Donald Fry: Entrepreneurial spirit shines in minority business sector

Want some inspiration?  Looking for evidence that the American dream is still alive and well in the Baltimore region? It can be found in many places. But last night, we found it alive and well among the minority and women entrepreneurs in our region who, despite challenging economic times, have recognized opportunities, had visions for success and built businesses around them. The Greater Baltimore Committee celebrated more than a dozen such entrepreneurs as winners of the 2013 Bridging the Gap awards for achievement by minority-owned and women-owned businesses during ceremonies in Baltimore.

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Laslo Boyd: The Democratic Dilemma

A year before the General Election for governor, it’s looking more as though Anthony Brown will coast into office without facing any serious challenge or having to make the case for his selection. A year is a long time and lots of things could change, but there’s no certainty that they will. The candidate who was assumed to be Brown’s major competitor, Attorney General Doug Gansler, has recently run a gauntlet of damaging news stories that raise questions about his fitness for office. The question now is whether he can climb out of the hole that he has put himself in, find some images to replace the one of him at the teen beach party, and start raising substantive challenges to Brown’s candidacy.

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Josh Kurtz: Coates of Armor

If Heather Mizeur and Delman Coates had children together, they would look a lot like Bill de Blasio’s teenaged kids. That may sound like a crude observation, considering Mizeur, the state delegate and Democratic candidate for governor, is a lesbian, and Coates, a minister and Mizeur’s new running mate, is a happily married father of four. But it goes to a greater point: de Blasio, the newly elected mayor of New York, is now the role model for Mizeur and her campaign – as he has become for progressive longshots all across the country. Tapping Coates as her No. 2 burnishes Mizeur’s progressive credentials considerably and helps her wage a de Blasio-style campaign. Whether she can duplicate de Blasio’s success is another matter entirely.

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Laslo Boyd on Education - Part One -- Video

Center Maryland Columnist and Former Maryland Secretary of Higher Education Laslo Boyd visits Center Maryland to discuss a recent ruling by a federal judge pertaining to historically black colleges and universities.

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Josh Kurtz: O’Malley vs. Christie

It wasn’t quite the Full Ginsburg, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was a guest on four of the network chat shows Sunday. That’s hardly surprising. The national media have already declared Christie the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, based on his smashing reelection last week, and a decent segment of the moneyed GOP establishment is inclined to agree – or at least is keeping its fingers crossed. In a matter of days, he’ll become chairman of the Republican Governors Association, where he and his political team will be butting heads with one of Martin O’Malley’s top political lieutenants, and his eyes and ears in Washington, D.C., Colm O’Comartun, the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association (O’Malley, a former DGA chairman, remains the organization’s finance director). Needless to say, there’s a lot at stake for both governors in 2014 as they ramp up for their expected White House bids.

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Attorney General Candidates – Bill Frick

Del. Bill Frick, a candidate for Attorney General, joins Center Maryland to talk about Maryland's political landscape in 2104, the importance of consumer protection, and his view on how the office of Attorney General should be managed. Each Monday, Center Maryland is sharing a series of in-depth conversations with the leading Democratic candidates for Attorney General. Today is the first part of our interview with Delegate Frick.

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Donald Fry: Maryland’s structural deficit … it’s back

Last January lawmakers and media observers trumpeted the fact that, for the first time in almost a decade, a Maryland legislative session began without having to address a major structural deficit, thanks to fiscal measures our state’s elected leaders had taken in the last several years. But now, two months away from the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, the deficit is back. That’s the gist of an October 16 briefing from the state’s Department of Legislative Services to the General Assembly’s Spending Affordability Committee. Baseline spending in FY 2015 is projected to exceed revenues and transfers to the state’s general operating fund by more than $465 million, legislative analysts estimate.

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Transportation and Public-Private Partnership Experts on Opportunities in Maryland

Global leaders Greg Derby of Clark Construction's subsidiary Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate and Lucrecia Milla of RATP Dev America visit Center Maryland to discuss the value of Public Private Partnerships and the experience needed to make them successful.

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