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Analysis: Energized Republicans, disinterested Democrats helped Hogan win

January 9th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

People are still debating how Republican Larry Hogan won his upset victory for governor over Democrat Anthony Brown. Political consultant Jim Burton offers a key factor in the win by analyzing voter turnout by legislative district. The enthusiasm among Republicans was real and measurable in November’s gubernatorial election

Hogan promises cabinet appointments soon; 60 people now on transition team

December 3rd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan Jr. said he will make some appointments to his administration before Christmas, perhaps as early as next week. "We're not in a hurry," Hogan told reporters Tuesday. Hogan named 31 more members of his transition team, bringing the grand total to 60. The full list of appointments is at the bottom of this story

Republican legislators take control of three county governments

December 2nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Republican members of the Maryland legislature took office Monday as the new county executives of three large suburban counties, but for Harford and Anne Arundel counties GOP dominance is becoming a routine event, while in Howard it was just the second time a Republican became executive. The difference was evident in the inaugural ceremonies of the three counties

The keys to the State House: Why Hogan won and Brown lost

November 20th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Professor Allan Lichtman has a wonderful predictive tool for presidential elections called the 13 Keys to the White House that he produced in various editions since he developed it decades ago. He has successfully predicted the winner of five presidential elections months and even years in advance, based on a century and a half of election results. Lichtman has developed no such tools for gubernatorial races, but some of the "keys" provide guidance for another way to look at why Larry Hogan Jr. won this year

Some Democrats say they ‘got the message’ from Hogan’s election

November 19th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

New Democratic legislators from Howard County said they "got the message" on spending and taxes from the election of Republican Larry Hogan Jr. as governor. "I think we got the message," Del.-elect Clarence Lam told a Howard County Chamber of Commerce breakfast Tuesday. "We understand folks want to move in a different direction."

Budget problems even bigger than expected, Hogan says; more of transition team announced

November 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Confronted with projections of state deficits far into the future, incoming Gov.-Elect Larry Hogan admitted Monday "quite frankly even I am surprised at the magnitude of the problem, and the task ahead of us is vast." Last Wednesday, the legislature's budget analysts told lawmakers that there was already a $300 million deficit in the current budget, and another $600 million shortfall in fiscal 2016. "The problem seems even greater than we expected it to be," Hogan told reporters as he announced new members of his transition team.

UPDATE: New delegates respond to charge they are ‘anti-business'; Comcast lobbyist apologizes

November 9th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

A Maryland Reporter article on Friday touched a nerve with a number of newly elected members of the House of Delegates. The lead sentence said: "... the newly elected “Democrats coming in are more progressive and more anti-business” than those they are replacing, Comcast lobbyist Sean Looney told a Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce luncheon." Seventeen freshman Democrats who will be sworn in Jan. 14 signed this letter to Sean Looney and they requested publish it. Looney apologized to them Monday afternoon.

Rascovar: The curse of the one-party state

November 9th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Republican Larry Hogan Jr.'s stunningly easy romp over Democrat Anthony Brown in Maryland's race for governor can't be written off as a fluke. Fundamental changes are taking place that could give Republicans a strong advantage down the road in what is generally considered a deeply blue state

Lublin: Democrats must pop four myths about Nov. 4 election

November 9th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Democrats are still trying to figure out why they lost the gubernatorial election. Naturally, this process will continue for some time. But Democrats might as well begin by dispensing with some of the popular but unhelpful myths floating around

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