This is the first of a series of 12 monthly essays over the next year leading up to Columbia’s 50th birthday celebration next June. In this first installment, Len Lazarick looks at how a new town with ambitions to be a real city “not just a better suburb” came to be on 14,000 acres of Howard County farmland with lofty goals that faced some hard realities. Includes links to all 12 parts of series now published as a 200-page book.Read More
“Less worse is the new the excellent.” Those are the words of contemporary wisdom that economist Anirban Basu shared with the Howard County Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast this week. “The recession is now over,” Basu...Read More
On Tuesday, I did something I have not done in 10 years: Vote in a primary election. Since I was 18, I’ve always been registered to vote, and I’ve voted every chance I was given. However, since I started working as a reporter almost a decade ago, I have not been registered as a member of any political party.Read More
For the second time in two weeks I got “dis-invited” to a fundraiser for a local candidate that featured Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. Boo hoo.Read More
State government really has reached a new level of transparency with the live webcasting of video from the Board of Public Works. The participants will clearly take some getting used to the presence of robotic cameras and microphones which follow the sound of speech. They picked up a number of personal conversations on today’s webcast.Read More
The weather was hot and humid, the crabs were warm and spicy, and the politicians and their supporters were sweating buckets. It was a typical annual Tawes Crab and Clam Bake. The big name politicos spend most of the time reaching out to voters and posing for photos, rarely touching a crab or clam.Read More
Former Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich told a group of Republican women Wednesday that the campaign pitting her husband, ex-Gov. Bob Ehrlich, against Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley “is going to be ugly.”Read More
Marylanders need better access to primary care doctors and more information about their medical choices, according to a group of doctors and nurses, insurance companies, and business groups advising the state about how to implement federal health care reform legislation.Read More
You could come up with a rating system of votes to identify the most liberal members of the Maryland General Assembly. Or you could just do it the easy way, and rely on the early endorsements on Wednesday by Progressive Maryland, the broad-based coalition of labor and other activist groups on the left.Read More
O’Malley and Ehrlich differ on how much they’ve spent, but Len Lazarick has come upon a new comparison that doesn’t count money put aside in “rainy day” funds for future budgets.Read More
Convicted drunk drivers who accidentally set off their ignition interlock system might get another chance to drive home that night, provided they’ve had mouthwash instead of bourbon.Read More
Blaine Taylor was a bit miffed when he read a Friday newspaper story linked in our roundup Monday morning. It mentioned Republicans hoping to challenge Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, but none of the four Democrats, like him, willing to take on the four-term senator.Read More
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