Josh Kurtz: Two Smart Moves

Much has been made over the announcement this week that Jim Messina, the campaign manager for President Obama’s re-election, is going to become a strategist for Anthony Brown’s campaign for governor. Messina is an enormously talented and tough operative, and any degree of assistance he can offer Brown will be a tremendous asset to the lieutenant governor’s campaign. Another smart – and unreported – move that Brown made recently was his decision to travel to the National Education Association convention in Atlanta last week to host a reception for the 300-strong Maryland delegation.  Because this was a campaign appearance, he flew down on a commercial flight, with no security detail in tow.

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Ravens Stories and Insights with Nestor Aparicio - Part 2 - VIDEO

WNST's Nestor Aparicio highlights more from his book, "Purple Reign 2 - Family, Faith and Football." Nestor shares behind-the-scenes stories and insights from the Ravens leadership and their philosophy in building a team of champions.

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Josh Kurtz: Shock and Tawes

Time flies when you’re having fun -- and when you’re having an early primary. Can you believe that the last July 4 before the 2014 Maryland primary has come and gone already? And that the parades from one end of the state to the other last week were our last opportunity to witness the gubernatorial primary candidates making their Independence Day rounds? By the time the Fourth of July rolls around next year, we’ll have Democratic and Republican nominees for governor. They'll make strategic appearances at those parades, of course. But it doesn’t feel right somehow -- further evidence that the early primary has screwed up the political process in myriad ways. Next up on the stations of the cross for Maryland pols with statewide ambitions is the J. Millard Tawes clam bake and crab feast in Crisfield.

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Welcome to Center Maryland 2.0

Welcome to our new website and daily email. We hope you like what you see, and we hope you’ll bear with us as we shake through the inevitable final few technical bugs. What’s new? We’ve created a more engaging homepage, featuring images of our latest videos. The news should be easier to read and navigate, particularly on mobile devices. Very soon, we’ll be able to offer sponsorship advertising opportunities on both the homepage and the daily email. Our aggregated headline content will be more easily searched – and it will stay on our website for an extended period of time, instead of being wiped clean each weekday. We’re still going to aim to be your leading source of all of the important political, government and business news and commentary across Maryland media each day. And we’ll still offer our strong lineup of original political and business commentary, as well as a diverse array of video interviews. Please let us know what you think.

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Clayton Mitchell: The Torch is in the Hands of a New American Generation

At the occasion of my oldest son’s graduation from college, I had the honor and privilege to converse with many young graduates. While some of the now former students were full of hopes and dreams, for many there was an underlying anxious tone regarding their future.

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Nestor Aparicio Discusses Purple Reign 2 – Part I — VIDEO

“Nasty” Nestor Aparicio talks with Center Maryland about his recent book “Purple Reign 2,” which details the Baltimore Ravens championship season and Super Bowl XLVII victory in New Orleans.

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The Retiring Kind

So here we go again. Let’s take a look at Maryland state senators and members of the House of Delegates who belong on a retirement watch list ahead of the 2014 elections. These are people who, given their fundraising pace, or changes to their district lines, or tepid levels of political activity, suggest that they’re not coming back -- regardless of what they may say publicly.

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Moving beyond outrage over violent crime

Center Maryland is temporarily offline, as we prepare to launch our new website later this weekend. Thanks for your patience, and enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.

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