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Maryland one of 13 ‘turkey states’ on spending, accounting watchdog says

November 26th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland may have a requirement for a balanced budget, but its audited financial statements show that its spent more than it took in from fiscal 2008 to 2012, according to the Institute for Truth in Accounting. This made Maryland one of 13 "turkey states" that had more expenses than revenues in fiscal 2012. The list includes all of Maryland's neighbors except Virginia

Montgomery voting task force to consider automatic voter registration with driver’s license

November 25th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Drivers could be automatically registered to vote when they apply for their license, according to a proposal under consideration by a voting rights task force in Montgomery County. Current federal law requires Motor Vehicle Administration employees to ask customers if they would like to register to vote or update their voter registration information during their driver's license or photo identification card applications

Rascovar commentary: Baltimore County’s housing exclusion continues

November 24th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

No one with a sense of history should be surprised by Baltimore County Council's unanimous rejection of a $13.7 million housing development for low-income families in Rosedale on the county's eastside. The county has a long record for strongly opposing housing assistance for families with low or moderate incomes. Indeed, any politician who ignores the hyper-sensitivity of county voters to keeping the jurisdiction safe for "folks like us" risks defeat

Kennedy 50 years later: Memories of a political writer

November 21st, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

I feel compelled to add my own little stream of memory to the flood of recollections surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination Friday. Surely many under 55 must marvel at the way their elders hold onto this event and this flawed man

Maryland prepares move back to paper ballots for elections

November 19th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Local election officials are already expressing uncertainty about what could go wrong when the state switches from an electronic voting system to using paper ballots in the next two years. By the 2016 presidential elections the state will replace touch-screen machines and make a fundamental shift to the way voters cast ballots

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