The List: They Said What?

With Center Maryland having two months under our belt (and, by the way, more Facebook fans than the Baltimore Sun), we though we’d share some of the comments that we’ve received. As you would expect of a news organization that aims to be centrist, we’ve been taking pulls from both political poles. And we’ve received some constructive criticism that we’ve taken to heart. Here’s what people are saying: “Thanks for this concept. We all love being plugged in and this will be a big help.” – Managing editor of an Eastern Shore daily newspaper “I have to tell you Center Maryland is kicking butt. It is really good and necessary work. It fills a hole that needed to be filled by someone.” – Baltimore radio talk show host “My Lord, once these guys leave the O’Malley administration, they have jumped on to the Republican side of the fence. I am... Continue reading
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As lawmakers call for juvenile reforms, the oversight commission they created in 2006 never met

By Tom LoBianco Maryland lawmakers and governors have wrestled with seemingly intractable problems in the state’s juvenile services system for more than a decade, reaping both political benefits and despair. And the killing of a 65-year-old female teacher at the Cheltenham Youth Facility last month has lawmakers again calling for a review of the Department of Juvenile Services – putting the issue at the center of the agenda for another crucial election season. In 2005, lawmakers passed a bill to form a legislative oversight panel to review problems in the juvenile services system. When the measure was vetoed by then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the General Assembly’s Democratic leadership included the oversight panel legislation in a package of more than a dozen vetoes that were overridden at the start of the 2006 session. Then the oversight group – which was to include six members of the House of Delegates and six... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: Gay Rights and Political Wrongs?

Two of Maryland’s smartest politicians — both of whom happen to be dyed-in-the-wool Montgomery County liberals — stuck their necks out for gay rights last week. Should they be congratulated or criticized? Did they do the Democratic Party any favors? And did they actually help themselves — and the causes they were trying to promote? On its face, Attorney General Doug Gansler’s (D) opinion that Maryland should recognize gay marriages performed in other states seemed reasonable and well thought out — and it was the right thing to do. And Gansler surely anticipated the predictable uproar that followed from conservative groups and politicians — even the call for his impeachment from state Del. Don Dwyer, a Republican from Anne Arundel County. But along with the criticism — and the applause from liberals and civil rights groups — Gansler probably didn’t anticipate the low groan from some Democratic leaders and legislators in... Continue reading
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Ulman, Smith to discuss legislative session and the counties

Come hear Center Maryland's Steve Kearney moderate a discussion with Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman about the 2010 legislative session and how it's affecting the counties. They'll talk about such issues as the budget, taxes, land use, development and stormwater development. The event is part of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s second "Executive Voices" breakfast discussion, set for Thursday, March 11 at Loyola University. Here's a flier with more information: Executive Voices To register for the event, click here.... Continue reading
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Welcome to Maryland. We're closed!

By Doug Donovan The state has closed six tourist welcome centers over the past year and is scheduled to shutter two more in July as part of the O’Malley administration’s continuing effort to cut costs from Maryland’s budget. Closing eight of the state’s 12 highway welcome centers has upset some state lawmakers and advocates for the guideposts, who say the costs of operating them are covered by tourist dollars generated when the centers’ staff direct travelers to local attractions. With Interstate 70’s two centers closed for construction until later this year, that leaves only the two visitors facilities off of Interstate 95 near Laurel open to the public. None of those remaining four will be permanently closed and a thirteenth center, located in the Maryland State House, was transferred to the state archives budget, according to a spokeswoman with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Closing the eight centers... Continue reading
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