January 20th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
What got Larry Hogan to the place where he raises his right hand for the oath as governor is what one Hogan insider concedes was a perfect storm. The right political environment, a message to match it hatched by the candidate himself, a campaigner disciplined enough to communicate it relentlessly, and a campaign that made few mistakes and profited from the lackluster campaigns and mistakes of his competitors
January 9th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
People are still debating how Republican Larry Hogan won his upset victory for governor over Democrat Anthony Brown. Political consultant Jim Burton offers a key factor in the win by analyzing voter turnout by legislative district. The enthusiasm among Republicans was real and measurable in November’s gubernatorial election
November 30th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
If we learned anything from Anthony Brown’s eight years as Maryland lieutenant governor it’s that the office isn’t worth the taxpayer dollars it consumes.
Indeed, there is no good reason to have a lieutenant governor. There are sound fiscal and management reasons to abolish it
November 20th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Professor Allan Lichtman has a wonderful predictive tool for presidential elections called the 13 Keys to the White House that he produced in various editions since he developed it decades ago. He has successfully predicted the winner of five presidential elections months and even years in advance, based on a century and a half of election results.
Lichtman has developed no such tools for gubernatorial races, but some of the "keys" provide guidance for another way to look at why Larry Hogan Jr. won this year
November 9th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
Republican Larry Hogan Jr.'s stunningly easy romp over Democrat Anthony Brown in Maryland's race for governor can't be written off as a fluke.
Fundamental changes are taking place that could give Republicans a strong advantage down the road in what is generally considered a deeply blue state
November 9th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
Democrats are still trying to figure out why they lost the gubernatorial election. Naturally, this process will continue for some time. But Democrats might as well begin by dispensing with some of the popular but unhelpful myths floating around
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 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 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