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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Baltimore Del. Maggie McIntosh joined the chorus of powerful legislators supporting legalized marijuana in Maryland. In a Friday email to supporters, McIntosh identified the legalizing pot as one of four "the biggest, most important issues" facing the General Assembly this year.  "Our current drug prohibition laws are wasteful and counterproductive, taking resources away from combating drug violence and promoting treatment options for those...
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Dan Rodricks | January 9, 2014
Turns out, I am glad that Thomas V. Mike Miller gives no hint of retiring from his position as president-forever of the Maryland Senate. I know that sounds odd coming from me, but that's how I feel today. And I don't even smoke pot. Miller is 71, and he's been in the legislature since '71. He's been president of the Senate so long no one can even remember the man he replaced in that position. (I'll give you a hint: It was Mickey Steinberg.) Jaded in the jowls and white of hair, Miller is all been-there/done-that about the General Assembly, one of those guys who likes position and power, but doesn't offer much else.
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December 11, 2013
Before The Sun and its readers start hyperventilating about the Maryland Department of Agriculture's decision to delay (not abandon) the proposed Phosphorous Management Tool regulation, it is important to share some insights into this common-sense decision ("Phosphorous rules delayed," Nov. 22). First, the department's actions are not rolling back any environmental protection program. Since 2005, farmers throughout the state have had state-mandated limits on the amount of phosphorus they can apply to their land, whether it is animal manure or commercial fertilizer.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
The meeting of East Baltimore's Berea community association is packed - standing room only - and leader Julius Henson is in control. There's a tavern to oppose. A computer lab to improve. Trash to clean up. Finally, Henson turns to the queue of political candidates from across the city who've been waiting for a chance to speak. He flashes a smile, but his tone is firm. "One minute," Henson tells them. "Quickly. " Watching Henson lead one of Baltimore's most powerful community associations, an observer might forget this is the same man who was convicted last year in a high-profile election-fraud case.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | October 29, 2013
When Maryland Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr. took the opportunity to announce that state Sen. Jim Robey would be the next Senate Majority Leader during a speech at an Oct. 23 fundraiser for Del. Guy Guzzone, everyone in the room was the first to know. "Let's just say it was officially announced that night," Robey said Monday, Oct. 28 of the appointment. "There had been some discussion beforehand, but that's the first time I knew for sure. " Robey, 72, will spend his last year in the General Assembly in one of the state Democratic Party's top roles.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Sen. David R. Brinkley of Frederick County and Sen. Joseph M. Getty of Carroll County will lead the Republican caucus in the Maryland Senate as lawmakers move into the fourth and final year of their terms next year, GOP senators said Monday. Brinkley, who previously served as minority leader in 2007-2008, will return to that role for the 2014 session. He replaces former Sen. E. J. Pipkin of Cecil County, who resigned and moved to Texas. Getty was elected minority whip, replacing Sen. Edward R. Reilly of Anne Arundel County.
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September 18, 2013
Former Harford County Councilman Bob Cassilly has filed as a candidate for Maryland Senate, District 34, representing the southern and eastern parts of the county. Cassilly served on the Harford County Council until 2006, when he was called to active duty as a major in the Army for service in Iraq, leading efforts to establish a provincial level government in Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit. Cassilly served three, year-long tours in Iraq with the Departments of Defense and State.
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September 17, 2013
I cannot believe that U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski decided to support the president in his proposed strike in Syria regardless of the wishes of the people in Maryland who put her into office ("Sen. Mikulski says she supports President Obama on Syria strike," Sept. 10). She said she is concerned about the region's security, but that has nothing to do with our security here in the United States. It is sad that such a prominent figure in our state is just a political hack voting the party line as usual.
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Editorial from The Record and The Aegis | September 12, 2013
The official dedication ceremony for a new interchange at Routes 40 and 715 designed to provide better access to Aberdeen Proving Ground was lauded this week as a triumph of partnerships that have put good public policy ahead of party politics. Indeed, Harford County Executive David R. Craig and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who are as likely as not to be running against each other in the general election for governor next year, formed something of a mini-mutual appreciation society when they got together for the interchange dedication Monday.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | September 5, 2013
Del. Wayne Norman and Teresa Reilly, vice chair of the Harford County Republican Central Committee, have jointly announced their campaign for the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, respectively. Norman and Reilly said they will run together in District 35, which encompasses parts of Cecil and Harford counties. The district has been redrawn since the last election to include western Cecil in addition to northern Harford. Some of the district's Cecil County areas were previously in District 34 and were represented by Sen. Nancy Jacobs, who is retiring.
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