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11:45 am
Wed September 24, 2014

MD Ranks High in Campaign Spending

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Democratic primary race between two well-funded candidates propelled Maryland to the sixth-highest amount of spending on political television ads in state-level races in the 2014 election cycle through Sept. 8.

That's according to a state-by-state survey by the Center for Public Integrity released Wednesday.

Maryland also was noteworthy in the survey because about $14.1 million spent on state races came from funds raised by candidates or public campaign financing, instead of out-of-state interest groups.

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7:52 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Maryland/Virginia Boundary on Potomac Settled

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Maryland court has weighed in on a dispute over the state boundaries of Virginia and Maryland along the Potomac River.

At issue was whether the state line between the states moved over time as the profile of the shoreline changed through natural erosion and growth.

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals court ruled Friday that the low-water-mark boundary in the Potomac River moves and isn't fixed where the mark was when the boundary was established in 1877.

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8:52 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Voters Casting Ballots in Two Separate States

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Advocacy groups say hundreds of Maryland and Virginia voters may have cast two ballots, one in each state.

The Maryland State Prosecutor's Office is investigating an allegation made by two groups, Virginia Voters Alliance and Election Integrity Maryland. Those groups say there is evidence of double voting among some Maryland and Virginia residents.

Virginia Voters Alliance says it found that 164 people cast ballots in 2012 in both Maryland and Virginia, which is illegal under federal law.

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7:54 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Anthony Brown Gets Help From Vice President Joe Biden

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Anthony Brown is getting some fundraising help from Vice President Joe Biden.

Brown's campaign manager Justin Schall tells The Washington Post that Biden's appearance at a luncheon Tuesday in Georgetown should raise at least $300,000.

Biden is the second big name to assist the lieutenant governor in his bid to succeed Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. Former President Bill Clinton headlined a fundraiser for Brown in May.

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9:17 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Job Slump Last Month in Maryland and Virginia

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Maryland lost 9,000 jobs in July.

The government says the state unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in July, up from 5.8 percent in June.

Some 5,500 of the jobs lost were in state and local government.

The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reports that the manufacturing sector added about 400 jobs.

The Daily Record reports that Maryland was one of 30 states have an increase in the unemployment rate for July.

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8:35 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Anthony Brown Gets FOP Endorsement in Governor's Race

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SOLOMONS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the governor's race.

Incoming FOP president Vince Canales says the 20,000-member group endorsed Brown, a Democrat, at its convention Wednesday in Solomons. Canales says 60 percent of members must agree for the group to make an endorsement.

Brown is facing Republican real estate broker in the Nov. 4 general election.

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11:08 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Minimum Wage Bill

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The Senate could take up the bill as early as Friday.

The measure phases in increases over the next several years, topping out at $10.10 in July of 2018.

It also freezes the minimum wage for tipped workers at $3.63.

An employer may pay an employee who is 19 or younger 85 percent of the minimum wage for the employee's first six months.

It includes a four-year 3.5 percent mandated increase for community service providers who work with the developmentally disabled to keep their pay above minimum wage.

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8:54 am
Mon March 17, 2014

GOP Gov. Candidate Takes Campaign To Rural Western Maryland

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a campaign swing through western Maryland.

Hogan has appearances scheduled Monday in Oakland, Cumberland, Hagerstown and Frederick.

He says it's his first trip to the mostly rural, largely conservative region since he formally announced his candidacy in January.

Hogan's schedule includes an afternoon keynote speech at the opening of a new Allegany County Republican Party office in Cumberland.

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7:46 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Streamlining Bail Hearings in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some of Maryland's judges are proposing the state reduce the number of steps in the bail-setting process.

A judiciary task force recommended on Wednesday that the state bundle two separate bail hearings into a single conference before a judge. That would eliminate the role of court commissioners who currently assign initial bail.

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11:45 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Second Lawsuit Against Maryland's New Gun Laws

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The state of Maryland faces a second challenge to a gun-control law set to take effect Tuesday.

