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SUPPORTING the death penalty -- saying so in public -- is a way for an otherwise liberal and progressive-thinking man or woman to flash tough-on-crime bona fides. Personally, they might think capital punishment to be barbaric; they might believe in...
Sun StaffPRAGMATISM dictates that Maryland legalizes slot machine next year, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said yesterday in a pre-General Assembly briefing that foreshadowed another year of gridlock on top policy issues facing the state. Miller also...
TO KEEP himself from looking like a complete legislative loser, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will now do what he thinks he does best. He will hit the road and talk directly to voters. He will exhibit his schoolboy charm. He will make himself available to...
Sun StaffLAWMAKERS say the governor offered all kinds of goodies in a last-minute (and nearly successful) lobbying effort to persuade members of the House of Delegates to sustain his veto of a medical malpractice bill last week. Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg, a...
Sun StaffSLOTS MAY BE on life support for the third straight legislative session since the election of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., but that isn't preventing some lobbyists and lawmakers from trying to concoct a formula for passage. The latest idea making the...
Sun StaffTHE STRENGTH and effectiveness of the Republican caucus in the House of Delegates -- which enters the session under new leadership -- was a hot debate topic last week. House Speaker Michael E. Busch, the chamber's Democratic leader, is unimpressed with...
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Sun StaffREPUBLICAN efforts to force lawmakers to vote on the day's hot-button social issues are running afoul of what Democratic leaders describe as the unwritten rules of the General Assembly. Twice last week, GOP delegates offered amendments to seemingly...
Sun StaffTHE EPICENTER for political excitement last week was the governor's conference room on the second floor of the State House, where city and state officials met repeatedly to discuss a Baltimore schools bail-out plan. While Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr....
email@example.comThe Correctional Officers’ Bill of Rights, which was sponsored by a former Washington County senator and signed into law in 2010, is getting fresh scrutiny in the aftermath of a scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center, where 13 female...
Baltimore schools chief Andrés Alonso went to Annapolis last year seeking approval for a bold $2 billion plan to replace many of the city system's crumbling buildings. The idea didn't even make it out of committee. Prospects still looked bleak in...
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown became the first candidate to join the 2014 Maryland governor's race Friday with a call to close the gap between rich and poor in education, health and economic opportunity. Before a crowd at Prince George's Community College...
Surrounded by religious leaders, civil rights activists and others who have fought for years to stop executions in Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation Thursday repealing the state's death penalty. Unless the law is overturned in a...
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