State House as sun sets

Fraud in state contracts is target for Frosh and False Claims Act

Attorney General Brian Frosh moved to broaden Maryland’s fight against fraud on Thursday, backing legislation that would include false claims against private contractors completing work for state and local governments in the Maryland False Claims Act. This bill would also empower employees to report fraud within the walls of their own company.

Brian Frosh at podium

Incoming attorney general promises greater transparency

Incoming Attorney General Brian Frosh promised to be "a strong advocate of transparency and openness" in a speech celebrating the 40th anniversary of Common Cause in Maryland, citizen group committed to open government issues.

"It is important the office of attorney general has a uniform approach" to enforcing the state's Public Information Act, Frosh said. "The default ought to be that we're going to give you the information that you seek."

Bobo Frosh

Environmentalists worried about Hogan

The annual awards ceremony by Maryland's environmental community was tinged with trepidation Tuesday night as they worried about what was in store from the new Republican governor.

"These are uncertain times," said Marcia Verploegen Lewis, board chair of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, which puts on the awards dinner. "We need to protect the regulations we have in place" and "maintain our legacy programs."

Save Farm Families

New film shows what happens when an environmental group targets a family farm

In 2010, the Waterkeeper Alliance sued Al and Kristin Hudson for keeping a pile of chicken manure outside one of its chicken houses. The suit alleged that bacteria and other pollutants were running off the chicken litter into a ditch that ran into the Franklin Branch of the Pocomoke River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. A new 15-minute documentary tells how the lawsuit affected the Hudsons, who struggle to make a living.

Frosh Cardin Braveboy debate

Attorney general candidates debate

The infamous undecided voters of the June 24 primary election that are dominating media polls were a no-show at the first Democratic debate for state attorney general.

Frank Auditorium at the University of Maryland College Park had ample space, but almost all of the participants in attendance were supporters of the three candidates - Sen. Brian Frosh of Montgomery County, Del. Jon Cardin of Baltimore County and Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's. Media made up the rest.

Del. Joe Vallario

Rascovar: Defending Joe Vallario

There's no denying Del. Joseph F. Vallario, Jr. of Prince George's County is a stingy gatekeeper when it comes to loosening Maryland's civil and criminal laws. But to blame the defeat of liberalizing legislation solely on Vallario is a misreading of the inner workings of the Maryland General Assembly.