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March 13, 2013
Thanks, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., for your warning to the Democrats ("Democrats riding high, but beware a midterm crash," March 10). Now, let me ask a question to a Republican: What do you see a conservative, Republican Party doing to swing the Democrats their way? When I was in my 20s, I asked my father the difference between the. He told me the Republicans live in the past and the Democrats always look to the future. I am now 84 years old and I believe he was right. Since Mr. Ehrlich's party is still in shock over the last election, some keep saying they just didn't explain themselves enough.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | April 15, 2014
The Laurel City Council approved an ordinance this week that makes the city part of the new Regional Transit Agency aimed at replacing nonprofit Central Maryland Regional Transit. The council voted unanimously to join the new agency, spearheaded by Howard County government, making them the third government entity, behind Howard and Anne Arundel County, to leave CMRT for the new authority, which was announced by Howard County in March. Forming the new agency and cutting ties with CMRT - an independent nonprofit that buses 2 million riders annually between Laurel, College Park, Columbia, Arundel Mills and Odenton, as well as other paratransit, regional commuter and Howard's local Howard Transit routes - is being touted by advocates as a cost saving measure that will cut out the middle man. According to a Howard County news release, the new service will cut $2 million a year in costs for Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, which officials said can be used to improve the service.
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NEWS
May 22, 2013
Editor: I am very grateful to the voters of Havre de Grace, this was my first attempt to serve as a member of the City Council. I was not elected, however, the number of votes I received was impressive and most gratifying. Thank you and I shall return! Robert E. Greene Havre de Grace
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Supporters of a proposed law to help more ex-convicts land jobs in Baltimore scored a victory Monday when they fended off efforts by the business community to block the measure indefinitely. The protracted debate over the so-called "Ban the Box" legislation - which would remove the box ex-offenders must check on job applications - underscores a sharp divide among city leaders over how to help those with criminal records become gainfully employed. The business community had sought to replace the requirement with voluntary measures, including a pledge to hire a certain number of ex-offenders each year, said Councilman Nick J. Mosby, the lead sponsor of the legislation.
NEWS
December 18, 2011
The Republican answer to not taxing the rich is to reduce unemployment benefits and freeze federal workers pay, again affecting the middle class and not the wealthy ("Lawmakers hold talks as shutdown draws close," Dec. 15). And yet they want our vote? Maybe a wiser cut would be to reduce their salaries; I'm sure they wouldn't take much time turning that one down! Gary Lusby, Ocean View, Del.
NEWS
July 20, 2011
In response to your editorial "No defender of the bay" (July 18), are you really surprised that Congressman Andy Harris voted against protecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay? You can expect every vote from the 1st Congressional District to be against protecting Maryland's environment and waters until Rep. Harris gets what he deserves - retirement. John A. Pica Jr., Baltimore The writer is a former Democratic state senator from Baltimore.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
I had a chance to talk to former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro about Wednesday's Hall of Fame announcement that the Baseball Writers' Association of America did not vote in anyone for the 2013 induction class . That includes Palmeiro, who was on his third year of the ballot and is one of just four players in the game's history to have at least 500 homers and 3,000 hits. He's also the only one on this year's ballot to have tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. In 2005, months after he told a congressional committee that he had never taken steroids, a drug test found stanozolol in his system and Major League Baseball suspended him for 10 days.
NEWS
October 29, 2012
Even the most ardent fans of Mitt Romney ought to take the latest of President Barack Obama's reelection ads to heart. Here's its point: 537. That's the number of votes (along with a favorable Supreme Court ruling) that decided who won Florida - and the presidency - in the contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000. This year's election is shaping up to be just as close, with the latest polls suggesting the outcome could turn on a relatively few voters in states like Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado and even tiny New Hampshire.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sara Toth | November 9, 2012
Remember all that voting you did this week? I'm not talking about the election; I'm talking about “The Voice.” Well, we got to see the results tonight, and I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in you, America. A results show means a lot of filler, but I'm gonna cut straight to the chase here because I'm angry. The deal was this, America: You got to save two people on each team, while Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton got to save one. Team Adam Saved by America: Amanda Brown and Bryan Keith Saved by Adam: Melanie Martinez Eliminated: Loren Allred, Joselyn Rivera In this case, it's Adam I'm mad at - you're good for now, America.
