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Back to the drawing board; more info added to campaign updates

August 7th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Our attempt this week to provide an overview of candidates and campaign activity from July generated a lot of email -- mostly from candidates or their supporters who thought we had left them out inadvertently or, of course, on purpose. We have now spent some hours updating the two stories with more comprehensive information, particularly for the General Assembly, where we have added over three dozen candidates

Smigiel will seek Pipkin’s seat

August 7th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Del. Mike Smigiel said he has put his name in for the nomination to replace Sen. E.J. Pipkin, who will resign effective August 12. Republican Central Committees from the four Upper Shore Counties will submit a name or names to the governor. Pipkin announced Monday he would resign to earn a master's degree in sports management at Southern Methodist University in Texas

UPDATE: Election 2014: General Assembly candidates get an early start

August 3rd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The 2014 campaign season has started early. This new monthly roundup feature covers Maryland election news in July, and after it was updated Aug. 6, it lists every candidate who has filed and most who have announced. Each district is listed by county and incumbents with their status. The districts reflect the new district lines, which have placed some incumbents into the same district. If we have have missed any candidates who have announced and have a website, but have not officially filed, please email We will update this list in September

Rising Seas 5: 800 miles of roads at risk, especially in shore counties

August 1st, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland has more than 5,200 miles of state roads and about 21,000 miles of county roads, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. A CNS analysis found that roughly 800 miles of roads would be affected if sea levels rise another 2 feet. At 5 feet, an estimated 3,700 miles would be under water

Rising Sea 4: Storm losses pose enormous risk for Baltimore port

July 31st, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The Port of Baltimore is a powerful economic engine. With more than 14,000 jobs, six public marine cargo terminals and one cruise terminal within the port, it broke records in 2012, handling, receiving and shipping 9.59 million tons of cargo worldwide. The port is facing a future of more flooding. Sea levels are rising much faster on the heavily populated East Coast, about 1 foot in Maryland alone during the last century. The Maryland Port Administration has plans to cope with the rising seas.

Rising Seas 3: Weird weather and sea level inching up prompt Baltimore to confront future climate

July 30th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

In Baltimore’s waterfront neighborhoods, flooding is so common that many residents view it as an inevitable nuisance. Some families who have lived along the water for generations have seen dozens of floods and storm surges and have chosen to stay. If sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay region rise 2 to 5 feet this century, as researchers predict, Baltimore neighborhoods would be inundated -- along with the 11,700 to 13,000 houses and apartments constructed on those blocks, according to a Capital News Service analysis

Cardin disappointed in Obamacare delay

July 30th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Sen. Ben Cardin, a strong advocate for 2010 Affordable Care Act, said that he was disappointed in the Obama administration for delaying the penalty on large employers who don’t offer insurance. Cardin told a roundtable of health care providers in Waldorf on Monday, "I was kind of disappointed. I was hoping that we could implement it."

Rising Seas 2: Former seafood capital Crisfield struggles to survive

July 29th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Crisfield, the most southern Maryland town, is surrounded by water on three sides. The community rests just 3 feet above sea level -- a problem if the bay rises another 2 to 5 feet. The CNS analysis found the entire city and its surrounding neighborhoods would be partially underwater at 2 feet; most would be underwater at 5. Over the past half century, Crisfield has been declared a federal disaster area at least four times because of hurricanes and tropical storms

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