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Ex-Va. Gov. Allen helps Howard Senate candidate

September 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Thursday was not a good day for the last governor of Virginia as Bob McDonnell was found guilty of corruption in a Richmond courtroom. But another former Republican governor of Virginia, George Allen, had a better day of it in Howard County, talking up the candidacy of state Senate hopeful Jody Venkatesan in District 13 and other candidates at a Clarksville ballroom

Top officials wrangle over $60M Common Core testing contract

September 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The often contentious implementation of the new Common Core curriculum standards in Maryland public schools stirred wrangling again among top state officials Wednesday. The Board of Public Works, comprised of the governor, state treasurer and comptroller, was being asked to approve a nearly $60 million state contract for development of computerized testing for the new standards in English and math. The contract had only one bidder over the protests of another testing company

Pro-choice group responds to Kittleman on reproductive rights

September 3rd, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

County executives and councils have the authority---and many assert it---to increase funding for reproductive related issues on the county level, says an abortion rights group. Or, if the state cuts funds, a county executive may choose to restore funding.

Rascovar column: Is Baltimore’s Horseshoe casino a ringer?

September 1st, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Horseshoe casino isn't the answer to Baltimore's woes. But proceeds from the casino will help Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake slowly lower sky-high property taxes, make infrastructure improvements and eventually pour millions it now doesn't have into community upgrades

State Roundup, August 28, 2014

August 28th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Casino impact funds won't go to communities; state needs more transparency in records; gubernatorial campaigns spent almost $25 million; Kittleman outraised Watson, but she still has cash advantage; self-funding campaigns didn't work so well in Montgomery County; environmental lawsuit filed over Purple Line; Pritzker runs against Frosh, Campbell against Franchot; more FBI employees live in Maryland; mailer sues Bongino over debt; EPA proposes more authority over Maryland streams; and Prince George's exec flying to China

Restoring the bay also means recognizing what we can’t control

August 27th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Careful plans for restoring the Chesapeake and its rivers to health are good. They would be better, writes Tom Horton, if we recognized and planned for the things we know we can’t control. Horton has written extensively about the Chesapeake and the environment

Guest commentary response: Fallacies galore in DeMarco’s defense of firearms act

August 26th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

G.K. Chesterton once said fallacies do not cease to be fallacies simply because they become fashion. This describes Vinny DeMarco's utterly unoriginal and fallacy laden piece, defending the Firearms Safety Act of 2013. DeMarco thinks if he merely adds the phrase "saves lives" to the end of his assertions that by some alchemy they become fact.

Update: Howard Co. Democrats attack Kittleman record

August 26th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Howard County Democrats have launched a website attacking the record of Republican state Sen. Allan Kittleman, who is running a competitive race for county executive against Democratic County Council member Courtney Watson. challenges Kittleman's positions that put him at odds on issues that have strong appeal to Democratic voters -- school funding, abortion, environmental policy, gun control and the minimum wage.

Guest commentary: Md. firearms law is saving lives

August 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Vincent DeMarco, president of Marylanders To Prevent Gun Violence, asked to respond to last week's series on Gun Wars because he felt it did not fully describe the progress made by the Firearms Safety Act passed last year. He says the law is already saving lives and should be a model for other states.

Rascovar column: Brown, Hogan lack truth in campaigning

August 24th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Do Maryland’s gubernatorial candidates in the November election take voters for fools? Do they really think they can con the electorate with promises of vast spending programs (Democrat Anthony Brown) eclipsing $1 billion a year or sweeping tax cuts and givebacks (Republican Larry Hogan Jr.) also topping ten figures? What’s lacking from each nominee is truth in campaigning. The only thing in doubt is which nominee is being more deceptive with voters

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