Bill Kennedy: Leave politicians out of drawing districts

A recently published non-scientific, responders poll indicated that 95 percent of those who called in with an opinion agreed with me. That such a large percentage of any group would agree with my views is a shock to the system. That 95 percent of responders to any political question would be on the same side could be considered just short of a miracle. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Marbella: Surviving scandal, or not

A gaffe about his opponent's race, allegations that he is the backseat driver from hell and, most recently, an indelible photograph of him in the middle of a wild party of teenagers — is Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler having the worst run a candidate for higher office can possibly have? (Balt. Sun)

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Robert Wack: Misinformation pollutes discussions

Local government has a big problem with how to handle the state mandated stormwater management fee, often referred to as the “rain tax.” Issues such as timelines and the inequities between rural and urban areas will require further negotiation and modification. To ensure success, those negotiations will have to stick to facts. Unfortunately, misinformation is distracting from real problems. (Carr. Co. Times)

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A better approach for Frederick elections

The funny thing about the discussion about stripping party labels from Frederick’s elections is that while it appears a majority of people support the idea, it’s never gained any significant traction. Any volume the issue attracts tends to fade speedily after the general election. And while the idea is warmly greeted when it comes up every four years, and we all moan about the lack of turn-out in the city’s primary and general, no one has yet formally put it forward as an actionable proposal. (News-Post)

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Alex Szachnowicz: Logic of cellphone tower proposal perplexing

At its next meeting, the County Council will again take up Bill 78-13, a measure that would essentially prohibit Anne Arundel County Public Schools from entering into agreements to allow construction of wireless telecom-munications towers on school property. The bill, which was amended by the council at its meeting Monday, is perplexing on many levels, not the least of which is its infringement on the rights of the school system to appropriately manage, plan and develop the property it owns. (Capital)

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Celentano and Keim: Affordable Care Act

After years of discussions, legislation and countless stakeholder meetings, we are now at the starting line of open enrollment to Maryland’s insurance marketplace, known as the Maryland Health Connection. Our coalition’s collective work has brought us to the turning point of our shared goal: quality, affordable healthcare for all Marylanders. A long road is still before us, and we’re poised and ready to take the next big step. (Daily Times)

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Oct. 25 // Gansler and the party

Give him credit for this: Maryland's top lawyer knows how to articulate the crucial question. Asked by The Baltimore Sun's Erin Cox and Michael Dresser about a photo showing him standing in the middle of a wild high school party in a rented Delaware house this summer, he said, "Assume for the purposes of discussion that there was widespread drinking at the party. How is that relevant to me? ... The question is, do I have any moral authority over other people's children at beach week in another state?" (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: Gansler's public duty, parental strategy collide

I guess the only thing worse for Doug Gansler would be the revelation that he ordered his Maryland State Police driver to run red lights to get the attorney general to his son's senior week party on the Delaware shore. If that happened, could the trooper involved — or someone from the Brown for Governor campaign — call me? All conversations confidential. I have another question: Was that a selfie Gansler was taking with his cellphone while the cast of "Porky's II" swirled about him at the beach house? (Balt. Sun)

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