Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The New England College poll previewing the 2016 Presidential primary shows Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead.
Gov. Martin O'Malley finished last among a field of 2016 Democratic Presidential hopefuls, according to a poll released by New England College. The poll released Tuesday by the New Hampshire-based college found that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the field with 65 percent of those surveyed saying they would vote for her in 2016. O'Malley finished last among the field of six with zero percent saying they would vote for the two-term Democratic Maryland governor. Rounding out the field is Vice President Joseph Biden with 10 percent, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 5 percent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with 4 percent and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick with 3 percent. The college surveyed 314 New Hampshire Democratic …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The National Cybersecurity Center is a partnership that addresses cyber security issues.
Microsoft and Intel were among the 11 technology companies to sign a partnership agreement Monday with the Rockville-based National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, The Gazette reports. The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is a private-public partnership that works with professionals in tech industry, academia and government to address business cyber security concerns, according to the center’s website, CyberMaryland.org. The center was formed about a year ago by the federal National Institute of Standards and Technology, Montgomery County and the state of Maryland, according to The Gazette. At a ceremony Monday, representatives from the new partnership companies—Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard, HyTrust Inc., Intel Corp…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Maryland delegation was set to leave next week on eight-day trip to Israel, Jordan and the West Bank.
The escalating conflict in the Gaza Strip has forced Gov. Martin O’Malley to postpone his eight-day trade mission to the Middle East. O’Malley (D) and a delegation of elected officials and business leaders were set to leave next week for Israel, Jordan and the West Bank city of Ramallah, The Washington Post reported. He announced his decision today after mounting Hamas rocket strikes and Israeli counter-strikes that have left more than 100 dead in the past week. “Not wanting to be a distraction from the urgent cause of peace, I look forward to visiting Israel in the months ahead with Maryland business, research and academic leaders,” O’Malley said in a statement. “For now, we join with our Israeli and Palestinian neighbors in praying for a…
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Legislators could take another swing at a gasoline tax in the fall.
ANNAPOLIS—Maryland lawmakers, fresh off a grueling 90-day session where they approved a mix of new fees slated to create about $58 million for road projects, already are eyeing this fall's special session as a way to try and push through a comprehensive transportation revenue package. Such a plan almost inevitably would include taking another shot at increasing the state's gas tax, which has not changed since 1992. Lawmakers this session made some moves to shore up a badly depleted pot of money dedicated for transportation projects known as the Transportation Trust Fund. But in the end, the General Assembly fell well short of finding a way to drum up the $800 million in new revenue for the fund that a 28-member commission on transportation…
Friday, April 8, 2011
Lost wages for federal workers living in Maryland would hurt state tax revenues, the governor said.
Gov. Martin O’Malley lashed out at Congressional Republicans using strong, partisan words in a statement issued Friday about the prospect of a federal government shutdown. “Congressional Republicans are allowing their hate of government to hurt the hardworking families of our country," O'Malley (D) said in the statement, released just before 4 p.m. "It appears they care more about hurting our government than they do about helping our recovery. “Maryland is home to thousands of federal civil servants—moms and dads who will go without pay because Speaker Boehner and the Republicans have chosen to wage an ideological war instead of putting the interests of their nation first.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) of Nevada said Friday that …
Invest Maryland plan calls for a tax credit auction to create up to $75 million for startups.
ANNAPOLIS—The House of Delegates gave the initial green light Thursday to a modified version of Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to fuel innovation and high-tech jobs by pumping tens of millions of dollars into a fund aimed at promoting startups. The House is expected to cast a final vote Friday on O'Malley's marquee economic proposal for the session. The plan, dubbed "Invest Maryland," would allow the state to auction tax credits to insurance companies over a five-year period to fund early-stage companies specializing in fields such as biotechnology, cybersecurity and life sciences. The full House preliminarily approved a version of the proposal that was tweaked by a panel of lawmakers earlier this week. The House Ways and Means Committee …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Rockville biotech firm recently landed federal contract for influenza vaccine.
Gov. Martin O'Malley made a quick swing through Rockville on Monday morning, touring Novavax, a biotechnology company that recently landed a federal contract to develop an influenza vaccine. The three-year contract, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is valued at up to $170 million. It charges Novavax with advanced clinical and manufacturing development of seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines. "We're making a difference locally with our economy here and attracting scientists and scholars," said Sen. Jennie M. Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville, who toured the facility along with O'Malley (D), U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington and County Executive Isiah Leggett (D). With investment …
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
House GOP wants $621 million in additional cuts.
Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS—House Republicans on Tuesday shot back at the fiscal 2012 budget proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), outlining $621 million in additional spending cuts that GOP leaders say will put the state on a path to fiscal stability without raising taxes. GOP leaders in the lower chamber rolled out the party's alternative budget proposal that includes cuts to stem cell research, legislative scholarship programs and aid for community colleges. The plan also proposes reducing $39.4 million in spending by eliminating $750 bonuses for state employees that are part of a recently negotiated three-year contract agreement. The biggest cuts, roughly $295 million, come from not funding programs that compensate school districts …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Superintendents across Maryland say proposed personnel cuts won’t threaten student achievement.
Maryland is once again gaining national recognition for its public school system, but county school boards faced with tightening budgets are proposing staff and program cuts that could mean fewer teachers and bigger class sizes. Still, superintendents statewide say they’re using strategic spending to prevent the worst effects. “We are spending $1,000 less per student this year than last,” said Dana Tofig, a spokeman for Montgomery County Public Schools, the state’s largest school system. “Even with that we’re seeing the highest student achievement.” The state has received notable recognition for educational gains even as local systems have reduced staff, cut programs and frozen salaries in recent years. In fact, President Obama singled …
Friday, February 4, 2011
A graphic representation of the growing importance of jobs courtesy of the Capital News Service.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) called for innovation and job creation in his 2011 State of the State address on Thursday in Annapolis. A visual analysis of his five State of the State addresses shows how employment has emerged as a more important theme in his annual speech since 2007. The largest words in the graphics below were repeated more frequently.