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Attorneys general ask feds for help in blocking illegal telemarketing

September 9th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

On Tuesday, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and 33 other state attorneys general from around the nation wrote to the Federal Communications Commission asking it to clarify the federal law that the phone companies say prohibit them from using technology to block illegal telemarketing


SEIU union played attack role in June primary

July 23rd, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a rapidly expanding and politically prominent labor union who endorsed more than 80 for state office. Most were incumbent Democrats, and most won. Its sometimes brutal mailers and the union's presence have permeated recent Maryland election cycles. While the candidates who enjoy an SEIU endorsement consider it a boon for their campaigns, other contenders consider themselves targets, and have derided the SEIU's tactics as purely nasty


Rascovar: Reviewing 1st debate in Md. governor’s race

May 11th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Now the important part of Maryland's gubernatorial election campaign begins. The kickoff took place last week with the first televised debate among the three Democratic contenders. Though far from inspiring, that debate finally focused voter attention on the election. Equally important, it riveted the attention of reporters, who are now intently following comments and policy statements of the three candidates


Rascovar column: Is Anthony Brown an ‘empty suit’?

April 27th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Let's get this out of the way up front: The answer to the headlined question is “no.” Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown didn’t graduate cum laude from Harvard and later from Harvard Law without having substantial intellectual chops. Yet that inelegant question – does Brown have what it takes to be governor? – could become a defining issue as Maryland’s aimless gubernatorial campaign enters the stage where voters start paying attention


‘Second chance’ bill shields some convictions from job screening

March 12th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Two senators are championing a bill that would allow individuals to petition that their convictions for an array of nonviolent misdemeanor charges eligible be shielded from public scrutiny. Dubbed the Maryland Second Chance Act of 2014, the bill says that following a period of three to five years, depending on the crime, an individual could submit a petition to a court


State elections board revises fundraising guidelines in governor’s race

January 30th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

New fundraising guidelines affecting Maryland's gubernatorial primary election appear to make it almost impossible for Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, the running mate of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, to raise money during the legislative session. The new guidelines appear to show that Elections Administrator Linda Lamone is taking a step back from a highly controversial ruling she made in December, which triggered a lawsuit and was made without the knowledge or consent of her board


At the first mile-marker in the money race for the 2014 campaign

January 19th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Money can't buy you love, but in campaigns, it can buy you lots of other things: attention, status, respect, advertising, mailers, staff and headlines. The candidates with the most money don't always win. But they win most of the time since they often happen to be incumbents. An incumbent in any office with solid money in the bank, high name recognition and low negatives will win



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