September 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Lest you think Sen. Allan Kittleman is unkind to animals, a Democratic website attacking the record of the Republican candidate for Howard County executive got him confused with his late father in citing a low rating by the Humane Society
September 1st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
"Like" doesn't necessarily mean like, and a "friend" isn't necessarily a real friend -- on Facebook at least. And a "follower" on Twitter certainly doesn't mean a disciple.
Explaining how journalists use social media seemed like a good idea after a close friend exclaimed that I had "taken sides" when I "liked" a page for a candidate she was working to defeat. And then another reader was incensed when a newspaper's Facebook page "liked" the Facebook pages of a whole bunch of Democratic officials
August 26th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Howard County Democrats have launched a website attacking the record of Republican state Sen. Allan Kittleman, who is running a competitive race for county executive against Democratic County Council member Courtney Watson.
KittlemanFacts.com challenges Kittleman's positions that put him at odds on issues that have strong appeal to Democratic voters -- school funding, abortion, environmental policy, gun control and the minimum wage.
August 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The Maryland Republican Party released a poll Friday on the race for governor showing Democrat Anthony Brown at 45% and Republican Larry Hogan at 42%. There's been a lot of chatter recently about internal polls showing the race tightening to single digits. But this is the first publicly released poll that includes breakdowns and methodology. Admittedly it is a partisan poll done by Republican pollster Wes Anderson, a national pollster who happens to live in Anne Arundel County. Political science professor Todd Eberly also analyzes the poll.
August 1st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
We want to thank congressional candidate Dan Bongino for announcing a boycott of MarylandReporter.com on Monday morning. It produced the third highest daily traffic we got on the website since the General Assembly ended, with 3,900 page views and close to 1,800 unique visitors.
July 28th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The blowback from Barry Rascovar's column accusing Republicans of being anti-immigrant was fast and furious Monday and congressional candidate Dan Bongino urged a boycott of MarylandReporter.com unless the column was taken down.
At the urging of Bongino and others, about a dozen people asked to have the column removed, as well as demanding a retraction and an apology
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,"