September 21st, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
So much for a positive, uplifting campaign for Maryland governor. Both candidates already are down in the gutter hurling mud balls at each other. Anthony Brown is by far the worse offender, which is curious. His opponent, Republican Larry Hogan Jr., isn't helping matters with his ad excoriating Brown for his weak leadership and incompetence during the botched health exchange rollout
September 17th, 2014 | by Capital News Service
Five physicians are running for seats in the Maryland General Assembly this year, a spike in doctor interest in political service that the candidates say coincides with rising state regulation over health
September 15th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Is it possible that a partisan Republican poll in the Maryland governor's race has as much or even more validity than a poll done for some of the most respected names in the media?
That’s the surprising conclusion from looking at the numbers and methodology behind the two most recent polls pitting Democrat Anthony Brown against Republican Larry Hogan Jr
September 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
It was no more Mr. Nice Guy for Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman in the first formal debate for Howard County executive with Democratic County Council member Courtney Watson. "You've been receiving a lot of trash," the usually mild-mannered Kittleman loudly charged Thursday in his opening statement before a Chamber of Commerce audience. He was waving a mailer from the Team Howard slate supporting Watson that he said "deceive and distort my record." Watson gave as good as she got, saying "you should be judged on your record" and defending the mailers
September 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Lest you think Sen. Allan Kittleman is unkind to animals, a Democratic website attacking the record of the Republican candidate for Howard County executive got him confused with his late father in citing a low rating by the Humane Society
September 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
For almost two weeks, a Democratic slate supporting Courtney Watson for Howard County executive had been attacking Sen. Allan Kittleman, her Republican opponent, for supporting arming teachers and administrators with guns to protect students.
For almost as long, Kittleman has been saying he was misquoted in the 2006 Washington Examiner story that was the basis of the claim, and had demanded a correction.
MarylandReporter.com tracked down the reporter who wrote the story and she said that indeed Kittleman's position was misrepresented in the editing process and a correction had been made
September 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Thursday was not a good day for the last governor of Virginia as Bob McDonnell was found guilty of corruption in a Richmond courtroom.
But another former Republican governor of Virginia, George Allen, had a better day of it in Howard County, talking up the candidacy of state Senate hopeful Jody Venkatesan in District 13 and other candidates at a Clarksville ballroom
August 26th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Howard County Democrats have launched a website attacking the record of Republican state Sen. Allan Kittleman, who is running a competitive race for county executive against Democratic County Council member Courtney Watson.
KittlemanFacts.com challenges Kittleman's positions that put him at odds on issues that have strong appeal to Democratic voters -- school funding, abortion, environmental policy, gun control and the minimum wage.
August 24th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Do Maryland’s gubernatorial candidates in the November election take voters for fools? Do they really think they can con the electorate with promises of vast spending programs (Democrat Anthony Brown) eclipsing $1 billion a year or sweeping tax cuts and givebacks (Republican Larry Hogan Jr.) also topping ten figures?
What’s lacking from each nominee is truth in campaigning. The only thing in doubt is which nominee is being more deceptive with voters
August 20th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Barry Rascovar’s latest opinion piece published on Maryland Reporter, “GOP has a Peroutka problem” is about as accurate as anything else he writes on the Republican Party in Maryland -- it's in the ball park but takes a bad hack at a pitch across the middle of the plate. The problem is more nuanced than one candidate; with the Peroutka candidacy and the events in Missouri, the Republican Party should finally have the guts to have a real conversation on race and the difference between the two visions for American citizens of all races and ethnicities