October 15th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman was on the defensive for much of an hour-long debate with Democrat Courtney Watson in the race for Howard County executive Tuesday night, defending his record on school funding and public safety against aggressive criticism from Watson.
Kittleman also took his shots at the Howard County Council member for her support of the "rain tax" and other local tax hikes
October 13th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
It was a more intimate setting Monday for the second TV debate between Republican Larry Hogan Jr. and Anthony Brown in their race for governor. Sitting side by side at a table in the studios of WJLA-News Channel 8 in Arlington the candidates went at it, questioned for an hour by three reporters. This story has links to all three video segments.
Here are the reviews and observations from seven commentators: Melissa Deckman, Blair Lee, Barry Rascovar, Brian Griffiths, Rick Vatz, Blaine Taylor and Len Lazarick. More comments are welcome, especially from opposing points of view.
October 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The second Maryland gubernatorial debate is in the can and, for me anyway, the results mirrored the first debate. Both Anthony Browne and Larry Hogan performed well, neither made any serious mistakes, and neither scored any major blows. It was a tie. The debate itself, however, came across as a disorganized mess.
October 12th, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian
Larry Hogan Jr., the Republican nominee for governor, said his Democratic opponent, Anthony Brown, is suddenly changing his campaign message to match Hogan's, because polls are showing a message of tax relief is resonating with Maryland voters
October 12th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Whoever is elected Maryland governor on Nov. 4 will have some s'plain' to do to the state's citizens.
Why did you lie to us?
Why did you make wild allegations out of whole cloth?
Why did you deceive us?
Both Democrat Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan Jr. are guilty as charged, though Brown is by far the worse offender
October 12th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
CBS News and The New York Times ought to be embarrassed by the bogus poll numbers they are putting out in the Maryland gubernatorial race, and the Democratic Party ought to wonder if it is facilitating voter suppression by promoting the inaccurate figures
October 10th, 2014 | by Capital News Service
For the bars, restaurants and shops immediately around Camden Yards in Baltimore, playoff baseball means more customers and more revenue. But sports economists argue that while that may be the case, the city as a whole isn’t likely to generate too much additional revenue, in large part because business stays in the areas immediately around the ballpark.
“The economic impact is usually exaggerated and zero sum at best because the baseball fans may crowd out the regular customers and the fans are spending money at Boog’s BBQ (at Camden Yards) instead of somewhere else in the Inner Harbor,” said John Vrooman, a sports economist and professor at Vanderbilt University
October 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland is tied for third place with Connecticut as one of the top wealthiest states, but continues to rank as the state with the highest household incomes, according to a new rankings produced by WalletHub. Just last month, 24/7Wall St., a financial news web site, called Maryland "the wealthiest state in the nation," based on those high incomes.
According to a different study, for a third year in the row, Maryland has the highest percentage of millionaires -- people with over $1 million in investable assets, not people who make that much money each year
October 7th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
Here are some reactions to last night's debate between Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican businessman Larry Hogan Jr. in the race for Maryland governor. Commentators include Blaine Taylor, Brian Griffiths, Barry Rascovar, Todd Eberly, Rick Vatz, Christopher Summers and Len Lazarick
October 7th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
On a day that a new Washington Post poll had Republican Larry Hogan Jr. 9 points behind Anthony Brown in the race for governor, Hogan and the GOP could take some solace in a new Goucher College poll that said a majority of Marylanders believe the state is headed in the wrong direction.
The Goucher poll also found that almost a third of Marylanders (31%) believed that their "personal financial situation" was worse than it was a year ago, and that the economy, jobs and taxes were the most important issues facing the state. Hogan has made these issue the keystones of his campaign