Ben Carson speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., where he announced the end to his presidential campaign in March. Capital News Service photo.

Ben Carson compares Hillary to Lucifer in GOP convention speech

It was the job he wanted: president of the United States. But Tuesday night, Dr. Ben Carson took the stage at Quicken Loans Arena in support of his one-time competitor, Donald Trump, as he became the Republican nominee for that very job. The message from the retired neurosurgeon was startling -- by electing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the United States would be choosing a person “who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer.”

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.

Maryland GOP Senate candidate backs Trump, but skips his convention

Instead of traveling to her party’s gathering where Donald Trump claimed the GOP’s presidential nomination Wednesday, Maryland House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga decided to remain in her own state to focus on her campaign against Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County for the open U.S. Senate seat. “I am a little sorry I couldn’t be there,” said Szeliga, who represents Baltimore County in the Maryland House of Delegates. “But I should be here (in Maryland) meeting voters.”

Donald Trump and Delegate Trent Kittleman at the 2015 GOP Red White and Blue dinner.

Why this Kittleman supports Trump

Some of my friends . . . and at least one daughter . . . find my opinion and passion for Donald Trump a bit hard to comprehend, writes Delegate Trent Kittleman. The election of Donald Trump may very well be the last, best hope of preserving this country as the constitutional republic our founders created.

Carcatures by DonkeyHotey with Flickr Creative Commons License.

Rascovar: Trump all the way for Md. delegates

This is a big week for Republicans – their quadrennial national convention in Cleveland. For Maryland’s conventioneers, it’s “Donald Trump All the Way.” Nary a discouraging word will be heard from them – unless they’re talking about Hillary Clinton.
The state’s GOP delegates’ loyalty to Trump, the party’s flamboyant and controversial presumptive nominee, was sealed when the New York real estate tycoon thrashed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the April 26 Maryland primary.

Kayaking on the Chesapeake. Photo by mzarro with Flickr Creative Commons License.

Life on the water’s edge of the Delmarva

There is no better place to learn peaceful coexistence between us and the rest of nature than the edges of the Delmarva peninsula where the water meets the land, writes Tom Horton, the veteran chronicler of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Getty in red earns bipartisan praise

Gov. Larry Hogan swore in his chief legislative officer, Joe Getty, to the Court of Appeals at the State House Monday, with a big heaping of bipartisan praise. Getty brings an unusual range of experience to Maryland's highest court, having served as a Republican delegate and senator from Carroll County and chief legislative officer to both Hogan and Gov. Bob Ehrlich, in addition to his private law practice. He offers "an invaluable and unique perspective," said Hogan.

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Replacing Maryland E-ZPass transponder is not so easy

Now that Gov. Hogan announced a new customer service initiative on Thursday, a good place to start might be with E-ZPass toll system and making it easier to replace a dead transponder. Transponders are those little white boxes that transmit the information to the antenna that collect the toll automatically.