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Primary choices: Change course or four more years of O’Malley policies

June 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

By the end of the month, Democratic primary voters will make a fundamental choice: Should Maryland have four more years of Martin O’Malley’s policies carried out by his lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman? Or should the state shift directions to another course? As much as Republicans, Tea Partiers, some independents and members of the business community despise the O’Malley-Brown administration, there is no indication that average Democrats are deeply dissatisfied

Public pre-school becomes campaign issue

June 4th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

All three Democratic candidates for governor have proposals for expanding pre-kindergarten education in Maryland, which they discussed in a segment of Monday’s debate. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has been attacking Attorney General Doug Gansler for this failure to promise universal pre-K across Maryland. Despite having a public school system ranked top in the nation by a Education Week magazine five years in a row, Maryland still has a substantial achievement gap, as Gansler has repeatedly lamented since the launch of his campaign

Anti-gerrymandering coalition stays alive

June 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

They may be "tilting at windmills" as one commented, but a coalition of good government groups is trying to keep their push for reform of political redistricting alive in the 2014 campaign. On Friday, they awarded the cash prizes for their cartoon contest to illustrate the odd shapes of Maryland's congressional districts, and also honored eight legislators for sponsoring bills to change the current redistricting process.

Republican opponents drag O’Malley into Arundel exec race

June 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The expected attack mailers in the contentious Republican race for Anne Arundel County Executive began hitting the mail boxes of reliable primary voters this week. Challenger Steve Schuh and incumbent Laura Neuman both associated the other with pictures of one of the most reviled men in Maryland Republican circles: Martin O'Malley, the departing Democratic governor

Neuman, Schuh face off to finish

June 3rd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

In the fierce Republican contest for Anne Arundel County executive, incumbent Laura Neuman and challenger Steve Schuh face off Wednesday night at Severna Park High School at 7 p.m. It is their second and last debate, and based on their first one, it promises to be contentious. editor Len Lazarick analyzes the race.

TV forum with Republicans for governor stirs little reaction

June 1st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Here are some reactions to the televised forum with all four Republican candidates for governor that took place Saturday in Salisbury, rebroadcast on Maryland Public TV Sunday afternoon. There was not a lot of chatter on the Internet about the forum, which was not really a debate in form or substance

Responding to Rascovar column: Marijuana less harmful than portrayed

June 1st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Last week, Maryland political commentator Barry Rascovar outlined several incorrect assertions about marijuana, yet failed to seriously analyze our failed prohibition policies A closer, more rational examination leads to the conclusion that Mr. Rascovar’s concerns would be addressed by taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol

TV, radio debates kick off final three weeks of primary campaign

May 30th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Three televised debates next week for the gubernatorial candidates of both major parties along with a radio debate kick off the final three weeks of the primary election campaign. Voters are paying more attention to a June 24 primary that is taking many by surprise, and the volume of advertising is set to ratchet up, with mailers filling mailboxes. Please send us photos of or links to any ads or mailers you think newsworthy. would like to publish your impressions of the debates this week

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