Gov. Larry Hogan endorsed Del. Kathy Szeliga for U.S. Senate Tuesday. Both are skipping the Cleveland GOP convention. Screen shot from video on Szeliga's Facebook page.

Rascovar: More reasons for Marylanders to vote

This year’s apparently one-sided presidential election in Maryland may encourage some people to consider not voting. Polls consistently have Democrat Hillary Clinton ahead of Republican Donald Trump by a whopping 30 percentage points. There are plenty of other reasons to show up at the polls or cast an absentee ballot. This is especially true for Republicans who may have had enough of Trump. The worst thing they could do would be to take a pass on voting.

Senate candidates Margaret Flowers, Kathy Szeliga and Chris Van Hollen

3 Senate candidates together for first forum and maybe last time

They are equal on the November ballot, but the three candidates for U.S. Senate sat together on the same stage for the first and possibly last time Saturday at a forum in Columbia sponsored by an African American coalition. Dr. Margaret Flowers, a physician representing the Green Party, appeared with Republican nominee Kathy Szeliga, the House of Delegates minority whip, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the Democratic nominee to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in second debate at Washington University in St. Louis. PBS screenshot.

Lazarick: Nasty campaign lives down to expectations in debate

We knew back in late May, when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were wrapping up their party nominations, that the coming campaign was going to be one of the most god-awful nasty races in modern history. We also knew the debates between the two would be among the most watched since they began in 1960. Little did we know that the campaigns would be at their nastiest during these debates.

Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream fame and Zach Weinstein of U.S. PIRG supporting Question A for public funding of local campaigns in Columbia last week.

Public funding of county campaigns on the Howard ballot

Question A on the Howard County ballot is actually getting statewide attention and even some national notice, as it seeks to establish public funding of campaigns for local offices. Ben Cohen, the Ben of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, was in Columbia last week to promote a cause he embraced years ago.

Maryland Business for Responsive Government chair Scott Dorsey of Merritt Properties, economist Steve Moore and MBRG President Duane Carey.

Trump adviser says Maryland should be more like Texas

A senior Trump economic adviser told a Maryland business group Tuesday that Maryland should become more like Texas, cutting taxes and regulations to spur economic growth. Economist Steve Moore of the Heritage Foundation told a breakfast meeting of the conservative Maryland Business for Responsive Government that Donald Trump would win the national election, perhaps even win Maryland, and cause a major realignment of the Republican Party.

Illustrations in a  fundraising email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Desperate House Democrats plead for donations

Do desperate campaign fundraising appeals work? The folks at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee apparently think so, and have been doing it for years, according to published accounts. In just the past week, as the Sept. 30 report filing deadline approached, I got over 40 emails from the DCCC with subject lines that included “We’re BEGGING,” “We’re losing,” “Trump WINS,” “TRUMP.WINS.EVERYTHING” and “throw in the towel.”


Lazarick and Vatz on the debate: Few minds changed about candidates we know pretty well

Who won the debate? What right does the media have to decide an encounter where the scoring is vague and the goal posts are movable? The more important question : Whose minds were changed by the debate? Very few, probably, writes Len Lazarick. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were much as we’ve come to know them over more than a year of campaigning, and years in the public eye. Professor Rick Vatz gives the win to Hillary by a nose, with too many missed opportunities for Trump.