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State Roundup, September 26, 2014

September 26th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State prisons are turning to veterans in looking for corrections officers; move-over law expansion takes effect next week; new surveillance network used to combat oyster poachers; Hogan seeks probe into health exchange contracts, political donations; Board of Election says Hogan did not account for pre-run poll properly, but won’t fine him; benefits of publicly financed campaigns are mixed; Watson attacks Kittleman in Howard exec race; and Harford council overturns veto of raise for next county executive


State Roundup, September 25, 2014

September 25th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State lowers two-year revenue projections $405 million, will force deeper cuts than expected; not all Prince George’s residents think Greenbelt is best place for new FBI HQ; Cardin presses Obama administration on racial profiling review; candidates finding it difficult to stir up interest in General Election; lieutenant governor candidates set debate; Brown could be playing it safe in run for governor; Hogan for women’s unfettered access to birth control; in District 32, Republicans hope to unseat General Assembly incumbents; Bongino upbeat in uphill campaign against U.S. Rep. Delaney; Robin Ficker, son Flynn, run for state Senate, House; Arundel’s Schuh wants $18 million property tax cut; and Prince George’s voters to decide on a slew of referendums


State Roundup, September 24, 2014

September 24th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Panel recommends medical marijuana grower fees of $125,000 annually plus $40,000 for dispensaries; Gov. O’Malley says he is “inclined to believe” Maryland should comply with a judge’s ruling on disabled voters and online balloting; Maryland’s teachers not all in on new evaluation system; three Maryland towns noted as “best places to live;” Hogan pulls some pages out of Ehrlich’s 2002 campaign playbook; while O’Malley stumps in two states, Ben Carson considers run for president; Green candidate hopes to unseat Delaney in the 6th; and Prince George’s considers striking a blow to human trafficking by banning hourly hotel rates


State Roundup, September 23, 2014

September 23rd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The state attorney general is appealing a federal judge’s ruling ordering Maryland to use absentee ballot-marking technology for the disabled; U.S. Rep. Hoyer says he’d support redistricting reform on a nationwide level; state registers of wills to get pay hikes; Howard’s General Assembly candidates address mental illness as campaign issue; commissioner candidate in Worcester blast General Assembly for ignoring shore; NOW backs Brown; Hogan, Brown set third debate; Gallup poll finds people trust their local governments; Latino businesses concerned about impact of light rail line; and Princess Anne town commissioner is charged with assault


State Roundup, September 22, 2014

September 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gerrymander Meander takes activists on 225 mile trek through five jurisdictions; the Ray Rice controversy is just one reason why some federal legislators want to strip the NFL of its tax-exempt status; groups seek transportation fund lockbox; Hogan pulls Brown ad that uses Disney’s Pinocchio cartoon; Hillary Clinton to fund-raise for Brown; District 12 race draws conservatives from the Baltimore County portion of the district; Attorney General Gansler, Wicomico sheriff at odds over state gun laws, federal gun rights; Sen. Brinkley seeks hearing on Sunday hunting after horse groups voice safety concern; Arundel girds itself to deal with rise in opiate overdoses; Montgomery County to review policy of complying with all requests from federal immigration authorities to detain prisoners; and does Baltimore City make its leaders ill


State Roundup, September 19, 2014

September 19th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

225 mile trek to highlight gerrymandering in Maryland kicks off today; Judiciary committee pushes for more collaboration in civil disputes; coalition urges Exelon-Pepco merger to be tied to Pepco improvements; for Sen. Frosh it’s the right year, wrong document to celebrate; Sen. Young scores 100% from consumer group; Montgomery Dems back transportation fund “lockbox;” Hogan-Brown race get hotter with name-calling, and website punches and sleights; in Anne Arundel exec race, Johnson knocks Schuh; 15 seek to fill empty seat on Baltimore City Council; Sparrows Point future brightens; and some in Maryland Congressional delegation urges Obama not to escalate to ground war against


State Roundup, September 18, 2014

September 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State says it has resettled more than 2,800 immigrant children, launches website to help them further; law prof who is teaching state public defenders to better serve poor clients wins MacArthur grant; Lt. Gov. Brown urges state to balance need to meet minority contracting goals and getting best deal; Montgomery GOP out thumping the tub to create two-party rule; Gov. Christie helps bring in $400,000 for Hogan campaign; Hogan now demanding probe into rival’s relationship with PAC; state GOP admits it used Ravens logo without permission; and Prince George’s exec seeks to extend term limits


State Roundup, September 17, 2014

September 17th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The state intends to limit consumer access to the new health exchange when it rolls out in November in an attempt to be able to easily fix problems that might pop up; athletes to run the 3rd Congressional District to call attention to gerrymandering; Maryland Public Policy Institute, consumer advocacy group rate the session, legislators; new Brown ad attacks Hogan on abortion, gun control; O’Malley to head across the pond to meet with like-minded wonks over CitiStat; U.S. Sen. Cardin resurrects federal anti-profiling proposal; Frederick candidates debate stormwater fee; Howard hopeful Watson touts platform on aging issues; and sponsor of Montgomery public campaign financing bill challenges amendment


State Roundup, September 16, 2014

September 16th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Despite deadline, medical marijuana commission still has unfinished business; 11,000 pieces of surplus DOD weapons, equipment transferred to state law agencies since 1995; Franchot calls for three-year hiatus on tax hikes; 200 Dept. of Environment workers given leave after office bed bug invasion; the man behind Caesars Entertainment is a math wizard; portrait of Frederick Douglass hung in Government House; it’s not just candidates who file campaign finance complaints; Hogan, Brown see transit projects in two different lights; Dems blast Hogan over 1994 bankruptcy; NOW asks gov candidates views on women’s issues; and the next Arundel County exec will get a pay raise


State Roundup, September 15, 2014

September 15th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Transportation Trust Fund “lockbox” on the November ballot as constitutional amendment; GOP candidate for attorney general sees himself as a counterweight to a Democratic stronghold; Republican political newcomer challenges Sen. Astle; Bowie & Jensen founder seeks seat as Democrat in heavily Republican district; despite Brown lead in latest poll, analysis finds Hogan poll may be more accurate; Hogan drop pounds on the hustings; Hogan ad slams Brown on health exchange; DGA ad slams Hogan on education; Doug Duncan takes Leadership D.C. role; Ehrlich tests presidential waters in N.H.; Baltimore City mayor released from hospital; Arundel Council to vote on lesser hike in county exec salary; and cost estimate for public financing of Montgomery elections much less, new study finds



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