Warren Deschenaux, second from left, referees this year's budget conference committee, with senators on the right, delegates and staff on the other side, and Hogan administration officials at the far end of the table.

Deschenaux to replace Aro as head of legislature’s nonpartisan staff

The Department of Legislative Services, the legislature's nonpartisan staff, will get new leadership and a reorganization next year as Executive Director Karl Aro retires, and Warren Deschenaux, director of policy analysis, takes his place. The move was announced late Monday afternoon by Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch. With a staff of 384 and a budget of almost $48 million, Legislative Services performs most of the functions for the Maryland General Assembly

Marvin Mandel's portrait as governor was moved from the second floor to the State House rotunda for the viewing last week. Photo by Governor's Office.

Rascovar on Mandel Part 1: Marvin the Magician

Simply put, Marvin Mandel -- who was laid to rest last week at age 95 -- ranks as the greatest and most effective Maryland governor of the 20th century. Only Gov. Albert C. Ritchie (1920-35) comes close to matching Mandel as a government reformer. But Mandel was far more ambitious in his efforts to improve society, expand the reach of government and anticipate future trends.

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Prosecutors drop charges against Del. Ariana Kelly

Montgomery County prosecutors have decided to drop charges against Del. Ariana Kelly, a Bethesda Democrat who was arrested June 27 for trespass and indecent exposure at the home of her ex-husband, Barak Sanford. Kelly and Sanford issued a joint statement, and so did the state's attorney's office.

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Md. legislators score better with both environmentalists, businesses

Environmentalists and business groups generally give very different ratings of Maryland legislators based on their votes. But in scorecards just released by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and Maryland Business for Responsive Government almost all Annapolis lawmakers improved their scores with both groups.

Democrats, as usual, scored much higher on the environment and Republicans scored significantly better on business issues.