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Commentary: Where have all the voters gone?

June 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

There was lots of handwringing about the low voter turnout in Tuesday's gubernatorial primary, and a lot of explanations offered. How about this? They didn't go to the polls because they didn't like what the candidates and the parties were selling.


In AG’s race, key message is ‘Jon is not Ben’

June 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Michael Morrell, former communications guru for Gov. Parris Glendening and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, told a Democratic audience in Columbia Wednesday night that the most important words in this week's mailer attacking attorney general candidate Jon Cardin were not the headlines highlighting his faults as a delegate. The key words were in smaller type at the top of the back page: "Jon Cardin is not Ben Cardin."


Republican opponents drag O’Malley into Arundel exec race

June 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The expected attack mailers in the contentious Republican race for Anne Arundel County Executive began hitting the mail boxes of reliable primary voters this week. Challenger Steve Schuh and incumbent Laura Neuman both associated the other with pictures of one of the most reviled men in Maryland Republican circles: Martin O'Malley, the departing Democratic governor


Brown mailer attacks ‘Gansler’s Irresponsible, Republican Tax Giveaway’

May 26th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's TV ads have largely been positive depictions of his background and issues in the race for governor, while Attorney General Doug Gansler has been more prone to attack the O'Malley-Brown record on taxes and education. But the Brown campaign takes the gloves off in a mailer that went to some Democratic primary voters last week


Lt. Gov. Brown touts Sen. Currie as ‘leader’ on minimum wage hike

May 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Just 33 days from the primary election and 20 days from early voting, the campaign mailers are beginning to hit the mailboxes of regular primary voters. Some contain the usual puffery and exaggeration of records. One on behalf of Sen. Ulysses Currie by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown seems to stretch the legislative record like a rubber band


Attorney general candidates debate

May 20th, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian

The infamous undecided voters of the June 24 primary election that are dominating media polls were a no-show at the first Democratic debate for state attorney general. Frank Auditorium at the University of Maryland College Park had ample space, but almost all of the participants in attendance were supporters of the three candidates - Sen. Brian Frosh of Montgomery County, Del. Jon Cardin of Baltimore County and Del. Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's. Media made up the rest


ICYMI: Sauerbrey, Bentley endorse Craig for governor

May 19th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

One of the more meaningful endorsements in the Republican campaign for governor got lost in the shuffle last week. Former House of Delegates Minority Leader Ellen Sauerbrey, almost elected governor in 1994, and her then-archrival, former U.S. Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, along with former Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden, enthusiastically endorsed Harford County Executive David Craig for governor and his running mate Del. Jeannie Haddaway on Wednesday



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