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  • Human trafficking bill withdrawn in state Senate

    Human trafficking bill withdrawn in state Senate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 An aide in his office confirmed that the bill is withdrawn.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 after "crossover day," when Senate and House bills need to be aligned with each other for final passage, and because the companion House bill had not come out of committee, it made sense to withdraw the bill.
  • 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,...

    Maryland Republicans name first finance director since Bush administration

    Maryland Republicans name first finance director since Bush administration
    Maryland's Republican Party has hired its first finance director in seven years, according to this Sun piece by Erin Cox. (The announcement came a few days ago.) The job goes to Margot Crouch, who graduated from Michigan State in 2010 with a B.A. in...