Author Archives: Len Lazarick

With Red Line dead, what is Hogan’s ‘best way’ for Baltimore?

June 29th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Key moments in Gov. Larry Hogan's first term took place last week, but it is unclear how his cancer and much anticipated decisions on transit projects will define his term as governor. Those decisions left many unanswered questions about the financing of the Purple Line and what would be "the best way" to help Baltimore if the Red Line wasn't it.


Progressives Bump ‘n Grind in Silver Spring, wait for Purple Line

June 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The Bump 'n Grind is not a strip club in Baltimore, but a coffee bar in the new urbanized core of Silver Spring, a short walk to the D.C. line. Wednesday evening, it was briefly the center of progressives in the Maryland legislature, as Del. David Moon, about as left as they get in Annapolis, held a low-key fundraiser, heavy on the policy wonk from his fellow legislators. Advocates for the Purple Line were on hand as well.


Lt. governor scolds bureaucrats on spending for land, budget cushions

June 23rd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford came down hard on state department spending this Tuesday, as he covered for Gov. Larry Hogan at the first Board of Public works meeting since the governor announced he was starting treatment for cancer. Rutherford lectured the Department of Natural Resources about their high land bids, the Department of Juvenile Services and the Department of Human Services for unnecessary budget “cushioning” in the millions, and shot down the Board of Elections’ request for $1.8 million for an informational ballot-campaign


Hogan battles the Big C, more formidable than the big Ds

June 22nd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

As is typical with this tight-lipped administration, word had not leaked about the shocking news that the governor had a very virulent form of cancer (lymphoma) that was eating him up from within. Five months to the day since he took office, Hogan was again confronted with the awful and unexpected as he had been with the Baltimore uprising in April. This time the disruption was more personal, and he confronted it in the same way; plain, direct, forceful and with considerably more humor than could be expected


Montgomery County becomes news desert as Gazette closes

June 14th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Montgomery County will soon be turning into a news desert, with just one local weekly newspaper left serving a million people in Maryland's largest county. On Friday, the staff of the Gazette newspapers in Montgomery and Prince George's counties were told that the papers were folding. Maybe it’s time to try a nonprofit online news model, say a MontgomeryReporter.com, for this important county


In Freddie Gray’s ‘hood, new police commander is a tough mother

June 11th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Baltimore Police Captain Sheree Briscoe is the new commander of the Western District, the epicenter of the convulsions that wracked Baltimore six weeks ago. A cop for 21 years, she is not what you expect. Short and wide, she grew up in the city, and is the mother of four and the grandmother of three. "We asked to go" to the Western district, Briscoe said


Why did it take Md. decades to end overuse of chicken manure?

June 3rd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The Chesapeake Bay just got an important “win,” with Maryland’s agreement to end the spreading of poultry manure across sections of its Eastern Shore. Everyone should be happy about that. But no one should be satisfied. We could have had this win a decade ago. Understanding why we didn’t is important for ensuring the current agreement works


Anne Arundel exec pushes tax cut, new spending, but council is wary

June 2nd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

To fulfill campaign promises, Steve Schuh, the new Republican Anne Arundel County executive, is proposing a 3% property tax cut, and new spending on schools and infrastructure. But the County Council Chairman Jerry Walker, also a Republican, is concerned about a potential structural deficit and plans to extend the term of county bonds to 30 years so it can pay for more projects.


President O’Malley: No laughing matter

May 31st, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Marylanders and particularly State House observers for his two terms as governor and seven years as Baltimore mayor know Martin O'Malley all too well. Familiarity breeds contempt, goes the old saying, and we're all too familiar with O'Malley. But he may run well among those just getting to know him



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