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Maryland’s leading source of aggregated and original news and opinion on government, politics, business and more. Called one of the “nation’s best state-based political blogs” by the Washington Post.

Dr. Leana Wen: Remove red tape to save lives

The opioid epidemic continues to ravage Maryland, killing more residents every year than traffic accidents. We are in the midst of a public health emergency. Across the state, nearly 1500 people lost their lives to drug or alcohol overdose in the first nine months of 2016. The powerful opioid known as fentanyl is driving these high rates; in Baltimore City, fatal overdoses involving the drug have increased 20 times in the least three years. These deaths are especially tragic because there is one medication — naloxone — that is a complete antidote to an opioid overdose. As an emergency physician, I have used the medication hundreds of times and have seen firsthand that it can bring someone on the verge of death back to life in seconds. Naloxone is safe, with virtually no side effects if given to someone who is not on opioids. It is easy to administer, with two versions, one that’s... Continue reading
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Marc Greendorfer: Laws Opposing the Boycott Movement of Israel Do Not Violate Constitution

Introduced in response to the “BDS Movement”, a growing international campaign of intolerance and bigotry operating under the guise of human rights advocacy, Maryland House Bill 949 and Senate Bill 739 is an important and needed law that will help to protect many Marylanders from discrimination. Some of those who oppose anti-discrimination laws such as HB949/SB739 have argued that BDS activity is subject to the same type of constitutional protections that civil rights boycotts enjoy. However, a number of constitutional scholars, including my legal foundation, have engaged in exhaustive research of the issues and have demonstrated the flaws in claims that measures such as these violate the Constitution. The case that BDS activists rely upon for their constitutional claim, dealing with the rights of African Americans to engage in boycotts to oppose our own government’s suppression of their civil rights, is simply inapplicable to BDS activity.  BDS activity has been described... Continue reading
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Delegate Kirill Reznik: What Are Republicans Going To Do About Healthcare?

For the better part of six years, Republicans have been screaming their heads off about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (which they initially dubbed Obamacare).  They’ve done more about the repealing part than the replacing part, mainly because the latter is much, much harder do to.  And there is a reason for that that I will go into in a bit. Now, they can do it.  With majorities in, and leadership of both chambers of Congress, and with the impending reality of a President Trump (this is the first time I’ve written or said those words out loud), their dreams may finally come true.  Throughout the campaign, Trump called the ACA “a disaster,” “a failure,” “horrible,” and likely to “collapse under its own weight”.  All of this while never articulating what the problems of the law are, what needs to be fixed, or that he even understands what the... Continue reading
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KOFA Policy Call: The Future of the ACA, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 [Audio Recording]

On Tuesday January 10th, KOFA Public Affairs hosted their first policy call of 2017 with three distinguished guests, who discussed the future of the Affordable Care Act under the Trump administration.  John Deane, Chairman for Advisory Board Consulting, Jennifer Babcock, VP for Medicaid Policy and Director of Strategic Operations, ACAP and Dr. Leana Wen, Health Commissioner for Baltimore City discussed their perspectives on what to anticipate, what the likely impact will be on health insurance coverage and how to stay informed in the coming months as President-Elect Trump moves into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.    Click here to listen to a recording of the call:  ... Continue reading
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Press Release: Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) Established to Advocate for Improved Public Health, Patient Access, Advancement of Science

 For Immediate Release  Contact:  Rick Abbruzzese  410-790-5002  Kate Leisner    410-685-7080   Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) Established to Advocate for Improved Public Health, Patient Access, Advancement of Science Maryland medical cannabis growers and processors establish association to create transparency, accountability, and consistency in the state’s medical cannabis industry BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (January 6, 2017) – The Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) announced today that it has been established to advocate for improved public health, patient access, and the advancement of science within the state’s medical cannabis industry. MedCan founding members are among growers and processors of medical cannabis selected for preliminary licenses by the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. “MedCan is committed to fostering a favorable social, economic and legal climate for the responsible advancement of medical cannabis to improve public health and patient access in Maryland,” said Sue Quintero, Chairwoman of MedCan’s Board of Directors. “All... Continue reading
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