November 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland Republicans made historic gains in Tuesday's election. Larry Hogan Jr. became just the third Republican elected governor in the past 50 years, winning by almost the same 51.5% margin and carrying almost the same number of counties as Gov. Bob Ehrlich, the last Republican chief executive 12 years ago. Sen. Allan Kittleman became just the second Republican Howard County executive in its history, and Del. Steve Schuh, as expected, kept the Anne Arundel County executive office in GOP hands. On the Lower Shore, Bob Culver defeated Democrat Richard Pollitt, the first Wicomico County executive
November 5th, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian
"Tonight we fell short of our goal,” Brown told his supporters in his concession speech, “but it does not and cannot diminish the work that each and every one of you has done in our communities throughout our state." Brown said to hearty applause. "This was a tough campaign because there was a lot at stake and a lot worth fighting for. Governing is difficult, demanding work. Larry and his team have a tough road ahead of them. I wish them the very best as they travel that road."
November 5th, 2014 | by Meg Tully
Maryland Republicans won big in the General Assembly as well as governor’s mansion, and will be sending seven more members of the House of Delegates and two more in the state senate.
Joe Cluster, executive director of the state GOP, said they won about 90 percent of their targeted seats.
"I think the people voted against a tax and spend administration,” Cluster said. “They took it out on the members of the House and Senate."
November 4th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Can Anthony Brown actually lose this thing that was his to lose? Can Larry Hogan really win? What was laughable to many six months ago, then became improbable, then possible, and now we don't know
November 3rd, 2014 | by Alexis Webb
First Lady Michelle Obama urged Maryland residents to get out and vote for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor Monday afternoon at a downtown Baltimore rally in the final hours of the campaign. “We need to do everything in our power to make Anthony Brown the next Governor of Maryland,” said Obama
November 2nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Taxes are a major issue in the three most competitive races for county executive in Maryland: Anne Arundel, Frederick and Howard counties. Which of the three has higher taxes and spending?
November 2nd, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
On the eve of Maryland’s unexpectedly close gubernatorial election, some tentative conclusions can be drawn:
Anthony Brown did quite well in attracting Democrats to the polls during last week’s early voting. Republican Larry Hogan can take comfort in the hefty early voting on the Eastern Shore. That Congressional District cast more votes last week than anywhere else
November 1st, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian
One of the safest Democratic strongholds in the state - Montgomery County - is being tested this election season as Republican nominee for governor Larry Hogan Jr. closes in on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for what once seemed like his easy elevation to the top job.
Early voting tallies show Montgomery increased turnout by only a 1% compared to the 2010 gubernatorial election, and that is with roughly 60,000 more eligible voters added to the rolls. Montgomery is far below the statewide average of 8.3% and had the third lowest turnout in the state
October 30th, 2014 | by Dan Menefee
A new report from the Maryland Public Policy Institute warns that Maryland’s $14.4 billion plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay will not satisfy an EPA mandate—because the plan ignores the Conowingo Dam as the single largest source of sediment and nutrient pollution in the Bay.
The report laments that the lion’s share of the $14.4 billion burden, $13.5 billion, is disproportionately targeted to mitigate nitrogen pollution from sewage plants, stormwater, and septic systems, which only account for 7% of all the pollution into the Bay--and will only reduce nitrogen by a negligible 2% by 2025. The mandate was established in 2010 to meet Clean Water Act standards by
October 30th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
If I could amend the federal Clean Water Act, I’d include triple penalties for polluters who spend more energy pointing to other polluters than on cleaning up their own mess.
This “we won’t act till they do” dereliction has colossally delayed action to clean up the Chesapeake, and dodging the real issues has become a prime focus of conservative politicians and rural governments in Maryland.
Until someone musters billions of dollars to dredge centuries of sediment from Pennsylvania trapped behind the giant Conowingo Dam, they whine, it makes no sense for them to spend money on their pollution