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Maryland’s leading source of aggregated and original news and opinion on government, politics, business and more. Called one of the “nation’s best state-based political blogs” by the Washington Post.

More than 800 Clinical Trials for New Medicines in Maryland Provide Potentially Life-Saving Treatments to Thousands of Marylanders

A new report touting the enormous impact of clinical trials performed by the biopharmaceutical industry in Maryland specifies that 856 clinical trials are currently underway in the state creating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and helping Marylanders across the state fight debilitating diseases. The report, “Research in Your Backyard:  Developing Cures, Creating Jobs,” talks about the 5910 clinical trials in Maryland since 2004 that have targeted diseases and conditions like asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.  In 2013 alone, more than 25,000 Marylanders participated in clinical trials in Maryland that had an economic impact on the state estimated at more than $527 million. And, in 2015, Maryland biopharmaceutical companies supported the generation of $27.5 billion in economic activity and 111,700 jobs throughout the state. "Clinical trials have been conducted in every corner of Maryland, not only in Baltimore and Bethesda, the home of NIH and Walter Reed National Military Medical... Continue reading
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Don Mohler reflects on Kevin Kamenetz, Gone Too Soon

There were two months to go until the election. On May 8, 2018, Kevin Kamenetz had just finished filming 14 hours of television commercials that we were all sure would propel him to the Democratic gubernatorial nomination on June 26. And then two days later on May 10, the phone rang shortly after 2 a.m. When the phone rings at that hour, it is never good news. This time was no different. On the other end of the line was the Deputy Fire Chief with words that I will never forget: “Don, the County Executive is in cardiac arrest. You should get to the hospital now.” Thirty minutes later my friend was gone. It is not possible to capture the soul and spirit of Kevin Kamenetz in a few hundred words, so with that in mind, I will settle for some glimpses into the life of a man who was at... Continue reading
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Towson is Stronger Than in 2010, But Key Challenges Remain - County Councilman David Marks

In 2010, I was elected to the Baltimore County Council from the Fifth District. Towson is the westernmost region of the Fifth District—a center for law, government, medicine, and higher education, with some of the most stable and desirable neighborhoods in central Maryland. Despite all these enviable characteristics, Downtown Towson was a major concern. In 2010, vast tracts of land were rotting away in Downtown Towson. The movie theatres at Towson Commons were on the verge of closing, and the remaining retail space was largely vacant. The deterioration of Downtown Towson was a blight on an otherwise strong region. Today, no one talks about how we need to jumpstart the revitalization of Downtown Towson—it is already underway. Whole blocks of Downtown Towson have been revitalized, and construction cranes are in the air. I attribute our success in Downtown Towson to three key factors. First and most importantly, entrepreneurs have invested in... Continue reading
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Chris West: Single-Payer Healthcare – Another View

On August 6, my good friend, State Delegate Kirill Reznik, posted a blog on Center Maryland (“Single Payer Healthcare”) in which he took aim at a Baltimore Sun analysis of Ben Jealous’s proposed single-payer healthcare plan. Delegate Reznik criticized the Baltimore Sun and launched a pretty bitter partisan attack on Governor Hogan and all Maryland Republicans because they are not swooning at the prospect of socialized medicine in Maryland. As a member of the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, I would like to advance several points in response. First, the analysis relied upon by the Sun reporter was a non-partisan analysis produced by the General Assembly’s Department of Legislative Services, an organization run by Senate President Mike Miller’s former Chief of Staff. The last time I checked, Senator Miller is not a Republican. Second, the analysis stated that a single-payer plan would cost the State of Maryland $24 billion a... Continue reading
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Kirill Reznik: Single Payer Healthcare

There’s a lot of controversy over a Baltimore Sun article that says single-payer healthcare costs $24 billion, and Larry Hogan is having a field day with that misinformation.  This is what happens when you Govern by polls and slogans.  But the truth is not scary, and in fact, quite commonplace. If you read beyond the headline, you would have see $24 billion does NOT represent the cost to Marylanders, but is the cost of all private pay healthcare in the State.  This number also includes insurance profits, commissions, inflated pharmaceuticals, and the expense that medical providers incur arguing with insurers.  Last year I crafted a single-payer health care plan that could be implemented in Maryland.  That bill would eliminate all of those costs, provide for a single payroll tax REPLACING the costs and burdens to employers, and cover every Marylander. Businesses in Maryland pay an almost $7,000 for individual coverage, and... Continue reading
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