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April 13, 2012
What is the big deal about what is going on in Annapolis ("After breakdown, what?" April 11)? We all know what's going to happen. The ringmaster ( Gov.Martin O'Malley) will call the circus back to Annapolis. They will then pass new tax laws that will hurt the people of Maryland. The clowns will pat each other on the back and adjourn. They will go home and think how to do it again next year. Ed Forsht, Glen Burnie
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By Michael Dresser and John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Using a daughter's compelling testimonial and a rally in Annapolis, Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan is fighting rival Anthony G. Brown's attempt to persuade voters that Hogan would take the state backward on such matters as abortion and birth control Hogan's counteroffensive comes after a sustained ad blitz in which Brown's campaign and its allies seek to portray Hogan as a closet right-wing extremist who would roll back the clock...
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SPORTS
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.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
For more than 30 years, John Astle has walked from his downtown Annapolis home to the State House, representing his friends and neighbors in Maryland's General Assembly. He's so well-known in the capital that he's frequently stopped on the street, whether by someone just saying hello or someone offering political concerns to the longtime Democratic senator. Astle hopes to keep doing the people's work for at least four more years. Standing in his way is Republican Don Quinn, a political newcomer who is young enough to be Astle's son. As Astle works to remind voters of his experience and connections at the State House, Quinn is offering himself as a fresh new face.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
Who was that affable older gentleman who was asked to show his identification in order to enter the State House Monday? It was Paul S. Sarbanes, the longest-serving United States senator in Maryland history. Sarbanes, who retired in 2007 after 30 years in the Senate, was in Annapolis for a meeting of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, on which he serves. After that meeting, he went to the State House to view an historical exhibit on the war, where he cheerfully complied with a request to show his ID -- smiling at a reporter's offer to vouch for him. The police officer couldn't be faulted for not recognizing the former senator.
NEWS
February 12, 2013
Wow! Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller was unhappy that his hero, President Barack Obama, did not bother to pay a visit to his loyal Maryland government adulators ("Miller laments not seeing president," Feb. 7). Well, Mike, the election is over and he's in his final term. You can't do much more for him. Draw your own conclusions so I won't have to write another letter of further explanation. F. Cordell
NEWS
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Two men were arrested following an 'altercation' at the House Office Building in Annapolis as legislators prepared to wrap the 2014 general assembly, Maryland Capitol Police said Monday. In a memo, Maryland Capitol Police Chief Michael Wilson said "There was an altercation in the House Office Building this evening. Two adult males were arrested by the Maryland Capitol Police and offered medical treatment. No elected officials were involved. The investigation is ongoing. " The men were not identified and no further information was available early Tuesday.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
The marble hallway trod for centuries by Maryland politicians will host perhaps its most sinister character when actor Kevin Spacey arrives for work next week. Television crews from the political thriller "House of Cards" began transforming Maryland's State House into the backdrop for scenes this week, remaking the House of Delegates chamber to resemble that of the U.S. Senate. Production will take over the State House on Monday and Tuesday, closing the more than 230-year-old building to the public during filming of the Netflix drama, which stars Spacey as scheming Majority Whip Francis Underwood.
NEWS
December 6, 1990
Gov. William Donald Schaefer has announced that the 1990 State House by Candlelight celebration will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8.The governor is scheduled to welcome visitors on Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.State House by Candlelight is a traditional holiday event that began in 1976 as a part of the bicentennial celebration. The program for both nights includes musical entertainment and candlelight tours of the State House.The program for the event includes:Friday, Dec. 7*7 p.m. -- Performance by the Angus Violin Studio *7:30 p.m. -- Welcoming ceremony *7:45 p.m. -- Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church Choir *8:15 p.m. -- Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra.
NEWS
January 12, 1994
As the General Assembly commences its 90-day session today at noon, the delicate balance between the two chambers of the state legislature has shifted. Thomas V. Mike Miller remains in firm command in the Senate, but a new speaker, Casper R. Taylor, takes over the House of Delegates. For the moment, the two leaders are not co-equals.All eyes in the State House will be focused on Mr. Taylor. In the past, the House has been the more influential of the two chambers because of the strong committee system that gives the House a more unified voice than the proudly individualistic Senate.
