Inside the Headlines: Dr. Thomas Hyde, COO, Lieber Institute of Brain Development -- VIDEO

Dr. Thomas Hyde, COO, Lieber Institute of Brain Development, talks about cutting edge research underway at the institute located in the $1.8 billion dollar East Baltimore Bio Park  under development by East Baltimore Development Inc. The institute has recently expanded its space by 13,000 sq.ft. as they hire 15 to 20 more scientists to bring their team to nearly 100. Hyde discusses the potential for Baltimore to become a research and manufacturing hub for clinical advances and pharmaceuticals for the treatment of schizophrenia and related developmental brain disorders.

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Josh Kurtz: Frederick the Great

Ground zero for Maryland politics -- right now and maybe next year? Try Frederick. The city of Frederick is seeing a free-for-all race for mayor this year, with an unbelievable array of storylines, characters and resentments. And in 2014, Frederick County may play host to the most competitive general election race in the entire state, as voters choose their first-ever county executive. The two contests are very much related -- and in fact, the highly-anticipated race for county executive is largely on hold pending the outcome of the city elections this fall. Frederick has undergone enormous change over the last several years -- politically, economically and socially -- and more is coming.

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Donald Fry: Bringing compromise back to the legislative process

Maryland Congressman John Delaney was one of 30 newly-elected lawmakers who last March voiced frustration over Congressional “gridlock and dysfunction” and urged leaders of both parties to stop the partisan battles and negotiate “responsible compromise” to address the nation’s challenges. 

The ranks of the disenchanted in Washington, D.C. appear to be growing. Last week, Delaney was among 81 Congressional participants in a bipartisan “Problem-Solvers Coalition” that proposed nine specific actions to break Capitol Hill gridlock and to “make government work.”

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Laslo Boyd: Secretary of Labor Tom Perez

Those words sound really good, don’t they? Tom Perez’s confirmation last week was cheered by his many friends in Maryland after several turbulent months in which it looked like Republicans in the United States Senate would not allow his nomination to come to a vote. With apologies to Barbara Mikulski, Ben Cardin, members of the House Delegation, and Presidential aspirant Martin O’Malley, Perez may well be the most significant Marylander in national politics today. 

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John East: In Elections, Conservatives Must Reach Out to Independents from Day 1

There is good news for voters who feel ignored by Annapolis: the state Republican Party is currently considering whether to allow unaffiliated voters (often referred to as “Independents”) to vote in the Republican primary next year. Many people refer to this as allowing for an “open primary.” That is not actually the case. Nineteen states have true open primaries in which anyone can vote in any primary they choose. What is being considered is more accurately referred to as a “semi-closed” primary, because only unaffiliated voters — not Democrats —would be able to vote in the Republican primary. If Maryland Republicans go this route, Maryland would join the roughly 30 states where some form of an open, semi-closed or hybrid between the two systems exists.

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Josh Kurtz: Maryland’s Next U.S. Senator Is…

Thirty years ago, when the wife of the longtime mayor of Milwaukee ran for Congress, a columnist with The Milwaukee Journal imagined the mayor pacing the floor at night, worrying about who would be more important if she was elected. Fortunately for him, she lost. But I was reminded of this thinking about the ascension of Tom Perez to secretary of Labor in President Obama‘s cabinet. Who’s more important now: Perez or Doug Gansler? Both wanted to be attorney general in 2006. Gansler made it, after Perez, thanks in part to Gansler’s machinations, was disqualified from the ballot.Here’s a more tantalizing question: Who will be more important in the future -- Gansler, if he’s elected governor in 2014, or Perez if he becomes a U.S. senator some day?

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Donald Fry: Maryland readies its health care exchange, but will market be there?

Maryland took a bold step when it decided to become what the federal government classifies as an “early innovator” in setting up its own health care benefit exchange to offer health insurance to individuals and small companies under the Affordable Care Act. Few will dispute the fact that those who have built the Maryland exchange have done a credible, difficult and far-from-completed job with a noble goal. But like any entrepreneurial venture, choosing to set up a state exchange has its risks and rewards. One reward is federal funding. As an early innovator Maryland got early money from the federal government. In 2011 seven states got early innovator grants to pioneer the development of IT infrastructure to support the exchange operations.

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Josh Kurtz: Take Back Tawes!

Bruce Bereano has hijacked the J. Millard Tawes Clam Bake and Crab Feast. The Annapolis uber-lobbyist has always been a fixture at the annual sweat-fest in Crisfield. He’s sponsored a tent there for almost a decade now. But over the years, Bereano and his tent have become the focal point for all the politicians who routinely attend, and for almost all the politicking. More is the pity – because it detracts from the overall flavor of the event.

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