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State Roundup, July 24, 2014

July 24th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

While Larry Hogan blames O’Malley-Brown for Beretta move, the Sun editorial board digs up an article from the Nashville Business Journal that outlines all the incentives that Tennessee offered to the gunmaker; BPW approves a natural gas export facility despite residents’ objections in a long meeting that put the governor’s patience, ability to stay awake to the test; BPW also approves BWI expansion for more international flights; opinionmakers are seeing the immigration crisis as a humanitarian one; first Brown-Hogan faceoff set for next month; anti-smoking advocates set sights on tax hike after election victories; Ulman gets the OK to give charities campaign donations from indicted executive; NAACP to hold annual convention in Baltimore; Kittleman hits the airwaves in race for Howard County exec; and Prince George’s extends term limits to three terms

State Roundup, July 23, 2014

July 23rd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Citing Maryland’s new tough gun laws, Beretta announces move of manufacturing arm to Tennessee, while corporate HQ will remain; meanwhile, the state defends the assault-style weapons, magazine ban in court; Mikulski to introduce spending bill to deal with flow of immigrant children; Sheriff Jenkins returns from border to talk about the situation; state to offer health coverage for gender-reassignment surgery; low voter turnout catches the attention of NAACP, Montgomery County as Cardin teams with Rand over ex-con voting rights; Sen. Hershey told to stop with the chocolate campaign signs; passenger in Dwyer boating accident drops one suit, still sues the delegate; and Arundel councilman again pledges to donate salary if re-elected

State Roundup, July 22, 2014

July 22nd, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

O’Malley, religious leaders meet to discuss possible solutions to the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children, focus on foster care for those in Maryland and reuniting with families. But Del. Pat McDonough suggests a tent city on the U.S.-Mexico border; groups push for redistricting reform to avoid gerrymandering and deeper political divides; Maryland Health Benefit Exchange failed in public information requests more than 3 in 10 times; venture capital funds in Maryland going to cybersecurity firms; Aris Melissaratos named interim dean of Stevenson U. business school; and Eastern Shore emergency radio system comes on line

State Roundup, July 21, 2014

July 21st, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Baltimore County officials, candidates oppose Catholic Charities’ offer to harbor immigrant children but Gov. O’Malley to meet with religious leaders today on proposal; illegals face one huge hurdle when coming here -- finding a lawyer; proposal to reduce state inspections of health care facilities; SHA begins test runs with porous concrete in effort to control runoff; control advocates say gun laws are working; federal plan to release some drug offenders early could free 600-plus in Maryland; state cuts program mortgage rate to encourage Western Maryland home buying; MVA’s ‘most helpful person’ dies; poll finds most voters don’t know who O’Malley is; O’Malley fund-raising retreat brings in $125,000 for congressional candidates; Baltimore City councilman criticizes Baltimore County exec over Red Line stance; Frederick County council candidates take a wait and see approach to new charter; and Cecil considers capping tax assessment hikes at lower level

State Roundup, July 18, 2014

July 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Coalition of groups rally in Annapolis to urge lawmakers to reform the redistricting process, curb gerrymandering; local funding of Red Line becomes a sticking point for some legislators; Catholic Charities considers helping about 50 immigrant children; Dan Rodricks urges O’Malley to pardon, compensate man in wrongful conviction; O’Malley certainly acts like he’s running for president; candidate for delegate seeks reform in how candidates are chosen for Arundel school board; and Carroll County to conduct $125,000 energy audit

State Roundup, July 17, 2014

July 17th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

GOP gubernatorial candidate Hogan says he would eliminate state income tax on military pensions; is it possible for Hogan to break through in Montgomery County to garner more than 40% of that vote?; the Tawes clam bake draw thousands, as usual, but thanks to an early primary, politicians aren’t as dominant; the Sun editorial board says it isn’t reassured with promises that the state will repair the problems with the health care exchange website; and recount gives Harman the edge as the GOP nominee to face Kamenetz for Baltimore County exec

State Roundup, July 16, 2014

July 16th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State officials say coding problems in Connecticut health insurance exchange will be fixed in Maryland’s version; DNR issues regulations on water jetpacks; O’Malley at odds with Obama administration on influx of immigrant children; Board of Public Works did not scrutinize contracts to group home where boy died; Southern Poverty Law Center classifies funding source of Sheriff Jenkins’ border trip as a hate group; before the Dems make a Kumbaya moment in the race for governor, a look back at Gansler’s top seven insults about Brown; Hogan taps campaign manager for Cecil; District 31A candidates meet; and O’Malley’s sizeable warchest doesn’t come close to Clinton’s’

State Roundup, July 15, 2014

July 15th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Lawmakers, advocates for children seek an investigation into oversight of troubled group operator; state officials stay mum on health exchange glitch that knocked thousands out of insurance pool; reports find no progress in staunching phosphorus pollution in Shore waterways; vacant military facility vandalized after reports that it would house immigrant children; Frederick County sheriff heads to the border to view potential impact of border surge; gubernatorial candidates seeks to void primary results, top three finishers and be declared the winner; Morgan’s Board of Regents violated open meetings law; and Gov. O’Malley acts like he’s running for president

State Roundup, July 14, 2014

July 14th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

With the well drying up and no plans to recharge it, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Hogan may be the last one using public financing; five power projects in various stages of construction around the state; foster child’s death at group home prompts call for probe, Sun investigation reveals problems with care-provider; vacant military building near Westminster won’t be used to shelter immigrant children; State House room where Washington resigned commission to reopen; What’s your excuse for filing financial forms late? Jared DeMarinis has heard them all; retiring Del. Frank looks back at 12 years in office; and Arundel council candidate donates fossil to creationism exhibit; and Cove Point study raises disaster concerns.

State Roundup, July 11, 2014

July 11th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State elections board fails to certify online balloting, issue may now head to court; friends and family say farewell to the late Wayne Curry; Baltimore County exec says county will help fund Red Line; elections officials say GOP gub hopeful Hogan broke no laws over using Change Maryland; Democrats to show their unity; state warns of E-ZPass phishing scam; U.S. Senate OKs Tubman historic site in Dorchester; recounts sought in two local races; 21-year-old wins GOP primary for Allegany commissioner; and O’Malley scheduled for event in Mississippi

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