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State Roundup, September 2, 2014

September 2nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. O’Malley sets new limits on holding immigrants at city jail; families struggle to cope with illness while panel tries to figure out medical marijuana regulations; in her first year, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera clears all 127 cases; Office of Public Defender hopes to expand Towson office; Del. Anderson unimpressed by Horseshoe Casino; Evergreen Health to accept some Maryland veterans; O’Malley to head back to New Hampshire; with no election competition; state’s U.S. reps head out of state to aid other campaigns; Neverdon continues push to be put on ballot as independent candidate for city state’s attorney; Harford council walks back on pay hike proposal; and Carroll commissioners spent $180,000 for outside legal help


State Roundup, August 29, 2014

August 29th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

“Cookie” Harris, anti-abortion activist, wife of U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, dies at 58; new EPA rule to give federal agency authority over 19,000 miles of Maryland streams; state election board reports 164 more voter violations; gubernatorial primary cost candidates $35 per voter; 2nd gubernatorial candidates’ debate set; rail transfer facility dropped in Baltimore; Libertarian from Dundalk running for attorney general; several democratic candidates dip into personal funds to pay for expensive campaigns, without much success; Neuman-Schuh county exec primary proved most expensive in Arundel County history; and three Maryland suburban school systems earn high marks


State Roundup, August 28, 2014

August 28th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Casino impact funds won't go to communities; state needs more transparency in records; gubernatorial campaigns spent almost $25 million; Kittleman outraised Watson, but she still has cash advantage; self-funding campaigns didn't work so well in Montgomery County; environmental lawsuit filed over Purple Line; Pritzker runs against Frosh, Campbell against Franchot; more FBI employees live in Maryland; mailer sues Bongino over debt; EPA proposes more authority over Maryland streams; and Prince George's exec flying to China


State Roundup, August 27, 2014

August 27th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

GOP gubernatorial candidate Hogan gets a bump in the money race following payment from public financing fund; federal auditors subpoena documents from lead contractor in health exchange; Physicians, patients, advocates and potential growers are criticizing the commission tasked with creating regulations for medical marijuana industry; Baltimore City’s Horseshoe Casino opens; Virginia seeks probes into 17 people it says voted in both Virginia and Maryland in 2012 presidential election; last day of testimony in online balloting suit brought against state by National Federation of the Blind; in county executives’ money races it’s Young over Gardner, Kamenetz over Harman and Schuh over Johnson; and African-American officers stunned by Arundel police union donation to Ferguson cop


State Roundup, August 26, 2014

August 26th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Launch of revamped health care exchange may be phased in; a more formal approach for early education; Baltimore City’s Horseshoe Casino gets OK to open tonight; city plans to divert millions to move steam pipe, but the road that its under belongs to Horseshoe Casino; Veep Biden to host luncheon for gubernatorial candidate Brown; Del. Mitchell won’t run for Baltimore City Council; and O’Malley sends campaign staffers to states with competitive races


State Roundup, August 25, 2014

August 25th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Unaccompanied immigrant minors present educational challenge to local schools; new Common Core-aligned testing to prove harder than earlier ones; Open Meeting Compliance Board rejects, delays support of proposals to change legislation regarding meetings by public bodies; state reveals firing -- two-years ago -- of high-ranking official with a $774,000 conflict of interest; Housing chief Raymond Skinner to retire; group challenges 15,000 names on voter rolls in both Virginia and Maryland; long delays at BWI’s Southwestern hub; Arundel police take in lots of surplus military vehicles, weapons; cold water thrown on politicians participating in ice bucket challenges; Hogan asks stations to yank latest Brown attack ad; Robert Flanagan, former Transportation secretary, runs for Howard delegate; Baltimore City casino ready to open; fact-checking in race for Frederick County executive; Michael Anthony Peroutka explains why he is running for Arundel Council; and Seat Pleasant mayor, ousted from his physical office, pitches a tent


State Roundup, August 22, 2014

August 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Maryland’s recent ban on the sale of grain alcohol was intended to stop binge drinking on campus. But it has also made life more difficult for two types of businesses; fracking task force hopes to issue its report by year’s end; voters will get the opportunity to approve a transportation fund “lockbox” constitutional amendment; the union for Arundel County Police is sending money to help defend the Missouri officer who killed Michael Brown; Senate Prez Miller says no to expanding number of committees; number of English non-speakers rises in Talbot schools; Towson University President Loeschke takes leave of absence; Sun wants to draft Freeman Hrabowski for university chancellor; Anne Arundel schools switch suspension policy focus to one of rewarding good behavior; and Howard group seeks reforms in referendum system


State Roundup, August 21, 2014

August 21st, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Baltimore Immigration Court pushing through reviews to decide on children’s deportations; UM chancellor search sends out wide net; U.S. leases 80,000 acres off Maryland coast for off-shore wind development; saving Maryland blue crabs isn’t as simple as a moratorium on harvesting; gubernatorial candidate Hogan says government doesn’t need to be involved in private pension plans; Baltimore City diverts casino funds to fix steam pipe problem; Carroll County seeks to lure more business; and Seat Pleasant mayor, ousted from physical office, creates a moveable one


State Roundup, August 20, 2014

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


State Roundup, August 19, 2014

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



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