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May 22, 2012
Reading about the recently-concluded special session gave me an idea ("O'Malley faces political risks of tax increases," May 17). Seeing as how this session was called only after Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch sat down and drew up what they wanted the budget to be and then called in the Maryland General Assembly to rubber stamp it, why not do away with the 90-day regular session we...
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed the lawyer who defends the General Assembly to a seat on the state's second highest court. O'Malley on Tuesday appointed Dan Friedman, an assistant attorney general, to the at-large position on Maryland's Court of Special Appeals, a job vacant  since Judge Albert J. Matricciani resigned earlier this year.  Friedman has been the chief architect behind the Maryland's defense of its new ban on the sale of...
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NEWS
February 21, 2013
State Dels. Jon Cardin and Dana Stein recently introduced legislation that would mandate helmets for female lacrosse players in Maryland (House Bill 1123). The bill was supposedly introduced "mostly to get the conversation started," in the words of Mr. Cardin's spokesperson, as there was apparently no real conversation with any constituent groups prior to introduction ("Headgear bill criticized" Feb 14). I understand that the bill has been substantially revised as a result of constituent criticism.
NEWS
June 12, 2014
District 12 candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates Brian S. Bailey indicated in a letter to The Sun that he takes full responsibility for an error in the authority line on the Web site his campaign created ( "Bailey: 'I take full responsibility' for election law violation," June 8). I never saw the website but was pleased to hear that this type of illegal action is being taken seriously by the prosecutor. We do not need candidates who engage in this type of behavior. Mr. Bailey also suggested that by accepting responsibility for an illegal act he has shown the characteristics of a sound leader.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2010
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday that she will seek legislation that would enhance the penalties for illegal gun possession and make the crime a felony. Speaking before a group of top law enforcement officials, Rawlings-Blake called for a change to state laws that would create a minimum sentence of 18 months and a maximum sentence of 10 years for defendants arrested with an illegal, loaded firearm. The current penalties call for sentences between 30 days and three years.
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By John M. McClintock and John M. McClintock,Mexico City Bureau of The Sun | September 1, 1991
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's ruling party was faced yesterday with an open revolt challenging the authority of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari and senior party officials in the key central state of Guanajuato.Officials of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) were pleading late yesterday with about 2,000 party militants to vacate the state legislature.About 15,000 militants stormed the legislature late Friday and early yesterday morning, preventing the 26-member body from naming an interim governor.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2010
Tuesday's primary election will determine much of the state legislature and congressional delegation in parts of Maryland where one political party is dominant. It will also tee up Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's quest for a fifth term and a rematch in the race for governor. After polls close at 8 p.m., Baltimore will learn whether State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy will continue in the job she has held for 15 years, or succumb to an aggressive challenge from attorney Gregg Bernstein.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | September 11, 2002
WellPoint Health Networks Inc. almost certainly will not be able to acquire CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield for the $1.3 billion it has already offered - but how much higher the California-based company might be willing to go isn't known, analysts said yesterday. Also, they said, whether WellPoint completes its deal to buy Maryland's largest health insurer will depend on other issues, and ultimately on the state legislature, where there has been strong opposition to the deal. On Monday, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Steven B. Larsen released a consultant's report saying that CareFirst is worth more than the $1.3 billion price set in the WellPoint-CareFirst sale agreement.
NEWS
December 9, 2013
"Time and ultimate success," Gov. Martin O'Malley says, will tell whether the state's approach to the implementation of the state health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) was the right one. Time, and the much greater success of other states, have already told. Maryland's exchange website rollout was a disaster and continues to put the state's residents at a severe disadvantage when it comes to enrolling in health insurance plans. The director of the exchange resigned Friday amid reports that she had taken a seven-day vacation in the middle of the crisis, but she is far from the only one responsible.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
Congratulations to Baltimore County Executive Kamenetz for admonishing the County Council for taking in essence a formal position regarding the in-state tuition for illegal immigrants issue. However this not unexpected form a largely inexperienced County Council. Aside from the pros or cons of the issue, it is about practical politics. The County Council has taken a formal position in opposition to something the state legislature has approved. Each year the county request funding form the state legislature for a variety of things, including education.
