GOP gubernatorial candidates call for new ideas at Hopkins debate

April 11, 2014

At the Johns Hopkins University campus Thursday evening, the GOP gubernatorial candidates were posed questions: Could you work with the other side of the aisle? How do you persuade Democrats to join your line of thinking, and the Republican party? More pertinently: Can you win? [...more]

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Rutherford strengthens Hogan, but it’s still an uphill slog

February 5, 2014

Boyd Rutherford did not have to be reminded about what he said at a holiday party in December. "I know I told you I'd never do this," Rutherford said last week, grinning as he grabbed my arm. But he is doing it after all -- running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Larry Hogan. [...more]

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At the first mile-marker in the money race for the 2014 campaign

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]

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Off to the Races: Hogan’s hijacking; the Harry Hughes problem; Neuman backs Kittleman; District 12′s crowded field

November 26, 2013

Last week was chock full of hearings and events as politicos and legislators tried to cram things in before Thanksgiving/Hannukah and a short run-up to Christmas. [...more]

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Mizeur backs $16.70 living wage, millionaire’s tax; all the gov candidates say they’re environmentalists; Franchot gives O’Malley his coin

November 6, 2013


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Off to the Races: Labor endorsements; AG forum minus Frosh; GOP gov hopefuls on radio; Mandel honored; Griffith vs. Currie

October 25, 2013

Here's a roundup of some campaign events from the past week. [...more]

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New campaign tech firm seeks to improve ground game in Md. races

October 23, 2013

Herb Sweren and Barry Silverman worked in political campaigns for years as an avocation, while they pursued careers in marketing and advertising. But a couple of years ago, after working together on a Baltimore County campaign, they decided to put their professional skills and political experience into a business using the latest technology that could improve the ground game for state and local candidates. This year, they launched CampaignOn. [...more]

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Teacher’s union gives Brown his biggest endorsement for governor

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]

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Rascovar commentary: Gansler, Craig stumble in governor’s race

Early stumbles in Maryland governor's race are expected. Sometimes, though, those slips have lasting consequences. Already, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Harford County Executive David Craig have shot themselves in their political feet -- wounds that might prove fatal. [...more]

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Off to the Races: Stewart in, Hyatt out in District 12; geezer ceiling at State House; Cohen vs. Pantelides in Naptown; vying for teacher support; and Kittleman of Columbia

October 11, 2013

On the campaign trail: announcements, debate, endorsement and picknicking. [...more]

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