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  • Wandering Eye: Not all Maryland crab cakes have Maryland crab, today in asshole bosses, and more

    Wandering Eye: Not all Maryland crab cakes have Maryland crab, today in asshole bosses, and more
    The latest in the ongoing can-there-ever-again-be-a-Republican-president debate is yesterday's entry in WaPo by Dana Milbank, who taps into the wisdom of GOP pollster Whit Ayres to make the point that Republican leaders' views must change if they want to win the White House. It's not just about demographics—Mitt Romney's 17-percent performance among nonwhites in 2012 is only going to get tougher, meaning the GOP's candidate will need to get about two-thirds or more of the white vote to win­­—but about specific issues. In particular, gay rights. "Public opinion has rendered its verdict on the morality of gay and lesbian relationships," Milbank quotes Ayres, and "that opinion will not be reversed. The only question is whether the Republican Party will acknowledge and adapt to this new reality." (Van Smith)
  • Human trafficking bill withdrawn in state Senate

    Human trafficking bill withdrawn in state Senate
    A controversial state Senate bill that would have increased penalties for "human trafficking" is dead. Sen. Justin Ready withdrew SB 904 just before a scheduled 1 p.m. hearing today. An aide in his office confirmed that the bill is withdrawn. It is...

    Annapolis considers tossing the state-run, scandal-plagued Baltimore City Detention Center back into the city's hands

    Annapolis considers tossing the state-run, scandal-plagued Baltimore City Detention Center back into the city's hands
    State Del. John Cluster (R-Baltimore County) and state Sen. Michael Hough (R-Carroll and Frederick counties) have become experts on matters involving the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC), the city’s state-run jail that was ground zero in the...

    Military retirees have it pretty good, so why does Gov. Hogan want to cut their taxes?

    Military retirees have it pretty good, so why does Gov. Hogan want to cut their taxes?
    If Gov. Larry Hogan gets his way, James M. Drake will get to retire free of state income tax. Hogan wants the state to exempt the pensions of military retirees and first responders from state income tax. But that’s news to Drake, a retired Navy...

    Wandering Eye: President Obama's year in photos, investigating the CIA, and more

    Wandering Eye: President Obama's year in photos, investigating the CIA, and more
    City Paper's Year in Photos is a compelling view, but also check out the White House's version. Bill Murray's in there, and Obama with the Easter Bunny, and with Vladimir Putin (and with a koala bear, with Putin in the background), and lots of babies,...