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Maryland’s leading source of aggregated and original news and opinion on government, politics, business and more. Called one of the “nation’s best state-based political blogs” by the Washington Post.

Venetoulis: Trump - The War Time President.

Conversation between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Winston Churchill (circa Summer 1940).W:    Sorry to interrupt you, Donald. T:    No problem, Winnie, always great to hear from my favorite P.M.  How’s your golf game.W:    Uh. Not well, Donald. As you know there’s a war going on…T:    You’re kidding me.  A war.  Nobody told me.  That’s the problem around here. I’m always the last to know.W:    Quite sorry about that.  It’s been in the papers.T:    Fake news. Winnie.  We don’t read the papers.  Banned every damn one of them. Enemy of the people, everybody tells me. W:    Uh… that may be Donald, but I’m calling to alert you that it’s inevitable that France will fall.T:    France fall?  The stock? Should we sell?W:    Not the stock.  The country. T:        Lucky I didn’t make that Paris hotel deal.W:    Now that the Nazi armies have swept through Europe, they will try to cross the... Continue reading
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Why Would Democrats Give Trump a Big Win on Healthcare?

President Donald Trump is on the ropes. He has refused to turn the corner on the scandals that have been a trademark of his first three years in office. Fresh off impeachment, he’s already mired in another scandal after tampering in the sentencing of crony Roger Stone. And thankfully, most of his major policy initiatives have flamed out in Congress. Anyone remember infrastructure week? So why, with the 2020 election just months away, would Democrats hand Donald Trump a major policy win on the most important issue in America? In 2018, Democrats were swept into office by voters who demanded action on healthcare. For years, Republicans have tampered with President Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, attempting to make them as ineffectual as possible. Americans recoiled, asking Congress to fight for more affordable, more accessible healthcare. Now, President Trump is putting his weight behind a plan that does just the opposite. For months,... Continue reading
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P. Michael Errico and Perry White Ross & Jacobson to Create Strategic Partnership

P. Michael Errico, owner of PME LLC, and Perry, White, Ross & Jacobson have announced a strategic partnership to take advantage of each firm’s expertise in economic development project consulting. Michael Errico has decades of experience in local government and land use development, serving Prince George’s County as Director of Public Works and Transportation, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Government Operations and Environmental Services and its Chief Administrative Officer. Errico also served as Deputy General Manager for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and has earned a reputation as a highly respected engineer and strategist tackling many of the State’s most challenging projects. Perry, White, Ross & Jacobson (PWRJ) formed in 2013 and has become one of Maryland’s leading government relations firm with a specialization in land use and development consulting. PWRJ assists Maryland companies communicate with communities and their leaders as well as navigate permitting and regulatory issues.... Continue reading
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Venetoulis: Seven Days in February

It was a Vote that Will Live in Infamy. A vote where only a single Republican Senator showed his colleagues that courage is not dead in the United States Senate.  It was a State of the Union Speech.  A speech that was less to do with the future functioning of the state of our country, then with the current malfunctioning of the state of a presidential mind. A Speech that will not be remembered for what it was about but for how it ended.  After listening to remarks packed with falsehoods and partisan rants and watching a balcony of theatrics including the First Lady fixing a Presidential Medal of Freedom around the neck of an unscrupulous hate monger who turned venom into a profitable business, that made her an accomplice to an act that will forever haunt her and her husband -- after listening to the President’s Mt Everest of lies,... Continue reading
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Kim Pieper: New tech tool to expose the influence of big business in politics

Everyone talks about how big business has too much influence over our political process, and sadly, many of us have witnessed it firsthand. Through meeting after meeting, I’ve watched CEOs and their lobbyists make demands to elected officials that were not in the best interest of their customers. Something was misaligned. Shouldn’t corporations be pushing political agendas that benefit their customers, the people who buy their products and keep them in business? The problem is that consumers haven’t had an easy way to access information about company policies and practices, so we keep supporting them, and corporations have no reason to change. What we’ve been waiting for is an easy, trackable way to vote with our dollars. Enter Tribe. This new and amazing tool instantly shares information about company practices while you shop. Simply add Tribe to your web browser, and when you select a product for purchase on Amazon, a... Continue reading
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