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.
June 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
How long did it take for the first attack ad of the fall campaign for governor to surface? Seventeen hours after the polls closed Tuesday. How long did it take for Democrats to counterattack? Another four hours. And for the Republican candidate’s campaign to volley back? Four hours more
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."
June 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Pub crooner Martin O'Malley, watch your back. Del. Ron George is in the recording studio. The Republican delegate, who once pursued an acting career, has cut a new music video of the Rain Tax song. "No Taxation with Precipitation," adapted from "Hanky Panky,"
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
May 27th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Here is a commentary on Tuesday's Fox 45 debate between Attorney General Doug Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur by Rick Vatz, a professor of rhetoric and communication at Towson University. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown did not participate.
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
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
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
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