Gerry Evans was again the top grossing lobbyist during this year's General Assembly session, billing close to $2 million. He got a significant boost from his top client, the second highest spending lobbyist employer, the Law Offices of Peter Angelos, which spent $380,000 to lobby the legislature. "It was a great year," Evans said, but "I question the importance of the figure .... It's still better than being last."
When we saw what happened in Orlando, some wept, some were outraged, some offered leadership. I expected to see our president pull this nation together against a common enemy, but he chose a different path. Let’s try to agree on some things before we throw away our civil liberties in the absence of leadership.
It’s beach season along the old Atlantic seaboard, drawing crowds of us inlanders east like our creeks and rivers. We’re heading for the Bay, the beach, the Outer Banks —eager for life’s troubles to evaporate between the spanking hot sand and some breakers.These beloved beaches are disappearing as oceans rise. The very development that accommodates us beach lovers has far worsened the effect.
Anyone hoping the state commission on school testing would substantially reduce the amount of standardized testing in public schools already knew that was not going to happen. But as the Commission to Review Maryland's Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools put the finishing touches Tuesday on its final report, they believed that their findings and recommendations could significantly improve how tests are given, and eventually reduce the time and effort put into tests that don't contribute to student learning or instruction.
Now that Gov. Hogan announced a new customer service initiative on Thursday, a good place to start might be with E-ZPass toll system and making it easier to replace a dead transponder. Transponders are those little white boxes that transmit the information to the antenna that collect the toll automatically.
At the annual Howard County GOP's Lincoln Day dinner Friday night, with speeches from the lieutenant governor, the county executive, the county chair, a veteran delegate and others, clearly one item was off the menu -- Donald Trump. There was only one mention of the presumptive presidential nominee from the stage, and that during an award for a Trump supporter who was being honored for his efforts to defeat the incumbent school board members.
After months of hearings and meetings since November, members of the Maryland commission on school testing are getting frustrated as they struggle to achieve their task -- reducing the amount of mandated testing in public schools.
The Howard County Democratic Unity Dinner is the new name Howard Democrats chose for their annual dinner, jettisoning the longstanding Jefferson-Jackson moniker because the names of the two wealthy slave-holding presidents "no longer reflect the inclusiveness and values" they hold, the party chair said. But the unity dinner did find a new party unifier in the form of another wealthy man with dim view of other races -- Donald Trump.
With the media's typical focus on controversy and drama, a big story at the end of May was that Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed five bills for policy reasons, sometimes with harsh language. The really big news is how many bills Hogan signed (621) and the unusually large number (84) he allowed to become law without his signature. Some of those signed and unsigned bills had run into fierce opposition by Republican legislators. A few certainly violated Hogan's own governing principles — especially his opposition to new mandated spending and increased business regulation.