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In the wake of prison scandal, legislators discuss reforms — body scanners, wiretaps, polygraphs

October 30th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Body scanners and phone wiretaps throughout Maryland’s prison system are the latest in a series of legislative proposals being considered by lawmakers trying to eliminate corruption in the state’s correctional facilities. Other suggestions include polygraph tests for correctional officer applicants and mandatory minimum sentences for convicted contraband smugglers

Commentary: Now’s the time to take action against urban-suburban runoff

October 29th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Polluted runoff from urban and suburban streets, parking lots, and roofs continues to increase and damage the health of streams and Chesapeake Bay, writes Kim Coble of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. But the tools to curb this pollution are in place and it’s time to act. This is the justification for the stormwater runoff fees dubbed the "rain tax" by opponents

Rascovar Commentary: Md. deficit — Half a billion and counting

October 27th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

When legislators finished the 2013 General Assembly session in April, they patted themselves on the back for putting the state on a glide path to wipe out Maryland’s long-running structural deficit in the next budget. Think again. That deep, dark fiscal hole has returned big-time, and many factors are to blame, but the failure to reduce spending by the governor and legislature are principally to blame.

Robey named Md. Senate majority leader

October 23rd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Democratic Senate President Mike Miller announced Wednesday night that Howard County Sen. Jim Robey will become majority leader of the Senate for Robey's final year. He replaces Sen. Rob Garagiola who resigned in August. In the surprise announcement at a fundraiser for the man running to succeed Robey in District 13 -- Del. Guy Guzzone -- Miller also said that Guzzone would fill Robey's seat on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in

New campaign tech firm seeks to improve ground game in Md. races

October 23rd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Herb Sweren and Barry Silverman worked in political campaigns for years as an avocation, while they pursued careers in marketing and advertising. But a couple of years ago, after working together on a Baltimore County campaign, they decided to put their professional skills and political experience into a business using the latest technology that could improve the ground game for state and local candidates. This year, they launched CampaignOn.

Md. officials count undocumented immigrants as uninsured for health care, but none qualify for Obamacare

October 21st, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

State officials have been talking a lot about the high number of uninsured Marylanders who will have access to Obamacare, but not all are eligible to sign up. Of the state's estimated 750,000 to 800,000 uninsured residents, only 480,500 -- or roughly 60% -- are eligible to enroll for health insurance plans under President Obama's signature health care law, according to the federal health care website

Teacher’s union gives Brown his biggest endorsement for governor

October 20th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The pandering cameras were on at the Maryland State Education Association in Ocean City Friday as four candidates for governor came seeking the endorsement of the largest union in the state with promises in hand.Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown walked away with the prize less from what he promised than for what he and Gov. Martin O'Malley delivered to public schools over the last six years -- the most massive increase in funding in Maryland history, $1.5 billion more in school aid, 35% higher over six years

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