Fed up with Annapolis, McDonough sets sights on Towson executive

Delegate Pat McDonough has “had it with the legislature,” he said. “It will be torture for me even to go back for the last session,” said the populist conservative from Middle River in Baltimore County. Now the four-term delegate has set his sights on the Towson courthouse, hoping to become county executive for Maryland’s third largest county that has turned more Republican over the past decade, particularly on its east side.

Rascovar: Get ready for Maryland’s Democratic circus in race for governor

If the election for Maryland governor were held tomorrow, Alec Ross would win: He’s the only one who officially has announced his candidacy. Alec who? Get ready for a circus of a gubernatorial campaign among Democrats. Ross is just the first of what could be a carload of clowns pouring out of a small VW Bug with the bumper sticker: “Dump Hogan.” Good luck on that one.

Opinion: Baltimore’s ‘most elegant’ new community not fit for a fish

It has been his joy and anguish through the last five decades to keep track of little Dipping Pond Run, a rare and trouty tributary of Baltimore’s central drainage way, the Jones Falls, says environmental writer Tom Horton. He details the fate of brook trout and other trout that might be wiped out by development.

Trump and Clinton voters in Maryland followed 2012 pattern

By William G. Rothstein

For MarylandReporter.com

The reasons for the election of Donald Trump as president can be better understood by an analysis of voting patterns in Maryland counties. Hillary Clinton received 60% of the total Maryland vote and President Trump 36%. However, 17 of the 24 Maryland counties voted for Trump and 7 voted for Clinton. An analysis of the counties that voted for each candidate found little influence of campaign issues and little change in voter behavior compared to the 2012 presidential election. Maryland is distinguished by the great variety in its regional economies.

Rascovar: What Hogan, Pugh & Mikulski have in common

Some politicians are adjusting to Donald Trump’s victory while others are wailing like it’s the end of democracy, organizing pointless protests a full five weeks before he even takes office. In Maryland both kinds of politicos – the realists and the hopeless idealists – have been on display recently. Count Gov. Larry Hogan, Jr. and new Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh among the pragmatists. They want to deal with reality on the ground.

Advocates of public financing of local campaigns in Howard outspent opponents 10-1

Howard County voters approved setting up a system of public financing for people running for County Council and executive with a safe 7,500-vote margin, though the measure actually lost among people who voted on Election Day by 2,000 votes. Question A proponents — a coalition of good government and progressive groups outspent the organized opponents — mostly Republicans — at least 10 to 1 if in-kind support from progressive organizations is counted.