Josh Kurtz: History Lesson

A 40-something woman legislator from Montgomery County, buoyed by the strong showing of high-profile women candidates in the previous election cycle, wages a long-shot bid for governor against a sitting lieutenant governor and other prominent Democrats. Supporters hail her drive and independence, and her attempt to shatter the glass ceiling. But in Annapolis, people whisper that she’s a loner, a self-promoter, not much of a team player, and surely not experienced enough to be governor. "People's idea about teamwork is you sit there with your mouth shut and never come to an independent idea," the candidate feels compelled to tell the Baltimore Sun. "Because I'm female and I've challenged the system, I make people uncomfortable." Is this Heather Mizeur talking in 2013? Nope – it was Mary Boergers in 1994.

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HealthCare Access In Maryland -- VIDEO

CEO of HealthCare Access Maryland Inc. Kathleen Westcoat visits Center Maryland to discuss the ongoing outreach efforts to educate the public on health reform, the Maryland health exchange, and benchmarks that have been set for new enrollments.

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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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