April 9, 2012
The General Assembly gave final approval today to Gov.Martin O'Malley's two Chesapeake Bay priority bills - one doubling the so-called "flush fee" to help pay for bay restoration efforts, and the other limiting development using septic systems. By a vote of 89-48, the Senate concurred this morning on relatively minor House amendments to the Bay Restoration Fund bill, HB446 , which would increase from $2.50 to $5 monthly the charge levied on most Maryland households and businesses to pay for upgrading the state's largest wastewater treatement plants.
November 11, 2011
What I struggle to understand about state Sen. Ulysses S. Currie is how someone who is described by his confederates as being "not the brightest" and "disorganized" could have chaired the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. This fact seems to be overlooked in all the hubbub. How many other powerful government positions are filled with people who could be described the same way? Mr. Currie was at the very least lining his own pockets through the auspices of his elected position.
June 6, 2011
At lunch time, black paper mats and red napkins are set over the mahogany tables. At dinner, ecru linens lend a dressed-up air. At either meal, the Zen-like ambiance of the Red Pearl is relaxing and, as every good restaurant should be, conducive to a pleasant eating experience. The 200-seat restaurant on Lake Kittamaqundi, in Columbia's Town Center, is just over a year old and quietly earning a reputation for creative, well-prepared classic and more contemporary Chinese cuisine.
March 7, 2011
There has been a lot of hot air expelled over energy-efficient light bulbs. House Speaker John Boehner criticized President Barack Obama for "giving finger waggling lectures" about them, and commentators Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have attacked Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, the new head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as being a "socialist" and promoting "nannyism" because he co-sponsored legislation that promoted use of the greener bulbs....
February 15, 2011
The last time Maryland played Virginia Tech, the Hokies scored the game’s first dozen points. The 12-0 score and subsequent defeat seemed to stick with Maryland coach Gary Williams like a bad cold. So one can only imagine how the Maryland coach felt as the Hokies scored the game’s first five points in Tuesday night’s rematch and raced to a 10-point lead. This time, Maryland rallied to take the lead but couldn’t hold it in a 91-83 Virginia Tech victory.
November 3, 2010
The national wave for Republicans turned into a mere ripple by the time it reached the races for the Maryland General Assembly on Tuesday, as most Democrats perceived as vulnerable defeated their challengers. Democratic House Speaker Michael E. Busch, openly targeted for defeat by Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., won re-election in his three-member Annapolis district. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., whom Ehrlich had said Republicans would "medicate" in order to get along with him better, coasted to re-election in Prince George's and Calvert counties.