August 20th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
The O’Malley administration says its rebuilt health website will be ready by November; audit finds state social services agencies failed to monitor local agencies involved with fostering children; positive economic impact of starting school later called into question; gubernatorial hopeful Hogan expands tax-free pension plan to all retirees; UM to guarantee athletic scholarships; O’Malley asks Congress not to cut Social Security; and Young and Gardner face off in Frederick County exec candidate forum
August 19th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Fracking report says procedure could impact air quality, burden health care system Washington County leads state in solar energy production capacity; Maryland lost 9,000 jobs in June; court orders Nordstrom subsidiary to pay state back taxes; U.S. Rep. Harris seeks to lead Republican policy making committee; no one is talking about it, but WYPR-FM may unionize; Hogan hires fund-raiser fired from national party after controversial event; and Hogan continues to raise money to retire primary debt
August 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Local jurisdiction likely will foot some of the costs of providing attorneys at initial bail hearings; average of 4.5 police SWAT raids daily in Maryland; former Del. Mary Conroy dies at 82; gubernatorial candidates criticize each other’s possible administration, as ice buckets abound; gov candidate Hogan beats drum for arcade business owners over new regulations; three Democratic county execs finally come out for Brown; O’Malley speaks in Mississippi, New Hampshire; Neverdon misses the mark on signatures in run for Baltimore City state’s attorney; group forms PAC to fight secessionist Peroutka’s run in Anne Arundel; and services for George Manis this morning
August 15th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Environmental groups urge Sen. Mikulski to remove language that could kill Somerset County wind project; Franchot kicks off post-Labor Day school initiative in Ocean City; pension officials says recent reforms put state plan on more sound footing; judge green lights blind voter lawsuit; District 1B delegate candidates attend labor forum; former District 12 candidate Brian Bailey sentenced for failing to put authority line on campaign literature; pundits roll out the advice for Hogan, Brown; and O’Malley pops up, then out at MACo.
August 14th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
BPW OKs $16 billion in state health contracts, covering 200,000 employees, retirees and families; more counties seeing opioid abuse as dual health and safety issues; lawsuit over providing online voting for blind and disabled voters goes to court; Post editorial board urges end to state tax holiday; after 12 years of backing Republicans, Maryland Fraternal Order of Police backs Brown for governor; and while minorities are a majority in Montgomery, leadership is majority white
August 13th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Federal judge upholds new state ban on assault rifles, some magazines; state study into school system financing could mean more money for some; Republican House members ask governor how state will manage illegal immigrant children; court strikes down special zoning for Cove Point Liquid Natural Gas facility; Hogan proposes tax-free pensions for retired law officers; Hogan campaign manager was paid $35,000 by Change Maryland; state Democratic Central Committee to look into chapter voting procedures; and Seat Pleasant mayor ousted from his office -- but not his job and vows to pitch tent outside city hall.
August 12th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Advocates to ask state for improved services for LGBT youths; state’s autopsy technicians seek higher wages; gambling advocates fight against federal ban on Internet gaming; legislation improving access to recreational waterways in Maryland; Mikulski, Cummings push for more federal transportation funds for Maryland; Franchot continues tour of state to encourage spending during tax-free week; after 12 years as delegate, Susan Lee says its time to run for the state Senate; District 1C candidates clash over issues as they seek to gain LeRoy Myers seat; Superintendent Lowery advocates individual student growth over “benchmarks;” and Carroll commissioners, candidates clash over filling administrator vacancy
August 11th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Libertarian candidate for governor campaigns to win, one voter at a time; following more car-bicycle accidents, General Assembly could push for tougher penalties for careless driving; state lemon law doesn’t cover used cars; legislator could come up with law to cover Uber, other tech-public service companies; pre-trial reform legislation also in the cards; Comptroller Franchot to mount petition drive to show lawmakers that starting school later has support, O’Malley makes flood aid funds available; tax-free week starts in time for back to school clothes shopping; problems with MdTA K-9 unit to be probed; and ACC to keep $31 million in settlement with UM in its move to the Big Ten
August 8th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Retirement task force to look to other countries for solutions to spurring savings; O’Malley makes burritos, talks up hiking minimum wage; Brit Kirwin says UM joining Big Ten is beneficial for research schools, not just sports; Board of Public Works to vote on sale of controversial Towson University mansion; O’Malley urges supporters to write letters to Congress urging slow down in deportation of unaccompanied minor illegals; CASA calls on Hogan to denounce Frederick sheriff over links to certain groups; Del. Frick seeks re-election, pushing school construction; candidates for Howard County executive launch TV ads; former Lt. Gov. Steele considers running in Maryland; and Prince George’s County exec to head national county execs organization
August 7th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Gov. O’Malley touts decrease in “preventable hospitalizations;” PSC rules that Uber is a common carrier, orders crafting of new rules to meet new technologies; O’Malley tours flood damaged Clear Spring; almost half of state’s higher ed students study at state community colleges; O’Malley accepts private donation for Maryland crab labeling campaign; Hogan, Brown set TV debate for October; Sierra Club backs Brown for governor; and new head of Civil Rights Commission named.