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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

Rascovar: How Brown blew a sure thing

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

Historic Republican gains in Maryland as Hogan wins; GOP picks up execs, House and Senate seats

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

Brown concedes and predicts ‘tough road’ for Hogan

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."

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