Michael Dresser

Writer

Michael Dresser is on his second tour of duty covering Maryland politics from Annapolis. He previously served as State House correspondent from 1996 to 2004, then moved to the transportation beat for seven years. He has also covered retailing and telecommunications.

Recent Articles

  • Hogan rides high, Trump sinks low in new Maryland poll

    Hogan rides high, Trump sinks low in new Maryland poll

    Gov. Larry Hogan continues to soar in a new poll of Maryland voters released Tuesday, while President Donald Trump’s number remain in the dumps. According to Annapolis-based Opinion Works, a survey taken in late October and early this month shows that 67 percent of Maryland voters approved of the...

  • Richard Cross, former Ehrlich speechwriter, dies at 51

    Richard Cross, former Ehrlich speechwriter, dies at 51

    Richard J. Cross III, a speechwriter for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. who became a Republican renegade after leaving the State House, has died. He was 51. Police said he was found dead Thursday afternoon in his home in the 1900 block of Thames St. in Fells Point. A spokesman for the state...

  • Hogan proposes end to state income taxes on military pensions

    Hogan proposes end to state income taxes on military pensions

    Gov. Larry Hogan marked Veterans Appreciation Month on Thursday by renewing his call for elimination of state income taxes on Maryland’s military retirees. At a State House news conference, Hogan contended that such a move is needed to keep the state’s military retirees from moving to states that...

  • State Democrats find hope in election results in Va., N.J., 2 Md. cities

    State Democrats find hope in election results in Va., N.J., 2 Md. cities

    Heading into an election pitting them against a governor with sky-high popularity numbers, state Democrats found hope in the blue wave that swept through Virginia, New Jersey and two Maryland cities this week. The comfortable victories scored in gubernatorial elections Tuesday by Ralph Northam...

  • Vignarajah to unveil education proposal, including 1% student loans

    Vignarajah to unveil education proposal, including 1% student loans

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah will unveil her platform on education issues Wednesday in Woodlawn, including free tuition at community colleges. Vignarajah, one of the five first-time candidates in the eight-candidate Democratic field, bills her program as one that will “expand...

  • Work of beer booster Peter Franchot's task force coming to a head

    Work of beer booster Peter Franchot's task force coming to a head

    It isn’t your typical enforcer of alcohol laws who gets three beers named after him. But Comptroller Peter Franchot is not your typical regulator. Franchot, who has emerged as the No. 1 cheerleader for Maryland’s craft breweries, this week concludes a months-long examination of state beer laws...

  • Eight try out as Democrats hold casting call for candidate for Maryland governor

    Eight try out as Democrats hold casting call for candidate for Maryland governor

    Eight candidates for governor auditioned Saturday as Maryland Democrats held a casting call for the role of nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. The joint appearance before the Democratic Party State Central Committee at a Lanham union hall was the first to bring all eight together...

  • Van Hollen to endorse Baker for governor

    Van Hollen to endorse Baker for governor

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen is expected to endorse Rushern L. Baker III for governor Friday in Landover, returning a favor the Prince George's County Executive extended to him in 2016. Baker is one of eight candidates for the Democratic nomination in the June 26 primary, which will choose...

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