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
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."
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.
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 MarylandReporter.com publish it. Looney apologized to them Monday afternoon.
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
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
November 6th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Yes, Republican Larry Hogan Jr. ran a smart, tightly focused campaign that helped him pull off a major upset in the race for Maryland governor. But the main reason he's the next chief executive is that Democrat Anthony Brown blew a sure thing
November 5th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
Three professors and a columnist -- Roy Meyer, Melissa Deckman, Richard Vatz and Blair Lee -- analyze the election, assessing who won and who lost, the good, the bad and the ugly. Plus interactive maps illustrate the differences in turnout
November 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland Republicans made historic gains in Tuesday's election. Larry Hogan Jr. became just the third Republican elected governor in the past 50 years, winning by almost the same 51.5% margin and carrying almost the same number of counties as Gov. Bob Ehrlich, the last Republican chief executive 12 years ago. Sen. Allan Kittleman became just the second Republican Howard County executive in its history, and Del. Steve Schuh, as expected, kept the Anne Arundel County executive office in GOP hands. On the Lower Shore, Bob Culver defeated Democrat Richard Pollitt, the first Wicomico County executive
November 5th, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian
"Tonight we fell short of our goal,” Brown told his supporters in his concession speech, “but it does not and cannot diminish the work that each and every one of you has done in our communities throughout our state." Brown said to hearty applause. "This was a tough campaign because there was a lot at stake and a lot worth fighting for. Governing is difficult, demanding work. Larry and his team have a tough road ahead of them. I wish them the very best as they travel that road."