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.

Collins: In 2016, voters more powerful than conventional wisdom

Projecting the outcome of a future election based upon similar conditions and results of the past may be tempting, but it assumes that voting blocs are static and candidates are helpless to shape their own fates. If this year’s election has taught anything, it is that voters are more powerful than conventional wisdom.

Guest column: Democrats in a daze — again: The election’s implications for Maryland in 2018

A critical election has just ended, and Democrats are walking around in a daze. The pre-Election Day polls were close, but Democrats were confident they were going to win. In fact, they couldn’t really imagine losing.

They had demographics and recent electoral history on their side. But instead, the voters delivered a stunning rebuke. They wanted change, not more of the same. The results were close – but decisive.

Opinion: Very real fears about a Trump presidency

In her column for Maryland Reporter on Tuesday, Delegate Trent Kittleman tells Marylanders not to worry about a Trump presidency. She calls his inflammatory and reprehensible statements on the campaign trail “hyperbole.” She states that he is doing “everything possible to bring people together.” Delegate Eric Luedtke writes he is shocked at how thoroughly Delegate Kittleman misunderstands the fear that has gripped many Marylanders since the election. He is also “aghast at her temerity in arguing based on absolutely zero evidence that Trump will be somehow a moderate and reasonable president.: