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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


Updating Assembly candidates: General Election roundup of races

July 7th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Our post primary roundup of candidates for General Assembly shows only the winners of June 24 primary. It includes every candidate that will appear in the General Election for 47 Senate seats and 141 in the House, along with their endorsements, and their cash on hand before the primary. A handy list shows the 35 candidates who have no opponent in the fall -- 14 for Senate and 21 for the House. A separate list shows the 10 incumbents who lost reelection bids, and there is also a list of 46 incumbents who are retiring from the legislature or are running for other offices.


Rascovar column: Election politics trumped budget realities

July 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The $77 million in budget cuts approved last week by the Maryland Board of Public Works mark the first recognition there's a price to be paid for placing election-year politics ahead of fiscal realities. It won't be the last spending pullback, either. Maryland has a serious, ongoing imbalance between its high spending habits and its lower than expected revenue receipts. Everyone knew this was coming


Income inequality grows in the Washington suburbs

July 1st, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

While much of the D.C. region has bounced back from the recession, certain segments of the population are benefitting from this recovery more than others, a new report. The report, “Bursting the Bubble” shows that mirroring a national trend, income inequality has been growing over the past few years in the D.C. Metro area, even during the economic recovery.


Progressive Rupli ready to challenge conservative Hough for Frederick Senate Seat

June 30th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

It was fear of a Tea Party Republican winning the race in District 4 that got Dan Rupli, an old Democratic war-horse, to accept his party’s pleas to get into the race. Now that Del. Michael Hough has beaten Sen. David Brinkley, the Senate minority leader, in conservative-minded District 4, Rupli and Hough will battle it out in the fall. Rupli, 71, practiced public interest law and formerly served as counsel to then-Gov. Parris Glendening


Rascovar: Did Gansler lose it or Brown win it?

June 29th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Did Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown run such a flawless Rose Garden campaign that his victory in Maryland's June 24 Democratic gubernatorial primary was inevitable? Or did his chief rival, Attorney General Doug Gansler, lose the election with an ineffective campaign that badly missed the mark


Republican opponents unite behind the victors

June 27th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

As hard as it was for some of them, the four Republicans who had run against each other for governor put on a show of unity Thursday night, with the three losers supporting winner Larry Hogan in an event organized by the state



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