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April 5, 2014
It is laughable to hear Gov. Martin O'Malley say that "our launch failed" when discussing the state's troubled health care exchange ( "Md. votes to adopt health exchange software used in Connecticut," April 2). What failed is Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who failed to sufficiently test Maryland's health exchange before it was rolled out to the public. Now Mr. O'Malley wants to ask the federal government for more money to clean up his mess with a company that donated more than $500,000 to the Democratic Governors Association that Mr. O'Malley chaired.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | June 22, 2014
Item: Washington is abuzz with the shocking defeat of House majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary. David Brat, a tea party-inspired college professor with little money but plenty of energy, pulled off the historic upset. Most of the mainstream media coverage focused on Mr. Cantor's support (albeit tepid) for a set of immigration reform principles that some on the right interpreted as "amnesty" - and that such support was the primary cause of his loss at the hands of an unknown, underfunded candidate.
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NEWS
August 20, 2012
It is no longer amazing that our major political party, the Democrats, are hell bent on spreading gambling across our state when just a few years ago they said no thank you to Gov.Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican. If this isn't obvious to the readers by now I don't know what else to say. Once again I can see that the politicos have sliced up their piece of the pie, and now they are satisfied. We will probably once again vote them all back in for the next four years and listen to our fellow Marylanders complain.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | June 7, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown remains the heavy favorite to win the Democratic gubernatorial primary because the only thing that could have hurt him — his role as O'Malley administration "point man" for Obamacare in Maryland — won't hurt him. And it won't hurt him for a simple reason: the math. Not enough Democratic voters were "inconvenienced" (and, therefore, outraged) by last year's health exchange problems. Most Marylanders already had insurance; they didn't have to go anywhere near the state's glitch-riddled online marketplace.
NEWS
December 12, 2013
I thought I was on the Joke of the Day website when I saw The Sun's recommendation that the legislature investigate the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act ("Maryland's ACA debacle," Dec. 10). Gov. Martin O'Malley has probably already called his friends - House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller - and told them to do it, but make sure the fault does not lie with himself or Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. They likely bowed to him as they hung up. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
March 14, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown might state they welcome the federal investigation into Maryland's health insurance exchange, but they know the results won't come to light until after the elections ( "How 'welcome' are those Obamacare investigations?" March 12). Are these two incompetent clowns going to have to pay out of their pockets for this mess, or will they both get thrown out of office? I suspect neither because none of these worthless politicians have any responsibility like the average citizen.
SPORTS
By Mark Purdy and Mark Purdy,Knight-Ridder News Service | February 26, 1992
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It's nice to know that boxing has snapped back from the Mike Tyson episode, isn't it? Eager to put that deplorable debacle in the rear-view mirror, the sport will give us exactly what you would expect:That's right. Another deplorable debacle.Granted, this particular debacle won't be as nasty or as criminal as Tyson's debacle, the rape trial which -- with the latest round of bribery charges by his victim -- just keeps getting more and more disgusting. But this debacle will be awful, too, in a different way.Yesterday, world champion Evander Holyfield's people made an announcement.
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By George F. Will | January 17, 2002
WASHINGTON - Washington - narcissistic and even solipsistic, as usual - thinks Enron's collapse is primarily a Washington, meaning a political, story. Actually, the debacle is, so far, primarily a tale of two other cities. Houston is Enron's hometown. New York is the center of the financial system that Arthur Andersen is supposed to serve. Andersen is the document-destroying accounting firm that failed - assuming, generously, that it tried - to report accurately Enron's activities. However, Washington will star in subsequent acts of this drama that may live on, in litigation, longer than anyone reading this column.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | December 13, 1994
The Orange County debacle suggests that suburbs are no longer viable and must be taken over by the great cities.Bill will clear his next Surgeon General with Newt.
SPORTS
November 30, 2006
On the Orioles' offseason moves There's only one more thing to do to complete this offseason debacle. The O's need/will sign Barry Bonds to play LF/DH. Let the circus season begin! I don't see where this offseason has been so bad. We turned the worst bullpen in baseball to one of the best. Not giving [Carlos] Lee $110 million is going to turn out a good move. I don't think it's been a debacle yet. Despite some of the opinions by national media, the reliever signings have been solid, if a bit overpaid.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
A 60-second radio spot by Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler criticizes Maryland's online health insurance exchange - and by extension Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, his rival in the Democratic campaign for governor. What the ad says : The ad begins with a statement by Bonnita Spikes, a retired nurse from Prince George's County, telling listeners she tried to sign up for coverage through the "ridiculous" state website more than 50 times. Without using Brown's name, the spot points to the O'Malley-Brown administration's acknowledged failure to ensure a smooth launch of the site, a key to implementing the Affordable Care Act. It points to press coverage calling the site "a debacle" and asserts that it's a "$261 million" failure.
