Author Archives: Len Lazarick

Photos from Hogan’s inauguration

January 21st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

"They said it would be a cold day in hell when they elect a Republican governor," Larry Hogan ad-libbed as he took the outdoor podium on a snowy day at the State House. Here are some photos from the day taken by Rebecca Lessner of

Larry Hogan’s improbable path

January 20th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

What got Larry Hogan to the place where he raises his right hand for the oath as governor is what one Hogan insider concedes was a perfect storm. The right political environment, a message to match it hatched by the candidate himself, a campaigner disciplined enough to communicate it relentlessly, and a campaign that made few mistakes and profited from the lackluster campaigns and mistakes of his competitors

The O’Malley years: Tough choices, but good choices or bad?

January 19th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Will Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley be remembered as author of the biggest tax increases in Maryland history or the biggest spending cuts? Did he preside over the most businesses shuttered in the Great Recession or add the most people to the health insurance rolls and provide the biggest increase in school funding

Hogan appoints Brinkley as budget chief; complete list of other appointments

January 16th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

At his 13th and final news conference Thursday before his swearing in next week, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan made nearly two dozen appointments, including outgoing state Sen. David Brinkley, the former minority leader, as the new secretary of Budget and Management. Brinkley's long anticipated appointment had stirred some opposition from the Republican far-right who objected to his votes for Gov. Martin O'Malley's budgets during his service on the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. This story includes a complete list of Hogan's cabinet and staff appointments.

Hogan wants more openness, more names in filling legislative seats

January 15th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

In filling the three legislative vacancies he has created in building his new administration, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan said he'd like to see a more open nominating process used by the Republican central committees and more candidate names for him to fill the seats. Hogan told reporters: "We'd like to encourage them to make the process more transparent."

Analysis: Energized Republicans, disinterested Democrats helped Hogan win

January 9th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

People are still debating how Republican Larry Hogan won his upset victory for governor over Democrat Anthony Brown. Political consultant Jim Burton offers a key factor in the win by analyzing voter turnout by legislative district. The enthusiasm among Republicans was real and measurable in November’s gubernatorial election

Maryland schools slip to No. 3 in Education Week report card

January 8th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

For the umpteenth time in his two terms as governor, on Wednesday Martin O'Malley again touted that Maryland's public schools had been No. 1 in America for five years running from Education Week magazine. But Maryland's schools slipped a notch in the Education Week report card released Thursday, tripping to third place behind Massachusetts and New Jersey

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