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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
A commission set up to advise the General Assembly how to reform its laws governing campaign financing edged closer to consensus on some key issues but has a lot of ground to cover at its final meeting scheduled for Sept. 27. The Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law reached a clear consensus on some enforcement issues -- extending the statute of limitations for misdemeanor violations of campaign finance laws from two years to three and allowing the State Board of Elections to issue civil citations for some less severe violations without having to refer matters to the State Prosecutors' Office.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A reader has suggested that I take time out from exposing the purblind ignorance of that ass Simon Heffer and his ilk to identify some rules and distinctions of usage that are worth observing.   H.W. Fowler had an entry, “sturdy indefensibles,” stock constructions like It's me that violate some grammatical principle or other but which it is idle to object to. I continue to observe some distinctions that I can defend as precise and useful, and today I'll share a dozen sturdy defensibles that I enforce almost daily in my editing.
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April 4, 2013
While frequently lumped together as one homogenous group, environmentalists every now and then come at the same problem from different perspectives and suggest varying solutions. That is the case with the legislation creating the Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program ("Bill would give farmers 10-year reprieve on new regs," March 27). Too much is being made of the fact that the environmental community has different opinions about this bill. We all take seriously legislation to improve water quality.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn | December 23, 2013
Seven Baltimore area players were named to the Consensus All-State Football Team Tuesday with numerous others making the big school, small school and private school teams. McDonogh's Dom Damico, who guilded the Eagles to an 11-0 season and the MIAA A Conference championship, shared Coach of the Year honors with Fort Hill's Todd Appel, whose Sentinels finished 14-0 with the Class 1A state title. DeMatha wide receiver Cameron Phillips, who is headed to Virginia Tech, was named Offensive Player of the Year. Middletown lineman Ricky Leonard, committed to Florida State. was named Defensive Player of the Year.
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By Michael H. Kean | August 7, 1997
AS ANY policy-maker will tell you, consensus is the key factor in change. You must have consensus to move legislation and policy proposals.Several years ago, the Clinton administration's national health care program died because of a lack of a consensus. So did Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" arms proposal in the 1980s and the Equal Rights Amendment in the late 1970s. George Bush, on the other hand, made sure he had consensus on Capitol Hill before going forward with the gulf war.In education -- an area rife with new ideas and reforms -- consensus is the linchpin of success.
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By John Fairhall and John Fairhall,Staff Writer | October 28, 1992
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- If Bill Clinton were a boxer, he'd wear velvet gloves and try to win on points -- talking points, that is.He's not a milquetoast. But politicians and others who have watched the Arkansas governor agree he has a leadership style that values conciliation and consensus building over confrontation.His major successes have sprung from an ability to galvanize public support and win over reluctant legislators with friendly persuasion. It is these qualities that supporters say he would bring to the White House if elected.
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By ANDREW LECKEY | January 25, 2004
I'm an AT&T Corp. shareholder seriously reconsidering my telecom holdings. What is the outlook for the company? - B.P., via the Internet The nation's largest long-distance carrier keeps tightening its belt. Despite its enormous annual revenue, consistent capital spending and excellent ratings on J.D. Power customer-satisfaction surveys, Ma Bell faces fierce price wars and competition from wireless and Internet-based calling. It has aggressively expanded its offering of bundled local and long-distance services to reach a total of 35 states.
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By DAN BERGER | May 17, 1994
The consensus on Judge Breyer is that Bill incompetently made a brilliant choice. Which tells you something about a consensus.A lot of people feel better knowing that somewhere, somehow, somebody is being executed. Others feel worse.
SPORTS
By BILL FREE and BILL FREE,SUN STAFF | November 19, 2004
TOWSON Coach: Joe Mathews, fourth season at Towson (14-70) Affiliation: Colonial Athletic Association 2003-04 record: 9-19 (1-17 CAA) Arena: Towson Center (5,000) Consensus CAA favorite: Old Dominion Consensus Towson prediction: 10th Starters lost: None Outlook: Life is very cruel for Towson in the CAA. The Tigers were 8-1 last season in the early going, before playing 18 of their next 19 games in the CAA and being unmasked. Mathews has stepped up his non-league schedule this season in an attempt to toughen his squad for the CAA. He does have four outstanding players who should have an impact on the team's projected improvement.
NEWS
December 25, 2011
What if Maryland's governor initiated a plan to incrementally reduce local planning authority and concentrate it in the hands of unaccountable technocrats in Annapolis? What if he dusted off a 37-year-old law and used it as a pretext to implement this plan? What if the science behind the effort was not genuine, objective science, but junk science? What if the process of developing the plan has not been one of true consensus building and collaboration, as Maryland Planning Secretary Richard Hall has repeatedly suggested?
NEWS
October 14, 2013
For the average person, it is sometimes difficult to appreciate the depth and breadth of the threat represented by climate change. Flip around the cable TV channels, and it's not hard to find completely contradictory views of the issue. And at a time when Washington seems unable to handle its most basic fiduciary chores, the possibility that lawmakers might seriously address this long-term global threat seems unlikely at best. But if Americans are to truly understand what's happening to the planet and what it might mean for them, a good starting point would be to consider the most authoritative and comprehensive review of scientific evidence currently available.
