December 7th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
As Gov. Martin O'Malley winds down his second and final term as Maryland chief executive, he owes it to his successor -- and to his legacy -- not to push for approval of a new plan for developing State Center in mid-town Baltimore.
It's a boondoggle in both its current form and in its amended form
December 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Republican Larry Hogan Jr. has made outreach to Democrats a key part of his transition to becoming governor next month. The let's-all-along style reaches a new level on Monday, when Hogan goes shopping with Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot in Easton and Cambridge
December 4th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
Blaine Taylor writes: The long-entrenched Democratic machine that I first encountered in 1974 as press secretary for the late Sen. Patrick T. Welsh has now been knocked to the ground, mainly because in its arrogance and overweening pride, it refused to acknowledge any dissent and desire for change within its own ranks. When you do that, the door is opened to change.
The dinosaurs have thus gone the way of the dodos, having brought it on themselves: a restored two-party system as exemplified by the District 6’s new slate and Councilman David Marks
December 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Most newbies in the legislature got a two-day orientation to their new jobs this week, covering topics from ethics and State House security to payroll and office expenses. But after the elation of their election victories, most of 57 newly elected delegates and 11 new senators got a sobering bucket of budget ice water thrown on them from the legislature's chief fiscal analysts
December 3rd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Gov.-elect Larry Hogan Jr. said he will make some appointments to his administration before Christmas, perhaps as early as next week.
"We're not in a hurry," Hogan told reporters Tuesday.
Hogan named 31 more members of his transition team, bringing the grand total to 60. The full list of appointments is at the bottom of this story
December 2nd, 2014 | by Alexis Webb
The benefit of extending Maryland’s film production tax credit were debated Tuesday as state lawmakers heard testimony from supporters of the credit.
“To turn our backs on all the efforts made by the General Assembly would be devastating,” said Hannah Byron, assistant secretary for Tourism, Film & the Arts of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
December 2nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Republican members of the Maryland legislature took office Monday as the new county executives of three large suburban counties, but for Harford and Anne Arundel counties GOP dominance is becoming a routine event, while in Howard it was just the second time a Republican became executive.
The difference was evident in the inaugural ceremonies of the three counties
November 30th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
If we learned anything from Anthony Brown’s eight years as Maryland lieutenant governor it’s that the office isn’t worth the taxpayer dollars it consumes.
Indeed, there is no good reason to have a lieutenant governor. There are sound fiscal and management reasons to abolish it
November 24th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The Gazette newspapers pulled the plug on political columnist Blair Lee IV last week, ending his 27 years of vociferous weekly opinionating in Montgomery County newspapers. Two days later the Gazette editor who canned Lee due to budget cuts, Doug Tallman, got his walking papers as well. Tallman spent years covering the State House, and was one of just a few employees laid off last week
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