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Dan Rodricks | June 27, 2014
Among the 80 percent of registered Republicans and Democrats who stayed away from Maryland's primary was Sally Staehle of Baltimore. She wrote me a letter to explain why she took a pass on voting this time around. "I turned off to local politics when I saw a commercial of an empty podium at a debate, with a voice-over that said somebody didn't bother to show up for the debate, how can we trust him? I just couldn't bear to even try to figure out what that was all about. I don't even remember who the commercial was for. " You can understand Staehle's reluctance to waste mental energy on a campaign ad. But it would not have been hard to figure that one out. What I assume Staehle saw was a TV spot slamming Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for skipping the WBFF-TV debate a few days earlier.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
Tucked amid the woods of northern Baltimore County is one of Maryland's natural gems - the Big Gunpowder Falls, a nationally renowned trout stream that draws anglers from far and wide to try their skills and luck in the cold, rushing water. But some fishermen and fishing guides say they're having a harder time getting at this prized outdoor resource - though it's publicly accessible in Gunpowder Falls State Park - because of unusually heavy river flows that make it hard to fish or even stand at times in the water.
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June 19, 2014
Commentators Richard Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg argue that political debates improve when they feature sound-bite answers (90 seconds maximum) and neutral moderators who don't point out when candidates make factually inaccurate statements ( "A better debate," June 15). Both these suggestions are a disservice to democracy. Such debates create consumerist politics rather than involvement; ideology rather than deliberation. The authors mention one of the Obama vs. Romney debates in which Mr. Romney made a factually false statement about Mr. Obama, then insisted he was correct when Mr. Obama protested.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Orioles right-handed relievers Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter have been good friends for years. They even have vacationed together in the offseason. But there is a friendly rivalry brewing between the two, caused by bullpen-homer-gate. In the fifth inning Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays, first baseman Chris Davis launched a home run to left-center field. The ball was headed toward the visiting team's bullpen at Camden Yards when Hunter jumped up and caught it for a highlight that was listed among ESPN's top 10 plays of the day. "I didn't want the other team to get the ball," Hunter said.
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By Richard E. Vatz and Lee S. Weinberg | June 15, 2014
Watching political debates - local, regional and national - the keen observer will note that they are like baseball stadiums: tailored for the advantage of a few, with parameters sometimes varying wildly to satisfy certain politicians, citizens, media outlets, etc. It is not an exaggeration to say that no format has ever satisfied all observers, and some of them satisfy very few. Some of the complaints are: there are too many or too few debates for...
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Anne Arundel County's Republican county executive candidates will meet in a final debate on Friday night. County Executive Laura Neuman and state Del. Steve Schuh will meet in their third and final debate at 7 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College's Florestano Building. Sponsored by the Republican Central Committee, the debate will be moderated by Nicolee Ambrose, Maryland's Republican national committeewoman. Questions will be posed by panelists John Frenaye of the Eye on Annapolis website and Barbara Cox of WNAV radio.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Del. Jon S. Cardin and state Sen. Brian E. Frosh briefly shook hands Monday night. But that's where the niceties ended. In front of a packed audience at the University of Baltimore School of Law, the leading candidates for the Democratic party's nomination for attorney general got downright hostile. Frosh, of Montgomery County, accused Cardin of missing a large number votes in the General Assembly and associating with a rapper facing human trafficking charges. Cardin, of Baltimore County, accused Frosh of working against anti-child predator legislation and trying to implement an "Orwellian" bail system in which a computer decides a prisoner's freedom.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
How do public health experts handle research when they know they cannot offer subjects the best medical treatment possible - only "less than the best" solutions? It poses serious ethical issues, especially when children are involved in the research, as a controversial Kennedy Krieger Institute study shows. Just 20 years ago, most houses in East Baltimore contained lead paint that was known to be poisoning children at epidemic levels. Amid the crisis, researchers at the pediatric hospital sought cheap, effective abatement techniques because full-scale cleanup could cost $20,000 or more per house - more than many of the properties were worth.
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By Michael Dresser | June 6, 2014
The only statewide broadcast of the four Republican candidates for governor debating will air Friday night at 7 on Maryland Public Television. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Del. Ron George of Anne Arundel County, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan and Charles County conservative activist Charles Lollar taped theĀ 60-minuteĀ debate Monday at the MPT studios. The four previously debated last Saturday in Salisbury, but that encounter was televised only on the Eastern Shore.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Anne Arundel's Republican county executive candidates Laura Neuman and Steve Schuh continued their intense and personal primary fight during a debate in Severna Park Wednesday night. Though they spent most of the debate treading familiar territory - who has a better record on taxes, who is best to continue to move past the scandal of the previous county executive - the debate brought forth a new accusation. Neuman, the current county executive, alleged that one of the restaurants co-owned by Schuh allowed Hell's Angels members to show their colors, despite a request from county police not to allow the practice.
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