March 2, 2014
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. [...more]
January 30, 2014
New fundraising guidelines affecting Maryland's gubernatorial primary election appear to make it almost impossible for Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, the running mate of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, to raise money during the legislative session.
The new guidelines appear to show that Elections Administrator Linda Lamone is taking a step back from a highly controversial ruling she made in December, which triggered a lawsuit and was made without the knowledge or consent of her board. [...more]
January 22, 2014
Hundreds -- if not thousands -- of Maryland Target employees will lose their health insurance benefits April 1 and are being directed instead to state exchanges created through President Obama's health care reform law. The national retail giant announced a new company-wide policy this week to discontinue health insurance coverage for all store part-time employees. [...more]
January 19, 2014
Money can't buy you love, but in campaigns, it can buy you lots of other things: attention, status, respect, advertising, mailers, staff and headlines. The candidates with the most money don't always win. But they win most of the time since they often happen to be incumbents. An incumbent in any office with solid money in the bank, high name recognition and low negatives will win. [...more]
Maryland's lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, has a problem that won't go away -- his still unexplained leadership role in the state's disastrous Obamacare rollout.
This is the biggest sticking point in Brown's run for governor. It could become an insurmountable obstacle if public attention remains focused on those computer glitches and poor sign-up results. [...more]
January 5, 2014
The budget picture is brightening for Gov. Martin O'Malley in his final year, but will he spend it all or save some for his successor. [...more]
December 22, 2013
Who’s in charge of Maryland’s computerized Obamacare rollout? Until recently, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown wanted you to believe he was the man.
Yet it has become painfully clear Brown is not the “point man” on Obamacare, Maryland-style. [...more]
December 8, 2013
Let’s face it: Maryland dropped the ball on implementing Obamacare. To date the rollout has been a failure. Who bears ultimate responsibility? Let's start at the top with Gov. Martin O'Malley and his designated point man on the healthcare rollout, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Ever since 2010, Brown has promoted his leadership role in the Obamacare implementation. [...more]
November 18, 2013
The bidding race is on. Democratic candidates for governor are seeking to one-up each other on new programs and tax cuts.
All of them ignore the fact Maryland's finances are unsteady and could continue that way. The next governor is likely to face a structural deficit exceeding a half-billion dollars. [...more]
October 20, 2013
The pandering cameras were on at the Maryland State Education Association in Ocean City Friday as four candidates for governor came seeking the endorsement of the largest union in the state with promises in hand.Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown walked away with the prize less from what he promised than for what he and Gov. Martin O'Malley delivered to public schools over the last six years -- the most massive increase in funding in Maryland history, $1.5 billion more in school aid, 35% higher over six years. [...more]