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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 27, 2005
Bill aims to restore right to vote for all ex-offenders Advocates for convicted felons are hoping a new approach to restoring voting rights to all ex-offenders will win lawmakers' approval this year, despite failure of such efforts in two past General Assembly sessions. The proposal, announced during a news conference and heard before a House committee yesterday, would allow all ex-offenders to vote after they are released from prison. Past legislation called for minor changes to the current law, which many found confusing because it involved waiting periods based on types of offenses.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed the lawyer who defends the General Assembly to a seat on the state's second highest court. O'Malley on Tuesday appointed Dan Friedman, an assistant attorney general, to the at-large position on Maryland's Court of Special Appeals, a job vacant  since Judge Albert J. Matricciani resigned earlier this year.  Friedman has been the chief architect behind the Maryland's defense of its new ban on the sale of...
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NEWS
January 8, 2003
AS MARYLAND legislators convene today in Annapolis, it bears repeating what their first order of business is: Confronting the $1.8 billion budget deficit for this year and next. Delegates and senators must solve immense financial problems without making government more dependent on gambling, without disrupting critically important programs and without killing valuable momentum achieved in recent years on public secondary and higher education, crime-fighting, environmental protection and many other fronts.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
At least six General Assembly incumbents were trailing opponents after early primary returns Tuesday evening — but many incumbents were turning back tough challenges. With early results reported from polls across the state, state Sen. James Brochin, the northern Baltimore County Democrat known for an independent streak, led former Del. Connie DeJuliis, a more progressive candidate backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley. "People like independence, and they like someone who will stand up to the establishment," said Brochin, who's voted against several of the governor's tax increases.
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By C. FRASER SMITH | April 14, 1991
Annapolis.-- After the celebratory confetti fell into his thinning hair last Monday, House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. made clear how he felt about the just-concluded 1991 legislative session, a session characterized by tight budgets and short tempers."
NEWS
April 11, 1994
The North Carroll Democratic Club will meet Wednesday at Longview Nursing Home on Main Street in Manchester for dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a program at 7:30 p.m.The program will be on the outcome of legislation that was proposed during the 1994 Maryland General Assembly.Democratic candidates for sheriff and register of wills also have been invited.Reservations are required for the dinner and meeting.Information: 374-9247 or 239-7139.FIRE* Hampstead: Engines from Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro, Westminster and Arcadia and Boring of Baltimore County were dispatched to a house fire in the 1400 block of N. Main St. at 10:44 p.m. Thursday.
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By C. Fraser Smith and C. Fraser Smith,Staff Writer | September 15, 1993
When he was appointed to the House of Delegates in 1991, Phillip Bissett enjoyed a measure of new respect from friends and neighbors.The reaction at work was another thing.It was not long before he learned a painful lesson: Jobs are not always compatible with the democratic process.Then a warehouseman for Giant Food, the Anne Arundel County Republican was chosen to fill the unexpired term of the late Dr. Aris T. Allen.Suddenly Mr. Bissett had to fit his work around new duties -- in the midst of a legislative session.
NEWS
April 13, 1999
The WinnersBaltimoreA bit of political engineering now allows former congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume to run for mayor of the city. His supporters persuaded the Assembly to cut the residency requirement for mayoral candidates from a year to six months.Business and utilitiesThey had their way in a complex deregulation bill, including the benefit of the doubt about whether -- and how much -- market competition will help Maryland consumers. Legislators admitted they didn't know whether consumers would be helped.
NEWS
April 8, 1998
A bill to create a property tax exemption for developers who convert old downtown Baltimore office buildings to residences won final General Assembly approval yesterday.If signed by the governor as expected, the legislation will allow the exemption for commercial properties that are at least 25 years old and have been at least 75 percent vacant for at least three years.The measure, which was proposed by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, is part of a package of bills being pushed this year to encourage such conversions.
NEWS
April 11, 2002
A major hurdle to the construction of a new nursing and allied health building at Carroll Community College was lifted Monday night when the General Assembly approved amendments to the state construction budget that included $2.7 million in funding for the building. When the governor announced his capital budget for fiscal 2003, the building was excluded. Carroll Sen. Larry E. Haines, Carroll Community College President Faye Pappalardo and county agencies lobbied legislators to reinstate bond projects such as this in amendments to the bill.
