Published on November 26th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
O’Malley says fracking in Western Maryland possible under strict conditions. Comments follow report of two state agencies; Hogan blasts O’Malley over 11th hour proposals, says he might try to reverse them; Hogan says Ferguson decision has no impact on Maryland; 25,000 enroll through state’s revamped health exchange; more named to Hogan’s transition team; Hogan to attend Harford County exec, council inauguration; and parsing Blaine Young’s latest political maneuver... Read More →
Published on November 25th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
The daughter of murder victims asks Gov. O’Malley to not commute death sentences of convicted killer; wind farm developer asks state for construction delay; Del. Kaiser talks about appointment as House majority leader; 25 Calvert community groups push legislative priorities with state lawmakers; House appointments may give Charles County more clout; as Ulman prepares to leave Howard County offices, he says he has no regrets about failed run for lieutenant governor; in last minute appointment, Frederick County commissioners give outgoing commission pres Blaine Young five-year planning post; while Gov. O’Malley trails in N.H. presidential poll, national magazines continue to give him national press; and citizen oversight board of police gains backers in Wicomico... Read More →
Published on November 24th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The Gazette newspapers pulled the plug on political columnist Blair Lee IV last week, ending his 27 years of vociferous weekly opinionating in Montgomery County newspapers. Two days later the Gazette editor who canned Lee due to budget cuts, Doug Tallman, got his walking papers as well. Tallman spent years covering the State House, and was one of just a few employees laid off last week... Read More →
Published on November 24th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
West Virginia leading 21 state-initiative to overturn Maryland’s gun control law; state could require police to begin wearing body cameras; Maryland campuses grapple with hazing, sexual assault, while UMBC suspends one fraternity; rumors circulate that Sen. George Edwards to become Natural Resources secretary; Sen. Conway questions results of probe into group home death; judge dismisses ad agency case against Bongino camp; Prince George’s agency admits violating open meetings law; sharp limits on new spending expected in Montgomery; half of Schuh’s 38 appointees donated to campaign; Salisbury agency urges passage of rain tax; Rawlings-Blake wields veto power; and Towson University ivy gets its goats... Read More →
Published on November 23rd, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Until last week, Del. Maggie McIntosh was an important member of the House of Delegates leadership.
Now, suddenly, she’s a Very Important Person.
The new chair of the House Appropriations Committee holds the second-most powerful post in the chamber. It even could put her in prime position to succeed House Speaker Mike Busch whenever the Annapolis lawmaker decides to give up his gavel... Read More →
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 →