Michael Goggin: Wind energy: Good for the environment and consumers

A recent letter ("Wind and solar aren't viable energy alternatives — and will never be," Aug. 5) misstates the facts in an attempt to attack wind energy. Wind power is already a mainstream energy source in the U.S., accounting for 35 percent of all newly added electric generating capacity over the last five years. Nine states now rely on wind for over 10 percent of their electricity, with Iowa and South Dakota generating 20 percent of their power from wind. (Balt. Sun)

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August 13 // Campaign finance, deformed

The Democratic Governors Association wants to conduct federal electioneering activity — things like get-out-the vote campaigns and voter identification programs — but it wants to do it with money that isn't subject to federal campaign finance restrictions. The group, which bears the strong stamp of Gov. Martin O'Malley, is attempting to do that by exploiting a loophole in campaign regulations that, even if legal, is stunningly cynical. (Balt. Sun)

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Richard Cross: GOP needs to look forward

First, let me begin by stating in unequivocal terms that I love Ronald Reagan. He remains the first, best president for whom I’ve personally voted. His optimism for America, conservative principles, and leadership — and the way these qualities juxtaposed against the ineptness of his predecessor — played a huge role in my own ideological development. It is with tremendous respect and affection for the memory of President Reagan that I suggest a heretical concept: The GOP needs to stop looking back at him, and toward the next transformational leader the party and the country needs. (News-Post)

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If people are swimming there, test it

Talk long enough to north county residents, and you’ll hear that the county government makes decisions affecting their area — particularly regarding the environment — that would never be contemplated if they affected communities farther south. A regional inferiority complex, perhaps? A persecution complex? (Capital)

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Elijah Cummings & Sander Levin: Reform the IRS, but leave politics out of it

For nearly three months, Republicans have engaged in a sustained and orchestrated campaign to accuse the White House and the Obama administration of using the IRS to target the president’s political enemies — without any evidence to support their claims. (Wash. Post)

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Dan Rodricks: Holder saying what Baltimore judge has said for years

Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement — that low-level drug offenders with no history of violence and no ties to gangs will no longer face severe, mandatory federal prison sentences — is the first step in returning sanity and integrity to a justice system commandeered nearly 30 years ago by grandstanding, overzealous politicians. But it comes way too late for the 20-year-old drug slinger featured in one of Judge Andre Davis's war stories. (Balt. Sun)

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'Listen' to all the voices

Getting input from the community on various building-related codes and identifying ways to make processes easier is a good idea as long as the Board of Carroll County Commissioners doesn’t use this as yet another opportunity to push for finding ways that developers can increase their bottom line at the expense of the public. This board already has initiated several actions, which they dubbed “economic relief packages,” to help developers reduce costs and increase revenues. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Todd Eberly: Maryland 2014: Part 1 - The Democrats Running for Governor

It's been awhile since I've written about the 2014 gubernatorial contest in Maryland. In a post last September, I profiled the four men most likely to seek the nomination - Attorney General Doug Gansler, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Howard County Exec. Ken Ulman. I mentioned Heather Mizeur as a "rumored to be thinking about it" candidate. (Freestater)

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