| Jun 12, 2013
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) , a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is hopping mad. Sensenbrenner considers himself the father of the Patriot Act, the 2001 law that gave the federal government new powers to investigate potential...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 11:44 AM
A proposal to increase the minimum wage by $2 over five years was sidelined, at least temporarily, on Monday because it would cost the state millions of dollars.
The Senate Appropriations Committee put the bill by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville)...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 9:00 AM
As Americans, we all agree that everyone should get a fair hearing in our nation's courtrooms. Public defenders — lawyers assigned to those unable to afford one — ensure that every American's right to legal counsel, and a fair trial, is...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 5:04 AM
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) is planning a vote late Wednesday in his Senate Government Operations Committee on a revamped Medicaid expansion bill and two different health care coverage alternatives offered up by a pair of...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 5:15 AM
Although I enjoyed reading this Sunday's special issue of Sun Magazine entitled "50 Women to Watch", I was extremely disappointed at the glaring omission of Sen. Barbara Mikulski from the list. Considering all that Senator Mikulski has done for Maryland's...
| Jul 28, 2013
New polls tell us that the public's attitudes about race relations have taken a hit since President Barack Obama's historic election. Can we all get along? Obama's election to the White House was a marvelous measure of how far the nation has come in terms...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 9:21 AM
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski used a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday to join in calling for a federal review of safety procedures on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
The Maryland Democrat said she was prompted to request a National Transportation Safety Board...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 5:38 PM
The head of the nation's medical research agency and leaders of Johns Hopkins hospital and medical school warned Monday that progress in fighting diseases could be slowed, jobs lost and scientists driven overseas unless across-the-board federal funding...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 3:00 PM
Federal funding announced Monday ensures that federally-contracted air traffic control towers, like the tower at Hagerstown Regional Airport, will remain open through September 2014.
U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 1:57 PM
The state has 10 days to pass a new budget before the end of the fiscal year.
Last week the House passed a $28.3 billion spending bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee was reviewing it Thursday. Will Dando, chief of staff for Sen. Rich Kasunic, D-...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 9:43 AM
McConnell Air Force Base is slated to get more money than expected to house the new Air Force's new fleet of refueling tankers.
Under a bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee Friday, McConnell would get $219m for upgrades. That's $27m...