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Bongino goes after Delaney’s 6th District seat

June 18th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Republican Dan Bongino, of Severna Park, says that the decision to run for the 6th Congressional District seat held by Rep. John Delaney was an “obvious choice” for him and the campaign. After all, he argues, his 2012 Senate campaign “performed really well up there.” “The folks like us,” Bongino said. “ I like the people.”


Ruppersberger: Obama made ‘big mistake’ in handling phone surveillance controversy

June 17th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called Edward Joseph Snowden, who recently leaked classified information about the National Security Agency, “a legend in his own mind,” and said President Obama made "a big mistake" in saying he had informed Congress about the surveillance of phone records, when he actually had not


11 fire departments failed to match state funds, audit finds

June 17th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland Military Department continued to dole out $5.2 million to support fire services in11 local jurisdictions even though they did meet requirements for matching local funding, according to a state audit. The audit report released last week also found misuse of state credit cards amounting to $107,493 that caused the firing of an employee


Del. Guzzone goes for Robey’s Senate seat

June 14th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

A large and diverse crowd usually flocks to Del. Guy Guzzone's annual pizza party, filling the streets of his quiet Columbia neighborhood. But Senate President-for-life Mike Miller hasn't showed up before at the event that asks only for a voluntary contribution. So when the Senate chief popped out of his trooper-driven Crown Vic Thursday evening it was a sure sign that Democrat Guzzone was going to take the plunge and run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Jim Robey, the former Howard County executive


Group home founder protests state rejection of renewed funding

June 13th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

REVISED AND CORRECTED: The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved 44 new contracts for child residential care services in locations throughout Maryland totaling over $364 million over five years. But one Montgomery County provider did not win an award for a group home that the state and Montgomery County have previously invested in, virtually ensuring the foreclosure of the Sandy Spring group home, its founder said .Hattie Washington of Aunt Hattie’s Place Inc. vociferously protested the lack of funding.


Attorney general candidates in half a debate

June 13th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

It was billed as the first roundtable in the race for attorney general at the B.E.S.T. Democratic Club in Baltimore last Thursday, but only half the candidates showed up. The year-old Democratic club in Northeast Baltimore was founded to "empower this new generation of young voters" and Del. Bill Frick of Bethesda urged the 50 people who showed up to "support the next generation of leadership."


Analysis: StateStat measures much, but delivers less than promised

June 12th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

StateStat is a substantial part of Maryland state government’s transparency enhancements relating to performance measurement. The program was much touted in the early days of the O'Malley-Brown administration, but now chugs along in obscurity. While StateStat conveys much information, it can be substantially improved so that it comes close to living up to the high expectations inherent in the governor’s StateStat messaging


Commentary: More NSA disclosures cause loss of trust

June 11th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Who will protect us from those who are supposed to protect us? That is the question that lingers after the disclosure of two programs that monitor the phone records and Internet use of millions of Americans by the National Security Agency, based at Maryland's Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County



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