July 13th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Larry Hogan, Jr., the longshot Republican nominee for Maryland governor, made a smart move accepting public financing for his general election campaign. It frees Hogan from the time-consuming and sometimes humiliating chore of brow-beating friend, supporters and strangers for donations over the next five months. Public financing also lowers the cost of running a campaign
July 10th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
In the last four years, the Department of Human Resources (DHR) overspent its budget by $27 million — and inadvertently masked its overruns with improper accounting adjustments, an audit of the department has revealed.
After the audit came out, DHR removed the director of the grants management office due to concerns about oversight of millions of dollars of grants
July 9th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
There are over 1,300 licensed assisted living facilities in Maryland caring for thousands of residents not quite able to care for themselves. But year after year over the past decade the state health department has failed to do annual inspections for a majority of them
July 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
A blind voter who had a “horrific” experience voting during the primary election has filed a new complaint against the state election board, adding to the list of grievances in a lawsuit initiated by the National Federation of the Blind in May
July 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Newspaper Association and 36 other journalism and open government groups sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday asking him to stop "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies."
July 7th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Our post primary roundup of candidates for General Assembly shows only the winners of June 24 primary. It includes every candidate that will appear in the General Election for 47 Senate seats and 141 in the House, along with their endorsements, and their cash on hand before the primary.
A handy list shows the 35 candidates who have no opponent in the fall -- 14 for Senate and 21 for the House. A separate list shows the 10 incumbents who lost reelection bids, and there is also a list of 46 incumbents who are retiring from the legislature or are running for other offices.
July 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The $77 million in budget cuts approved last week by the Maryland Board of Public Works mark the first recognition there's a price to be paid for placing election-year politics ahead of fiscal realities. It won't be the last spending pullback, either.
Maryland has a serious, ongoing imbalance between its high spending habits and its lower than expected revenue receipts. Everyone knew this was coming
July 1st, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
While much of the D.C. region has bounced back from the recession, certain segments of the population are benefitting from this recovery more than others, a new report. The report, “Bursting the Bubble” shows that mirroring a national trend, income inequality has been growing over the past few years in the D.C. Metro area, even during the economic recovery.
June 30th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
It was fear of a Tea Party Republican winning the race in District 4 that got Dan Rupli, an old Democratic war-horse, to accept his party’s pleas to get into the race.
Now that Del. Michael Hough has beaten Sen. David Brinkley, the Senate minority leader, in conservative-minded District 4, Rupli and Hough will battle it out in the fall. Rupli, 71, practiced public interest law and formerly served as counsel to then-Gov. Parris Glendening
June 29th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Did Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown run such a flawless Rose Garden campaign that his victory in Maryland's June 24 Democratic gubernatorial primary was inevitable?
Or did his chief rival, Attorney General Doug Gansler, lose the election with an ineffective campaign that badly missed the mark