NEWS
By Benjamin Todd Jealous | April 12, 2014
It is a state that Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass both ran away from, a state that enslaved half its black population at the time of the Civil War. It is a state that would have seceded from the Union in 1861 if not for Abraham Lincoln's last-minute decision to impose martial law and arrest 12 members of the General Assembly to prevent them from taking a vote. Maryland is a Southern state, as it always has been. But you could forgive a young person today for believing that the Mason-Dixon Line begins just a little farther down Interstate 95. Indeed, modern Maryland has seen the most successful run of civil rights legislation of any state in recent history.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
In almost four decades of covering TV production, I have never seen such spin as that recently generated over "House of Cards. " And now that Maryland legislators have capped film incentives to all productions at $3.5 million less than the makers of the series want for Season 3, there is more need than ever for some straight talk and clarity on the matter. The Annapolis lobbyist for Media Rights Capital, the global firm that makes "House of Cards," says the firm is undecided as to whether it will stay or leave Maryland for Season 3. But will it really leave over $3.5 million?
NEWS
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Two men were arrested following an 'altercation' at the House Office Building in Annapolis as legislators prepared to wrap the 2014 general assembly, Maryland Capitol Police said Monday. In a memo, Maryland Capitol Police Chief Michael Wilson said "There was an altercation in the House Office Building this evening. Two adult males were arrested by the Maryland Capitol Police and offered medical treatment. No elected officials were involved. The investigation is ongoing. " The men were not identified and no further information was available early Tuesday.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler and Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
With lawmakers still far apart on how to overhaul Maryland's bail system, legislative leaders and the O'Malley administration have cobbled together a short-term fix that involves an executive order and recruiting private attorneys for little or no pay to represent poor defendants. At the direction of legislative leaders, a joint House and Senate committee has set aside $10 million in the state budget to address a ruling by Maryland's highest court that the current bail system is unconstitutional because it fails to provide lawyers early enough in the process.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
An NAACP leader, a former Maryland State Police major, a candidate for governor and a mother seeking to help her son with epilepsy converged Thursday on Annapolis to support more liberal marijuana laws. A number of bills, backed by lawmakers from a range of philosophical backgrounds, are moving through the General Assembly this year as a broader swath of the electorate has embraced legalizing or decriminalizing the drug. Roughly 100 people rallied Thursday outside the State House to show support for a Colorado-style system to legalize marijuana, an idea that got a hearing later in the day. Also Thursday, a key committee approved a bill to loosen restrictions that some say have hampered the state's nascent medical marijuana program.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
May 10, 1991
Slowly but surely, State House leaders are maneuvering toward a joint committee on congressional and legislative redistricting. If it comes to pass, it would be a welcome development.The governor is mandated by the state constitution to draw up redistricting plans -- one for congressional seats and one for General Assembly seats -- in line with the 1990 census. The legislators then have 45 days to accept the plans or to come up with plans of their own. All this activity must take place by next spring.
NEWS
November 16, 1993
Yesterday's unexpected resignation of House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell -- apparently for personal reasons -- removes from the State House scene a much-needed stabilizing force at the highest levels of Maryland government. The battle over succession -- especially the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that is sure to follow -- could leave the House of Delegates in turmoil for the coming General Assembly session.Even if House leaders are able to reach agreement on a caretaker speaker for the 90-day meeting that starts in January, the jockeying for position will be hot and heavy as delegates shore up support in preparation for the post-election balloting for speaker late next year.
NEWS
January 21, 2014
All of the official proceedings of the Maryland General Assembly - committee hearings, voting sessions, floor debates and so on - are open to the public. Anyone who cares to can watch as their senators and delegates discuss and vote on any of the thousands of pieces of legislation that move through the General Assembly every year. Anyone, that is, who happens to be in Annapolis. The options for those who can't hang around the State House and the House and Senate office buildings have gotten better in recent years, but they're still far from ideal.
NEWS
December 16, 2013
From the Baltimore Sun Op-Ed Page Greg Kline delivers a controversial piece  about the folly of marijuana legalization. Hogan for Governor The editors at Red Maryland have given our unanimous and full-throated endorsement to  Larry Hogan to be the next Governor of Maryland .  Hogan wins December Poll Larry Hogan won the Red Maryland December Poll with 30.5% of the vote, followed by Delegate Ron George with 26% and undecided with 18.9%.  Click here to view all of the poll results . Gun Message Off Target Maryland's climb up the Brady Center gun control rankings are meaningless and  based on fallacies . Obamacare and O'Malleyism Mark Newgent   notes  that the Obamacare fiasco here in Maryland is another shining example of Martin O'Malley's incompetence as a technocratic "leader.
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