July 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Some rankings of Maryland's business climate put it at the bottom of the pack, as the Tax Foundation does. A few put it at the top, as does the U.S. Chamber's #1 rating for innovation and entrepreneurship the governor likes to cite. And it is not unusual for Maryland to rank in the middle of the pack, as it does in a new Thumbtack-Kaufman Foundation survey of business friendliness
July 21st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
His Republican opponent may call him a liberal Democrat, but Rep. John Delaney continues to go his own way in Maryland's Democratic Party representing part of Montgomery County and most of western Maryland in the 6th Congressional District.
Delaney, who made a personal fortune in running two financial services businesses, was nominated in 2012 over a candidate favored by the Democratic establishment.
July 20th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Women indeed are becoming a pivotal force in local and state elections in Maryland. They are more likely to go to the polls than men. Given the right candidate, it can make a difference
July 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
It was the coolest Tawes Crab Feast in memory. The political-social event of the summer in Crisfield on the Lower Eastern Shore is usually a scorcher in the 90s, but Wednesday was in the low 80s with cool breezes off the bay and low humidity at least at the outset. There was a peculiar lack of candidates this year, perhaps due to the June 24 primary that eliminated many of them. Here's a photo gallery of some of the folks who did show up.
July 16th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
For the second time this year, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican considered a presidential contender, has helped Dan Bongino raise money in his race to recapture Maryland's 6th Congressional District for the GOP. Democrat John Delaney took the seat from 20-year incumbent Republican Roscoe Bartlett in 2012 after Democrats radically redrew the Western Maryland district to include more Montgomery County Democrats and lop off conservative Carroll County voters
July 13th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Larry Hogan, Jr., the longshot Republican nominee for Maryland governor, made a smart move accepting public financing for his general election campaign. It frees Hogan from the time-consuming and sometimes humiliating chore of brow-beating friend, supporters and strangers for donations over the next five months. Public financing also lowers the cost of running a campaign
July 10th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
In the last four years, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) overspent its budget by $27 million — and inadvertently masked its overruns with improper accounting adjustments, an audit of the department has revealed.
After the audit came out, DHR removed the director of the grants management office due to concerns about oversight of millions of dollars of grants
July 9th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
There are over 1,300 licensed assisted living facilities in Maryland caring for thousands of residents not quite able to care for themselves. But year after year over the past decade the state health department has failed to do annual inspections for a majority of them
July 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
A blind voter who had a “horrific” experience voting during the primary election has filed a new complaint against the state election board, adding to the list of grievances in a lawsuit initiated by the National Federation of the Blind in May
July 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Newspaper Association and 36 other journalism and open government groups sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday asking him to stop "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies."