Author Archives: Len Lazarick

Environmentalists worried about Hogan

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."


The keys to the State House: Why Hogan won and Brown lost

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


Some Democrats say they ‘got the message’ from Hogan’s election

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."


Budget problems even bigger than expected, Hogan says; more of transition team announced

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.


Budget realities challenge Hogan promises on spending, taxes

November 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The uphill climb Gov.-elect Larry Hogan faces to fulfill his campaign promises and reduce state spending and taxes was starkly illustrated in a legislative hearing on spending Wednesday. Facing dozens of lawmakers, including some who lost election bids, the Maryland General Assembly's top fiscal expert produced a graph showing the next six years of projected state spending and revenues. In every year, including this one, the line for spending goes up and up, and the line for revenues rises too, but never matches expenses.


Delaney, Braveboy continue push for redistricting reform

November 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland congressman who probably benefited most from the state's partisan gerrymandering in 2012 has also become one of the strongest advocates for reform. "I think this issue has real potential for a state and national movement," U.S. Rep. John Delaney told a forum on redistricting reform Monday night. "It's about entrenched interests versus the interests of the people."


New governor is pro-business, new Democratic legislators ‘more anti-business,’ lobbyist says

November 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

While the new governor-elect is a pro-business Republican, the newly elected "Democrats coming in are more progressive and more anti-business" than those they are replacing, Comcast lobbyist Sean Looney told a Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce luncheon. That will present a challenge to Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch on "how to control their own constituency," Looney said. "It's frankly Mike Busch's and Mike Miller's headache."


Historic Republican gains in Maryland as Hogan wins; GOP picks up execs, House and Senate seats

November 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland Republicans made historic gains in Tuesday's election. Larry Hogan Jr. became just the third Republican elected governor in the past 50 years, winning by almost the same 51.5% margin and carrying almost the same number of counties as Gov. Bob Ehrlich, the last Republican chief executive 12 years ago. Sen. Allan Kittleman became just the second Republican Howard County executive in its history, and Del. Steve Schuh, as expected, kept the Anne Arundel County executive office in GOP hands. On the Lower Shore, Bob Culver defeated Democrat Richard Pollitt, the first Wicomico County executive



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