Frederick deputies learn how to interact with disabled

February 11, 2014

Ethan Saylor's name was not on the curriculum. But it was clear his death was the reason two dozen Frederick County deputies were sitting in a classroom Tuesday, learning how best to interact with people with intellectual disabilities. Read More...

Brown calls marijuana laws 'costly, ineffective and biased'

February 10, 2014

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a leading Democratic candidate for governor, on Monday called the state's marijuana laws "costly, ineffective and racially biased" in a letter in which he outlined his reasons for supporting decriminalization of small amounts of the drug. Read More...

Brown likes Mizeur's pot decriminalization bill

February 10, 2014

Introducing a note of civility into an increasingly hard-hitting race for governor, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown wrote to one of his Democratic rivals expressing approval of her legislation to decriminalize possession of marijuana. Read More...

Mizeur's crime plan calls for shift from incarceration to prevention

February 5, 2014

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Heather R. Mizeur on Wednesday plans to release a far-reaching crime plan that calls for ending mandatory minimum prison sentences, replacing juvenile detention centers with community-based treatment programs and making it far easier for people with criminal convictions to shield them from future employers. Read More...

D.C. police get pay raise for first time in six years

February 4, 2014

Breaking a bitter six-year impasse between the District and the city police union that kept more than 3,500 sworn members from getting annual raises, an arbitrator has ruled in favor of the city granting a pay increase but rejecting the union's request that it be made fully retroactive. Read More...

Senator Seeks Answers On Medevac Helicopter Roll-Out

February 4, 2014

A key state senator has sent a letter to the Maryland State Police seeking details about the roll out of the new AW-139 medevac helicopters amid concerns over rising costs and delays. Read More...

Judge's ruling favors officers in Badger Guns suit

January 30, 2014

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Conen ruled Thursday in favor of two Milwaukee police officers in their lawsuit against former local gun dealers and their owners, clearing the way for a three-week trial in September. Read More...

Analyst disects Maryland budget

January 20, 2014

Picking apart Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed fiscal 2015 budget, the legislature's chief fiscal analyst told lawmakers Monday that the administration relied on "familiar budget balancing strategies" to make the numbers work. Read More...

Brown target of mounting criticism over health care

December 5, 2013

There were smiles all around in April 2011 when Gov. Martin O'Malley, flanked by the state's top Democrats, signed the law creating a whole new agency to set up the state's new health insurance exchange. Read More...

Union successfully grieves Baltimore Co failure to pay deputies

November 26, 2013

In Baltimore County, Arbitrator Richard Trotter granted the Union's grievance for lost compensation for Deputy Sheriffs who are subject to being called into work while they are off duty. Read More...

Mizeur to name Pastor Delman Coates as running mate

November 13, 2013

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Heather R. Mizeur plans to name Delman Coates, a Prince George's County minister and outspoken proponent of same-sex marriage, as her running mate on Wednesday, according to a person close to the campaign. Read More...

Brown proposes exempting military retirement income from tax

November 11, 2013

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown called Monday for fully exempting military retirement income from state taxation for veterans earning less than $150,000 a year, a move he said would reflect "our gratitude" for their service to the country. Read More...

Deputies ask for collective bargaining

November 1, 2013

Deputies at the Somerset County Sheriff's Office plan to pursue collective bargaining legislation that would allow them to negotiate directly with County Commissioners on working conditions including salaries and benefits. Read More...

Man suspected of shooting Howard Co. officer captured

October 24, 2013

A man suspected in the shooting of a Howard County Police officer was captured Thursday morning after a half-mile-wide manhunt by law enforcement turned up nothing the night prior, leaving local businesses, schools and homes on lockdown. Read More...

Maryland Juice Summary of Gansler/Mizeur Responses

October 18, 2013

Maryland Juice provides a quick summary of Gansler & Mizeur's responses to survey questions relating to fracking, marijuana decriminalization, special elections, public financing of campaigns, affordable housing, the minimum wage, and much more. Read More...

U.S. judge rejects requests to halt MD gun law

October 1, 2013

A federal judge rejected requests Tuesday to block Maryland's new ban on the sale of assault rifles and to prevent enforcement of a new handgun licensing program. Read More...

Gansler to launch campaign for governor

September 24, 2013

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler will jump into the 2014 race for governor Tuesday, setting the stage for what is likely to be a fiercely competitive contest for the Democratic nomination. Read More...

Brown's rivals question one-candidate rule

September 19, 2013

As things stand now, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) should have a big advantage as he seeks the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, one of the most sought-after backers in the 2014 governor's race for Democrats. Read More...

Officer killed while serving warrant in Catonsville

August 28, 2013

A Baltimore County police officer was shot to death Wednesday during a predawn raid on a house in Catonsville, police said. His alleged assailant was also killed in the firefight. Read More...

McDonough to propose 'stand your ground' law in MD

August 22, 2013

A Baltimore County lawmaker said Thursday that he plans to introduce legislation in the General Assembly that would bring to Maryland the "stand your ground" legal doctrine that became a central part of the debate over Florida's Trayvon Martin case. Read More...

Court orders Balto. Co. to pay $573,000 to police retirees

August 20, 2013

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has ordered the county to refund nearly $573,000 in health insurance premiums that had been overpaid by hundreds of Police Department retirees, following years of litigation between the county and the police union. Read More...

Negotiators for city, firefighters reach deal

August 19, 2013

After months of intense, closed-door bargaining, negotiators for the Rawlings-Blake administration and Baltimore's fire unions have reached an agreement that would give firefighters a 16.5 percent pay raise in exchange for working more hours, according to documents reviewed by The Baltimore Sun. Read More...

Richard A. "Dick" Simmons, police officer

August 16, 2013

Richard A. "Dick" Simmons, a retired Baltimore police officer who was a founder and first president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, died Tuesday of complications from an aneurysm at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was 84. Read More...

Bruising internal battle shaping up for Pipkin seat

August 7, 2013

The surprise retirement of Senate Minority Leader E. J. Pipkin has set up a succession scramble for his Upper Eastern Shore seat that is shaping up as a possibly brutal internal struggle among 36th District Republicans. Read More...

Balto. Co. settles disability discrimination lawsuit

August 7, 2013

Baltimore County has settled another lawsuit by a county worker who claimed to have been illegally forced out of his job. Under the agreement, William Galanti, a 71-year-old laborer in the Department of Public Works, will return to work Sept. 1 at a salary of about $45,600 and receive about $143,000 in back pay, pension adjustments, legal costs and damages, according to his attorney, Kathleen Cahill. Read More...

Schiffer tells senators she can be impartial on NLRB

July 23, 2013

An Annapolis lawyer who has long represented unions tried to assure Senate Republicans on Tuesday that she could serve impartially on the federal panel that hears disputes between workers and management. Read More...

Hoyer, Miller endorse Anthony Brown's bid for Md. governor

July 22, 2013

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) on Monday touted endorsements of his 2014 gubernatorial bid by House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) and more than 25 other state and local officials from Prince George's County and Southern Maryland. Read More...