On Friday, a collection of gun shops, firearm associations and people with pending handgun permit applications filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. They're challenging a provision requiring prospective buyers to submit their fingerprints to obtain a handgun qualification license.

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9:06 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Maryland and Texas Governors Cross Swords on CNN

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There was a face off on CNN’s Crossfire between Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Rick Perry.

The Texas Republican has been running ads criticizing Maryland’s business environment and inviting businesses to move to the Lone Star state.

Perry charged that Maryland lost 47-thosuand jobs in July while Texas created over 18-thousand.

But O’Malley fired back noting that the state tops the nation for median income while Texas comes in at 25th.

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11:02 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Doug Gansler To Kick Off Campaign, Anthony Brown Formally Files

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is announcing plans to officially launch his run for governor.

Gansler's campaign announced Thursday he will start a statewide tour beginning on Sept. 24 with events in Rockville, Ellicott City and Baltimore.

After that, he will be making stops all around the state.

Gansler will be in southern Maryland on Sept. 25. He then heads to western Maryland the day after that. He also will be campaigning on the Eastern Shore on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

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10:06 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Gun Control Vote Set in Maryland House of Delegates

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on a gun-control measure.

The House is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday.

Democratic lawmakers defeated Republican efforts to weaken the measure Tuesday night.

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11:41 am
Wed February 13, 2013

MD. Lt. Gov. Outlines Health Exchange Under Obamacare

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will be outlining the latest steps in Maryland to implement federal health care reform.

Brown is scheduled to testify Wednesday on legislation before a House panel and a Senate committee.

The measure includes an expansion of Medicaid. It also creates a dedicated funding stream for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange from the existing premium tax on health insurers.

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2:17 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Gambling Interests Bet Big on Maryland Ballot Measure

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - The onslaught of ads over gambling expansion has been like no other in a Maryland political year.


Gambling companies have spent more than $50 million so far for and against the question of allowing table games such as blackjack and a casino near the nation's capital. That's compared with the $34 million campaigns spent in the 2006 Maryland governor's race - previously the most expensive in state history.

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12:09 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Sales Tax Holiday For Back-to-School Shoppinig

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Shoppers in Maryland are taking advantage of the state's week long sales tax holiday.

Through Saturday, purchases of qualifying clothes and shoes for $100 or less are exempt from the state's 6 percent sales tax. The sales tax holiday is meant to encourage families to do their back-to-school shopping at Maryland stores.

On Sunday, the first day of the holiday, shoppers arrived at state malls and other retail outlets in large numbers.

In past years, Maryland retailers have reported a jump in sales during the tax holiday.

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3:20 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Maryland Has Highest Foreclosure Rate in Nation

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The rate of new foreclosure filings in Maryland topped that of any other state this spring.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the spike can be attributed in large part to a national settlement with the country's five largest mortgage servicers that led to a flood of new cases.

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12:26 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Delaware & Maryland: In Top 20 States for Power Pollution

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland and Delaware are among the nation's top 20 power plant polluters, according to new rankings by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Maryland ranked 19th in the rankings released Thursday, an improvement from fifth place the year before. Delaware rose one spot from 21st the year before to make it onto the top 20 list.

The new rankings are based on 2010 figures, and the NRDC says new standards imposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency mean power plant pollution should drop over the next few years.

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9:45 am
Thu August 9, 2012

MD Special Session on Gambling Expansion Opens Today

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers and casino owners are reviewing Gov. Martin O'Malley's 55-page measure to expand gambling on the eve of a special session.

O'Malley, for his part, said Wednesday the bill will increase state revenue and jobs. He also says he's "so sick of this issue" and wants to settle it. The Senate wil convene the special session Thursday.

The gambling proposals would allow table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George's County that could open in 2016.

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8:49 am
Thu August 9, 2012

MD Mortality Holds Record Low Since 2010

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's infant mortality rate has been at a record low for two years straight.

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced on Wednesday that the infant mortality rate was 6.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2010 and 2011.

O'Malley attributes the decline to an expansion of health care access to young women and parents. He also says safer sleep practices have played a role.

