Author Archives: Len Lazarick

Hogan shuts jail, evoking memories of ‘Do it now’ Schaefer

July 31st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Gov. Larry Hogan's performance in Baltimore Thursday evoked memories of William Donald Schaefer, the legendary "Do it now" mayor and governor, as Hogan announced the immediate closing of the Baltimore City Detention Center. Hogan's large bald head from his chemotherapy added to the impression, but it was more the tone, attitude and approach that was Schaeferesque: impatient, angry, concerned with the people affected, and denigrating those other politicians who couldn't get the job done


New PARCC tests of Common Core standards saving money

July 28th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

A new Maryland commission to study over-testing of children in public schools has yet to begin work, but new standardized tests based on the Common Core curriculum standards are already saving the state money, and four out of five Maryland students who took the tests did them online


Md. transportation secretary makes a good punching bag

July 26th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

A month after Gov. Larry Hogan made the decision to ditch the Red Line light-rail project in Baltimore, the city's political and business establishment, including editorial writers and columnists, continue to express outrage. There's little indication that anyone beyond the immediate Baltimore area is paying much attention to the angry outbursts, and certainly not Hogan himself


Md. pension fund earns 2.68%, missing annual target

July 21st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland's $45.8 billion pension fund for state employees and teachers earned 2.68% for the past fiscal year, almost 5 percentage points below its target of 7.65%, but better than benchmark returns for its various asset classes, its Board of Trustees was told Tuesday


Prosecutors drop charges against Del. Ariana Kelly

July 21st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Montgomery County prosecutors have decided to drop charges against Del. Ariana Kelly, a Bethesda Democrat who was arrested June 27 for trespass and indecent exposure at the home of her ex-husband, Barak Sanford. Kelly and Sanford issued a joint statement, and so did the state's attorney's office.


Md. legislators score better with both environmentalists, businesses

July 20th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Environmentalists and business groups generally give very different ratings of Maryland legislators based on their votes. But in scorecards just released by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and Maryland Business for Responsive Government almost all Annapolis lawmakers improved their scores with both groups. Democrats, as usual, scored much higher on the environment and Republicans scored significantly better on business issues


Md. ranks 6th in presidential race donations; Hillary gets the most

July 19th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland ranks sixth in the country for its overall contributions to presidential campaigns, outranking many much larger states, including nearby New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to an analysis by Maplight, a nonpartisan research organization that examines money in politics. Based on candidate reports filed July 15, Marylanders contributed $2.7 million this year to candidates of all parties. According to the Maplight analysis, more than half the Maryland contributions, $1.4 million, went to Hillary Clinton, and another $882,000 went to former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush was by far the most popular Republican with $180,


Cake, ice cream and a Rutherford promise of a commission to reform redistricting

July 16th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The cake and ice cream in Lawyer's Mall at the State House Thursday was for Elbridge Gerry again. But the long-dead statesman, signer of the Declaration of Independence and 6th vice president of the United States was not being honored for his distinguished career, but for a minor political act that has outlived him. As governor of Massachusetts, he gave his name to the gerrymander, the drawing of legislative districts for partisan political gain. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford came out not just to get a piece of chocolate cake, but to lend the Hogan administration support for the Tame the Gerrymander effort in Maryland


Thornton to run for Congress in 4th

July 16th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Howard University political scientist Alvin Thornton, who chaired the commission that formulated Maryland's current system of public school funding that often bears his name, plans on running for Congress in the 4th Congressional District


Crabs a plenty, candidates few at annual Tawes feast

July 16th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The crabs and clams were plentiful, but the candidates were in short supply at 39th annual Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield Wednesday in this off-election year. The only items usually baked are the thousands of crab pickers, but Crisfield was mid-80s and breezy. Here's a photo gallery



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