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New gun-related laws, more casino-based school funding, a continuing opioid epidemic, and a 20-year transportation plan Read more

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As a nation, we are moving to more centralized and authoritarian government action and falling prey to actions that divide and erode our democracy. Read more

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Inside the cutthroat art of government lobbying. Read more

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A preview of what's at stake for our legislators during an assembly that coincides with an election year. Read more

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Delegate Jon S. Cardin (D-11, Baltimore County and nephew of Senator Ben Cardin) has launched an exploratory committee to consider running for the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland in 2014. Read more

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“Without health...there is no happiness. An attention to health, then, should take the place of every other object.” These were the words Thomas Jefferson (1787) wrote almost 11 years to the day after America declared our independence – and that all ... Read more

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In his monthly update, Mayor Josh Cohen updates Annapolitans on the budget process and its timeline, the Compromise Street Project, and the big picture conversation surrounding what to do with City Dock. Talk back, Annapolis! Read more

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Dear What's Up? Readers, As a father of two daughters in college, I couldn’t have been more disappointed to learn that today is Equal Pay Day--a day that represents how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011. That means that th... Read more

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I start off today with the same message as last year – yesterday may be labeled “Sine Die” or the end of this year’s legislative session but that does not mean it is the end of the legislative process – or my work for that matter. As I contemplated w... Read more

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What many may not be aware of is just how far the repercussions ring when big bills take over on certain days. Read more

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It is April 3rd, 2012 – do you know who is on your ballot? Or of equal importance, do you know who is voting with you? Those will be the questions in the Congressional primary this coming spring – thanks to a new redistricting plan approved in a Spec... Read more

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2012 is the second year of the Governor’s four-year term and a lot is going with an ambitious agenda. It’s a year where more risk can be taken – and much of the focus will be on gas tax, a robust capital budget, fee increases and more headliner issue... Read more

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In recognition of the 91st anniversary of the 19th amendment, today has been proclaimed Women’s Equality Day. President Obama begins his proclamation by stating: “(t)he 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution tore down the last formal barrie... Read more

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Over three decades later, and the legislative landscape is not much different, including the world of lobbying. What has changed is the level of scrutiny by the media and public at large. Read more

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Grease has literally seeped into the political landscape – kitchen grease that is. Read more

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Let’s be real for a minute. If you stopped people on the street, many of them have no idea how the legislative process actually works – and those who do have an understanding may remember “I’m Just A Bill…sitting here on Capitol Hill…” from Saturday ... Read more

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Wasn’t America built on compromise? One definition of compromise is finding agreement through communication, and that is exactly what happened earlier this year with the 2010 Continuing Care Advisory Committee. Or so I thought. It turns out that thos... Read more

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Will It Be Enough? We’ll See… We see it in the news all the time. Whether it’s breaking news about a celebrity’s death or a special documentary on youth in suburbia, the abuse of prescription drugs continues to have drastic – and many times fatal – e... Read more

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Monday, April 11th marked Sine Die – the last day – for the 2011 legislative session. A lot of scrambling, a lot of final votes, and a lot of speculation of what succeeded and what failed depending on the issue and where someone stood on it. As for m... Read more

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