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11:21 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Drought Hits Maryland Hard

BALTIMORE (AP) - More than half of Maryland is in a moderate drought and more than 28 percent is in a severe drought.

That's according to figures from the U.S. Drought Monitor. The figures show 51.45 percent of the state in moderate drought, down from 52.44 percent the week before. And 28.55 percent of the state is in severe drought, up sharply from 19.93 percent the week before.

The most severely affected areas are on the lower Eastern Shore and southern Maryland with the least affected areas along the Pennsylvania border in central Maryland.

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8:56 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Maryland Will Push Ahead With Reforms Despite US Court Decision On Health Care

Whatever the US Supreme Court decides about the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform Act today the state of Maryland plans to push ahead with the reforms.

Those could include a state-run health insurance exchange even if that provision is struck down by the High Court.

Governor Martin O’Malley told reporters to expect Maryland to be in the forefront of health care reform if left with going on a state-by-state basis.

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8:25 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Experts to Testify In Annapolis About Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A work group of lawmakers and aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley that is studying a potential expansion of gambling in Maryland is scheduled to hear from analysts who have been looking at the proposals.

The meeting is set for Tuesday in Annapolis.

Lawmakers will hear from analysts from PricewaterhouseCoopers. They'll talk about their findings on a potential gambling expansion.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session next month to take up the expansion, if lawmakers can reach a consensus on how to do that.

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8:15 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Free Fishing In Maryland This Saturday

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is offering free fishing days this summer to encourage residents to enjoy the state's waterways.

Saturday is the second of three free fishing days. The first was last Saturday and the third is July 4.

Fishing licenses, stamps or registration are not required Saturday, but anglers must still abide by catch and size limits.

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9:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Maryland Property Tax Rate Holds Steady

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's property tax will hold stead for now, but Comptroller Peter Franchot is warning about rising debt service obligations in upcoming years.

     The Board of Public Works on Wednesday held the state property tax to 11.2 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

     But Franchot noted that debt service obligations will increase in the next several years to $1.4 billion. He says it's important the state keep that in mind.

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9:08 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Primary Day Comes to Maryland

 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican presidential candidates are vying for 37 delegates in Maryland's primary, with Mitt Romney expected to fare well in a state that's home to many moderate GOP members.

     Candidates have been making campaign appearances in the state in advance of Tuesday's primary. Maryland is getting a rare moment in the Republican spotlight because of a nominating contest that has extended into April.

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10:06 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Gingrich Makes Campaign Stops on Delmarva

 

      

  

     Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is scheduled to speak at Salisbury University this afternoon from 3-4 at Holloway Hall.

    The former House Speaker ‘s speech is sponsored by the Salisbury University College Republicans and is limited to the campus community with attendees required to have a school ID.

    This morning Gingrich was scheduled to stop off at the Maryland State House in Annapolis with a walk down mainstreet.

   There are 37 delegates at stake in next week’s primary.

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9:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Fewer Taxpayers Affected by Proposed Tax Hike in Maryland

 

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Far fewer taxpayers would be affected by an income tax increase under a House panel's plan then one approved by the state Senate.

     The House Ways and Means Committee on Monday voted to raise taxes on single filers who make more than $100,000. Their rate would go from 4.75 percent to 5 percent. Joint filers would have to earn more than $150,000 for their rate to go up that much.

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12:33 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Maryland Pays a High Price for Slot Machines

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is paying more than double for each slot machine that officials acquired to fill the state's first three casinos.

     An analysis by The Washington Post found the state is paying about $10,000 per machine per year. At the current rate, the paper says the state could spend $50 million a year more than projected by the time all five privately owned casinos are open.

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9:41 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Doomsday Budget To Be Heard in Annapolis

 

       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's going to be a "doomsday" kind of a morning for the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

     Analysts with the state's nonpartisan Department of Legislative Services plan to give the panel a briefing on the so-called "doomsday" budget plan Tuesday morning in Annapolis.

     The plan has been put together in case lawmakers can't agree on new revenues to balance this year's books and reduce an ongoing structural budget deficit of about $1.1 billion by half.

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