Susan Reimer: Intimate Photos That Wound Intimately

A bill that Baltimore County Del. Jon Cardin will propose in the next legislative session would make it a felony to humiliate and endanger someone by posting nude or salacious photos on the Internet without permission, even if the photos were OK with everybody when they were taken. While the proponents hope the law will be a deterrent to posting those pictures in revenge, I am hoping this whole conversation will be a deterrent to taking them and sharing them in the first place. (Balt. Sun)

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Why The Rush To Approve City Labor Contracts?

True, the main points of the city’s agreements are defensible. But there’s no excuse for rushing this through. Was someone afraid awkward questions would be asked on the eve of an election? You couldn’t ask for a better illustration of a lack of transparency in city government. (Capital)

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Teen Drinking In Spotlight

Attorney General and Maryland Governor hopeful Doug Gansler became the target of nighttime television jokes with his response after photos emerged showing him at a teen party, but while the exposure hasn’t done much for his gubernatorial campaign, the state’s top lawmaker has done quite a bit to raise awareness about teen drinking and, more specifically, parents who allow teens to drink in their house. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Oct. 30 // Gansler’s soul searching

One of the most telling quotes from Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, as his gubernatorial candidacy became mired in controversy last week, was: “I’m a big boy.” Gansler was declaring that he can admit when he’s wrong. But the line works equally well in summarizing his decision-making, as shown in two examples recently discovered by area newspapers. (Gazette)

How Health IT Firms Can Benefit From Maryland Policy Changes

Federal health care reform has been catching a bit of flack the last few weeks, as health insurance exchanges continue to experience severe technical difficulties. But it’s not all bad. Carolyn Quattrocki, who leads the governor's Office of Health Care Reform, talked about some ways health care IT companies and entrepreneurs can use Maryland’s biggest health policy changes to boost their businesses. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Schaller: Don't secede; vote with your feet

In a column last month I suggested that members of the Western Maryland Initiative, which is calling for the state's five western-most counties to secede from the state, consider a more parsimonious solution: Simply move to West Virginia. The column generated quite a few angry emails and phone calls. I was "arrogant," "condescending," and "insulting." A Cumberland man provided his address and welcomed a "pansy" like me to drop by his home for the "attitude adjustment" I sorely need. (Balt. Sun)

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John Delaney: Health care rollout rough, but there's reason for optimism

In my private sector career, two of my favorite sayings were “strategy is easy and execution is really hard” and that we should “run at criticism.” I was reminded of these sayings this month during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s new Healthcare.gov website. As an entrepreneur and public company CEO, I’ve dealt with dozens of rollouts, and when unveiling a new product, the operating approach should be, hope for the best but prepare for the worst. (Herald-Mail)

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RNC chairman: Gansler failed as a parent and a public official

"Parents, you're the leading influence on your teen's decision not to drink." Those are the words of Maryland's Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat and candidate for governor, in an anti-underage age drinking public service announcement he recorded a year ago. Sadly, Attorney General Gansler doesn't listen to his own words and reportedly helped plan a party last June at which underage boys would be drinking beer and wine. (Balt. Sun)

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