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Speaker Busch makes House committee assignments

December 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

House Speaker Michael Busch late Friday announced committee assignments for six standing committees in the House of Delegates, giving 58 new delegates the spots where they will spend most of their time as legislators. Most incumbent delegates kept their current assignments, but six incumbent Democrats moved over to the Economic Matters Committee, the most shifts for any committee


Senate president announces committee assignments

December 17th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Senate President Mike Miller announced the full slate of committee assignments Tuesday, finding places for the 11 new senators and shifting several of the incumbents. The Democratic presiding officer determines the committee assignments for both Democrats and Republicans in the 47-member Senate


Rascovar: McIntosh bites the budget apple

November 23rd, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Until last week, Del. Maggie McIntosh was an important member of the House of Delegates leadership. Now, suddenly, she’s a Very Important Person. The new chair of the House Appropriations Committee holds the second-most powerful post in the chamber. It even could put her in prime position to succeed House Speaker Mike Busch whenever the Annapolis lawmaker decides to give up his gavel


New governor is pro-business, new Democratic legislators ‘more anti-business,’ lobbyist says

November 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

While the new governor-elect is a pro-business Republican, 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. That will present a challenge to Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch on "how to control their own constituency," Looney said. "It's frankly Mike Busch's and Mike Miller's headache."


Md. legislators get high marks from consumer group — but not GOP

September 16th, 2014 | by Meg Tully

A consumer advocacy group is giving state lawmakers high scores for passing laws in the 2014 General Assembly session that raise the minimum wage and reduce the impact of foreclosures. The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, a nonprofit whose mission includes advancing fairness and justice for consumers, also released four-year scores that depicted state lawmakers as generally favorable to consumer issues. Only nine of 47 senators and 46 of 141 delegates got four-year scores lower than 80%


Democratic establishment largely prevails from top to bottom, as few State House incumbents lose

June 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

It was a good night for Democratic incumbents in the legislature and the Democratic establishment throughout the state as favored candidates from top to bottom did well in Tuesday's primary. There were only nine State House incumbents who lost, while newcomers backed by incumbents won. The Republican establishment did not fare quite as well, losing two incumbent senators. This article contains a rundown of scores in contested primary contests.


Senate Republican leader Brinkley challenged from the right

June 20th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

In a legislature where the GOP is already drowned out by the majority Democrats, Senate Republicans are in danger of losing a voice many Democrats have come to respect in SEnate Minority Leader David Brinkley. Brinkley, 54, faces a younger, energized challenger in Del. Michael Hough, 20 years his junior, who insists that Brinkley's conservative record just isn't conservative enough for the constituents of District 4 in Frederick and Carroll counties



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