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Obamacare forum raises questions about Oct. 1 small business deadline

September 30th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

According to the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), all small businesses subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act -- regardless of whether they offer health insurance to their employees or not -- are required to notify their employees about the new health insurance marketplace by Oct. 1. New hires on or after Oct. 1 must be notified at the time of hire

Rascovar Commentary: Race is on for Md. governor — Establishment Brown vs. Outsider Gansler?

September 29th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Now the race for Maryland governor starts for real. The two main contenders are in the ring for what promises to be an aggressive contest race that has no precedent in Maryland history. What makes the 2014 gubernatorial election so unusual is the timing. Rather than holding the primary in September as is traditional, this one takes place June 24. That early date will cut down substantially on turnout, play havoc with fundraising and compress the full fury of the campaign into about 80 days once the General Assembly ends its session on April

Absentee ballots downloaded online raise security issues, as does Election Day voter registration

September 26th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

A new Maryland law allowing voting by mail with a ballot downloaded online has some voter advocacy groups alarmed that adequate security measures will not be in place for the 2014 elections. Election Day voter registration and the future of online voting were also among the hot button issues debated at a forum this week, hosted by the Maryland League of Women Voters in Annapolis

More Md. bond funding in the works

September 25th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The O'Malley administration on Wednesday successfully pushed to raise next year's bond authorization to $1.16 billion, $75 million more than this year, rejecting objections by state Comptroller Peter Franchot that "we're adding another Christmas tree ornament." "We can't afford it," Franchot told the Capital Debt Affordability Committee, saying it should stick to this year's bond authorization of $1,085,000,

Brinkley back as Senate GOP leader; Getty is minority whip

September 23rd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Sen. David Brinkley of Frederick is back as Senate Republican leader, unanimously elected Monday by the 12-member GOP caucus, which also chose Sen. Joseph Getty of Carroll County as minority whip. Brinkley replaces Sen. E.J. Pipkin of Cecil County, who abruptly quit in August to move to Texas

The 51st State, Western Maryland: How to succeed without seceding

September 22nd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

BY BARRY RASCOVAR The mountain natives are restless in Maryland. They want to have it their way, though they represent just 10 percent of the state’s population. Indeed, were the five western counties to secede from Maryland, there would be no chance for that movement to succeed

Upbeat O’Malley, downbeat Franchot at opposite ends on Md. economy

September 20th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

At the hot high-tech end of the Maryland economy Thursday, Gov. Martin O'Malley was cutting a ribbon to open a spiffy renovated building for cybersecurity firm Accuvant in Elkridge and hoping that Friday's employment figures would show Maryland had regained all the jobs it lost since 2008. Seven miles away at Paul's Restaurant in Arbutus, Comptroller Peter Franchot was addressing representatives of not-so-hot legacy businesses and talking about "a sluggish economy" with "very poor wage growth" that led to Tuesday's write-down of state revenue estimates for next year.

Candidate’s gun control plan even harsher than new law

September 18th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Ten days away from implementation of Maryland's more stringent laws on gun purchases, licensing and training, Second Amendment advocates might be wondering if it could possibly get any worse for gun owners. One House of Delegates candidate from Bethesda, Jordan Cooper, issued a proposal Wednesday that lives up to the worst fears of gun owners. But it might have appeal inside the Beltway in the district now represented by Sen. Brian Frosh, floor leader of the new control law

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