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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
Veteran political consultant Julius Henson pledged Wednesday to continue running for a Maryland Senate seat even though the state says that may violate the terms of his probation. “Whether I'm free or in prison, the contest will go on and I plan to win this race,” Henson, 64, said during an afternoon news conference in the living room of his East Baltimore home. He vowed to “retire” longtime Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, whom he plans to challenge in the June 24 Democratic primary.
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By Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
The Maryland Senate unanimously approved Friday a major expansion of the state's network of legally protected wildlands. The O'Malley administration bill would create nine new wildlands and expand 14 existing sites already set aside because they harbor rare plants and animals or other natural features. Development, motor vehicles and even bicycles are barred in wildlands, but hiking, hunting, fishing and horseback riding are allowed. The measure now goes to the House. tim.wheeler@baltsun.com
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
The Maryland Senate passed one of the governor's proposals to combat domestic violence Thursday, sending to the House a bill that would make it easier for assault victims to obtain permanent court orders telling their abusers to stay away. Meeting despite the snow, senators approved the measure that would add second-degree assault to the list of crimes that can trigger a protective order. There was no debate or dissent. A similar measure is scheduled for a hearing in the House next week.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
Michael J. Wagner, who served in the Maryland Senate and was a Glen Burnie business owner, died of cancer early Thursday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. The Ferndale resident was 72. "He worked hard for the people he represented," said former Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall, who also served in the Senate. "He was effective as a legislator and was good at it. " Mr. Neall described Mr. Wagner as "a big part of our county's political history for a couple of decades.
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By Jonathan Gibralter | February 11, 2014
As I listened to the conversation in the Maryland Senate regarding the bill to ban extremely high alcohol content beverages (SB-75), one argument said a ban would fail, and we should instead focus on educating our students. Well, incoming freshmen at Frostburg State University don't wait long before their education on the dangers of high-risk drinking begins. I start talking about it at the very first summer orientation session, and we keep telling parents and students about high-risk drinking and its consequences throughout.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
The Stevenson men's lacrosse team was honored for its 2013 Division III national championship Thursday at the State House.  Mustangs players and coaches visited the Maryland House of Delegates and were presented with a resolution by Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch. They were later recognized in the Maryland Senate. Stevenson presented Busch and Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr. with jerseys signed by the team. The Mustangs won their first national title in May, beating Rochester Institute of Technology in the championship game in Philadelphia.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
The Maryland Senate approved an emergency plan Tuesday designed to help people stuck without insurance because of the state's glitch-ridden health exchange. Lawmakers vowed inquiries will continue into what went wrong. The emergency proposal, which now moves to the House of Delegates, would allow people to sign up for the state's high-risk insurance program that was supposed to end when the Affordable Care Act took effect. The coverage would be retroactive to Jan. 1. State officials estimate that as many as 5,000 people who tried without success to buy policies online may seek coverage through the legislation. The four companies that sell policies through the exchange also agreed to allow people to sign up for retroactive coverage dating back to Jan. 1 if they signed up for coverage by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
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January 15, 2014
I read with interest Maryland Department of Human Resources Secretary Ted Dallas' recent letter on the legacy of the War on Poverty ( "War on Poverty has yielded results," Jan. 11). However, I think Mr. Dallas is missing the point made by many in the community who think the War of Poverty hasn't been all that great, locally or nationally. Clearly, the gap between the poor and the rich has widened. While our state may be doing better than others, the threshold by which such comparisons are made is low. High unemployment, modest educational improvement, nagging levels of crime, vacant homes and limited access to meaningful capital continue in all too many parts of our community.
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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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