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By Michael Dresser and Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2013
Hospitals and other health care interests spent more than $3.6 million on lobbying in Maryland during the first half of the year, more than any other industry, according to an analysis by Common Cause Maryland. The group, which advocates for governmental accountability, said the expenditures could be attributed in part to the rollout of new national health care requirements. Common Cause, which reviewed lobbying reports to the State Ethics Commission for the six months through April 30, said the single biggest spender was the Maryland Hospital Association.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Traffic camera giant Redflex has been lobbying the Rawlings-Blake administration and City Council to take over Baltimore's once-lucrative speed and red-light camera network - stressing that it should not be judged by an unfolding scandal in Chicago in which a former executive is charged with bribery. The Arizona-based firm ran Chicago's red-light cameras for a decade, generating $500 million in revenue, but lost the work last year amid city and federal investigations. Officials in Baltimore said Thursday that the company, which was once a finalist to run this city's system, has used the recent talks to distance itself from the Chicago indictments.
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August 14, 2014
Thank you to Raymond Daniel Burke for his article about the tragic shooting of McKenzie Elliott, a 3 year old in the way of a stray bullet ( "Apathetic no more," Aug. 5). Until and unless we have public servants with a backbone to the gun lobby, nothing will change and there will be another tragic death very soon. The so-called smart gun was even rejected by gun lobby. If anything there are more guns everywhere, and the trend is to continue. Perhaps we will have to amend the Constitution in order to really get a handle on gun violence.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2010
A bill that would have banned convicted felons from working to influence legislation in Baltimore County was withdrawn Monday after concerns that it appeared to target one particular lobbyist, Bruce C. Bereano. "We want something more comprehensive to include other aspects of government," the bill's sponsor, Councilman Vince Gardina, said. "We want to extend it beyond lobbying to anyone dealing with government business or any general involvement with government." Gardina said there was a perception that his bill targeted Bereano — who had lobbied against the councilman's efforts to broadly restrict the indoor tanning industry — but that was never his intent.
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By Annie Linskey | annie.linskey@baltsun.com | April 3, 2010
A Democratic blogger is stirring an online discussion over whether Maryland's main Tea Party group is operating out of bounds by pushing for state legislation without having registered as a lobbying organization. It's not unusual for small, new groups to run afoul of the state Ethics Commission by failing to file required paperwork, but the issue has captured attention in this case because members of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity rail against "registered lobbyists" in their pitches to supporters.
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By Dan Eggen and Dan Eggen,The Washington Post | March 22, 2009
WASHINGTON -Nonprofit and public interest groups are scrambling to adapt to President Barack stringent new ethics guidelines, which are so sweeping that they have blocked the ability of many sympathetic activists to get hired by the new administration. Many of the groups are rushing to terminate or curtail their lobbying activities as a result of the rules, which bar new officials from making policy on any matter involving their former employer or clients for a period of two years or from working at an agency they lobbied within the past two years.
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By JOSHUA EISENMAN | February 8, 2006
WASHINGTON -- As the Jack Abramoff scandal arouses scrutiny of Washington lobbying, China is cashing into the game of political influence on Capitol Hill. Beijing is spending millions of dollars to secure its U.S. interests, improve its image and counter skepticism of Chinese intentions and values. This is a new development, and it will come under scrutiny today at a hearing of a House International Relations Committee panel. For years, Beijing enjoyed a low profile in Washington, allowing the U.S. business community to lobby for the bilateral economic relationship; both benefited.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 12, 2001
The Baltimore Teachers Union and the Baltimore Education Network are sponsoring a free workshop tomorrow for parents on strategies for lobbying the General Assembly on behalf of city schools. The training session, which will offer lobbying techniques, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth floor of City Hall. Information and registration: 410-225-7152, Ext. 5.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Sun Staff Writer | December 23, 1994
State Sen. James C. Simpson, the latest outgoing legislator to turn to lobbying, delayed the start of his new career yesterday after learning that his original timetable would violate ethics law.Senator Simpson, a former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, said he would postpone joining a well-known Annapolis lobbying firm until he officially leaves office Jan. 11.The firm of Manis, Canning & Associates announced yesterday that the senator would...
