Correction

Friday's article on union endorsements mischaracterized the stance of Service Employees International Union Local 500 in the gubernatorial election. The local will join the state council's decision to back Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the Democratic primary, which is being announced today. Center Maryland regrets the error.

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Donald Fry -- Strengthening Maryland’s competitiveness: a matter of policy and ‘culture’

Maryland has an abundance of strengths that position it for robust business growth, but it needs to work on policy and “cultural” issues relating to competitiveness that dampen the state’s ability to realize its potential for job creation. That was the message from a CEO-turned Congressman and two innovation economy experts to 300 business executives who attended the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Economic Outlook Conference in Baltimore on September 26. Between them, presenters articulated a substantive policy “To Do” list for Maryland.

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Josh Kurtz: Health Care Union Set to Back Brown, But One Local Prefers Gansler

Several unions are planning to announce their gubernatorial endorsements this fall and many are expected to fall in line behind Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D). It stands to reason: organized labor is generally pleased with the tenure of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). The Laborers International Union of America was the first to endorse Brown, in August. Two sources with knowledge of the situation told Center Maryland late last night that the Maryland/D.C. State Council of the Service Employees International Union -- the largest health care union in the country -- has decided to cast its lot with Brown and may go public with its endorsement as soon as early next week. But in a rare development, these same sources said that the union's biggest local in Maryland, Local 500, is splitting with the state council and will endorse Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) for governor.

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Want to Hear More Insight from Center Maryland's Josh Kurtz?

Check out Center Maryland columnist Josh Kurtz at noon on Friday on Midday with Dan Rodricks on WYPR 88.1 FM.  Josh will be discussing the latest news on the state's gubernatorial campaign.

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American Diabetes Association and Domino Sugar Team Up for the Cause -- VIDEO

American Diabetes Association Executive Director Kathy Rogers joins Domino Sugar Refinery Manager Stu FitzGibbon on Center Maryland to discuss the impact of diabetes in Maryland, initiatives to educate employers on best practices in handling diabetes in the work place, and a walk for diabetes happening in Baltimore on October 5.

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Josh Pons discusses Maryland-Bred Awards Program -- VIDEO

Maryland Horse Breeders Association President Josh Pons discusses the Maryland-Bred Awards Program, which is designed to revive Maryland Horse racing and breeding by keeping up with the financial incentives in neighboring states.

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Josh Kurtz: Turf Battle

The Turf Valley resort in Ellicott City is no one’s idea of “real Maryland.” But for a few hours yesterday, it provided the backdrop for a pretty real assessment of where the 2014 elections for governor and attorney general are right now. All three Democratic candidates for governor and all four candidates for AG were on hand to woo delegates to the Maryland State and Washington, D.C., Building and Construction Trades Council.

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Laslo Boyd: And So It Goes

In Slaughterhouse Five, his classic novel about the horrors of war, Kurt Vonnegut employs as punctuation the phrase “And so it goes” at numerous points throughout the book. It is his way of showing the futility and resignation his character feels as he struggles with one awful situation after another. The most recent mass murder in this country, the shooting at the Naval Yard in Washington, D.C. last week, seems to have evoked a similar reaction from politicians and public alike. It’s Monday so it must be Washington’s turn.

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