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Rascovar column: Public financing a smart move by Hogan

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


Rascovar column: Election politics trumped budget realities

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


Lt. Gov. Brown touts Sen. Currie as ‘leader’ on minimum wage hike

May 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Just 33 days from the primary election and 20 days from early voting, the campaign mailers are beginning to hit the mailboxes of regular primary voters. Some contain the usual puffery and exaggeration of records. One on behalf of Sen. Ulysses Currie by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown seems to stretch the legislative record like a rubber band


Rascovar: Reviewing 1st debate in Md. governor’s race

May 11th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

Now the important part of Maryland's gubernatorial election campaign begins. The kickoff took place last week with the first televised debate among the three Democratic contenders. Though far from inspiring, that debate finally focused voter attention on the election. Equally important, it riveted the attention of reporters, who are now intently following comments and policy statements of the three candidates


Rascovar column: Is Anthony Brown an ‘empty suit’?

April 27th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Let's get this out of the way up front: The answer to the headlined question is “no.” Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown didn’t graduate cum laude from Harvard and later from Harvard Law without having substantial intellectual chops. Yet that inelegant question – does Brown have what it takes to be governor? – could become a defining issue as Maryland’s aimless gubernatorial campaign enters the stage where voters start paying attention


Rascovar column: Stonewalling Md. Health Exchange probe

April 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

The Maryland General Assembly concludes its 2014 session Monday in good shape – except for one monumental omission: the mystery surrounding Maryland’s fatally flawed health exchange, which has squandered uncounted tens of millions of dollars. It’s now clear that both Gov. Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown are content to stonewall and impede any detailed investigation of what went wrong in setting up the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange until well after the June 24 primary election


Rascovar column: Maryland’s Obamacare fiasco continues

March 2nd, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar

How high will it go? How much more will it cost the O’Malley-Brown administration to fix or totally replace the dysfunctional online health insurance system that it bragged about until the software crashed on Day One? It already is the most costly debacle in state history



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