NEWS
By Baltimore Sun reporter | February 24, 2010
Faced with a standing-room-only crowd of about 100 supporters of the arts and nonprofits organizations, the Columbia Association Board tentatively voted unanimously to give the Columbia Festival of the Arts its full funding allotment of $95,000 for this year's event. The board also voted unanimously to fund a total of $234,000 for community grants and nonprofits instead of a lower amount approved in a straw vote Monday night. The action reverses votes the board took Monday night to cut funding for grants to $200,000.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
The General Assembly moved Saturday to curtail commercial wind turbines across much of the state to protect a naval air station in Southern Maryland, brushing aside arguments the curb would kill a $200 million energy project on the Eastern Shore. By a vote of 31-16, senators approved a 13-month moratorium on tall turbines within 56 miles of Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The House voted 114-11 later Saturday to give the measure final approval. Assembly action sends the bill to O'Malley — who opposes it and has not said if he will sign it into law. Supporters said they feared a proposed Eastern Shore wind project could lead to cutbacks in operations at the base, an economic engine for the region.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
The House of Delegates is poised to vote Saturday afternoon on whether to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, a significant milestone in a long fight to treat the drug as no worse than a minor traffic offense. A key committee that killed similar plans in the past instead voted 13-8 Saturday morning to deal that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana civil offense with no jail time.  For advocates who have long pressed to stop filling courthouses and jails with minor drug offenders, Saturday morning's vote signals their best hope yet to join more than a dozen other states in decriminalizing possession of pot.  The bargain struck Saturday morning averts what would have otherwise been a prolonged fight on the floor of the House of Delegates, as the Legislative Black Caucus and another Democrats vowed to push the issue before the entire chamber.  The deal paves the way for a bill to reach Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk before the legislative session ends Monday night.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Though felons are prohibited from voting in Maryland, 15 of them cast ballots in the 2010 gubernatorial election, according to a recently released audit. The finding in an Office of Legislative Audits' report criticized the State Board of Elections, saying the agency "did not have an effective process to ensure that individuals serving a sentence for a felony conviction were removed from the voter registration database, as required by law. " Each month, the board receives a list from the judiciary of all convictions and must manually sort out misdemeanors, which don't exclude people from going to the polls.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
The General Assembly moved Saturday to dramatically change Maryland's drug laws as the House of Delegates joined the Senate in voting to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil offense punishable only by a fine. The House voted 78-55 to approve a measure substantially similar to the decriminalization bill overwhelmingly passed by the Senate last month. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said his chamber would agree to the House's relatively minor changes and send the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
When the House of Delegates meets Saturday to vote on dozens of pieces of legislation, including whether to decriminalize marijuana, one representative from Anne Arundel County won't be there. He'll be in jail. Del. Don Dwyer Jr., spends weekends in the county jail in Glen Burnie, serving time for convictions last year on charges of drunken driving and drunken boating. His absence - he checks into jail on Friday evenings and is released on Sunday nights - means the Republican can't vote on matters that are being decided on the final weekend of the 2014 General Assembly session.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Democrats in the House of Delegates sidetracked a Republican attempt Tuesday to force a vote on a 16 percent pay raise for lawmakers – virtually assuring the pay hike will take effect without a vote. The House voted 87-48 to defeat a procedural move by Del. Cathleen M. Vitale, an Anne Arundel County Republican, to bring her resolution blocking the raise to the floor. The motion required 94 votes to pass. Only a handful of Democratic delegates, including gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur, joined a united Republican caucus in supporting the move.
SPORTS
By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
For the past week we've had our readers decide who they think is the top boys lacrosse team in the area. It turned out to be an interesting week to hold the voting, as Calvert Hall was upset by McDonogh Friday night, leading to significant changes in our top 15 poll released yesterday . Below are the results from your voting. It's worth keeping in mind that many of these votes were cast before Calvert Hall's loss, while some came after. And it's worth mentioning that tonight's Gilman-Calvert Hall game will also sway some opinions.
NEWS
Erica L. Green | December 3, 2012
The Mount Washington School is vying for a $50,000 grant from Clorox, and asking for the Baltimore city community's help to secure it. The school entered into the Clorox CompaNy's "Power a Bright Future" competition under which the company plans to dole out $200,000 to give to schools across the country.  Mt. Washington is among nearly 2,500 schools that have entered to win one of seven grants,  which it plans to put toward boosting its...
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, Meredith Cohn and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
The board overseeing Maryland's health exchange voted unanimously Tuesday evening to scrap its dysfunctional website and adopt software developed by Deloitte Consulting and used by the more successful health exchange in Connecticut. The software is free for Maryland to use but Health Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein will negotiate an emergency $40 million to $50 million contract with the software company to develop the site. Isabel FitzGerald, secretary of the state's Department of Information Technology, who stepped in to help fix the exchange, will oversee the project.
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