Julie Bykowicz

Immigration debate splits Marylanders

11:00 AM EDT, July 31, 2011

Immigration debate splits Marylanders

At a tidy jail in Frederick County, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and his deputies have helped federal authorities identify nearly 1,000 illegal immigrants for deportation in the past three years.

6:33 PM EDT, July 26, 2011

Senate budget committee gets lesson in sales tax options

A Senate committee listened Tuesday to the pros and cons of expanding Maryland's sales tax base to include more services, as well as goods purchased over the Internet.

7:19 PM EDT, July 22, 2011

Illegal immigrant tuition referendum certified for 2012 ballot

The State Board of Elections notified petitioners Friday that they have succeeded in their effort to have Maryland voters weigh in on a new law enabling illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

8:00 PM EDT, July 18, 2011

Schurick, Henson plead not guilty in robocalls case

Two campaign aides to Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they violated election laws last fall by ordering Election Day robocalls to Democratic homes in predominantly African-American areas that suggested the vote was over.

Ehrlich aides plead not guilty in robocalls case

6:25 PM EDT, July 18, 2011

Ehrlich aides plead not guilty in robocalls case

Two campaign aides to Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they violated election laws last fall by ordering Election Day robocalls to Democratic homes in predominantly African-American areas that suggested the vote was over.

9:10 PM EDT, July 7, 2011

Citing Casey Anthony case, Md. senator pushes for new law

Stunned by the not-guilty verdicts this week in Florida's Casey Anthony murder case, state Senate Republican leader Nancy Jacobs wants Maryland parents who do not report the death of a child to be subject to felony charges.

Despite uncertain future, Baltimore International College throws block party

9:44 PM EDT, July 16, 2011

Despite uncertain future, Baltimore International College throws block party

Baltimore International College chefs-in-training dished up free barbecue Saturday to neighbors in Little Italy who worry they are on the verge of losing the four-decade-old culinary and hospitality school.

4:33 PM EDT, July 16, 2011

Kiefaber ordered to stay away from Senator Theatre

Thomas A. Kiefaber, a candidate for City Council president, has been ordered to stay away from the historic theater he once owned after its new operator alleged he assaulted staff members on the opening night of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," court documents show. The scene ended with city police barring Kiefaber from entering the Senator Theatre, the documents state.

9:41 PM EDT, July 7, 2011

'Relax' robocalls civil and criminal cases to proceed

A federal judge ruled Thursday that a civil complaint about allegedly fraudulent robocalls made on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s campaign may proceed at the same time as state criminal cases.

7:24 PM EDT, July 5, 2011

Redistricting panel begins task

Gov. Martin O'Malley's redistricting advisory committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday to begin the process of redrawing Maryland's congressional and state legislative district maps.

4:53 PM EDT, July 4, 2011

Thousands of state workers forced to pay union fees

Maryland's largest state employee union is set to begin collecting fees from nonmembers this month — a move that sets up the Maryland chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for what could be a $4.7 million gain over the fiscal year.

7:20 PM EDT, June 30, 2011

O'Malley calls state permit process a 'weakness'

Gov. Martin O'Malley called Maryland's often lengthy and confusing business permit process "one of the weaknesses of our state" Thursday — and then signed an executive order aimed at easing it.

Few takers so far for direct wine shipping

12:38 PM EDT, June 26, 2011

Few takers so far for direct wine shipping

This week, Maryland wine lovers will be able to get their favorite bottles delivered directly to their homes — so long as they're interested in buying from one of the 11 wineries that have applied for a shipping permit.

Gay marriage: A tale of two states

8:46 PM EDT, June 27, 2011

Gay marriage: A tale of two states

The storylines were similar: A divided state legislature grapples with the emotional question of whether to allow same-sex couples to marry.

9:20 PM EDT, June 22, 2011

Opponents of tuition break for illegal immigrants near petition goal

The petition drive to give voters a chance to reject in-state tuition breaks for illegal immigrants is fewer than 8,500 signatures shy of succeeding, the Maryland State Board of Elections reported Wednesday.

Ehrlich aides indicted in robocalls case

9:41 PM EDT, June 16, 2011

Ehrlich aides indicted in robocalls case

Two longtime political operatives who worked last year on the gubernatorial campaign of Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. were indicted Thursday and charged with ordering deceptive automated phone calls intended to suppress votes on election night.

3:27 PM EDT, May 14, 2011

With loophole, many campaign donors remain anonymous

A loophole in state campaign finance laws allowed contributors to Maryland candidates and political groups to pump $4.3 million into the 2010 election cycle while remaining anonymous — denying citizens a thorough look at the money that flows into politics.

Petitioners hit the streets to stop tuition breaks for illegal immigrants

9:21 PM EDT, June 21, 2011

Petitioners hit the streets to stop tuition breaks for illegal immigrants

The red-and-white placards outside the Motor Vehicle Administration office in Frederick strike some as an invitation: "Sign petition here. No in-state tuition for illegal immigrants."

Md. Senate approves same-sex marriage

9:21 PM EST, February 24, 2011

Md. Senate approves same-sex marriage

Maryland's Senate passed a landmark measure Thursday evening that would allow same-sex couples to wed, pushing the controversial issue to the House of Delegates, which appears nearly evenly split on the issue.

10:20 PM EST, January 11, 2011

Slots panel wants to make Rocky Gap more attractive

State slots commissioners are urging lawmakers to loosen the requirements for prospective developers of a casino at Rocky Gap in Western Maryland, which has proved the least attractive of the five sites approved for slot-machine gambling.

February 10, 2010

Drivers may have to 'move over' for vehicles stopped on shoulder

State lawmakers are considering several proposals to require drivers to slow down and move over for emergency and towing vehicles that have pulled to the side of the road. Maryland is one of just three states without a "move over" law, said Sen. Nancy Jacobs, a Harford and Cecil County Republican who is sponsoring one of the measures.

Police to review rape case policies in wake of news story

8:59 PM EDT, June 27, 2010

Police to review rape case policies in wake of news story

Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said Sunday that his department would work to improve how it categorizes and resolves rape investigations, responding to a newspaper report that found Baltimore has the nation's highest rate of cases that officers conclude are false or baseless.

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