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Josh Kurtz: How We Got Here

If current polling holds through November, the next president of the United States will be detested by roughly two-thirds of the electorate. That is a very frightening notion – and a very sad commentary on the state of American politics. But why shouldn’t voters detest the likely major party presidential nominees? Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are pretty detestable. Of course, there are different degrees of detestability.  Trump, the vulgarian with the orange hue and comical hair, a misogynist, a racist and a narcissist, fanning the flames of fear, with no grasp of policy and a temperament that could literally lead to chaos and apocalypse, is clearly unqualified to be president. That’s why so many Republicans are embarrassed that he’s wound up as their presumptive nominee. Hillary Clinton is surely one of the most qualified White House candidates in recent memory. She’s smart. She’s knowledgeable about the issues. She has... Continue reading
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Sponsored Video: Maryland Horse Industry Day 2016 Highlights

On February 23, 2016, residents from across the state flocked to Annapolis to celebrate the depth and breadth of the horse industry in Maryland. State government leaders and horse lovers alike came together to promote the equestrian and agricultural industry's rich contributions to the state. Watch the highlights above. Featured speakers included: Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford; John McDaniel, Chairman of the MD Racing Commission; Jim Eichhorst, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Dr. Kathleen Anderson, President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners; Senator JB Jennings (R-07); Delegate Seth Howard (R-30B); Mark Belton, Secretary of Natural Resources; David Brinkley, Secretary of Budget and Management; Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of Agriculture. ... Continue reading
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ICYMI: Center Maryland's ICSC Las Vegas / Maryland Preview Conference Call

On Thursday, Center Maryland's Damian O'Doherty hosted an ICSC Las Vegas / Maryland Preview Conference Call. The international convention for the shopping center industry began Sunday and will run through Wednesday, May 25th. The call featured the following top real estate professionals in the state: Arthur Adler, Caves Valley Partners; Greg Fitchitt, Howard Hughes Corporation; Tom Fidler, The MacKenzie Companies; Howard Perlow, Commercial Settlement Service; Vanessa Rodriguez, Howard Hughes Corporation; Tom Simmons, Kimco Realty; and Angela Sweeney, Peterson Companies.... Continue reading
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Pimlico Notes - May 20th

Nyquist 3-5 Morning-Line Favorite for Saturday’s Preakness Undefeated Kentucky Derby Hero Draws No. 3 Post; Derby Runner-Up Exaggerator Rated Second at 3-1; Preakness Card Features 6 Guaranteed Pools Totaling $4.15 Million   BALTIMORE – Reddam Racing LLC’s Nyquist was installed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite following Wednesday’s post position draw for Saturday’s 141st running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. The undefeated Kentucky Derby (G1) hero is scheduled to meet 10 rivals in the $1.5 million Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, breaking from the No. 3 post position under jockey Mario Gutierrez. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the son of Uncle Mo captured the May 7 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs by a comfortable 1 ¼ lengths, maintaining his unblemished record with his eighth career victory and fifth Grade 1 stakes success. Owners Paul and Zillah Reddam, O’Neill and Gutierrez teamed for a 2012 Preakness victory with Kentucky... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: Governor Hogan Makes Good Call to Chart Streamlining of Government

Governor Larry Hogan’s recent decision to establish a new commission in the executive branch to update, reorganize and streamline state government bureaucracy was a very good call indeed. The governor should be applauded for recognizing the importance of taking a hard look at the government’s existing structure and operations, and exploring possible ways to improve efficiency and customer service. Governor Hogan was swept into office on a tide of voters who agreed with his calls for change. Primarily, those calls were focused on getting a handle on the size and cost of state government. Laudably, he is now making good on his promise to move the needle here. As a report by the Regulatory Reform Commission created by Governor Hogan notes, Maryland state government is “convoluted and lacks continuity.” There are 20 executive branch cabinet departments, 70 independent agencies and 550 commissions and boards. Full and part-time state employees numbered more... Continue reading
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