November 16th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
The outlook for the Maryland state government Larry Hogan Jr. starts running in January is grim: A sea of red ink far into the future.
Forget about major tax cuts or other campaign promises. That was a hope more than a firm commitment, and Hogan said as much to voters. His first priority then and now: getting Maryland’s financial house in order
November 6th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
While the new governor-elect is a pro-business Republican, the newly elected "Democrats coming in are more progressive and more anti-business" than those they are replacing, Comcast lobbyist Sean Looney told a Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
That will present a challenge to Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch on "how to control their own constituency," Looney said. "It's frankly Mike Busch's and Mike Miller's headache."
November 2nd, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
On the eve of Maryland’s unexpectedly close gubernatorial election, some tentative conclusions can be drawn:
Anthony Brown did quite well in attracting Democrats to the polls during last week’s early voting. Republican Larry Hogan can take comfort in the hefty early voting on the Eastern Shore. That Congressional District cast more votes last week than anywhere else
October 21st, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
In 2010, the Waterkeeper Alliance sued Al and Kristin Hudson for keeping a pile of chicken manure outside one of its chicken houses. The suit alleged that bacteria and other pollutants were running off the chicken litter into a ditch that ran into the Franklin Branch of the Pocomoke River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. A new 15-minute documentary tells how the lawsuit affected the Hudsons, who struggle to make a living.
October 19th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
"There you go again," Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said at least twice to Republican candidate Larry Hogan Jr. in their third and final debate for the governor's office.
It was true for both men, as they replayed comments from the previous two debates, their TV ads and stump speeches. They repeated facts, figures and fictions, true-life examples and exaggerations.
And here they go again, our commentators assess the debate: This posting contains nine separate commentaries from Len Lazarick, Todd Eberly, Barry Rascovar, Tom Schaller, Blair Lee, Rick Vatz, Brian Griffiths, Blaine Taylor, Melissa Bolling and Charlie Hayward
October 15th, 2014 | by Alexis Webb
The Board of Public Works approved a $200 million contract for gaming machines at the state’s two smallest casinos and also worried about safety on Baltimore’s metro system during its Wednesday morning meeting
October 13th, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
It was a more intimate setting Monday for the second TV debate between Republican Larry Hogan Jr. and Anthony Brown in their race for governor. Sitting side by side at a table in the studios of WJLA-News Channel 8 in Arlington the candidates went at it, questioned for an hour by three reporters. This story has links to all three video segments.
Here are the reviews and observations from seven commentators: Melissa Deckman, Blair Lee, Barry Rascovar, Brian Griffiths, Rick Vatz, Blaine Taylor and Len Lazarick. More comments are welcome, especially from opposing points of view.
October 1st, 2014 | by Alexis Webb
The Board of Public Works Wednesday reluctantly approved buying a downtown Baltimore building for more than twice its appraised value because the site is needed to construct a ventilation shaft for the Red Line transit project
August 22nd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The Maryland Republican Party released a poll Friday on the race for governor showing Democrat Anthony Brown at 45% and Republican Larry Hogan at 42%. There's been a lot of chatter recently about internal polls showing the race tightening to single digits. But this is the first publicly released poll that includes breakdowns and methodology. Admittedly it is a partisan poll done by Republican pollster Wes Anderson, a national pollster who happens to live in Anne Arundel County. Political science professor Todd Eberly also analyzes the poll.
August 13th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Top state officials on Wednesday approved spending $16 billion over the next 10 years on health insurance for over 200,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents. One of the largest contracts ever granted, the three-member Board of Public Works approved it at a meeting dominated by discussion of the positives and negatives of health care delivery in Maryland, including serious patient care problems at a state hospital in Hagerstown.