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By Cal Thomas | June 29, 2013
"For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. " -- Genesis 2:24, NIV The problem for people who believe in an authority higher even than the Constitution is that in our increasingly secular and indifferent society, it has become more difficult to persuade those who do not subscribe to an immutable standard to accept that view. It is nearly impossible to restrain a people intent on throwing off any and all restraints.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
Baltimore Gas & Electric certainly isn't likely to win any popularity contests. It secured a rate increase from the Public Service Commission in February - its second in the last three years - and turned around and filed a request for another one on Friday. And at the same time, the utility is asking the PSC for what may be unprecedented in Maryland: a surcharge on customers' monthly bills to pay for improvements to the electrical grid in advance. But as little as we may like it, the truth is that failing to make investments in maintaining the grid and improving its reliability is costing us dearly, too. It's just a harder cost to figure than the one that shows up at the bottom of our electric bills every month.
NEWS
April 4, 2013
While frequently lumped together as one homogenous group, environmentalists every now and then come at the same problem from different perspectives and suggest varying solutions. That is the case with the legislation creating the Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program ("Bill would give farmers 10-year reprieve on new regs," March 27). Too much is being made of the fact that the environmental community has different opinions about this bill. We all take seriously legislation to improve water quality.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn | December 21, 2012
The Maryland Media Consensus All-State High School Football Teams were announced Friday. Chosen from the Big School and Small School All-State teams announced Thursday, these are the best of the best. Offensive Player of the Year : Kendall Fuller, Good Counsel Defensive Player of the Year : Henry Poggi, Gilman Co-Coaches of the Year : DaLawn Parrish, Wise; Kevin Lynott, Middletown 2012 CONSENSUS ALL-STATE  FOOTBALL TEAMS                                                                           OFFENSE  QB: Shane Cockerille, Gilman, Sr.    QB: Deryk Kern,  Westminster, Sr.                                                   RB: Lavon Chaney, South River, Sr.                                              RB: Dorian O'Daniel, Good Counsel, Sr.                                               RB: Darius Victor, Northwestern-PG, Sr.                                                     OL: Justin Falcinelli, Middletown,  Jr.   OL: Antonio Harris, Wise,  Sr.                                                   OL: Moise Larose, Wilde Lake,  Sr.                                             ...
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
A commission set up to advise the General Assembly how to reform its laws governing campaign financing edged closer to consensus on some key issues but has a lot of ground to cover at its final meeting scheduled for Sept. 27. The Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law reached a clear consensus on some enforcement issues -- extending the statute of limitations for misdemeanor violations of campaign finance laws from two years to three and allowing the State Board of Elections to issue civil citations for some less severe violations without having to refer matters to the State Prosecutors' Office.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 3, 2006
BAGHDAD, IRAQ --The largest Sunni Arab political group in Iraq unexpectedly moved close to agreement with Kurdish leaders yesterday on a broad framework for a coalition government. The group, the Iraqi Consensus Front, also said it would abandon claims that last month's national elections were rigged if international election monitors' review of the allegations finds no widespread fraud. The move drew a rebuke from other Sunni Arab political leaders who accused the Sunni consensus party of violating an agreement to press ahead with claims of Sunni disenfranchisement during the Dec. 15 vote and to not bargain on their own for a role in the new government.
NEWS
February 2, 1992
Nearly one-third through this year's 90-day General Assembly session, state legislators have yet to attack Maryland's most severe fiscal crisis in decades. They appear to be walking in circles, like nomads wandering in the desert.Gov. William Donald Schaefer has done his part to point lawmakers in the right direction. In his State of the State message, he outlined a tax-and-spending-cut approach to get the state through these tough times. He followed this up last week with a $12.5 billion budget that shrinks non-essential operations while financing only the basics.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley said Friday he won't bring lawmakers back to Annapolis next week to expand the state's gambling program as initially planned, but he will continue pushing the issue. "We will not be calling a special session for July 9," O'Malley said Friday evening after appearing with President Barack Obama at the White House. "I continue to look for a consensus. " O'Malley said he still might call a special session this summer at which lawmakers would vote on proposals to authorize a sixth casino in Maryland and allow table games such as poker at all six. The announcement keeps Annapolis lawmakers and gambling interests in a state of legislative limbo, unsure if and when a deal might be brokered.
NEWS
June 26, 2012
The physical needs of Baltimore City schools seem overwhelming. Leaky roofs, faulty boilers, boarded-over windows, broken or non-existent air conditioning, unusable water fountains and outmoded science labs. Baltimore has the oldest inventory of schools in the state, and thanks to years of disinvestment, mismanagement and a reluctance to reduce the system's physical capacity to meet a historic decline in enrollment, they have been allowed to deteriorate to a point where proper instruction and learning are difficult if not impossible.
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