DeFilippo: To Bloomberg or Not to Bloomberg?

To Bloomberg, or not to Bloomberg: that is the question before Maryland Democrats. The name Michael Bloomberg is writ large across Maryland, although many voters might not immediately associate the name with the candidate who’s spread billions of dollars across the state. They soon will. (Md. Matters)

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Kurtz: Cash in the Courtroom

One of the nice things about the General Assembly session is that the frenetic pace of political fundraising almost entirely comes to a halt — even with primary elections in Maryland scheduled for April 28. State law forbids Maryland’s statewide officeholders and the 188 state legislators from raising money during the 90-day session. (Md. Matters)

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McDaniels: Black history month a time to reflect on Baltimore heroes

We all know about Frederick Douglass, the great Maryland abolitionist and orator, and Harriett Tubman, who led fellow slaves from Maryland on perilous trips to freedom. Ms. Tubman in particular has received long overdue recognition in recent years, including a motion picture based on her life, a state park in her honor and a statue at the State House in Annapolis. (Balt. Sun)

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Eustis: State officials are making problem with rockfish decline worse

As the Chesapeake Bay and our fisheries collapse like an oyster bar in the dead zone, appointed officials in Gov. Larry Hogan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are accelerating the decline with regulatory gifts to political supporters. Their disingenuous approach to resource management is an overdraft on the future of the Chesapeake, and our debt will come due soon. (Balt. Sun)

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Our Say: With one exception, Anne Arundel liquor board reforms seem worthwhile

This morning, the Anne Arundel delegation to the General Assembly will vote on no less than 14 proposals to reform county liquor laws. These range from the grand — adding a professional staff to the Board of License Commissioners by creating the position of executive director — to the strictly practical: Why not serve alcoholic beverages in beauty salons and barbershops as Del. Sandy Bartlett has proposed? (Cap. Gazette)

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Hardesty: Flavored tobacco should be banned in Maryland

Many in Maryland undoubtedly believe that protecting our youth from nicotine addiction and harm ranks as a top priority. Yet parents and teachers at high schools and middle schools continue to wage a battle against multi-billion-dollar tobacco and e-cigarette corporations. Recently introduced emergency bills (House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 233) in the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate give parents, teachers and the youth they protect a fighting chance. (Balt. Sun)

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Neumark: Excessive education spending will hurt Maryland

Frederick County Public Schools is asking to spend $47 million more this year — from $636 million to $683 million — an increase of 7.3 percent, which outstrips population growth, wage growth and inflation. Based on data from Frederick County’s Office of Economic Development, our population increase comes to a non-compounded average of 1.1 percent annually. Inflation ranged between 1.5 percent and 2.3 percent in the last year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Frederick County’s wages rose last year by 3.6 percent. Should FCPS get a 7.3 percent pay raise if you didn’t? (News Post)

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Editorial: Democrats and Republicans should both embrace this common-sense, planet-saving reform

Climate change was the most important issue for a quarter of voters in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday; only health care ranked higher, according to exit polls. Every serious Democratic candidate has a plan. Even some Republican politicians, their science-denying president notwithstanding, are concluding that action on climate is essential for their political survival as well as the planet’s well-being. (Wash. Post)

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