August 5th, 2010 | by admin
After remaining untouched for years — and most likely just collecting interest this campaign season — Gov. Martin O’Malley and the legislature raided a $5.6 million fund that allows gubernatorial candidates to get campaign finance help from taxpayers.
Called the Fair Campaign Financing Fund, it has been receiving contributions from taxpayers — but mostly just collecting interest — since 1975, said Jared DeMarinis, director of the division of Candidacy and Campaign Finance for the Maryland State Board of Elections. In the 35 years it’s been on the books, the fund has only been tapped into during the 1994 campaign
June 27th, 2010 | by admin
The warring camps in the battle for the State House are seeking to “nationalize” the race.
Ex-Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s forces are hoping to lash Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley to an increasingly unpopular president, and O’Malley’s troops are tying Republican Ehrlich to Big Oil, the Gulf spill, Big Tobacco and even the bailout of big banks.
June 24th, 2010 | by admin
Treasurer Nancy Kopp sips a cup of coffee. Comptroller Peter Franchot jokes about the American soccer team. Gov. Martin O’Malley congratulates longtime agency workers.
It’s not prime time but for the first time, the Board of Public Works session on Wednesday was broadcast on the web as a test
June 17th, 2010 | by admin
With two published polls showing the race for governor neck-and-neck, the contest to win “subsets” of voters becomes more crucial and this certainly applies to Maryland’s large Jewish community.
Where its vote will go depends on whom you talk to
June 7th, 2010 | by admin
Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich today rolls out a small business initiative as he campaigns to get back his old job.
He told reporters the proposals will be a combination of “things that worked” from his first administration, ideas that come from a series of roundtable discussions he’s held with more than 100 businesses, and best practices “we were able to steal from other states.”
June 2nd, 2010 | by admin
The newly-appointed student member for the University System of Maryland Board of Regents says he wants to use his new position to enhance academia at historically black colleges.
Leslie Hall, who takes a seat on the board in July, says he can provide the “diverse point of view” that the panel is lacking, as only one of three members who has attended an historically black college or university
May 27th, 2010 | by admin
Gov. Martin O'Malley signed an executive order last week authorizing furloughs and pay cuts for state employees for the coming fiscal year, but at the request of the largest union of state workers, he added a provision granting furloughed workers paid administrative leave in the following year for the same amounts.
State employees making at least $40,000 per year will be required to take three furlough days, while employees making $50,000 and $100,000 will have to take four and five furlough days, respectively. Other workers, including "24/7" employees such as correctional and police officers, making less than $40,000 will lose three days worth of pay for those and those making more will lose five days worth of pay
May 27th, 2010 | by admin
Child care providers are split over a new Maryland law that gives them the option to join a union if they subscribe to the state Child Care Subsidy Program.
Some caregivers are thrilled to finally “have a voice” when it comes to wages they receive from the state, while others are threatening to cut ties with the program that reimburses care for needy children
May 24th, 2010 | by admin
Gov. Martin O'Malley has allowed a bill authorizing the State Board of Education to open "virtual public schools" to go on the books without his signature because of the program's lack of funding mechanism.
Bills in Maryland become law automatically 45 days after the end of the legislative session if the governor does not veto them, as he did a number of duplicate bills. But it is still noteworthy when a governor refuses to take a position on an issue by refraining from signing a bill
May 21st, 2010 | by admin
Daniel Zaragoza wants to help people in need so badly that he's worked as a pizza delivery man on the side to make ends meet.
He usually works as a residential counselor for the Spring Dell Center in La Plata, taking care of three men with mental disabilities, “basically running their households” and making $9.05 per hour. He says he's unique among his colleagues, because he has not not abandoned the position to make more money. Instead, he's moonlighted as a delivery driver