Marylanders unhappy with information flow on laws, regs, taxes

Two thirds of voters are not satisfied with the information they get about Maryland laws, regulations and taxes, according to the results of a mobile phone survey being released Thursday by the OpenGov Foundation. OpenGov, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on using technology to make public information more accessible, also found that 78% of Maryland voters want advance notification about Maryland policies that will impact them. (Md Reporter)

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Jack W. Germond, political columnist, dies at 85

Jack W. Germond, the irascible, portly columnist and commentator who was a fixture on the American political scene for nearly 50 years, including nearly 20 of them in The Baltimore Sun's Washington bureau, died Wednesday morning of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his home in Charles Town, W.Va. He was 85. (Balt. Sun)

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August 6 // Top Md. Senate Republican E.J. Pipkin plans to resign, move to Texas

Maryland Senate Minority Leader E.J. Pipkin (R-Cecil) plans to resign from the chamber next week to pursue a new career in sports management, he said Monday. Pipkin, a member of the Senate for more than a decade who assumed leadership of the Republican caucus in 2011, plans to move to Dallas to enroll in a masters program at Southern Methodist University, he said. (Wash. Post)

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Gansler Makes No Apology For Comments About Brown Relying On His Race For Votes

Even though he’s not announced he’s running for governor, some comments by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler are raising eyebrows and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown is asking for an apology. (WJZ-TV)

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Md. legislative ethics committee schedules rare summer meeting

Maryland’s legislative ethics committee announced a rare summer meeting on Monday, a day after a Washington Post story about a complaint filed against Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr. (D-Prince George’s) that alleges a conflict of interest. (Wash. Post)

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Gansler proposes tablet computers for inmates

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler pushed a novel solution Monday for closing what he called the "revolving door" of ex-offenders returning to prisons. Give inmates tablet computers. (Balt. Sun)

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Gansler tries to move past race comments

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler on Wednesday tried to move past the fallout from his secretly recorded comments about his political opponent's ethnicity. Gansler hosted an environmental policy discussion on the Eastern Shore, but the gubernatorial candidate was met by television cameras and reporters questioning his remarks that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown was running for governor on his African American heritage. Gansler opened his meeting by announcing he would not discuss that. (Balt. Sun)

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Frederick County leaders discuss local issues of race, equality

Anthony Skinner says when he and his wife moved to the Frederick area in the 1980s, they felt like they had stepped into the 1960s. Skinner, who is black, remembers on one occasion, he and his pregnant wife were simply sitting in a parked car outside the Willow Brook community when a suspicious resident called the police to check on them. (News-Post)

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