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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Donald Fry: Gauging emerging challenges to economic competitiveness

If you think the “housing bubble” caused the Great Recession of 2008, you would not be entirely right. A major contributing factor to the recession and the sluggish recovery is that America is “falling behind” as a global competitor, contends economist Stephen J. Ezell, co-author of a new book, Innovation Economics, and a featured speaker at a Greater Baltimore Committee economic conference on Sept. 26.

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Center Maryland's Josh Kurtz, On the Air

Want to hear more Josh Kurtz? Check out the Center Maryland columnist on a recent "Inside Maryland Politics" segment with Fraser Smith on WYPR 88.1 FM.  Josh discussed his recent column looking at changes among Annapolis lobbyists.

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Laslo Boyd: The Race for Attorney General

There are only two certainties about the contest to win the Democratic nomination for Attorney General. (On the Republican side, the one certainty is that whoever is the nominee will not be elected in November.) First, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin is not running for Attorney General. The second certainty is that if the election outcome were determined purely on the basis of qualifications, State Senator Brian Frosh would be the decisive winner.

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Dallas Dance discusses technological advances in learning and school safety -- Part 2 -- VIDEO

S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools, visits Center Maryland to talk about different aspects of the school system's Blueprint 2.0 initiative, a five-year strategic plan. In this second of three segments, Dr. Dance discusses e-learning, school safety technology investments, and his impression of Maryland's commitment to education.

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The Lone Stat State -- VIDEO

In this video segment, Maryland State Education Association Vice President Cheryl Bost and Maryland businessman Martin Knott discuss Texas Gov. Rick Perry's latest fail surrounding his singular tax-cutting message. Further, they discuss the Frederick News-Post's recent editorial, "Rick Perry's below-the-belt cheap shot," and how two terms of Gov. O'Malley's integrated policy achievements led to better schools and better jobs.

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Josh Kurtz: Turning Pro

 

Capitol Strategies LLC, one of the top lobbying firms in Annapolis, announced last week that it had hired Sally Wingo, the state director for U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), as a senior adviser. It’s a good addition for the Three Amigos – Rob Johnson, David Carroll and Sushant Sidh – who run the firm. Having worked for Mikulski in government and political roles over the past decade, for Baltimore icons like Perry Sfikas and Mary Pat Clarke, and in the state bureaucracy, Wingo knows her way around the Maryland political scene. She’ll fill some gaps at the firm and should help the partners broaden their influence around the state. Wingo’s pick-up is just one of several noteworthy developments in the Annapolis lobbying corps in the last year or so.

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