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State Roundup, July 30, 2014

July 30th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Two Maryland sites, one Virginia site in competition for new FBI HQ; Chesapeake lawmakers continue to push for honest labeling of crab meat origins; Maryland Public Service Commission orders Baltimore City, Baltimore County cabbies to install credit card machines; Montgomery County Corrections Facility’s work readiness program draws national attention; controversial Arundel Council candidate Peroutka to hold presser; judge dismisses foreclosure suit against Del. McConkey, wife; and Prince George’s Council OKs extending term limits, must be voted on by public


State Roundup, July 29, 2014

July 29th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. O’Malley, religious leaders seek foster families for immigrant children, seeking homes for as many as 2,000. A Baltimore County Council candidate says she supports accepting 50 in Timonium; two freight railroad companies seek to stop Maryland Department of the Environment from disclosing crude oil shipment information; state pension officials tout 14.37% return after setting expectation at 7.7%; state, Frederick County officials agree to wait on sale of life care facilities; state pre-K grant could help 100 Washington County toddlers; Annapolis Housing Board creates emeritus post for Carl Snowden after mayor refuses to reappoint him; and minority contractor advocate Arnold Jolivet has died.


State Roundup, July 28, 2014

July 28th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

As federal stats find that many immigrant children end up in D.C. area, Gov. O’Malley stands firm on helping children who are “fleeing death;” Sen. Pugh writes about problem of sending Maryland’s troubled youth to out-of-state facilities; SSA fails to provide fuller accounting of problems with computer system; pension fund earns 14% return; Del. Morhaim, advocate for medical marijuana, criticizes regulations that could stop docs from participating; Arundel County Council candidate draws fire from state GOP for secessionist leanings as many distance themselves; U.S. Sen. Mikulski seeks truth in crab labeling; U.S. Rep. Delaney says Annapolis ignores Western Maryland; GOP gubernatorial candidate Hogan goes to the fair; and GOP opponent to Baltimore County executive seeks more transparency


State Roundup, July 25, 2014

July 25th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State officials say agencies must do more to flag financial problems at groups homes; inter-government squabble may have played role in approval of wetland permit for Cove Point gas export facility; Frederick sheriff briefs county leaders on border visit, says “full deployment of military” needed; O’Malley says heroin death are on the rise; U.S. Rep. Harris’ “D.C. constituents” crowd his office with complaints; 3rd complaint filed against gubernatorial candidate Hogan over Change Maryland finances; secessionist candidate for Arundel council draws attention of gubernatorial hopefuls; and Frederick County unity event disrupted by GOP exec candidate


State Roundup, July 24, 2014

July 24th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

While Larry Hogan blames O’Malley-Brown for Beretta move, the Sun editorial board digs up an article from the Nashville Business Journal that outlines all the incentives that Tennessee offered to the gunmaker; BPW approves a natural gas export facility despite residents’ objections in a long meeting that put the governor’s patience, ability to stay awake to the test; BPW also approves BWI expansion for more international flights; opinionmakers are seeing the immigration crisis as a humanitarian one; first Brown-Hogan faceoff set for next month; anti-smoking advocates set sights on tax hike after election victories; Ulman gets the OK to give charities campaign donations from indicted executive; NAACP to hold annual convention in Baltimore; Kittleman hits the airwaves in race for Howard County exec; and Prince George’s extends term limits to three terms


State Roundup, July 23, 2014

July 23rd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Citing Maryland’s new tough gun laws, Beretta announces move of manufacturing arm to Tennessee, while corporate HQ will remain; meanwhile, the state defends the assault-style weapons, magazine ban in court; Mikulski to introduce spending bill to deal with flow of immigrant children; Sheriff Jenkins returns from border to talk about the situation; state to offer health coverage for gender-reassignment surgery; low voter turnout catches the attention of NAACP, Montgomery County as Cardin teams with Rand over ex-con voting rights; Sen. Hershey told to stop with the chocolate campaign signs; passenger in Dwyer boating accident drops one suit, still sues the delegate; and Arundel councilman again pledges to donate salary if re-elected


State Roundup, July 22, 2014

July 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

O’Malley, religious leaders meet to discuss possible solutions to the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children, focus on foster care for those in Maryland and reuniting with families. But Del. Pat McDonough suggests a tent city on the U.S.-Mexico border; groups push for redistricting reform to avoid gerrymandering and deeper political divides; Maryland Health Benefit Exchange failed in public information requests more than 3 in 10 times; venture capital funds in Maryland going to cybersecurity firms; Aris Melissaratos named interim dean of Stevenson U. business school; and Eastern Shore emergency radio system comes on line


State Roundup, July 21, 2014

July 21st, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Baltimore County officials, candidates oppose Catholic Charities’ offer to harbor immigrant children but Gov. O’Malley to meet with religious leaders today on proposal; illegals face one huge hurdle when coming here -- finding a lawyer; proposal to reduce state inspections of health care facilities; SHA begins test runs with porous concrete in effort to control runoff; control advocates say gun laws are working; federal plan to release some drug offenders early could free 600-plus in Maryland; state cuts program mortgage rate to encourage Western Maryland home buying; MVA’s ‘most helpful person’ dies; poll finds most voters don’t know who O’Malley is; O’Malley fund-raising retreat brings in $125,000 for congressional candidates; Baltimore City councilman criticizes Baltimore County exec over Red Line stance; Frederick County council candidates take a wait and see approach to new charter; and Cecil considers capping tax assessment hikes at lower level


State Roundup, July 18, 2014

July 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Coalition of groups rally in Annapolis to urge lawmakers to reform the redistricting process, curb gerrymandering; local funding of Red Line becomes a sticking point for some legislators; Catholic Charities considers helping about 50 immigrant children; Dan Rodricks urges O’Malley to pardon, compensate man in wrongful conviction; O’Malley certainly acts like he’s running for president; candidate for delegate seeks reform in how candidates are chosen for Arundel school board; and Carroll County to conduct $125,000 energy audit


State Roundup, July 17, 2014

July 17th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

GOP gubernatorial candidate Hogan says he would eliminate state income tax on military pensions; is it possible for Hogan to break through in Montgomery County to garner more than 40% of that vote?; the Tawes clam bake draw thousands, as usual, but thanks to an early primary, politicians aren’t as dominant; the Sun editorial board says it isn’t reassured with promises that the state will repair the problems with the health care exchange website; and recount gives Harman the edge as the GOP nominee to face Kamenetz for Baltimore County exec



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