June 30th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Some teachers were evaluated this year based on student performance; teachers union, board agree on new partnerships to evaluate performance; Montgomery County raises grade to improve passing rate; AG Gansler says he will support Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor; some primary surprises; how Schuh beat Neuman; Schuh will face Johnson in the fall; father-daughter Simonaire team for Senate and House in Anne Arundel; Del. Vitale calls cops on Del. McConkey; Sun looks at high state salaries; Hogan replaces Zaching photo in anti-Brown ad that offended Democrats; Republicans split over philosophy and politics; university chancellor Brit Kirwan looks back, praises State House leaders; editorial defends Common Core; a majority didn't like Ike, and the county executive explains why; Andrews suggest a California style primary to boost turnout; democracy was the big loser, Kurtz writes; Red Maryland polling was unscientific but fairly predictive; early voting called a flop.
June 27th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Democrats hold a semi-unity event, while all Republican candidates for governor show up for theirs; the controversy about Larry Hogan’s web ad continues; Hopkins strike put off; Kittleman, Watson rev up Howard County Executive race; close races in Prince George’s, Anne Arundel counties; EPA rates states on bay cleanup; Hindu prayer at Laurel council; low turnout troubles Southern Maryland candidates; and Baltimore mayor defends aide’s hiring of a neighbor
June 26th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Campaign kicks off with an attack ad from Hogan that draws a counterattack; the race is a rematch between O’Malley and Ehrlich, some commentators say; shrewd and gutless is how one columnist styles the winning Brown campaign; the campaign was not really different from the past; Brown coastedto victory, but unevenly across the state; win reinforced influence of the Washington suburbs; voter turnout was exceedingly low -- was it the date or the candidates?; Mosby ran the kind of campaign Bernstein did four years ago, but the incumbent Baltimore state’s attorney ignored her; incumbent state’s attorney in Carroll County loses as well; Harris blocks D.C. decriminalization of marijuana; two Baltimore County Council incumbents lose, and one Anne Arundel race too close to call, as is Baltimore County executive race in GOP; three new commissioners in Carroll County; Montgomery County Council race is close, and opponent Glass refuses to concede to Hucker; Rolle challenge to sitting judge in Frederick goes to the general election; and Neuman says she’s finished with politics.
June 25th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Brown, Hogan win primaries and will face each other in November; Frosh comes from behind to win attorney general race; Schuh defeats Neuman for Anne Arundel County executive; challenger Mosby ousts State's Attorney Greg Bernstein in Baltimore; Leggett elected to third-term in Montgomery County, defeating Duncan and Andrews; Hough defeats Sen. Brinkley in Frederick; Eckardt takes out Sen. Colburn on the Middle Shore; Dwyer out, Simonaire daughter in for Anne Arundel County Executive; turnout is low all over.
June 24th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Mostly previews of the candidates in today's primary from the Sun, Post, Gazette, Columbia Flier, Star-Democrat and others; O'Malley out helping Brown rally the troops; feature on election judges and what they do; the primary has helped boost TV revenues; Blair Lee and Josh Kurtz analyze the race; Bernstein files election complaint against Mosby mailer; Democrats and Republicans at the national level spar over O'Malley's immigration record, and a remark by the GOP; low turnout expected, and Post says the primary is too early; and a new school superintendent in Calvert County
June 23rd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Candidates switch into get-out-the-vote mode; is Maryland not as liberal as its government?; Maryland lost jobs last month; out-of-state groups spend on attorney general race; 16,000 vooting machines on the go; continuing problems with the health care exchange; two Anne Arundel Council candidates labeled “extremists” by law center; Harris aims for leadership; controversy in Anne Arundel delegate races; Del. O’Donnell endorses Neuman over Schuh; media organizations win dispute over emails in Carroll County; spending, issues in Carroll County races; HoCo teachers at impasse over contract; O’Malley spends two days in Iowa and gets a good reception; Montomgery school board candidates highlight achievement gap; in PG, County Exec Baker seeks even more control over school board; and local summary of Dorchester and Talbot county races
June 20th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
With the state closing in on the deadline to have a functioning health exchange website, it’s difficult to determine where it stands, if its on budget and who’s overseeing it; immigrant advocates criticise O’Malley policy that was supposed to help; in runup to the June 24 primary, the Democratic race for state Attorney General is getting tighter; Del. Griffith hopes to overcome establishment to win Sen. Currie’s seat; who’s running for delegate in District 36? It’s a crowded field; former Gov. Ehrlich finds himself in demand by other Republicans; 11 interesting tidbits about gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur, including how to pronounce her last name; and Montgomery County exec candidates listen at forum
June 19th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Early voting ends tonight while Wednesday sees the strongest turnout since early voting began in 2010; gubernatorial candidate Mizeur accepts the mantel of encourager-in-chief for other women seeking office; Hogan blasts Patent Office decision on Redskins name; Brown walks a balancing beam between loyalty to O’Malley and independence; U.S. Rep. Delaney begins running ads, despite lack of primary opposition; and GOP primary race for Anne Arundel exec race is one of the more contentious
June 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Despite apathy, early voting numbers are up; Cardin withdraws lawsuit after PAC files finance reports; despite uphill battle, governor candidate Mizeur focuses on possibilities; new Gansler ad spins his noted bluntness; Rodricks interviews Lollar, Mizeur, George; challenger to Sen. Gladden faces charges in Texas; run downs on several other races; and in tough Arundel exec race, Schuh and Neuman gather endorsements
June 17th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie
Six states, D.C. sign new Chesapeake Bay Watershed pact; Maryland receives $7 million to protect against future storms; Del. Cardin accuses Frosh supporters and fellow lawmakers of intimidating campaign staff, removing signs at early voting site; Gansler, in his run for governor, takes on the mantel of a scrappy contender; Brown’s success based on discipline, attention to detail; Brown says he’s open to allowing independents vote in primary; Gansler supporters chide their candidate for skewed anti-Brown ad; in General Assembly races: Del. Parrott outspends rivals; Sen. Brinkley -- on horseback -- gets a run for his money from Del. Hough, who’s on foot; Democratic leadership eyes weaknesses in incumbency for Districts 31B and 33; and Julius Henson can continue his own campaign -- but can’t work on others