| Jun 17, 2014
| 6:30 AM
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It isn't all that the state Legislature's arts allies had hoped for, but the 2014-15 budget recently passed by the Senate and Assembly includes a $5 million increase for the California Arts...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 6:41 PM
HARRISBURG — The Legislature's surplus grew about 4 percent to $153.6 million in the 2012-13 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013, according to an audit released Wednesday.
If lawmakers used that full surplus to help with the 2014-15 budget...
| Jun 16, 2014
We are all well aware that last week a Wal-Mart truck driver slammed into a limo van, killing one individual and critically injuring comedian Tracy Morgan and others. Journalists have reported that the criminal complaint later filed indicates this truck...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 12:50 PM
ACKERMAN, Mo. In Washington, Sen. Thad Cochran is regarded as a reliable conservative.
In Mississippi, angry Republicans brand him a liberal.
As Cochran fights to win renomination in a June 24 Republican runoff against a tea-party challenger, the race...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 11:34 AM
A state Senate panel approved legislation Wednesday aimed at preventing embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling from writing off fines levied by the NBA as a business expense on his state income tax returns.
The Senate Governance and Finance...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 7:06 PM
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake — who has gained a national reputation for welcoming Hispanic families to Baltimore — joined a growing chorus of Maryland officials Tuesday raising concerns over a proposal to turn a vacant office building in the...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Two U.S. senators on Thursday announced a bipartisan deal on legislation aimed at improving healthcare for veterans in response to reports of Veterans Affairs employees falsifying records to conceal long waits for medical appointments.
| Jun 5, 2014
| 7:21 PM
Eighteen veterans died while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix VA medical center, the acting secretary of Veterans Affairs said Thursday, as senators reached a bipartisan deal on legislation aimed at improving veterans' healthcare in response to...
| May 29, 2014
| 10:36 AM
As a growing number of lawmakers from both parties call for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, the retired general's fate is likely to be tied to his next meeting with President Obama, which could come as early as Friday....
| May 23, 2014
| 8:41 AM
As Marylanders celebrate Memorial Day with ceremonies, parades, barbecues or other festivities, we owe it to ourselves to also remember the reason why this is a national holiday: It's a day to honor our fallen heroes — all those who made the...
| May 23, 2014
| 1:06 PM
Dozens of controversial state bills were shelved Friday by legislative committees, including measures that would provide healthcare coverage to people in the country illegally, impose a tax on oil drilled from the ground and require campaign contributions...