesday night. "It's day 3," said Murray, who started his new job on Monday. But Murray, a veteran political tactician who's worked for both House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller, has clearly given his new job and the party's role a lot of thought.

Health care interests spent the most lobbying Annapolis

July 8th, 2015 | by Maryland Reporter

Health care interests representing hospitals, providers and insurers continue to spend the most to influence Maryland legislators and state officials, paying out $4.5 million to lobby this past session, according to figures compiled by Common Cause from State Ethics Commission filings. The result is not a surprise given the state's heavy role in both regulating and paying for health care, which makes up over $12 billion (31%) of the total state budget, including federal funds

Md. maintains AAA bond rating

July 7th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The state of Maryland has continued to maintain its triple-A bond rating from all three New York rating agencies ahead of next week's sale of $500 million in state bonds

Md. gets better at child support collection, but still need improvement, auditors find

July 6th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The state of Maryland is getting a lot better at collecting child support payments, auditors say, but is still collecting less than a third of $1.8 billion owed by non-custodial parents to take care of their children. The good news, according to an audit of Child Support Enforcement Administration in the Department of Human Resources released Monday, is that the agency has corrected all 11 of the problems legislative auditors found four years ago and the amount of child support payments in arrears has been substantially reduced

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