June 29th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie
Now that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, Maryland will be able to move on its plans; but the reaction to the ruling was a mixed bag with most Republicans and conservatives calling it a disaster, most Democrats and progressives seeing hope for an ailing system, doctors splitting over the issue, businesses skeptical and those with illnesses in their families rejoicing; Dr. Peter Beilenson uses the Supremes announcement to reveal he has Parkinson's; in other news: the flush tax hike to take effect Sunday; the state's audit chief retires; and Spiro Agnew's widow dies at
June 28th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie
Assembly panel seeks strict liability for all dog-owners; Maryland Live! payouts near $5 million; but the lobbyists are the big winners in casino debate; as Del. Afzali continues buzz about Frederick parlor; Virginia and Maryland both have stakes in Supreme Court Obamacare ruling; and Sen. Kittleman to run for Howard County executive.
June 27th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie
O'Malley gives special session on gambling a “50-50” chance; meanwhile labor unions rally for job creation from gambling; gay marriage foes rack up signatures and debt; Supreme Court ruling striking mandatory life sentences for juveniles won't affect Maryland; state ranks 27th in voter turnout; Dutch steps down from Armed Services Committee and federal wages in St. Mary's are tops
June 26th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie
The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Maryland redistricting case upholding Gov. O'Malley's remapping plan, which could still go to referendum; builders group promotes proposed National Harbor-MGM casino with TV commercials; gay marriage opponents' petition heavy with signatures; small protest against Del. McDonough; judge to rule on whether to drop charges against Arundel County exec; and Montgomery County faces $71 million shortfall.
June 25th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie
The issues surrounding the latest gambling kerfuffle – whether to expand to a sixth casino and add table games – remain up in the air to the chagrin of politicians and some editorial boards; in the meantime, the knives are out and everyone has someone to blame or something to say; the attempt to bring state congressional redistricting to referendum falters; new rules to cover abortion clinics; Attorney General Gansler now heads national AG group; and Appeals Court to hear Daryl Jones council case
June 22nd, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie
A state audit has found that Maryland is owed $1.6 billion in unpaid debt; the fallout from the gambling workgroup failure continues as House Speaker Busch says there is still time for a special session but others say action will all have to wait till next year. Still, Prince George's casino advocates continue to have hope while O'Malley chastises House leadership for lack of agreement; outsider candidates seeking to run in the Nov. 6 general election have until June 29 to file a declaration of intent; 141,000 Marylanders expected to get $28 million in health care rebates; and Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz continued to do legal work after taking office.
June 21st, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie
Gambling workgroup fails to reach consensus as three delegates say no to Prince George's casino and lowered tax rates on operators. Gov. O'Malley unhappy with outcome, but not Comptroller Franchot; Will MGM Resorts pull out of National Harbor casino plan and was the study bolstering that site a conflict of interest?; meanwhile, state study finds that table games could add 1,900 jobs; and Blaine Young nears half-way point in fundraising goal for gubernatorial run.
June 20th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie
State hopes to finalize sale of Rocky Gap complex; Del. Afzali seeks feedback on a casino for Frederick; gambling panel meeting behind closed doors called legal; lawmakers hear concerns over pit bull ruling; Carroll Commissioners drop challenge to legislative redistricting; WBFF robocalls traced to conservative company; and, after conviction, Del. Alston defends actions
June 19th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie
The state work group on gambling may have met behind closed doors, but there were enough talkers to give us an idea of what happened as it tries to figure out whether to add a casino to Prince George's County; Shore lawmakers pounce on reports on state's job loss and whether the O'Malley administration is really business-friendly; a legislative task force to meet today on pit bulls; O'Malley, Busch to hold beach-side funder for same-sex marriage; and Anne Arundel Council considers tightening laws governing removing elected officials from office
June 18th, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie
Maryland loses 7,500 jobs last month while Virginia holds steady and D.C. makes slight gain; MGM says it's a go for National Harbor casino site if Maryland lowers tax and allows table games, as Cordish Cos. criticizes plans and nearby gambling states start toting up its potential impact; President Obama's suspension of some deportations becomes a rallying cry for Dream Act supporters; state law holds a large loophole when it comes to teacher-student sexual conduct; and what's next for former Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones when he is released from prison Thursday.