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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 6, 2012
Michael V. Johansen, an Annapolis lobbyist who represents a Washington County coalition, recapped the 2012 Maryland General Assembly session Wednesday, going from zero to 90 days in about an hour. He quipped that his talk at a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast actually covered “2012 1/2,” noting the three-day special session last month in addition to the 90-day regular session. Johansen touched on some of the most significant measures that passed, such as the legalization of same-sex marriage, and those that failed, including an attempt to expand gambling in Maryland.
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OPINION
May 17, 2012
Politics, some say, is the art of compromise, with all of its “give and take.” We are told that you can't always get the whole loaf but must learn how to get at least half a loaf. Local pundits often criticize our county legislators for being too doctrinaire and too ideological, all the while scolding them for not “bringing home the bacon.”  Does this apply in all cases? Is this how the O'Malley administration operated during the special session in Annapolis this week?
NEWS
April 25, 2012
Comparing forum attendance Some Washington County delegation members expressed their appreciation Tuesday night for the sizable crowd - about 60 people - that attended a forum reviewing the recent Maryland General Assembly session. Del. Andrew A. Serafini and other delegation members preferred this year to have an evening meeting at no charge. That broke from an annual tradition in which the delegation publicly reviewed the 90-day session at a chamber of commerce breakfast.
OPINION
By TAMELA BAKER | April 25, 2012
Once or twice in my adult life, I have agonized over my personal budget or some major financial decision. But most months, I manage to pay all the bills and still have a little left over for ice cream. Compared to the Maryland General Assembly, I am an absolute fiscal genius. Our state's legislators have done a lot of silly things before, but this year's budget farce was a stunner. In case you missed it: The General Assembly, required to produce a balanced budget every year, managed through a series of unfortunate events to miss the deadline for passing a bill to fund its approved budget (translation: income tax hike)
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stopped in Annapolis on Tuesday, making brief comments to the state Senate and having lunch at a famous city eatery. Gingrich is running a distant third, behind leader Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, in the race for the GOP nomination. The next primaries will be April 3 in Maryland,Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. During a news conference outside the State House, Gingrich called a proposed gas tax in Maryland “very, very anti-everyday working American.” He said he has an energy independence plan that could get gas prices down to no more than $2.50 a gallon - “although, apparently, it would always be higher here if the state gas (increase)
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | March 25, 2012
I've been reading a lot about Doomsday these days, and for sure I know it must be coming; I just don't know when. Just the other week, Sen. Mike Miller of our Annapolis legislature lectured the Maryland citizens: Either you give me some more of your tax dollars or a “doomsday” budget is coming to your neighborhood.  “We can no longer support the many programs we currently finance, such as our education funding and law enforcement allocations,” said...
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