Demonstration for wind and solar power in 2015 on Lawyer's Mall.

Opinion: Legislature can make healthy decisions on fracking, renewable energy

Two public health and medical professionals write that they see the health of Marylanders is an overarching issue connecting two important pieces of unfinished business facing our state legislators in this session. One is passing a ban on hydraulic fracturing – “fracking.” The second is overriding the Governor’s veto of bipartisan legislation to increase our state’s target for renewable energy

As usual on opening day of the legislative session, House Speaker Michael Busch and Gov. Larry Hogan were all smiles at the House of Delegates rostrum. Governor's Office photo

Hogan, not Busch, should be grateful to federal prosecutors

House Speaker Michael Busch on Tuesday thanked the U.S. attorney and the FBI “for their due diligence in completing this investigation” into Prince George’s County corruption that may put as many as three former and current delegates in prison. Actually the investigation is not be completed at all. But the person who should be really grateful to the feds for their probe and the awkward timing of their announcement is Gov. Larry Hogan.

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Hogan riding high with 74% approval; Trump in the dumps

Gov. Larry Hogan is still riding high among Maryland voters, with the latest poll showing his job approval rating at 74%; even two-thirds of Democrats say the Republican governor is doing a good job. The Gonzales Research poll released Thursday is the fifth public opinion survey in the last four months that has found seven out of 10 voters or more approving the job Hogan is doing as governor.

State House at Sunset

Opinion: Some ideas for legislative relief to help Maryland thrive

Government should always be about fostering conditions — laws, regulations, and taxes — to better enable the citizens to thrive. Over decades this mission seems to have been lost in Maryland’s one-party system. In losing focus, the state forgot the people who really support the poor, the taxpayers. Demands became greater on workers during the O’Malley years even as the state has wallowed in an economy that treads water. Dee Hodges of the Maryland Taxpayers Association offers a few ideas for enough relief to make Maryland a better place.

Gov. Larry Hogan gives State of the State address as Senate President Mike Miller, left, and House Speaker Michael Busch listen.

Collins: Legislature may step up partisan warfare at State House

The legislature has a fairly comfortable pattern. Year one focuses on getting the budget done and acclimating new members. Year two is tax increases. Year three is a mixture of taxes and spending, and year four is a spending blowout in order to get re-elected. Gov. Larry Hogan threw a wrench in that well-oiled machine and Democrats are miffed. They will go to extreme lengths to portray Hogan’s election as an aberration and make him a one-term governor

Gov. Larry Hogan presented charts of all the road projects he said would be killed by the transportation scoring law. Governor's Office photo.

Rascovar: Hogan’s holiday hoax — the ‘road kill bill’

You’ve got to hand it to Gov. Larry Hogan, Jr. What a prankster he is!

He’s pulled off one of the great holiday hoaxes of recent times in Maryland. He’s got everyone convinced he is willing to kill 66 major highway projects in Maryland in order to get the legislature to repeal a law requiring a transparent advisory evaluation and ranking of big road, bridge and transit proposals.

Redistricting Reform Commission meets Nov. 4. From left,  commission co-chairs Wlter Olson,, Alexander Williams; governor's staff Ali Keane, legislative officer Matthew Palmer; Christopher Summers; Michael Goff (hidden); Ashley Oleson. MarylandReporter.com photo.

Hogan plans new push for redistricting reform

Gov. Larry Hogan plans another push for creating an independent commission to draw congressional and legislative district lines and stop the partisan gerrymandering that has marked the process in recent decades. “I know the governor is still committed to moving forward,” Hogan legislative officer Matthew Palmer told what was supposed to be the final meeting of the governor’s Redistricting Reform Commission on Friday.