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Attorneys general ask feds for help in blocking illegal telemarketing

September 9th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

On Tuesday, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and 33 other state attorneys general from around the nation wrote to the Federal Communications Commission asking it to clarify the federal law that the phone companies say prohibit them from using technology to block illegal telemarketing


Analysis: Md. appeals court issues union-busting opinion in PG case

September 8th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Last week, a court in Maryland (that’s right: Maryland) published an opinion which could become an epitaph for public sector unions in the Old Line State. In 2013, Prince George’s County asked Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals (a step below our state’s highest court) to decide which of two competing considerations enjoys higher dignity: “public policy” or a union contract. The court chose public policy, opening a Pandora’s Box for public sector unions which may be hard to close


Oops#2! Dems get another Kittleman record wrong

September 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Lest you think Sen. Allan Kittleman is unkind to animals, a Democratic website attacking the record of the Republican candidate for Howard County executive got him confused with his late father in citing a low rating by the Humane Society


Rascovar column: Golden potential in once mighty Sparrows Pt. plant

September 7th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Today, it's a forlorn hulk, a remnant of what once was the world's largest steel-making plant, stretching four miles end-to-end on the Sparrows Point peninsula. Now there is reason for optimism "The Point" once again might turn into economic gold


Oops! Mailers falsely attacked Kittleman for wanting to arm teachers based on inaccurate story

September 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

For almost two weeks, a Democratic slate supporting Courtney Watson for Howard County executive had been attacking Sen. Allan Kittleman, her Republican opponent, for supporting arming teachers and administrators with guns to protect students. For almost as long, Kittleman has been saying he was misquoted in the 2006 Washington Examiner story that was the basis of the claim, and had demanded a correction. MarylandReporter.com tracked down the reporter who wrote the story and she said that indeed Kittleman's position was misrepresented in the editing process and a correction had been made


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



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