July 29 // New city jail? Not so fast

Fresh off a tour of the corruption-plagued Baltimore City Detention Center, some lawmakers appear eager to hand the state corrections department a half-billion-dollar get out of jail free card, so to speak. Shocked by the antiquated structure, which dates in part to before the Civil War, some members of a legislative task force are saying that the state needs to get serious about building a new jail. (Balt. Sun)

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How safe is the Bay Bridge?

This month's accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, in which a car driven by a young woman was propelled into the waters below, has people still shaking their heads over her improbable survival. Morgan Lake’s remarkable resolve, cool thinking and athleticism are why she survived. Equally remarkable is how her car hurdled over the barriers put in place to prevent that very occurrence — and that’s an issue that state and federal authorities must address. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel's legislative disadvantage here to stay

When it comes to getting state money, as in other things, jurisdictions must play the hand they were dealt. And there may be no way to win consistently with that hand. That, as explored in a story we ran last week, is the situation in which Anne Arundel County’s legislative delegation has long found itself. The problem is most obvious when you compare Anne Arundel’s fortunes with those of its big neighbor west of the Patuxent River, Prince George’s County. (Capital)

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Transparency proposals have merit

Proposals put forward last week by Attorney General Doug Gansler to increase transparency in government would provide residents with a greater ability to monitor government spending and improve accountability. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Josh Cohen: City Dock, Compromise Street through the mayor's eyes

City Dock is the crown jewel of Annapolis. We cherish its authenticity, intimate scale, openness to the water and historic charm. City Dock not only defines our town’s character, it is a national treasure to be preserved. While City Dock has many qualities, it also has areas in need of attention. Vehicular and pedestrian congestion, frequent nuisance flooding, acres of waterfront asphalt parking, the lack of quality open space and the scarcity of private reinvestment are all holding back City Dock from realizing its best potential. (Capital)

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Art Callaham: Government should be lead stadium investor

The overall communitywide positive economic development impact makes the stadium project a “no brainer.” If you liken the stadium project to a public road project, you will see that the overall community value from a public road comes from what travels over and is along the road. For a stadium, the community value is what happens inside and outside the facility. With that thought in mind, why should the government be the primary investor in a stadium, just like government usually is in a public road? (Herald-Mail)

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Politically Correct?: Redistricting is politically tense process

Why are we writing about redistricting? A major prerequisite for this every 10-year process, the 2010 U.S. Census, was completed a couple of years ago. Surely, the process of redrawing district boundary lines to adjust for population shifts is finished? Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. (Daily Times)

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How Sun spun new Maryland health care story

We were struck by the very different – almost 180°opposite – headlines and spins today in the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post, both reporting on the new health plans in Maryland, finalized this week. “Maryland issues insurance rates that are among lowest in U.S.” (The Washington Post) “Premiums to go up as much as 25 percent under health reform” (The Baltimore Sun) (Brew)

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