Duane Keenan filed this audio report on the two major issues moving to the House floor today, gambling expansion and liability for dog bites. Before the House Ways and Means Committee voted to lower the taxes for casinos in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City, he talked to Baltimore County Democratic Del. Emmett Burns and House Minority Leader Tony O’Donnell.Read More
In this podcast, House Speaker Michael Busch spoke to reporters about the budget and the cuts that would have to be made if tax increases don’t pass. “Only 16% of Marylanders are being asked to pay a little more.”Read More
“Shame on them for not doing the people’s work in the time frame that they had… They raise our taxes, we put less food on the table,” said a Carroll County protester. Senate President Mike Miller says, “It would have been nice if we could have got it done in the 90-day session.”Read More
Duane Keenan talked to Speaker of the House Mike Busch and different members of the legislature about the abrupt ending of this year’s legislative session and what may come next.Read More
As members of the General Assembly began their last day of the 2012 session on Monday, they reflected on the session, what has been accomplished, and what is still left undone. Duane Keenan filed this podcast.Read More
AARP and MarylandReporter.com sponsored a 6th District debate for all congressional candidates on Sunday. Duane Keenan was there and produced a podcast featuring the Republican candidates.Read More
The candidates for the House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District participated in two debates Sunday sponsored by AARP Maryland and MarylandReporter.com and held on the Germantown campus of Montgomery College.
Webcasts of the two debates will be available at MarylandReporter.com later today.Read More
Some want Maryland to expand slot machine gambling, and one possible site is National Harbor in Prince George’s County. The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the proposal Friday. Here is a podcast with a proponent of the new site, and opposition from the developer from the casino at Arundel Mills.Read More
In this podcast, Senate President Mike Miller explains that progressive Democrats in his caucus demanded a higher tax on high earners. Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin says, “It will cost us jobs.”
“It’s class warfare,” said Sen. Bobby Zirkin in a second podcast. “It’s the worst instincts of the Democratic Party.”Read More
With the state’s referendum laws in the spotlight for the first time in two decades, some legislators hope to close weaknesses in the referendum process that can open the door to fraud.
The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would adopt several measures implemented in other states to help ensure the validity of referendum petitions. We’ve got a story and a podcast.Read More
The petition drive to repeal Maryland’s same-sex marriage law — which will be signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley today — is underway. Duane Keenan filed this podcast talking to organizers of the petition drive, headed up by the Maryland Marriage Alliance and backed by Del. Neil Parrott’s group MDPetitions.com.Read More
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