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By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to resolve one of the costliest primary fights in Maryland history and nominate scores more politicians for November's general election. With experts forecasting low turnout, candidates were out in force trying Monday to lure voters - long accustomed to September primaries - to cast a ballot in Maryland's first June primary since the Eisenhower administration. "It's really a turnout question in an election like this," said Barbara A. Hoffman, a former state senator and longtime political observer.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Harold "Boh" McCaskill, a retired automobile assembly line worker and sports fan, died Sunday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 63. Mr. McCaskill was born in Baltimore and raised on Edmondson Avenue. After graduating in 1968 from the old Carrollton Vocational School in West Baltimore, he began his 32-year career as an automobile assembly line worker at the old General Motors plant on Broening Highway. He retired in 2000. After retiring, he drove part time for seven years for Friends Medical Lab until his health began to decline.
NEWS
June 10, 2014
The Sun makes endorsements for state legislature and County Council in the following races: 8th District Redistricting left the residents of the 8th District with two incumbents for three spots. Del. John Cluster, Christian Miele and Norma Secoura are unopposed in the Republican primary, but there is significant competition among the Democrats. Del. Eric Bromwell, though still young at 37, is running for his fourth term in Annapolis, and he has matured as a lawmaker during his time.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2014
Frederick voters may notice a theme to their primary ballots next month: Young for state senator. Young for county executive. Young for county school board. Young for state delegate. Politics, after all, is the Young family business. "I was driving the other day, and I literally saw all four of their campaign signs on the same corner," said Todd Anderson, a federal contractor who lives in the city of Frederick. "I guess we've got kind of a Kennedy clan here. " The family's dominance in city and county politics is measured in decades.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | May 25, 2014
As Triple Crown contender California Chrome went about his daily routine Saturday in preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, a sizable field was shaping up to challenge the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the 11/2-mile race. As many as 11 could line up against California Chrome, who galloped 13/4 miles over a sloppy track at 6 a.m., picking up the pace as he went through the Belmont Park stretch a second time. “That's the way he gallops all the time,” said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to California Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
The Baltimore & Maryland Workers Assembly will host a protest Thursday calling for higher wages for fast food workers, one of dozens happening around the world. The groups backing the effort, which calls for a $15 wage, say protests and strikes will occur in more than 150 cities in the U.S. and 33 countries. Similar one-day events, bankrolled largely by the Service Employees International Union and promoted by community groups, have been staged for more than a year. State lawmakers last month passed a law to increase the minimum wage in stages, reaching $10.10 per hour by 2018.
NEWS
December 20, 1998
The General Assembly's Legislative Policy Committee has approved assistance from the state's Sunny Day fund to help TeleCommunication Systems Inc. with an expansion project the firm promises will create 90 jobs and retain 123.The committee recently approved a $400,000 conditional loan to the software and telecommunications engineering and project management providers. The Annapolis company, a minority business enterprise, plans to invest $2.8 million in capital and research and development expenditures.
NEWS
April 14, 1997
North Carroll High School will have a Horatio Alger Assembly at 9: 05 a.m. tomorrow.The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is a nonprofit educational organization that strives to educate youth about economic and personal opportunities in the United States.The association offers scholarships to students and schools for their achievements and programs. North Carroll High was a recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.Tomorrow's activities start with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. The school band and concert choir will perform during the assembly.
NEWS
April 13, 2014
If voters remember anything from Martin O'Malley's first run for governor eight years ago, it's probably two big promises: to roll back a big increase in BGE rates and to end the culture of divisiveness in Annapolis to bring lawmakers together to get things done. The first promise didn't happen. But the second? Boy did it ever. Mr. O'Malley wrapped up his eighth and final General Assembly session as governor on Monday, bringing to close what is a remarkable run of success even by the standards of Maryland's powerful governors.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | April 9, 2014
I declare myself underwhelmed by the "accomplishments" of the 2014 Maryland General Assembly - a minimum wage increase so gradual it will have no effect on the standard of living for the working poor, a $431 million tax break for the heirs of millionaires, marijuana "decriminalization" that is hardly that, a paltry $4.3 million for pre-kindergarten education, and a broken promise on fully funding public employee pensions. I hate to be the party pooper, but what's all the celebrating and confetti about?
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