Author Archives: Len Lazarick

Running for redistricting reform: 225-mile gerrymander meander

September 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Over the rivers and through the woods, two dozen runners and bikers will start a 3-day super marathon Friday morning to traverse the 225-mile perimeter of Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, the second most gerrymandered seat in the country. The "gerrymander meander" is organized by Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and the Annapolis section of the National Council of Jewish Women to encourage Maryland to reform its highly partisan process of congressional redistricting


Analysis: GOP poll could be more valid than the CBS-Times poll

September 15th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Is it possible that a partisan Republican poll in the Maryland governor's race has as much or even more validity than a poll done for some of the most respected names in the media? That’s the surprising conclusion from looking at the numbers and methodology behind the two most recent polls pitting Democrat Anthony Brown against Republican Larry Hogan Jr


Kittleman counterattacks in Howard County exec race

September 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

It was no more Mr. Nice Guy for Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman in the first formal debate for Howard County executive with Democratic County Council member Courtney Watson. "You've been receiving a lot of trash," the usually mild-mannered Kittleman loudly charged Thursday in his opening statement before a Chamber of Commerce audience. He was waving a mailer from the Team Howard slate supporting Watson that he said "deceive and distort my record." Watson gave as good as she got, saying "you should be judged on your record" and defending the mailers


Attorneys general ask feds for help in blocking illegal telemarketing

September 9th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

On Tuesday, Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and 33 other state attorneys general from around the nation wrote to the Federal Communications Commission asking it to clarify the federal law that the phone companies say prohibit them from using technology to block illegal telemarketing


Oops#2! Dems get another Kittleman record wrong

September 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Lest you think Sen. Allan Kittleman is unkind to animals, a Democratic website attacking the record of the Republican candidate for Howard County executive got him confused with his late father in citing a low rating by the Humane Society


Oops! Mailers falsely attacked Kittleman for wanting to arm teachers based on inaccurate story

September 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

For almost two weeks, a Democratic slate supporting Courtney Watson for Howard County executive had been attacking Sen. Allan Kittleman, her Republican opponent, for supporting arming teachers and administrators with guns to protect students. For almost as long, Kittleman has been saying he was misquoted in the 2006 Washington Examiner story that was the basis of the claim, and had demanded a correction. MarylandReporter.com tracked down the reporter who wrote the story and she said that indeed Kittleman's position was misrepresented in the editing process and a correction had been made


Ex-Va. Gov. Allen helps Howard Senate candidate

September 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Thursday was not a good day for the last governor of Virginia as Bob McDonnell was found guilty of corruption in a Richmond courtroom. But another former Republican governor of Virginia, George Allen, had a better day of it in Howard County, talking up the candidacy of state Senate hopeful Jody Venkatesan in District 13 and other candidates at a Clarksville ballroom


Top officials wrangle over $60M Common Core testing contract

September 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The often contentious implementation of the new Common Core curriculum standards in Maryland public schools stirred wrangling again among top state officials Wednesday. The Board of Public Works, comprised of the governor, state treasurer and comptroller, was being asked to approve a nearly $60 million state contract for development of computerized testing for the new standards in English and math. The contract had only one bidder over the protests of another testing company


‘Like’ doesn’t mean like, and a ‘friend’ is not a real friend

September 1st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

"Like" doesn't necessarily mean like, and a "friend" isn't necessarily a real friend -- on Facebook at least. And a "follower" on Twitter certainly doesn't mean a disciple. Explaining how journalists use social media seemed like a good idea after a close friend exclaimed that I had "taken sides" when I "liked" a page for a candidate she was working to defeat. And then another reader was incensed when a newspaper's Facebook page "liked" the Facebook pages of a whole bunch of Democratic officials


State Roundup, August 28, 2014

August 28th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Casino impact funds won't go to communities; state needs more transparency in records; gubernatorial campaigns spent almost $25 million; Kittleman outraised Watson, but she still has cash advantage; self-funding campaigns didn't work so well in Montgomery County; environmental lawsuit filed over Purple Line; Pritzker runs against Frosh, Campbell against Franchot; more FBI employees live in Maryland; mailer sues Bongino over debt; EPA proposes more authority over Maryland streams; and Prince George's exec flying to China



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