Raid spurs fear of driver's licenses among immigrants

Raid spurs fear of driver's licenses among immigrants 

A recent raid at a Catonsville apartment complex has raised concerns that federal immigration agents are using Maryland motor vehicle data to locate illegal immigrants, potentially undermining a state initiative to ensure that drivers are ready for...

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Baltimore Co. Republicans face Howard Co. Democrats in redrawn District 12

Baltimore Co. Republicans face Howard Co. Democrats in redrawn District 12 

In Maryland's newly redrawn 12th legislative district — which slithers from southwestern Baltimore County to West Columbia in Howard County — the race for the State House is pretty neatly divided along county lines.

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Coalition pushing for 'lockbox' amendment

Coalition pushing for 'lockbox' amendment 

A diverse coalition of business groups, unions and transit advocates is urging Maryland voters to put a constitutional "lockbox" on state transportation funds, making it harder for governors and lawmakers to divert the money to other purposes.

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State says PG County schools CFO committed insurance fraud in claim of lost diamond ring

State says PG County schools CFO committed insurance fraud in claim of lost diamond ring 

Buying a diamond ring is always a costly expense.

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Baltimore mayors have a history of working themselves into the hospital

Baltimore mayors have a history of working themselves into the hospital 

Running the city of Baltimore isn't for the faint of heart.

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Brown video accuses Hogan of hiding stands from voters

Brown video accuses Hogan of hiding stands from voters

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown launched a new them in his gubernatorial campaign against Larry Hogan Friday as his campaign released a video accusing the Republican of hiding his positions on key issues in the race.

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Hillary Clinton to host fundraiser for Brown

Hillary Clinton to host fundraiser for Brown

Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to host a fundraiser for  Maryland's Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown later this month, according to an invitation sent to Brown supporters Friday afternoon.

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Senate committee backs Carolyn Colvin for Social Security

Senate committee backs Carolyn Colvin for Social Security

Carolyn W. Colvin's nomination to lead the Social Security Administration cleared the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, queuing up a final vote for the Maryland native later this year.

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Hogan, Dems have dueling attack ad websites

Hogan, Dems have dueling attack ad websites

When an opponent launches a site attacking your candidate's credibility, what do you do?

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Hogan accuses Brown of 'blatant lies' and 'disgraceful' attack ads

Hogan accuses Brown of 'blatant lies' and 'disgraceful' attack ads 

The war of words in the race for governor escalated Thursday as Republican Larry Hogan called his Democratic rival a liar and asked him to take down a series of "slanderous" advertisements.

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15 apply for vacant City Council seat

15 apply for vacant City Council seat

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Hogan calls for criminal probe of Brown campaign

Hogan calls for criminal probe of Brown campaign

The gubernatorial campaign of Republican Larry Hogan is demanding a criminal investigation of its charges that Democratic rival Anthony G. Brown's campaign illegally coordinated its activities with a legally independent political action committee.

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New Jersey Gov. Christie comes to Maryland for Hogan

New Jersey Gov. Christie comes to Maryland for Hogan

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan got a helping hand Wednesday from one of his party's best-known figures as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came to Maryland to raise money for the GOP.

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Ferguson brings new attention to Cardin bill on profiling

Ferguson brings new attention to Cardin bill on profiling

Sen. Ben Cardin said Tuesday that his legislation to prohibit law enforcement agencies from racial profiling had received renewed national attention after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last month.

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O'Malley en route to London to tout CitiStat

O'Malley en route to London to tout CitiStat

Gov. Martin O'Malley is heading to London this week to tout the CitiStat program he developed as Baltimore's mayor.

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Democrats slam Hogan on bankruptcy, debt

Democrats slam Hogan on bankruptcy, debt

The Maryland Democratic Party turned Republican Larry Hogan's charge that the state is on the verge of bankruptcy against him Monday, pointing to the GOP gubernatorial nominee's 1994 bankruptcy filing over more than $1.5 million in debt.

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200 state employees put on leave after bed bugs found in Baltimore office

200 state employees put on leave after bed bugs found in Baltimore office

About 200 Maryland Department of the Environment employees on one floor out of the four the agency occupies at its Baltimore headquarters were granted administrative leave Monday as officials dealt with an infestation problem.

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NOW presses gubernatorial candidates for answers on women's issues

NOW presses gubernatorial candidates for answers on women's issues

Posing a challenge to Republican Larry Hogan, the Maryland chapter of the National Organization for Women has asked candidates for governor to explain their positions on a series of women's health issues.

