Author Archives: Maryland Matters

Women’s Caucus Issues Recommendations for Fighting Harassment

By Josh Kurtz As the Maryland General Assembly attempts to find new ways to police itself – and all the people who work on the legislative campus – on the issue of sexual harassment and assault, the Women’s Caucus on Friday issued a set of policy recommendations for their colleagues to consider. The recommendations were part of a 38-page report

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Guest Commentary: Montgomery Democratic Committee’s Latest Vote Undermines Democracy

By Jordan Cooper The Democratic Party of Maryland has long prioritized party above the public interest. The latest manifestation of this gross abuse of the public trust revealed itself in a vote by the local party apparatus to yet again deny voters an opportunity to exercise their democratic right to self-determination. On Feb. 13, the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee

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Advocates See Link Between Affordable Housing, Health

By Marie Robey Wood Research confirms what many experts have long suspected: that good health and access to safe, affordable housing are inextricably linked. The problem is that housing and health care providers have been operating in their own “silos” and haven’t formulated long-term strategies for collaboration and sharing of information to provide these basic needs to the populations they

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Kirwan Responds to Media Reports on Commission’s Work and Timetable

To clarify some of the reporting following Thursday’s release of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education’s Preliminary Report, Commission Chairman William E. Kirwan has the following statement: The Commission is engaged in the serious business of building a statewide pre K–12 education system that will ensure all Maryland students have the opportunities that they deserve, that the State’s

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Shea’s Pick for LG Says He’s Not Thinking Beyond June Primary

By William F. Zorzi Baltimore Councilman Brandon M. Scott, who at 33 is already considered a rising star in the city, stepped up onto the Maryland political stage Thursday, when Democratic gubernatorial hopeful James L. Shea formally named him as his running mate. Surrounded by members of his extended family, the second-term councilman was introduced by Shea in the spartan

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Political Notebook: Klausmeier Leads Miele in State Senate Poll – And More!

By Josh Kurtz Baltimore County state Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D), a top Republican target this year, has opened up a 16-point lead over her likely GOP challenger, Del. Christian J. Miele, according to a recent Democratic poll. The survey, conducted by TargetSmart Communications, a Washington, D.C., political data firm, showed Klausmeier with 55 percent in an initial head-to-head matchup,

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House Panel Kills Senate Bill Extending Effective Date of Sick Leave Law

By William F. Zorzi The House Economic Matters Committee killed a Senate bill Thursday that would have pushed back the effective date of the state’s new sick-leave legislation to July 1 retroactively. The requirement for employers to pay sick leave earned by nearly 700,000 workers in the state became law Sunday, after the legislation was vetoed by Gov. Lawrence J.

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