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State Roundup, October 3, 2014

October 3rd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Coalition protests Exelon-Pepco merger calling it bad for business, ratepayers and environment’ property owners in Baltimore City sue to stop Red Line; state archives opened for Family History and Genealogy Festival; Arundel’s State’s Attorney’s race proves a contentious battle; Arundel exec candidates highlight moves to give all residents better access to waterways; Howard exec candidates home in on mental health issues; and organizations’ forums are a good way to highlight diverse issues for politicians

State Roundup, October 2, 2014

October 2nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

With decriminalization of pot, prosecutions for illegal paraphernalia are more unlikely; pot decriminalization could also mean a work loss for defense attorneys; while Montgomery politicians celebrate a minimum wage hike for local workers, advocates say the race isn’t over yet; Board of Public Works buys overpriced property for Red Line air shaft; state Senate hopeful admits he falsely claimed college degree; new poll finds governor’s race tightening; Dem govs group buys more ads for Brown; Hogan fights back over anti-woman charges; and O’Malley says he’s not worried by poor showing in new presidential poll

State Roundup, October 1, 2014

October 1st, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Maryland has been awarded a $650 million federal grant to try to steer more children out of the state foster-care system; new laws go into effect today, including decriminalization of marijuana, which is drawing the most attention from law enforcement and the media; study finds polling places for minority voters have longer waits, fewer resources; Dan Bongino struggles to make 6th District congressional race competitive; women’s leadership group disappointed by lack of commitment from Brown, Hogan; Hillary Clinton opts out of Brown funder, sends Bill Clinton in her place; wine store owner, who hosted Brown-Clinton event, donates big time to candidates; Maryland gubernatorial TV ads most negative compared to other governor races; Montgomery council OKs public campaign financing law; Montgomery exec hopeful wants cops in every school; and O’Malley talks data-driven governing with India prime minister

State Roundup, September 30, 2014

September 30th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Pot decriminalization law takes effect tomorrow, drawing praise from criminal attorneys; tougher gun laws put crimp in handgun sales; state considers banning self-selected lifetime gambling ban; feds OK exporting LNG from Cove Point; new FEMA floodplain maps could mean more costly insurance; campaign for Circuit Court judge in Frederick heats up; U.S. Rep. Edwards works hard to lead more women into politics; Hillary Clinton in Potomac tonight to raise bucks for Brown; and state, local politicians call for heightened scrutiny of Baltimore City police in brutality complaints

State Roundup, September 29, 2014

September 29th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Chunk of 328 new laws to take effect on Wednesday; Amazon to begin charging Maryland consumers 6% sales tax; stormwater fee opponents now advocate tax cut in lieu of repeal; teachers accused of wrong-doing languish in paid limbo during long probes; After decades with Norm Stone, Baltimore County’s eastside to get a new state senator; daughter says Hogan backs OTC birth control, for women’s rights; Brown, Hogan split over Bay cleanup solutions; O’Malley portrays self as younger, hipper than Clinton; elections board says Montgomery Exec Leggett misused campaign funds; Leggett grounds test drones; and Arundel Exec Neuman pushes slew of agenda items before leaving office

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

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