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By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Residents of one of Baltimore's many "food deserts" will gain more access to fresh meats and produce when what officials say is the city's largest grocery store opens Thursday in Howard Park. The 67,000-square-foot ShopRite store reflects a push to bring healthier food options to neighborhoods that have long been without a full-service food market. "When you have an environment that is lacking in fresh food options, it will be harder for you to be healthy," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
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July 22, 2014
I would like to clarify some issues around the Hobby Lobby case that have been misrepresented in the extreme. Under the ruling it may be true that an employer may opt not to provide coverage for four specific types of birth control. But the employer has no control over what doctor you see or what you discuss, and doctor visits are covered by insurance regardless of what an employer says. All of these drugs are available at all pharmacies. You may have to pay full price for it as it will not be an option for co-pay.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Perhaps it was a prank or a desire for an unique Ocean City souvenir, but either way, a portrait of the founder of the Dunes Manor Hotel that hung in the lobby is missing and the hotel wants it back. Police said the hotel reported the theft of the painting depicting Dunes Manor founder Thelma Conner early Sunday morning. The picture went missing sometime during the night, around 3 a.m., when a hotel security guard noticed it was gone. Conner, who founded the Victorian-style hotel in 1987 at the age of 74, is a beloved figure in Ocean City . She was known for her Texas twang and her tea-time tradition.
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July 20, 2014
It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision - and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally - as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting Friday with The Sun's editorial board, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made it clear that she expects access to contraception and family planning to be a major issue in Congressional races. Equal pay, paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and affordable child care are also part of the "When women succeed, America succeeds" mantra - as will job creation, affordable education and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure, Ms. Pelosi acknowledged.
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By Pooja Singal, Adi Rattner and Meghana Desale | July 16, 2014
As physicians in training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, we are deeply concerned about the consequences that Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. will have on our ability to provide comprehensive, quality health care to our patients. Under the Hobby Lobby ruling, coverage for four specific forms of contraception may be denied to women employed by closely held corporations, which represent thousands of American businesses employing millions of American women. The forms of birth control that can now legally be withheld from insurance plans include intrauterine devices (IUDs, both hormonal and non-hormonal)
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July 8, 2014
For Anthony Brown, the Hobby-Lobby decision seemed like manna from Heaven ( "Corporations trump people," June 30). Unable to run on Maryland's economy, jobs growth, tax rates, the health exchange rollout, his competence as an executive or the other issues central to this election, Mr. Brown and his special interest defenders are instead trying to frighten women for his own political gain. In his calculation, this is easier than, say, addressing the tens of thousands of women who have lost their jobs during his administration and, along with it, their employer-sponsored health insurance and the family planning and women's health services it covered.
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By PETER STONE | May 30, 1993
When President Clinton unveiled an energy tax proposal in his speech to Congress last month, shock waves rolled through the offices of Washington's energy lobbyists. But for some of Washington's hottest lobbying shops -- ones that specialize in orchestrating grass-roots mail and phone blitzes to members of Congress from the hinterlands -- the proposed tax has generated barrels of money.The American Energy Alliance, a coalition of more than 1,300 companies and trade groups including the American Petroleum Institute, has ponied up a million dollars to Burson-Marsteller Inc., the public relations giant, to nurture protests in 20 states against the tax, which Mr. Clinton wants to base on the energy content of fuels.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 12, 2001
The Baltimore Teachers Union and the Baltimore Education Network are sponsoring a free workshop tomorrow for parents on strategies for lobbying the General Assembly on behalf of city schools. The training session, which will offer lobbying techniques, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth floor of City Hall. Information and registration: 410-225-7152, Ext. 5.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
Within hours of the Supreme Court's decision last week that closely-held corporations could deny coverage for contraceptives through their employees' health insurance policies if doing so violated the owners' religious convictions, Gov. Martin O'Malley took to Twitter to decry the verdict: "No woman should have her health care decisions made by her boss. Period. This decision is wrong and a setback for women's health. " Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is running to replace his term-limited boss, wasn't far behind with his own statement: "No one has the right to dictate personal health care decisions to a woman, certainly not her employer.
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July 5, 2014
People don't have to work at Hobby Lobby, nor do people have to shop there ( "Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision," June 30). Get off your elite high horse and leave the people alone. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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