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Md. needs a Prescription Drug Affordability Board

While the Democratic and Republican parties differ on many issues, there’s one thing that we should be able to agree on: People shouldn’t have to choose between paying bills and purchasing life-saving prescription medications. I have worked on health care issues for many years as a Capitol Hill...

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    Why no mention of Ike Leggett speaking at Hogan inauguration?

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    In Baltimore, even an alleged murderer can get bail

    The fact that Baltimore District Judge Michael Studdard granted bail and released a person accused of murdering another person sets a new low in legal standards (“Judge grants bail to Baltimore man accused of barroom murder in Fells Point,” Jan. 17). It also set some new standards for if you can...

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    'Bless and keep the czar — far away from us!'

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