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Council OKs city takeover of tax calculations

Council OKs city takeover of tax calculations

If historic tax bills are wrong in the future, at least city property owners will know who to blame.

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Obama was 'shocked' by Rice video, chief of staff says

Obama was 'shocked' by Rice video, chief of staff says 

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday that President Obama was "shocked" by the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then fiancee and a Democratic senator called the National Football League's handling of the situation "outrageous."

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Hogan ad takes aim at Brown leadership on health exchange

Hogan ad takes aim at Brown leadership on health exchange 

Republican Larry Hogan released his first negative television ad of the campaign for governor Friday. It hits a point already hammered by Democrat Anthony Brown's opponents in the primary: Brown's role in the flubbed state health exchange.

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Governors group takes aim at Hogan over education

Governors group takes aim at Hogan over education 

The Democratic Governors Association has put $750,000 into an advertising campaign questioning Republican nominee Larry Hogan's commitment to education.

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O'Malley picks Battle of Baltimore over Iowa

O'Malley picks Battle of Baltimore over Iowa 

Few political events in Iowa are more important to an aspiring Democratic presidential candidate than the Harkin Steak Fry. And this year's fundraiser — the 37th and final for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin — is drawing some of its biggest names yet, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

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Larry Hogan sheds pounds on campaign trail

Larry Hogan sheds pounds on campaign trail 

The campaign trail has been kind to Larry Hogan's waistline.

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Brown, Hogan court Maryland's mayors

Brown, Hogan court Maryland's mayors 

The two men vying to be Maryland's next governor brought their stump speeches to a convention of municipal leaders in Annapolis on Friday, each promising they would offer local officials a better way forward than their opponent.

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O'Malley to move back to Baltimore

O'Malley to move back to Baltimore 

Gov. Martin O'Malley and his wife, Katie, are actively house shopping in northern Baltimore and plan to "repatriate" to the city when his term ends.

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Sixteen female senators urge Roger Goodell to adopt zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence

Sixteen female senators urge Roger Goodell to adopt zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence 

Sixteen female senators have sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell requesting that the NFL adopt a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence.

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O'Malley touts progress on immigration in Md.

O'Malley touts progress on immigration in Md.

WASHINGTON -- Gov. Martin O'Malley called on the legal community to address the shortage of attorneys available to represent immigrant children and touted Maryland's progress in making the state more hospitable to newcomers in an address Thursday to the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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Obama to visit Fort McHenry

Obama to visit Fort McHenry

President Barack Obama is planning to visit Fort McHenry on Friday during the 200th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Baltimore, sources with knowledge of the event said Wednesday.

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Auditor objects to city lawyer's $69 reimbursement for hotel room

Auditor objects to city lawyer's $69 reimbursement for hotel room

Sixty-nine dollars might not seem like enough money to fight over -– but that’s just what city officials spent Wednesday morning doing.

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Democrats file complaint over Hogan bus

Democrats file complaint over Hogan bus

The Maryland Democratic Party filed a complaint against GOP gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan late Tuesday, alleging Hogan improperly paid for his campaign bus and skirted public financing rules.

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Medical marijuana panel moves toward final proposed rules

Medical marijuana panel moves toward final proposed rules 

A state panel on Tuesday hashed out more of the nitty-gritty details to create a medical marijuana industry from scratch, but some key points remained unresolved as the commission nears a deadline next week.

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Neverdon loses again as he strives for place on November ballot

Neverdon loses again as he strives for place on November ballot 

Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. has lost another battle in his effort to get his name on the November ballot as a candidate for Baltimore state's attorney.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGERS


Michael Dresser is on his second tour of duty covering Maryland politics from Annapolis. He previously served as State House correspondent from 1996 to 2004, then moved to the transportation beat for seven years. He has also covered retailing and telecommunications.

Erin Cox has covered people and politics in and around Annapolis since 2007. She joined The Sun in 2012 and has worked for newspapers in Florida and her home state of Colorado. Erin graduated from the University of Colorado, where she studied journalism and biochemistry.

John Fritze has covered politics at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is The Sun's Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA Today, where he led coverage of the health care debate and the 2010 election.

Luke Broadwater got his start at age 9 when he scored an interview with Johnny Unitas. Since then, The Sun's City Hall reporter has won more than a dozen awards, for investigative reporting and feature writing. He is a 2002 graduate of Ithaca College.

Yvonne Wenger traveled across rural America where unemployment was higher than it was during the Great Depression, interviewed war veterans and followed presidential hopefuls on the campaign trail, in pursuit of her coverage of local, state and Washington politics over the last decade. She joined The Sun in January 2012 and covers City Hall.