Published on November 21st, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Gov. O’Malley to meet with families of victims of death row inmates, could signal movement on fate of four not covered by death penalty repeal; MDE moves to deny water quality permit to Exelon to operate Conowingo Dam; gubernatorial candidates Hogan and Brown spent $24 million on race -- but it wasn’t a record; O’Malley adds staffers to PAC; with $25 million pledge from Under Armor CEO, iconic UM Cole Field House to undergo major changes; Schuh names police and fire chiefs; Annapolis political fixture Scott Bowling dies; Frederick County Commissioners kill waste-to-energy incinerator plan; and Charles commissioners kill proposal to prohibit them from revealing information from closed door sessions... Read More →
Published on November 21st, 2014 | by Dan Menefee
Maryland Department of the Environment has moved to deny a water quality permit for Exelon Corp. to operate the Conowingo Dam -- on concerns the dam’s impact on the Chesapeake Bay could undermine state efforts to comply with the Clean Water Act.
“MDE intends to deny the application due to insufficient information provided by the applicant regarding the impacts…on state water quality standards,” said MDE Communications Director Jay Apperson in a press release on Tuesday. ... Read More →
Published on November 20th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The annual awards ceremony by Maryland's environmental community was tinged with trepidation Tuesday night as they worried about what was in store from the new Republican governor.
"These are uncertain times," said Marcia Verploegen Lewis, board chair of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, which puts on the awards dinner. "We need to protect the regulations we have in place" and "maintain our legacy programs."... Read More →
Published on November 20th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
A heavy volume of users to Maryland’s health exchange creates slight delays in service; columnist Rodricks calls food hub a good idea; SHA buys monster snow trucks; Anthony Brown isn’t alone: Larry Hogan also owes a $500,000 loan; Hogan promises tax cuts despite budget problems; Hogan will make major judge appointments; Busch names McIntosh to head Appropriations Committee; new head of Montgomery Dem Central Committee to step down; Arundel County exec-elect begins appointment process; and Harford exec-elect finishes his appointments... Read More →
Published on November 20th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Professor Allan Lichtman has a wonderful predictive tool for presidential elections called the 13 Keys to the White House that he produced in various editions since he developed it decades ago. He has successfully predicted the winner of five presidential elections months and even years in advance, based on a century and a half of election results.
Lichtman has developed no such tools for gubernatorial races, but some of the "keys" provide guidance for another way to look at why Larry Hogan Jr. won this year... Read More →
Published on November 19th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
State’s revamped health exchange opens days early with tech staff ready to fix problems; Transit Admin delays proposals for Purple Line to give Gov.-elect Hogan time to go over project; state GOP raises $250,000 at Annapolis event to pay down debt, begin saving for the future; Hogan heads to Florida for RGA event; Lt. Gov. Brown fails to repay $500,000 loan as promised; new District 12 Dem delegates jump into work; outgoing Attorney General Gansler to join D.C. law firm as partner; Arundel Exec Schuh to make public safety announcement; and new Frederick Council, exec gearing up for major governance change... Read More →
Published on November 19th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
New Democratic legislators from Howard County said they "got the message" on spending and taxes from the election of Republican Larry Hogan Jr. as governor.
"I think we got the message," Del.-elect Clarence Lam told a Howard County Chamber of Commerce breakfast Tuesday. "We understand folks want to move in a different direction."... Read More →
Published on November 19th, 2014 | by Charlie Hayward
Two high-level officials at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore had conflicts of interest in up to $1.9 million of spending and grants funneled through the university’s affiliated foundation and private companies, an audit has found. Auditors reported possible conflicts involving the university and its affiliated foundation, which promotes the university and its mission. The audit described potential conflicts involving the foundation and two private companies: one controlled by the foundation’s executive director and the other owned by a relative... Read More →
Published on November 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Hogan says state’s bleak budget picture will make rolling back taxes tougher; Grasmick among latest names added to Hogan’s transition team; Mikulski leads top Dems in assessing losses, figuring out plans for the future; O’Malley urges U.S. Senate to reject XL Pipeline; O’Malley could institute phosphorus control plan before term in office ends; two brothers join State’s Attorney Joe Cassilly in power seats in Harford County; three Dems among seven members of new Frederick County Council; and with new Republican Wicomico County exec, some wonder what will happen to long-time department heads... Read More →
Published on November 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Confronted with projections of state deficits far into the future, incoming Gov.-Elect Larry Hogan admitted Monday "quite frankly even I am surprised at the magnitude of the problem, and the task ahead of us is vast."
Last Wednesday, the legislature's budget analysts told lawmakers that there was already a $300 million deficit in the current budget, and another $600 million shortfall in fiscal 2016.
"The problem seems even greater than we expected it to be," Hogan told reporters as he announced new members of his transition team. ... Read More →