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Guest commentary: Race, not Peroutka, is MDGOP problem

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


Rascovar column: GOP has a Peroutka problem

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


Prominent Dems set up StopPeroutka.com PAC and website

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


Md. treasurer, auditors continue wrangling over how to handle worker compensation insurance

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.


Md. awards $16 billion, 10-year contract for health insurance

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.


Journalist group calls White House unresponsive to complaints about news suppression

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."


Will Anne Arundel voters let George Johnson do it — or Steve Schuh?

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


Health Secretary Sharfstein had too much on his plate

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.



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