July 15th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
State retains AAA bond rating; O'Malley chides GOP governors for silence on debt ceiling talks; Edwards breaking through as voice of Democrats; Parrott spends under $14,000 on DREAM Act petition campaign; Pipkin wants independent investigation of toll hikes; Blue Dogs coming to Annapolis; former delegate, employees and customers charged with illegal gambling at Minnick's Restaurant; some lawmakers want a "Caylee's law" in Maryland, while others question the need.
July 14th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Dates set for redistricting hearings as congressional delegation hashes out which of its seats to target – Bartlett or Harris; DREAM Act foes get more than 100,000 valid signatures; Baltimore city mayor comes out for same-sex marriage; State Center suit gets go-ahead; Pipkin attacks O'Malley on rural stance; and Montgomery County bans smoking at playgrounds
July 13th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Advocates of gay marriage form new coalition, hoping to bring issue back next session as O'Malley weighs bill sponsorship; state says DREAM Act foes garnered nearly twice the needed number of valid signatures; restaurants must register to allow alfresco doggie dining; Ready again named as state GOP executive director; Pepco scores worst in customer satisfaction; Howard Exec Ken Ulman bans smoking in parks; and news director Mark Miller to leave WBAL-AM after 32 years
July 12th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Lawmakers to look at what to tax next; in the controversy over the State Center redevelopment, where are its major backers putting their campaign donations?; some GOP lawmakers who are fighting to overturn Maryland's DREAM Act voted for it in 2003; Maryland's official state insect is becoming harder to find; U.S. Rep. Edwards takes a lead in redistricting battle
July 11th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
State Center revamp supporters pledge that project will aid surrounding communities as foes vow to stop the plan; state expands three business enterprise zones; AFSCME's non-member dues $1 less than member fee; a little fireworks fly at the Dundalk 4th of July Parade; Del. Boschert laid to rest; Minnick's raid expected to yield charges, arrest; Hoyer hopes to continue federal Webb telescope funding; Harris, who criticized Kratovil for using House postal privileges, does the same; CEO salaries rise; and Leslie Johnson turns over equipment.
July 8th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
DREAM Act petitioners meet signature goal and the measure will be on 2012 ballot; Sen. Jacobs crafts legislation inspired by Casey Anthony case; pension commission finishes work; civil and criminal cases on robocalls go forward; engineering firms in scathing audit say nothing was wrong; most redistricting work to take place behind closed doors
July 7th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Hoyer will lose constituents under redistricting, and governor's panel considers cutting the number of public hearings on the issue while a special session on redistricting could be held week of Oct. 17; Eastern Shore businesses increasingly worried about the toll that Bay Bridge toll hikes will take; O'Malley “disappointed” with two SHA employees following scathing report on ethics but contracting company sees no problem with SHA process; Carroll County begins planning for 2012 General Assembly session; Rosecroft can return to harness racing on condition; Boschert funeral Saturday; and Leslie Johnson bill promoting financial literacy gets pulled
July 6th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
PG Councilwoman Leslie Johnson resigns, but refuses to leave immediately as urged, is stripped of her powers, staff, car and cell phone while keeping salary till July 31; overall slots revenues fall again, though Ocean Downs numbers are up; Canadian slots developer claims racial bias; O'Malley hopes to spur local agriculture with statewide Buy Local Challenge; U.S. Rep. Harris's primary home drawn out in new GOP districting plan, but still has Cambridge home to fall back on; and Rep. Bartlett announces run for 11th Congressional term.
July 5th, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Audit of SHA turns up potential ethics violations, findings turned over to the Attorney General; state employee union to collect dues from non-payers; O'Malley names five to state redistricting panel, which meets tomorrow; 30 wineries now signed up for direct shipments; Cardin greens up over EPA's regulation of pesticides; Wargotz mulls run against Cardin; more join chorus asking Leslie Johnson to resign; some consider running for her seat; and former Del. David Boschert dies at
July 1st, 2011 | by Cynthia Prairie
Sen. Kittleman says Maryland Republicans can learn from New York to help pass gay marriage law; Anti-DREAM Act petitioners hit 100,000 signatures, state Board of Elections to update signature certification online; businesses continue to express concern over implementation of new booze tax hike while health advocates praise the tax; Leslie Johnson pleads guilty in FBI corruption probe, plans to stay on Prince George's Council till her sentencing in the fall, and long-time reporter Sun reporter and columnist Larry Carson says farewell with a story on Howard County Democrats organizing for Obama