Bill aimed at predators ignites parents’ blog protest
A blog post on the site of a Montgomery County parents’ group this weekend assailed — in often personal terms — three local state senators for their sponsorship of legislation that would make it a misdemeanor for part-time and volunteer school and recreational coaches to have sex with a 16-year-old under their charge, but only if the perpetrator is at least seven years older than the victim.
Robocalls consultant Henson to challenge McFadden
Julius Henson, who was convicted in a case involving robocalls on Election Day in 2010, says he is running for the General Assembly.
Intellectually disabled struggling to find work
Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it's often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage.
Boehner: We’ll make debt-ceiling deadline
House Speaker John Boehner promised Thursday that the GOP-controlled House won't miss a late-February deadline to increase the government's borrowing cap.
Ruppersberger to seek re-election to Congress
Democratic Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who had been considering a run for governor, says he will seek re-election to Congress. Ruppersberger, who has represented Maryland’s second district since 2003, said in a statement Wednesday that he will file as a candidate for re-election to the House in 2014. He says he wants continue working on […]
C. Fraser Smith: Impatience could bloom into run for governor
Rep. John Delaney has a few questions for Marylanders: Are you as frustrated as I am with government as usual?
Md. GOP gubernatorial candidates low on funds
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Republican candidates for governor are off to a slow start in raising money for their campaigns, according to campaign finance reports filed to meet a midnight deadline on Wednesday. Harford County Executive David Craig reported the most cash on hand, with $154,577. Craig reported raising nearly $250,000 but spent about $296,000. He […]
Gansler calls on Brown to explain exchange woes
SILVER SPRING — Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is calling on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to explain in greater detail why the state’s health exchange website has been so troubled. Gansler, who is battling Brown for the Democratic nomination in the governor’s race, went in the offensive Monday at his campaign headquarters in the latest […]
High court skeptical of Obama recess appointments
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cast doubt Monday on President Barack Obama’s use of a provision of the Constitution to make temporary appointments to high-level positions over the objection of Senate Republicans. The court is writing on a blank slate as it considers for the first time the Constitution’s recess appointments clause. That clause allows […]
Former Frederick Co. worker alleges political firing
FREDERICK — A former deputy Frederick County attorney says the county’s elected leaders fired her in 2011 at the behest of land developers who considered her their enemy. The Frederick News-Post reported Friday that Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young is denying the allegation made by Wendy Kearney in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Kearney contends […]
‘Crunch time’ for Obama on NSA
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is still grappling with key decisions on the future of the National Security Agency’s phone collection program and the makeup of the secret court that approved the surveillance, congressional lawmakers said Thursday following a 90-minute meeting at the White House. Obama is expected to back tighter restrictions on foreign leader […]
Pols united against pot legalization
Three significant hurdles formed in front of efforts to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on the opening day of the General Assembly when the state’s top three Democrats said they opposed the idea of moving Maryland in the direction of Colorado.