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Dan Rodricks | June 10, 2014
When you think about it, name recognition in business and politics is really a double-edged sword. If the name is golden, or even brass-plated, it can open doors and take you places. But a widely recognized name can also cause people to question you harder - or in a different way - than they might a newcomer. They might even hold your name against you. Take Jon Cardin in the campaign for Maryland attorney general. With Maryland's primary election just two weeks from now, he's enjoying a fat lead in the latest Baltimore Sun poll over his Democratic primary opponents, Brian Frosh and Aisha Braveboy.
NEWS
April 20, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley regularly puts millions of public dollars into the state budget to provide textbook and technology aid to non-public schools (many of which are associated with and controlled by the Catholic Church, to which he is obviously devoted). One year, he went so far as to push the state legislature to bail out failing Catholic schools in the Baltimore area. Fortunately, he did not succeed. But this tells me what he very well might try to do if ever he became president of the United States and had the power to nominate justices of the Supreme Court and to push or veto legislation.
NEWS
March 25, 2014
Letter writer David L. Cahn of Baltimore ( "The negative consequences of a minimum wage hike are already visible," March 23) should know that the average hourly wage for manufacturing jobs in the Baltimore area is $19.45. For distribution (warehouse) jobs, it is $14.00. That kind of makes his argument against raising the minimum wage - that manufacturing and distribution jobs would exit Maryland - a bit silly. He does make one great point. The state legislature's efforts to raise the minimum wage in Maryland is out of step with the U.S. Congress.
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Editorial from the Aegis | February 4, 2014
Responding to a proposal set forth in Gov. Martin O'Malley's recent State of the State Address calling for full day pre-kindergarten being offered across Maryland, Harford County interim Superintendent Barbara Canavan offered conditional support for the idea. "Children can do so much more. We need to expose them and give them the opportunity to learn, and the earlier the better," Canavan was quoted as telling the Harford County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly. She then went on to highlight an important aspect of the program that could be all too easy to ignore.
NEWS
January 28, 2014
Frederick Mathis wrote in favor of having the state legislature raise the age to buy cigarettes ( "Raise the tobacco purchase age to 21," Jan. 26). Many people decry a government action such as this as an intervention into one's free choice. Respecting that position, that it is one's Fourth Amendment right not to have private choices infringed upon by the government, may I suggest that taxpayers who subsidize their choices with eventual Medicare costs or augmented health care costs and premiums have the right not have to pay for the free and poor choices of those who willingly choose to behave in a habit that is documented as being dangerous and destructive to their health?
NEWS
December 10, 2013
The right to referendum is the basic democratic right of the people to appeal a government legislative action through petition and the power of the vote. As a former citizen activist and a current elected official, I wholeheartedly support this right. In 2010, I sponsored Howard County Council Bill 34, which clarified that county law has a minimal role in the referendum process which is governed by state law. CB 34 sought to elucidate this for the Board of Elections. In light of recent petition failures, I believe that the Board of Elections needs guidance from the state and that the state law needs to be made clear.
NEWS
April 3, 1994
Corrections and clarifications: Another column implied that none of Maryland's four Republican members of the House of Representatives had served in the state legislature. Bill Ratchford of the legislature's Department of Fiscal Services was the first to point out that Rep. Connie Morella served two terms in the House of Delegates. Your correspondent is abashed, and apologizes.
NEWS
March 10, 2011
As the state legislature discusses and prepares to vote on the bill to legalize gay marriage, I have two questions on my mind concerning the subject. First, where did anyone, including the state legislature, get the idea that it or any earthly entity has the right to redefine marriage? God in His word defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, period. God gave man marriage for several reasons, including pleasure, procreation and protection of both parties. We have a right to marry in this way not because the state says so but because God says so. The Declaration of Independence states that our rights come from God not government.
NEWS
December 9, 2013
"Time and ultimate success," Gov. Martin O'Malley says, will tell whether the state's approach to the implementation of the state health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) was the right one. Time, and the much greater success of other states, have already told. Maryland's exchange website rollout was a disaster and continues to put the state's residents at a severe disadvantage when it comes to enrolling in health insurance plans. The director of the exchange resigned Friday amid reports that she had taken a seven-day vacation in the middle of the crisis, but she is far from the only one responsible.
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Thomas F. Schaller | October 29, 2013
In a column last month I suggested that members of the Western Maryland Initiative, which is calling for the state's five western-most counties to secede from the state, consider a more parsimonious solution: Simply move to West Virginia. The column generated quite a few angry emails and phone calls. I was "arrogant," "condescending," and "insulting. " A Cumberland man provided his address and welcomed a "pansy" like me to drop by his home for the "attitude adjustment" I sorely need.
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