Tami Howie: Only Congress Can Regulate the Internet

It’s a no-brainer to support protecting the rights of consumers to unfettered access to the wide-ranging services and sites offered on the internet. But, similarly, states like Maryland must ensure that the robust internet infrastructure that fuels our digital economy continues to advance and make Maryland an attractive place to do business.

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SEND US YOUR POLLS

As we get closer to the end of the legislative session and the 2018 election, we expect there will be an explosion in polling. Center Maryland would like to help Maryland see the numbers. Please send us an email alongside your polling memo. It must be from a reputable pollster, explain the methodology and include the questions being asked - accompanied by a reasonable amount of data. Today’s poll by Mason Dixon on behalf of the Maryland Catholic Conference is a good example to follow.

NEW POLL: Maryland Voters Favor Increasing Funding For Boost Scholarship Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 13, 2018) – Nearly two-thirds of all Marylanders, including 82 percent of the voters in Baltimore City and 79 percent of all African-Americans polled, support an increase in funding for the State of Maryland’s Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Scholarship Program, according to a new poll released today.

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Minister Duane Williams, Jr. - Baltimore’s Baffling Ban Makes Take-Out Containers Criminal

I'm from Baltimore. I'm a former Baltimore City Police Officer and currently an educator at a Baltimore City Public School, and for as long as I can remember, Baltimore has had a littering problem. In a single day, our famous Mr. Trash Wheel has collected as much as 38,000 pounds of trash from the Jones Falls Watershed.

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UnitedHealthcare says it will pass on rebates from drug companies to consumers

In response to growing consumer frustration over drug prices, UnitedHealthcare, one of the nation's largest health insurers, said on Tuesday that it would stop keeping millions of dollars in discounts it gets from drug companies and share them with its customers. Dan Schumacher, the president of UnitedHealthcare, said the new policy will apply to more than seven million people who are enrolled in the company's fully insured plans, beginning next year. (NY Times)

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Gene Ransom: The Gag rule needs to be broken

Physicians and other medical health professionals share concern with their patient’s over the rising cost of healthcare.  As insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles continue to rise, patients feel the pain, and they feel it acutely at their local pharmacy counter.  A regimen of life-changing prescription medications should not be a source of stress and anxiety.

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Zachary Mills: National School Breakfast Week

Bringing great food to my community is my pride and joy. As a chef, I spend countless hours considering how best to prepare and showcase ingredients to provide my guests with a dining experience they’ll remember. This week is National School Breakfast Week – a great time to tell you more about someone who has worked just as tirelessly to make sure her students get a healthy meal at school each and every morning.

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Craft Brewers Legislation in Annapolis

Last Friday, General Assembly committees considered dueling bills on “craft brewers.”  On one side was the Task Force empaneled by Comptroller Peter Franchot and his much ballyhooed “Reform The Tap” bill; the other was a proposal by Delegates Davis and Branch to repeal 2017 legislation on craft brewers which has been roundly criticized by Franchot as a knife in the back to the brewing industry despite the fact that it liberalized rules requested by the craft brewers.

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