State Roundup, Thursday, June 20, 2013

MISSING GUNS: Nearly 1,000 guns were reported lost or stolen from federally licensed gun dealers in Maryland last year, the third-highest number of any state in the country, according to a federal report released this week. Carrie Wells reports in the Baltimore Sun.

The question is how many were actually lost and how many were “lost” by dishonest gun dealers looking to sell off the books to people who couldn’t qualify to buy a weapon, writes a Sun editorial.

PRISON HEARINGS: Maryland lawmakers plan to start digging deeper next week into the problems that came to light at a Baltimore jail as a new commission begins a series of hearings and site visits to state and local correctional facilities, John Wagner reports in the Washington Post.

PRISON CONTRABAND: Following on the heels of the scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center which found cell phones and drugs being smuggled into the prison, a new report has found contraband inside the Maryland Dept. of Juvenile Services, reports WBFF (Fox Baltimore).

WOMEN GUARDING MEN: Fighting corruption at the Baltimore City Detention Center has more to do with training, security and staff than gender, writes a Sun editorial.

NSA NO COMMENT: Columnist Marta Mossburg wonders why Gov. Martin O’Malley has been silent about the phone surveillance by the National Security Agency, the huge spy agency based in Maryland.

TEACHER EVALUATIONS: Teachers could face salary freezes or eventual firing under a new evaluation system based on results of old tests that don’t match up with the new Common Core curriculum they are teaching, writes Meg Tully in The new curriculum has been controversial in other states, but not in Maryland.

RYAN DINNER: Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is scheduled to speak at a Maryland Republican Party dinner Thursday, reports the Associated Press on WMAR (ABC2).

Ryan will likely address questions about various issues, including the issue of immigration which is dividing Republicans and is headed to the House of Representatives, reports Red Maryland.

TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT: The new Owings Mills Transit Oriented Development is the state’s only good example of this type of development, blogs Barry Rascovar for

RED LINE: Many are optimistic about the chances for construction of the Red Line mass transit line that would run east-west through downtown Baltimore, Candy Thompson of the Baltimore Sun discusses with WYPR’s Fraser Smith.

But visions of a newly mobile and vibrant Baltimore could be derailed if the Red Line project fails to get federal support, comments WYPR’s Fraser Smith in his weekly essay.

MoCo EXECUTIVE: Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett realizes that the road to his re-election in 2014 will have to pass through the Silver Spring Transit Center. While the troubled $120 million project has a lifespan that stretches back into the administration of one of his opponents, former County Executive Doug Duncan, he has apparently decided to deal with it by taking full ownership, Bill Turque writes in the Post.

WASHINGTON COUNTY: Del. LeRoy Myers said that having a charter home-rule form of government would enable Washington County to take care of business day to day instead of relying on a 90-day annual session of the Maryland General Assembly, Kaustuv Basu reports in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

DELEGATE RUN: Ellicott City business owner and Republican Carol Loveless has filed to run for a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates representing the newly drawn District 9B in 2014.


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Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

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