Updating General Assembly races: More than 540 candidates vie for 188 seats

Our eighth monthly roundup of candidates for General Assembly is hopefully complete through the June 24 primary. The filing deadline has passed, as has the withdrawal deadline, and the deadline for the major parties to fill open ballot positions. There are more than 540 candidates for 188 seats, yet seven incumbent senators have no opposition at all. Another 43 incumbents are giving up their seats, either retiring or running for other offices.

Common Core legislation advances; use of tests for teacher evaluations would be delayed

Legislation designed to solve problems created by the implementation of the Common Core curriculum standards advanced in the House and Senate Thursday. A bill to delay the use of testing on Common Core standards in teacher evaluations until 2016-2017 passed the Senate with only one dissenting vote, while the House version received a favorable report from the Ways and Means Committee, sending it to the House floor.

Union protesters arrested at State House

Fourteen people had themselves intentionally arrested on the stone steps of the Maryland State House Thursday -- part of a larger group who were protesting the low wages of restaurant and retail workers at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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Senate rejects GOP cuts to $39 billion budget; Miller gripes about environmental ‘whackos’

With minimal debate, the Maryland Senate rejected a half dozen Republican attempts to further trim Gov. Martin O'Malley's $39 billion budget Wednesday, and gave preliminary approval to the spending plan that will be sent to the House this week.

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee ultimately cut $492 million from the current budget and O'Malley's proposal for next year, partly to make up for lowered revenue estimates in both years.