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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.

Ted Venetoulis - Welcome to Baltimore, Mr. President

It appears our president is coming to our city, home of some of his most recent verbal vitriol. Welcome Mr. President. We suggest you be careful. Theres a new infestation of crabs coming into our city. They pour in every day. We actually eat them. Perhaps another infestation you can knock. After all, you are a first class “knocker” — war heroes, hispanic judges, four star parents, immigrants, women who are not your type, long time global allies, members of congress. But of all the heavy weight knocks that have flown out of your mouth, knocking Baltimore may have been one knock too far. Apparently you did not learn a lesson when you suffered a shellacking in the 2018 congressional election at the hands of Nancy Pelosi who, let us remember, was born and raised in Baltimore. Her father and brother were Mayors. The thrashing she masterminded not only cleansed the... Continue reading
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Malone: Katrina’s Legacy

This summer, my father died; he was 89 years old and suffered from Alzheimer's. I loved my Father and miss him very much, but I am comforted by the fact that he lived a full life. He received excellent medical care until the end of his life, and he died comfortably in hospice. My father was of Irish American descent. This summer my friend Katrina J. Dennis died; she was 40 years old and suffered from breast cancer. I loved Katrina very much and am haunted by the fact that her life ended too soon. She, unlike my Dad, did not receive excellent medical care, she did not die in hospice but instead fought for her life hoping to see a verdict rendered against her care provider. My friend was of African American descent. Through the use of hospital records, depositions, and court testimony including the treating surgeon, Katrina’s attorneys contended... Continue reading
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Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of Maryland Reached Hundreds of Residents Across The State With Educational Trailer Featuring Signs of Substance Misuse

The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Maryland teamed up with its partners to bring the RALI CARES interactive trailer to locations across the state in an effort to help educate parents and adults on the warning signs of teenage substance misuse. The educational trailer is set up as a mock teenage bedroom to teach parents where signs of addiction may be hidden at home and was designed with the help of both law enforcement and individuals with substance use disorders. The RALI CARES trailer is a partnership between Code 3 and RALI.  Over the summer, the trailer visited six communities across Maryland, where more than 600 parents, grandparents, community leaders and first responders learned about how to spot signs of drug misuse.  Former law enforcement and other experts were on hand with the trailer to guide participants through the exhibit educating about warning signs, potential areas of abuse and tools to... Continue reading
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Don Mohler: A Look in the Rear View Mirror

One year ago, we lost my friend Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz far too soon. As many of you know, just days before his untimely passing, Kevin spent 14 hours filming footage for the gubernatorial commercials that were going to air the following week. For obvious reasons, that footage remained unedited for almost a year. Thankfully, Dave Hamrick and Dan Rabin, the creators behind RSH Campaigns, recently completed the two commercials that would have filled the air waves. I can’t think of a better way to honor Kevin’s legacy. The County Executive’s family recently viewed the commercials for the very first time and authorized us to share them with you on Center Maryland. I hope you will enjoy and understand why so many of us believed that Kevin Kamenetz would have been the democratic candidate for governor if fate had not taken another turn.- Don Mohler... Continue reading
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Cailey Locklair - MDRA OP-Ed

The Maryland Retailers Association supports the firm stance Governor Hogan and the Maryland legislature took against selling Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, or “ENDS,” to minors. Maryland retailers provide adult smokers access to healthier and safer alternatives to cigarettes, and these products were never intended to encourage teen smoking. We believe ENDS products should not be marketed towards children, and will continue to fight for common sense measures against this practice. However, we cannot support Food and Drug Administration Acting Commissioner Sharpless's proposed regulations that would effectively end the sale of e- cigarette products in convenience stores and service stations in the state. Denying adults access to e-cigarette products would not help Marylanders. In fact, denying access to healthier alternatives to smoking would only encourage Marylanders to continue consuming combustible tobacco products. Moreover, the retail industry already goes to great lengths to keep teens from smoking. Just as we require identification to... Continue reading
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