Don't base your valuable vote on mere slogans

As we enter a new election cycle, voters should look past political rhetoric and slogans to seeks facts and sources that will help them make sound choices at the polls in their respective state primaries, and again in November. (Daily Times)

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Dallas Dance: BCPS $1.4 billion budget proposal commits resources to students

As we dive into the new year, work is well underway to bring to life the transformation in teaching and learning envisioned by Baltimore County Public Schools in our strategic plan, Blueprint 2.0, with a focus on academics, safety and security, communications and organizational effectiveness. To make necessary progress, we must deepen our investment in public education with the goal of preparing all of the county's graduates to be globally competitive. (Balt. Sun)

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Board's practice exclusionary

The most troubling thing about a lawsuit brought by two residents against the Carroll County Board of Commissioners for opening their meetings with sectarian prayers is that the trouble, and cost in taxpayer dollars, could have been avoided entirely had the board simply done as other local governments do and open their meetings with non-sectarian prayers. U.S. District Court Judge William Quarles Jr. said he will issue a decision soon on the residents’ request to stop the sectarian prayers. The problem with a government body choosing a single religion to feature when it opens its meetings is that it leaves out all the people who follow different faiths, or choose to follow no religion at all. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Dan Rodricks: O’Malley still dogged by insurance exchange woes

It wasn't that Martin O'Malley was asleep at the switch during the development of this state's botched-and-still-botchy health insurance exchange. It's that he was in Israel or Brazil, or New Hampshire or Texas or South Carolina, or any of the many other places he visited during the last three years as a second-term governor and chair of the Democratic Governors Association, trying to make himself a viable presidential candidate. When the cat's away, the mice will ... ignore warning signs of big trouble ahead. O'Malley might have forged his reputation as a data-driven, results-focused Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor, but when it came to the development of a state-based website to facilitate the biggest change in health law in half a century, he left someone else in charge — to wit, his lieutenant governor, Anthony G. Brown. (Balt. Sun)

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Honoring Ethan

Something very positive may yet come out of the sad demise of Ethan Saylor. If so, he will not have passed from this life in vain. We allude to the special commission that was created after Ethan’s death at a movie theater in Frederick a year ago last Sunday. He died after an interaction with three off-duty Frederick County sheriff’s deputies, who tried to remove him from the theater, where they were working private security, because he did not have a ticket for the upcoming show.  (News-Post)

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Jan. 14 // Panicking over Md.'s gun law

It's unfortunate that hundreds of guns purchased in the weeks before Maryland's stricter firearms regulations went into effect last year ended up in the hands of people who should never have been allowed to own them. Most of the weapons have since been recovered, but one was sold to a man later accused of using it in a carjacking in Prince George's County, and others were purchased by people with criminal records, a history of mental illness or other disqualifying factors. (Balt. Sun)

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Delegates' fear of Dwyer 'precedent' embarrassing

We’re sure members of the House of Delegates are embarrassed by Del. Don Dwyer, who is joining them during the week for this year’s legislative session while spending his weekends at the North County Detention Center, serving out a sentence for incidents of drunken boating and drunken driving. Yet delegates clearly don’t want to remove Dwyer, which they could do by a vote of two-thirds of their membership. Indeed, they don’t want to talk about the possibility on the record. (Capital)

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Politics trumped prudence in Md. Obamacare exchange

The train wreck of Maryland's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange should have been no surprise to Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown or anyone else responsible for its creation. That's the unmistakable conclusion from a Washington Post article on Sunday based on not-previously disclosed documents and interviews with key participants. (Balt. Sun)

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