Author Archives: Len Lazarick

Lt. gov. candidates Ulman, Rutherford clash in radio debate

October 16th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The two men running for the No. 2 spot at the Annapolis State House actually have more government management experience on their resumes than their running mates at the top of the ticket for governor. But Democrat Ken Ulman, the two-term Howard County executive, and Boyd Rutherford, a former state General Services secretary and assistant U.S. agriculture secretary, faithfully echoed the positions of party nominees Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan Jr. as they argued with each other and even the moderator Thursday in an hour-long debate on WAMU-


Howard exec race: Kittleman defends record in debate with Watson

October 15th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman was on the defensive for much of an hour-long debate with Democrat Courtney Watson in the race for Howard County executive Tuesday night, defending his record on school funding and public safety against aggressive criticism from Watson. Kittleman also took his shots at the Howard County Council member for her support of the "rain tax" and other local tax hikes


Hogan-Brown debate 2: Eberly calls it a tie and analyzes the campaign

October 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The second Maryland gubernatorial debate is in the can and, for me anyway, the results mirrored the first debate. Both Anthony Browne and Larry Hogan performed well, neither made any serious mistakes, and neither scored any major blows. It was a tie. The debate itself, however, came across as a disorganized mess.


CBS News-N.Y. Times poll has bogus numbers for Md. again

October 12th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

CBS News and The New York Times ought to be embarrassed by the bogus poll numbers they are putting out in the Maryland gubernatorial race, and the Democratic Party ought to wonder if it is facilitating voter suppression by promoting the inaccurate figures


Maryland ranked as 3rd wealthiest, but still tops in income, millionaires

October 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland is tied for third place with Connecticut as one of the top wealthiest states, but continues to rank as the state with the highest household incomes, according to a new rankings produced by WalletHub. Just last month, 24/7Wall St., a financial news web site, called Maryland "the wealthiest state in the nation," based on those high incomes. According to a different study, for a third year in the row, Maryland has the highest percentage of millionaires -- people with over $1 million in investable assets, not people who make that much money each year


Majority in new poll think Maryland is headed in wrong direction

October 7th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

On a day that a new Washington Post poll had Republican Larry Hogan Jr. 9 points behind Anthony Brown in the race for governor, Hogan and the GOP could take some solace in a new Goucher College poll that said a majority of Marylanders believe the state is headed in the wrong direction. The Goucher poll also found that almost a third of Marylanders (31%) believed that their "personal financial situation" was worse than it was a year ago, and that the economy, jobs and taxes were the most important issues facing the state. Hogan has made these issue the keystones of his campaign


Critics slam pension fund performance, system slams critics

September 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Persistent critics of the investment performance of Maryland's $45 billion pension fund for state teachers and employees are again slamming the fund for failing to match the performance of other state pension systems, even though its 14.4% return was nearly twice as high as the fund's target


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



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