NEWS
April 8, 2014
Regarding the April 4 story "Sharfstein tells Congress contractors are to blame," it is almost unreal to see how all the leaders in Maryland government, particularly Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, are all trying to slip any accountability in wasting $200 million or more of taxpayers' money. There is simply no accountability at any level in the Maryland government. Here's how this situation would play out in private sector where I work: CEO: "Tell me Sharfstein/Brown, what happened here?"
NEWS
April 5, 2014
It is laughable to hear Gov. Martin O'Malley say that "our launch failed" when discussing the state's troubled health care exchange ( "Md. votes to adopt health exchange software used in Connecticut," April 2). What failed is Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who failed to sufficiently test Maryland's health exchange before it was rolled out to the public. Now Mr. O'Malley wants to ask the federal government for more money to clean up his mess with a company that donated more than $500,000 to the Democratic Governors Association that Mr. O'Malley chaired.
NEWS
April 2, 2014
On behalf of the taxpayers I just wanted to thank Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for wasting $125 million tax dollars on another failed government program, in this case, Maryland's health exchange website ( "Signup period bumps to end," April 1). Not to worry. There is plenty more in the state and federal treasury for the two of them to gamble with. Let them just throw money at anything they feel is necessary, and the clueless Democrats in Maryland will continue to vote for them.
NEWS
March 14, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown might state they welcome the federal investigation into Maryland's health insurance exchange, but they know the results won't come to light until after the elections ( "How 'welcome' are those Obamacare investigations?" March 12). Are these two incompetent clowns going to have to pay out of their pockets for this mess, or will they both get thrown out of office? I suspect neither because none of these worthless politicians have any responsibility like the average citizen.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
Pat Skerry has spent the past 30 minutes pacing the perimeter of the court, tossing out gentle pointers in his New England-inflected patter. One of his Towson Tigers fires an ill-conceived pass that ends up rattling among the seats at SECU Arena. The third-year coach abruptly morphs into a different animal. "Instead of acting like little kids, let's execute 'Hook' correctly," he bellows, referring to one of his team's plays. "Guard!" he barks after a subsequent defensive lapse.
BUSINESS
July 13, 1994
Prudential scandal tops $1 billionPrudential Securities' projected cost for its limited partnership debacle has surpassed $1.1 billion, which would make it the costliest fraud scandal for any investment house in Wall Street history.The increased cost was announced yesterday by Prudential Securities, which said it was adding $305 million to its reserves for settlements involving the partnership sales. That money would then be used to settle claims by clients who said they were fraudulently sold the investments, which have since soured.
FEATURES
By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | May 5, 2006
Not long ago, every major American director felt compelled to mount a large-scale Western to show the world what he could do with a classic native form. Often, the result would be a stiff or a debacle - most spectacularly, Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate. I hope the same thing isn't happening with Chinese directors and sweeping medieval martial-arts fantasies. After Ang Lee set the trend with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (a giant hit, though I found it just as draggy and opaque as I do most of Ang Lee's work)
NEWS
January 25, 2014
If you are like most of us living in the Baltimore area, you are probably sick of hearing about what a disgrace the city's speed camera program turned out to be - about the high error rate, about the slow response of city government to the problem and perhaps even about the stonewalling and vague explanations of exactly how it went so terribly wrong. We're sick of it. Our readers are sick of it. And it's probably the case that most everyone in City Hall from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on down to the youngest clerk-typist is tired of thinking about this embarrassment, too. Yet the latest revelation - one that the Rawlings-Blake administration clearly didn't want anyone to know about - is that the whole thing was even worse than previously reported.
NEWS
December 30, 2013
Something is rotten in Baltimore, and it isn't the fall leaves. From the beginning of the city's speed camera program, there has always been something rather shady about how it has been operated and implemented. From the closed door meetings between city officials and Xerox and then Brekford, to the placing of speed cameras a half-mile away from any school zone. Then there was the bounty system type of payment for each ticket issued that the city wrote into the contract with Brekford (even after it was deemed illegal by state officials)
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